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On the sweetness of a fake book

2014-12-11 07:55:18

Credit: Pambazuka News
By Karim F Hirji, Tanzania*
Retired Professor Hirji, a book addict, has bought copies with frayed, half-torn or missing pages. He has on occasion received via mail a book other than the one ordered. But buying a fake book? Only in Dar es Salaam!
You shop in Dar es Salaam at your own risk. Purchase a `quality’ light bulb at a stiff sum; three days later, it goes `poop.’ Get breakfast cereal in an attractive box; inside you find coarse, odd tasting stuff, (...)

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Is it time for a third force in Sierra Leone

23 March 2009

By Alpha Lebbie, PV Correspondent, Boston, USA.
It is almost 50 years since Sierra Leone gained independence from the British in 1961. Since then what can we really show for this?
The major public buildings, the Youyi building, the national stadium and the 18 storey Bank of Sierra Leone buildings in downtown Freetown are the only admirable structures in the country since independence.
Life is not all about edifices; but apart from that has there been any improvement in the ordinary (...)

APC supporters will never rape women

20 March 2009

By Abdul Bero Kamara (Chief), USA.
The SLPP media are currently disseminating a rumor that is not only baseless, and unfounded, but is diabolical in nature and disgraceful to the entire Sierra Leonean population.
The SLPP media are reporting that APC supporters raped SLPP women during the clash on Friday 13th 2009. This is an evil strategy dangerously employed by JJ Blood Saffa and John Benjamin to insult, tarnish, and smear the image of the people of Sierra Leone and the name of the APC (...)

Friday March 13 melee was provoked by Lansana Fadika

18 March 2009

By Abdul Bero Kamara (Chief), USA.
Contrary to the negative reports which are being circulated by the SLPP mouthpiece that the APC supporters were responsible for the melee that occurred on Friday 13th, 2009 at Wallace Johnson Street outside the SLPP headquarters, according to an independent eye witness report, the melee was provoked by the SLPP chairman for the Western Area, Mr. Lansana Fadika.
On the day of the incident, Mr. Fadika mobilized SLPP supporters to put a barricade in front (...)

Is Sierra Leone an ethnocentric nation

12 March 2009

By Mohamed C. Bah,Ex-President, Sierra Leone Community, Atlanta, USA.
“High we exalt thee,realm of the free; Great is the love we have for thee”:From these exalting words of our national anthem, being a Sierra Leonean is a precious gift. It is as Dr. Brian Stanley described: “the consciousness of being part of a nation and subscribing to its cherished values,aspiring the best that is in human nature- a generous service and astounding self-sacrifice for your (...)

Meet the Minister of Mineral Resources and Political Affairs

10 March 2009

By Sekou Dauda Bangura, USA.
When His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma put together his grand coalition to turn Sierra Leone around following the 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections he came under heavy criticism from disgruntled and frustrated politicians who described his cabinet as heavily tilted to the north. Following his cabinet reshuffle a week ago, His Excellency came under criticism again for putting in place a cabinet dominated by northerners. This, obviously, is not (...)

Ethics and Ethical Behaviour in the SL Legal Profession

4 March 2009

By Charles Bamikole Carr, LLB (Hons) Law, LLM in Business Law, Academic in Legal Studies: University of Westminster, England.
It was just the other day that I read from a prominent Sierra Leone news Webpage that the Sierra Leone Law School celebrated its 19th Foundation Day, something that I see as a pillar for justice, fairness and equally for good governance not only in the judiciary but also within the other institutions in our blessed country. However, what must be borne in mind on (...)

The Changing Face of Sierra Leone’s Foreign Ministry

25 February 2009

By Saidu Kaye Sesay, in London.
It was New Year’s eve (2009), when I honoured a pre-arranged interview with Sierra Leone’s new Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay, at his Gloucester Street office. It was "business as usual" for some public officials who had decided to take an early vacation, but not Mr. Bayraytay. Though he was late for the meeting, (let say we blame it on the perennial traffic congestion), he maintained my hope by (...)

The go-getter minister

17 February 2009

By Sorie Sudan Sesay, London, UK.
They call her the go-getter Minister simply because she spends most of her time seeking donor support for Sierra Leone which she usually gets.
But in the words of an Iranian diplomat, “Your foreign minister is your IRON LADY” But is she really the Margaret Thatcher of Sierra Leone? Wait and see!
In fact, her colleague Foreign Ministers have nick-named her “The Lady In A Hurry” and in her usual humorous manner has responded, (...)

The last diamond

13 February 2009

By Ahmed Ojulla Bangura, London, UK.
There is no iota of doubt that if diamonds are forever, the unethical mining and rapid land degradation is Sierra Leone is forever too. Hence, with the prevailing negativities in mining communities and how government and NGOs respond to them, it is prudence to ask what the cost on man and the environment is before the last diamond is reached or extracted in Sierra Leone.
The mining industry in Sierra Leone is one of the viable sectors for economic (...)

Damning the Incidents of Rape and Child Abuse in Sierra Leone

9 February 2009

By Abdulai Bayraytay, Freetown.
The reported death of a ten-year-old girl in Hamilton village, an outskirt village in the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown, as reported in the Concord Times newspaper publication of February 5th, this year following her brutal rape by a "pedophile" stepfather has provoked more questions of how serious the authorities have been disposed in addressing incidents of rape in the country.
While the frequent incidents of rape in the country have been facilely (...)

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Re-opening of schools in Sierra Leone: Another big challenge

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

I know a lot of people will be apprehensive about the re-opening of schools in our country just when we are beginning to witness the death throes of the dreaded ebola virus disease. I am one of (...)


The truth about reporting corruption

By Abdulai Saccoh, Anti-Corruption Commission, Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a specialized anti-graft agency, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been (...)