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Watch Sorious Samura’s New Documentary

2014-09-01 21:26:20

“When two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.” African proverb Emmy-winning Sierra Leonean journalist Sorious Samura travels to Kenya, to witness how the rise of Chinese business in Africa has changed the balance of power between African governments and the West. “African leaders can now look elsewhere for meaningful economic and political support,” says Sorious. In Kenya, Chinese infrastructural projects include schools; thousands of kilometers of new (...)Read the full story »

A Response to Dr. Kelfala Kallon

5 May
“Two Stolen Presidential Terms Should be Enough:” A Response to Dr. Kelfala Kallon By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Introduction In fairness to Dr. Kelfala Kallon, I must disclose that in July-August 2007, I volunteered in the presidential campaign of then candidate Ernest Bai Koroma who is now President of Sierra Leone. I and my colleagues worked assiduously and diligently, including tallying the results of the presidential and parliamentary elections as (...)

Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Mission to Liberia

1 May
A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Ms. Corinne Deléchat, visited Monrovia from March 17 to April 1, 2014 to conduct the third review of the government’s economic program supported by the IMF under an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement. The mission met with Minister of Finance Amara Konneh (photo), Central Bank Governor Joseph Mills-Jones, and other high-level government officials. The mission also held constructive discussions with members of the (...)

Anti-Third Term Protesters Storm Diaspora Symposium

29 April
Commentary By Mustapha Wai, Washington D.C., USA. Making a mistake is human; but not learning from it is idiocy. The people of Sierra Leone should learn from the mistakes of the past. We cannot be going off the same cliff again and expect that somehow we will land safely this time without injury. The scars of the eleven (11) year old civil war still remain vivid in the minds of many. The socio-economic inequalities that led to the war still linger. The price of our staple food, rice and (...)

EBK Should Not Listen to Third Term Sycophants

24 April
Opinion By Hassan Baraka, Businessman and Writer, USA. The notion for President Ernest Bai Koroma to seek a third term in office was first started on national TV and radio by a well known political opportunist whom the president later rewarded handsomely for his vociferous support of the idea. However, this politically despicable idea was overwhelmingly rejected in the country and the diaspora; it never saw the light of day. Recently, this double headed monster is rearing its ugly head (...)

Sierra Leone: The Eco to Replace the Leone Next Year

18 April
By Mekki Elmograbi, Khartoum, Sudan. Starting from May 2014, citizens from the five countries of East Africa Community – EAC; Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania will be able to use their national currencies in the area of EAC. Banks and agencies will offer to the public the service of digital cross-border cash transactions in real time for all local currencies of EAC. A citizen from Uganda can buy a car from Tanzania using Rwandese francs, taking his fuel from an oil station (...)

Meet Beny Steinmetz of Koidu Holdings

15 April
Editor’s Note: Many Sierra Leoneans know of or have heard of Koidu Holdings, the giant foreign company mining diamonds in Kono district in the east of the country where some of the largest deposits of diamonds in the world can be found. Its owner, Beny Steinmetz, also owned a vast iron ore mine in neighbouring Guinea but lost it when the Guinean government recently investigated him and found him guilty of corruption. Steinmetz was allegedly very close to former Guinean President (...)

Third Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC3), August 20-22, 2014

14 April
Third Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC3), August 20-22, 2014. JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY KWANTLEN POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (KUMASI, GHANA), LINCOLN UNIVERSITY (PENNSYLVANIA, USA). VENUE: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Rd., Richmond, (Vancouver) British Columbia, Canada. THEME: “Re-engaging the African Diasporas: Pan-Africanism in the Age of Globalization.”   Kwantlen Polytechnic University, (...)

Freetown: Ecobank, NRA Officials Convicted

10 April
According to a press release signed by Koloneh Sankoh, the Anti-Corruption Commssion’s Deputy Director of Public Education and Outreach, the High Court of Sierra Leone, presided over by the Honourable Mr. Justice M.A. Paul, on 10th April 2014, pronounced sentence in the matter of the STATE VS SOLOMON HINDOLO KATTA and OTHERS; having found them guilty in a judgment delivered on 3rd April 2014. The convicts were officials of National Revenue Authority and Ecobank in Sierra Leone. In a (...)

Sierra Leonean workers called "Bush Pigs" by Expatriates

7 April
By PV Staff. Some foreign companies operating in Sierra Leone are allegedly treating their Sierra Leonean workers in a very abusive and inhumane way including poor working conditions, insults and blatant abuse, according to a report from a credible organization called Care2. There have been cases of expatriates referring to Africans as "Black Pigs" and "Black Monkeys", according to the Care2 report. In addition to bad working conditions the companies concerned also displace entire (...)

Tejan Kabbah’s Treachery

4 April
Opinion By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Tejan Kabbah’s Debased TREACHERY of Hinga Norman Maybe, the worst part of late President Tejan Kabba’s ‘War Record’ as President of Sierra Leone was the Treachery on his first deputy defence minister, and later, internal affairs minister, and Coordinator of the Civil Defence Force (CDF), late Chief Hinga Norman. The perfidy of Kabbah (photo) against Chief Norman would always kindle incredulity and boiling (...)

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EDITORIAL

Dispelling the Ebola Myths and Misinformation: Citizens’ Responsibilities

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Ebola can be best described as an ‘exterminator’, a disease that is wasting away families and decimating communities. Because of its (...)

OPINION

Sierra Leonean Women and the Ebola Pandemc

By Zainab Tunkara Clarkson.* As the dreaded ebola virus disease (EVD) ravages across West Africa with a vengeance, afflicting young and old with merciless impunity, it is unfortunate to note that (...)