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Comparing South Africa and Nigeria

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By Mekki Elmograbi, Sudan. It is widely well known that the economy of South Africa is the strongest among African economies but some economists say that Nigeria, "not South Africa", is the strongest. The third opinion is to prefer SA in one way and Nigeria in the other. An American writer from "The Atlantic" presented his opinion on the issue in an article under the title: "How Nigeria Became Africa’s Largest Economy Overnight?", he started with the question: "Does the (...)Read the full story »

Sierra Leone Watch: A critical look at current political issues: Jan-Apr 2007

22 April 2007
By Edie Vandy, USA. Kabbah Compensate ‘Cronies’ with National Honours It’s now official: President Kabbah will mark this year’s independence on April 27, 2007 by awarding 151 National Honours to men and women he considers to have ‘distinguished themselves in meritorious and outstanding service to the nation’. 151 accolades! Come on. This is an astronomical figure, and smells of a desperation by a man yearning to pay back cronies for supporting his (...)

SLPP has failed on Security for Sierra Leoneans

19 April 2007
By Teddy Foday-Musa, Holland. Security is a human right responsibility of any government of the day to its people. Such responsibility must be provided in the interest and safety of the people and the state. Governments that are elected by the people, or that assume power on behalf of the people, should have security on top of their performance scale of preference list. State security should be the cornerstone of government policies. Security is not only a prerequisite for development, (...)

Leadership, Corruption and Development in Africa

13 March 2007
By Mohamed Boye Jallo Jamboria. Actively or passively, all Africa countries, with the exception of may be Ethiopia and Liberia, have reason(s) to celebrate as Ghana celebrates her 50th independence anniversary. Ethiopia and Liberia are exceptions because they have never been under prolonged colonial rule like the rest of today’s emerging African nation-states. These two, of course naturally celebrate with the rest because of their distinguished roles as countries where major (...)

The Special Court’s Push for an Unfair Advantage for the Prosecutor: Fact or Fiction?

22 February 2007
By Ishamel Taylor-Kamara, USA. I consider myself to be a pretty charitable person; so I can forgive anyone (except a lawyer, I suppose) who attempts to read a 307 page trial transcript and ultimately “cries uncle”. However, as with most things in life, even generosity must have some limitations. This brings me to the analysis from Messrs. Abdul Karim Bangura and Sami Gandy-Gorgla of the Sierra Leone Working Group (“The Special Court’s Push for an Unfair Advantage (...)

Voices From Confinement

31 January 2007
By Karamoh Kabba Sierra Leone’s decade-long war is over at last, but the new coalition of detained former members of warring factions says the awkward combination of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Special Court (SC) of Sierra Leone is the detractor of the provisions of the Lome Peace Accord of 1999 and TRC’s imperative recommendations. The Lome Peace Accord, which was ratified by the government of Sierra Leone Parliament grants pardon to all combatants of the (...)

World Bank Report: Solid Waste Management in Freetown

17 January 2007
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Solid waste management in Freetown poses costly and vexing problems. Included are low service coverage-averaging 40%, insufficient budgets, highly inadequate equipment, substantial inefficiencies such as high costs, low quality service, low labor productivity, poor public attitudes, and widespread illegal dumping. In addition, the long domestic insurgency heavily damaged or destroyed the existing infrastructure, and also, significantly contributed to the more than (...)

Peter Tucker Ignites Spiritual Reformation

14 October 2006
Commentary By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown Dr. Peter Tucker, the Chairman of Salone’s Law Reform Commission was head of the civil service in Sierra Leone about forty years ago. In the 1970’s, he was Chief Executive of Race Relations in the British government. He was Chairman of the commission that authored the 1991 Constitution Sierra Leone now uses...Above all his laurels, Dr. Peter Tucker has balls!!. Balls enough to publicly condemn his ‘son in law’, (...)

Ghana: Aliu Mahama and the Youths

2 October 2006
Kofi Akosah-Sarpong, in Ottawa, Canada, believes Ghanaian youth can best accelerate Ghana’s pace of development, as Vice President Aliu Mahama urges, if they are oriented heavily in Ghanaian/African values first, in a country where the younger generation appear directionless. Ghana’s Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama(photo) is good at raising pressing development issues that are at the country’s soul. Since becoming Ghana’s number two man, he has tried to tackle (...)

Other Reasons for Freetown Blackouts

21 September 2006
Adrian Q. Labor, Civil Engineer Corruption cannot account for the future Almost every conversation among ourselves on the blackout issues and low energy supply in the country generally concludes with the word "corruption". This one word seems to explain it all. In actual fact, it never really gets us to look seriously at the other reasons. Just saying the word, sounds the bell for endless anecdotes on how corruption came, it stayed; it conquered and enslaved three generations of Sierra (...)

In memory of the heroes of August 18

29 August 2006
"What however makes the August 18 anniversary tormenting is the fact that the promises made by the Kabbah government to erect a bust in memory of those fallen students and other pro-democracy demonstrators killed at the hands of the nefarious junta have not been fulfilled. This is not a novelty though as the SLPP government is notorious for making empty promises..." By Abdulai Bayraytay in Washington DC, USA August 18 2006 marked the 9th anniversary of the famous nation-wide protests (...)

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EDITORIAL

Tax Incentives and the Suffering Masses of Sierra Leone

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

This week, we look at tax incentives offered to foreign mining and agribusiness companies operating in Sierra Leone. A report, released today by the international NGO, Christian Aid, has bad news (...)

OPINION

Comparing South Africa and Nigeria

By Mekki Elmograbi, Sudan. It is widely well known that the economy of South Africa is the strongest among African economies but some economists say that Nigeria, "not South Africa", is the (...)