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Commentary By Jarrah Kawusu-Konte, Freetown. I did state back in November 2014 that there was a concerted and well-orchestrated ploy by certain opposition politicians that are dead set on undermining the gains this government is making and trying to use Ebola as a campaign weapon against the ruling party. Now they have upped their game to decry the painstaking efforts of Statistics Sierra Leone in their attempt to conduct a national housing and population census as is mandated after (...)

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The Ebola Crisis: Implications on Maternal and Child Health in Sierra Leone

19 August 2014

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Ebola, one of the emerging infectious diseases in the 20th century is causing misery in the Mano River Basin countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The disease is new in the sub-region and hence posing serious challenges in its management in the affected countries.
The Ebola scourge will affect the economy of the state, communities and families; burying Sierra Leone as a country further deeply into poverty. There is the (...)

9th Annual Rajiv Bendre “Women in Public Life Lecture”

17 August 2014

The 50/50 Group of Sierra Leone, a non partisan campaign for more women in Politics, Parliament, Local Government, and Public Life, held its 9th Annual Rajiv Bendre “Women in Public Life Lecture” at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel on July 5, 2014 at 4.00 pm.
The Annual Rajiv Bendre “Women in Public Life Lecture” series, launched in 2005 is named in honour of Rajiv Bendre, who as the Director of The British Council in Sierra Leone helped to pioneer the creation of (...)

Yulisa Amadu Maddy (1936-2014): An Appreciation

15 August 2014

By Professor Eustace Palmer, USA.
Credit: Weave Journal, edited by Dr. Patrick Bernard, USA.
The recent passing on March 16 of Yulisa Amadu Maddy means that Sierra Leone has lost one of its brightest literary stars. Moreover, his death is a great loss to African literature and culture as a whole.
Born in 1936, Maddy belonged to that new breed of Sierra Leonean writers, including Lemuel Johnson, Gaston Bart-Williams and Syl Cheney-Coker, that took Sierra Leonean literature, almost kicking (...)

The US-Africa Leaders’ Summit: The Global Health Emergency

13 August 2014

By Dr. Peter Dumbuya, USA.
The August 4-6 U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit was the first of its kind and it showcased the scaling up of relations between Washington, D.C., and various African capitals. Although relations date back centuries to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Africa has had to compete hard for the attention of U.S. foreign policy planners. For example, a pre-summit report (July 31, 2014) by Nicolas Cook, Alexis Arieff, Lauren P. Blanchard, and Brock (...)

On Ebola: President Koroma Announces New Measures

31 July 2014

Address to the Nation on Ebola Outbreak by His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, July 30, 2014.
Today, I ask the entire nation to mourn with the families of our national heroes including Dr. Sheik Humarru Khan who lost their lives battling the Ebola outbreak in our country.
They were true patriots, paragons of service. We must win this fight in honor of their memory, and with prayers in our hearts, for all our compatriots who are victims of this deadly disease.
Since the (...)

Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan Passes On

by Gibril Koroma - 29 July 2014

Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan (photo), the doctor who was leading the fight against the Ebola virus disease has himself passed away today after being infected a couple of days ago. Khan’s death is a big shock to Sierra Leoneans and non-Sierra Leoneans around the world because he was reportedly in a stable condition for some time now.
President Koroma was to visit him on Monday at a Kailahun hospital where he was admitted but the helicopter in which he was travelling ran out of fuel in Kenema (...)

Ernest’s Ebola War Shouldn’t be like ‘Kabbah’s RUF War

23 July 2014

By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leonean-oriented FACEBOOK cyber pages are lively social media spaces where people post photos of their social and family life (how beautiful or handsome they are; how rich, academically and professionally successful...or widely travelled they are...); but, sometimes, they can be SLPP-vs-APC partisan ‘war zones’. With the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia recently, and fear that the Ebola virus could filter into (...)

Moijue and the Freetown Street Traders

by Gibril Koroma - 21 July 2014

In the current ruling APC government you have what are known as "grassroots politicians." These are politicians that have a close connection with the masses; they know them and have the ability to go into their minds and connect with them because they themselves were part of the masses before they rose to prominence. One such politician is Honourable Alhaji Moijue Kai-Kai (photo)
In fact the APC has always been a party of the masses, a reaction to the other major Sierra Leonean political (...)

Update: Our House of Parliament in a Democracy

21 July 2014

Editor’s Note: This is an update of an earlier version of the same article.
By Hassan Baraka, Businessman and Writer, Maryland, USA.
Parliament is one of the three pillars of government and it plays a crucial role in nurturing democracy and strengthening good governance. Parliament makes laws, amends exiting laws that have become outdated, and repeals those laws that are no longer useful in building democratic institutions, that are the corner stone for the promotion of (...)

Issa Catco Leads Muslims in Fight against Ebola

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 18 July 2014

As the Ebola epidemic takes a deadly toll within what is called the Mano River basin, that is, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, Muslims led by popular business magnate Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara have joined the government and other organizations in curbing its spread within the country.
The initiative came out of a meeting organized on June 28 at the office of Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara (photo) , the National President of the Forum of Islamic Organizations, which is an umbrella organization (...)

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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 (...)