14 October 2006
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’, (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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 (...)
20 August 2006
Kofi Akosah-Sarpong(photo), in Ottawa, says the reason why African values and experiences have not gained prominence in the continent’s policy making and development process is that her elites do not know what progress means.
It’s not for nothing that Dr. Raphael Odom, a Nigerian-Canadian former policy planner with Human Resources Canada and currently assistant professor of public service at America’s DePaul University told me that Africans don’t want to be (...)
13 August 2006
Kofi Akosah-Sarpong, back in Ottawa, Canada after spending six months in developmental work in Ghana, says the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II(photo), should go beyond the talk of preserving African customs and traditions and use his immense influence to let policy makers appropriate African customs and traditions in policy development in Africa’s emerging new development thinking
By Kofi Akosa-Sarpong
While there is nothing new in the Asantehene (King of the Ghana’s Asante (...)
11 August 2006
By Alpha Saidu Bangura, Atlanta, Georgia
I wonder why Hon. Ernest Koroma,(leader of the A.P.C.) and other opposition leaders are displeased with Paramount Chiefs meeting with Vice President,Solomon Berewa.
Politics is a social science that deals with people(their welfare, interests and all that affects them). Paramount Chiefs are elected by their people to lead in pushing their chiefdoms forward, therefore, chiefs are also politicians.
It will best for Mr. Koroma and others (...)
7 August 2006
By Mohamed Boye Jallo Jamboria
A "tentative" date for elections has been announced. It is tentative because from experience the announcement is a purely political statement made to attract some from of credibility from the international community following the recent visits of the World Bank president and the other high ranking internationals to Sierra Leone.
From experience also, this move to get more credits from the international community can be interpreted as a desperate move to (...)
19 July 2006
By Alpha Saidu Bangura, Atlanta, Georgia
Having gone over the constitution of Sierra Leone(Act no. 6 of 1991), I believe that parliament should revisit section 79 of our constitution because I know that it does not make any sense. By my interpretation, section 79 says that the speaker must be a very experienced lawyer of a very long standing.
Taking into deep consideration the fact that the job of the speaker is to preside over the proceedings of parliament , and that such proceedings are (...)
14 June 2006
As a decent citizen, I refuse to condescend to John Leigh’s current lows and therefore has no intention of using vulgarities, slang, and krio in this piece since I am better educated than John Leigh and more comfortable in the Queen’s language than this self proclaimed educated AMERICAN or lest I forget, he denounced it for diplomatic assignment and currently wallowing in the state of unemployment, precipitated by the traumatic consequences of his untimely, and seemingly hasty (...)