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Written by B.S. KAMARA ESQ.   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:15


Following intense soul-searching efforts in a bid to attaining lasting peace and unity, the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), it seems is now ready to function once again, as a viable and formidable political entity.  Thanks to divine intervention, malcontents are gradually showing themselves either through their  utterances, actions or in actions.  The asininities of internal strife, bickering and hatred have been realized at last and the pathos of fighting one another will linger in the minds and souls of genuine and committed party members for a long time.  The irascibility of defecting from a party well settled and in fact, poised to assume the leadership of the country, to sojourn into a largely undemocratic party, is an act of deception and disloyalty on the part of those defectors which for a long time had been their stock-in-trade.

S.L.P.P is a formidable political party which, more than any other party in Sierra Leone, understands that the travails of this country presently blighted by mil- administration and incompetence, can only be arrested by no other party other than SLPP itself.  It is for this reason, amongst many others, that SLPP members, supporters, sympathizers, etc must give undivided loyalty and support to the party at this particular point in time.  Sierra Leone has become a sinking vessel which is crying for help to the SLPP.



A few months back, it appeared the SLPP was not in complete harmony with normal reasoning.  The recent ranting, manipulations, secret defections and disingenuity by some of those claiming to be party members or even supporters, have without any morsel of doubt, revealed their true identities and insincerity to the cause of SLPP.  With the identification of such malcontents, it is inevitable for SLPP to return now to complete harmony with normal reasoning.  Mechanisms to deal with defectors and traitors have now been put in place.  All subsequent traitors will henceforth be treated by the party as rebels.

SLPP, unlike APC, knows that politics is NOT BUSINESS. It is a mission to positively change the lives of the people.  It is in obedience to this sacred principle that SLPP, right from inception, was founded on values and principles embodied in its motto,  “ONE COUNTRY, ONE PEOPLE,” which presuppose the practice and inculcation of democratic tenets encapsulated in an ideology that embraces the value system, principles, respect, integrity and social justice.

Never again must SLPP allow any group of persons or individuals to hold the party to ransom.  The party is not only bigger, but in fact, far taller than any of its members.  The futility of endeavouring to bring the party into disrepute has been realized and now drastic measures have been put in place to address malcontents.


Following its return to power in 1996, the ideology embraced by the SLPP and which was expected to be the hallmark of the party’s democratic credentials was intended to perform important functions in the process of development.  The role of this ideology ensured the binding together of the nation and its political system.  It defined the things which members of SLPP have in common and the purpose of their togetherness.  The SLPP ideology is essential to transforming traditional values leading to the establishment of a mental environment that is conducive to change.  The Party believes that the state of a people’s politico-economic development, together with its rate and direction, depends largely upon what is in the minds of its members and above all, on the contents of their minds (mindset).


 Following the demise of the obnoxious one-party system of government which was foisted upon the nation by the APC, a number of values and principles of SLPP had been effectively compromised.  This was the handiwork of deceptive party officials and insincere new-comers (to the party) whose links with the APC were not completely severed.  This produced untold mishaps leading to division (in the party), mistrust, disrespect and suspicions.  The Tejan Kabbah administration which concerned itself typically with Sierra Leone as a  nation, did little (if at all), to restore or even recognize the pristine values of the party. This inaction rendered the SLPP vulnerable to all sorts of infiltrators with hidden political motives or agenda.

To arrest the further erosion of party values and ideals, a number of significant dialogue, negotiations and compromises had to be made by some party faithfuls, all in an effort to engender peace and lasting cohesion. To his credit, Dr. Prince Harding when he was Secretary General of the Party from 1995 to 2005, advanced the cause of the young generation (youths) and other working people into the future because he believed that the future itself  lies in youth.  He advanced positive programmes and ideals in a bid to unite the party starting with the grass-roots.

Dr. Harding effected a harmonious working relationship within the rank and file of the party.  His emphasis was on discipline which he sought to instill first, in the party’s young generation, not by sticks and carrot, but by skill and diplomacy in scrupulous adherence to the party’s values and codes of conduct.  By upholding the normative values of the party, Dr. Harding embarked on a daily and purposeful guidance of the party.  This spectacular success, amongst many others, accorded the party two general and presidential election victories as well as nation-wide local council elections.  This is the type of legacy that SLPP should strive to maintain.  Such a man, with such an astonishing acumen, can without any scruples, be safely entrusted with the party chairmanship and leadership!

To those dismissing our National Convention to be held in Kenema next month (April), as a mere coronation, I say to them they are not doing justice to the party and rewarding hard work.  Treachery, lies and deception will not be rewarded with positions of trust and responsibility.  To halt the erosion of the values of the party, all members must embark on social justice and, in consonance with SLPP’s ideals, reward hard-work.  Doing justice to SLPP at this time can be synonymous with supporting Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, who commands the support and respect of a sizeable number of registered SLPP members.  More than any other aspirant, Maada Bio stands tall when the support of party faithful comes into focus.  This, combined with other factors, is the reason why the possibility of other flag-bearer aspirants stepping down for the more popular choice must not be nebulous.


The departure of these SLPP members (former)? who converged at Port Loko a fortnight ago, must now be treated as a likelihood rather than a hypothesis.  Their departure from the party, though regrettable, seems to remove every morsel of disunity within the party. The lid of the cooking pot of the party is now wide open and so there will be no explosion or implosion of SLPP anymore.  From all indications, the SLPP faithful have observed that the thought of electing Maada Bio, who is the popular choice as flag bearer,  is abhorrent to every instinct in the bile’s of his implacable opponents.  SLPP must not sacrifice the devil it knows for the angel it doesn’t know. 

Kandeh Yumkella, for instance, is not cerebral; he is bombastic; he is not cool but is easily discomfited by disagreements; he is not reserved but is as temperamental as a debutante.  He taunts his opponents, who are sick, make dreadful comparison of others to office messengers, etc and it is these very qualities that account for is unpopularity in the country for , in each of them, he is the direct opposite of Maada Bio-hence the people’s choice for President!  Alone among his implacable opponents, Bio clearly understands the problem of power which he believes could be solved solely by applying the apparatus of power politics, humility and diplomacy.  His recent ententé with Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin clearly lends credence to the above, which is a true manifestation of maturity and love for the party.  To those who hate to love Bio are advised to take note and refrain from unanimity in their hate for him.  Maada Bio to all genuine party members, should be promoted and not reviled, he should be supported and not vilified.  In this way, and by this means, the presidency is ours (SLPP), come 2018.





26th IPRA Conference in Sierra Leone Ends on a High Note

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) successfully held its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate’ in collaboration with the 10TH Dealing With Disasters Series, Northumbria University (UK)and Sakarya University (Turkey) and  the University of  Sierra Leone at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016.


Business News


The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Monday 04th December 2017 debated and ratified two additional agreements aimed at improving and expanding Ports facilities in Sierra Leone to be at par with international best practices.

Presenting both Agreements prior to ratification, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Balogun Koroma said that the additional Agreements are geared towards addressing some of the concerns raised by MPs, in respect of expanding our Ports facilities to accommodate larger vessels, and the issuance of license with the view of combating money laundering, contra-band goods, and attracting more funds for Government.

Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House, also supported the ratification of the two Agreements, saying if our Ports are not developed, we would not be able to attract huge vessels; thus the need for the continuous improvement of our Ports facilities.


Media News

Two veteran Journalists, now in the United States have paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador

Two very respected and veteran Journalists who are in the United States of America for various reasons have called on Sierra Leone’s Amr. Bockari Kortu Stevens not only to appreciate the work of the Embassy, but also to pay courtesy as protocol demands.

Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson, former Lecturer Fourah Bay College, former Director of Information Ministry of Information and Communications, Former Director Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Former Chairman Independent Media Commission (IMC) and stringer French News Agency  etc. is on vacation and Mr. Cyril Juxon Smith Director Information and Communications House of Parliament, former Acting Director General Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) and former UNESCO Media Consultant  is in the United States of America to attend the funeral of his father.

Speaking at the Ambassador’s residence on 4821 Colorado Avenue, Washington DC  Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson said “Thank  you Amr. Stevens for accommodating us in the middle of your tight schedule, and also to discuss with us in a homely spirit.



Reasons why Sierra Leoneans Must Think beyond Tribal and Regional Lines Before Casting their Ballots This Time

As the national or general elections loom in Sierra Leone and, as a true citizen, I solemnly pray and hope with all hopes that Sierra Leoneans of the voting age will consider carefully who they would vote for, come March 2018. The divisive and immature nature of politics as it exists in Sierra Leone has, to a greater extent, contributed to the country lagging behind nearly all other countries in terms of progressive development. My readers should be mindful of the fact that certain countries in Africa would rather develop retrogressively than progressively, a situation wherein governments embark on ego-boosting programs that aren’t beneficial to the average citizen.

A government which expends its energy for the benefit of the people is a progressive government and that is what Sierra Leoneans want at this time after being in the doldrums for ages. It is therefore absolutely necessary for fellow citizens to refrain from casting their valued votes in favor of candidates because of tribal or regional affiliations but on how genuine and capable that candidate is, otherwise stagnation in progress is bound to follow.


View Point

Youth Unemployment Is A Killer Virus In Sierra Leone

“I studied Sociology at NjalaUniversity and graduated in 2015 but still unemployed despite several interviews being attended. I am currently awaiting my MSc at Njala University which is to be awarded early next year,” said 29 year old MabintyKamara.

“I graduated in 2012 with Honours from the Department of Accounting, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I have sent several job applications; the only long job I got was with the International Medical Corps during the deadly Ebola virus and since then no job. I was also a volunteer teacher but the Minister of Education, Science and Technology did not approve me and others after almost a year of voluntary service so I quit,” said 31 year old Mohamed LaminKanneh.

In Sierra Leone, despite the numerous promises made by President Ernest BaiKoroma to figuratively ‘lay his life for the youth,’ unemployment among youth is one of the highest with no end in sight to reduce the spate of this social menace. According to the United Nations Development Program, approximately 70% of youth are underemployed or unemployed and an estimated 800,000 youth today are actively searching for employment.


News - Press Release

Sierra Leone receives US$10 Million Supplemental Financing from World Bank as support to Landslide and Flooding

FREETOWN, December 13, 2017 —The World Bank Group has approved aSupplemental Financing (SF) in the amount of US$10 million to help the Government of Sierra Leone meet immediate needs associated with the landslide and flooding disaster that struck Freetown on August 14, 2017.The SF is a grant, provided as a supplemental budget support operation that will flow directly into the Government’s budget.

The funding, under the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), will ensure that the reforms supported under thisoperation remain on track and are implemented without the risk of delays due to competing capacity or budgetary priorities arising from the post-disaster recovery. It will also help with the rebuilding of critical infrastructuredestroyed during the landslide and flooding.

Since the end of the Ebola epidemic, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) has initiated substantive reforms to boost productivity, restore fiscal stability, and gradually rebuild buffers. The Government initiated substantive reforms, focusing on agriculture, fisheries and energy, supported by the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), to boost productivity and start rebuilding the country's buffers.


Society -Local News

John Baimba Sesay: The Diplomat who Deserves Parliamentary Representation

John Baimba Sesay is a native of Kapethe Village, Safroko Limba Chiefdom, with chiefdom headquarter town of Binkolo, in Constituency 034, Bombali District. The Constituency covers Safroko Limba and Pakimasabong Chiefdoms in the same district.

Born in the early 1980’s, he holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) Mass Communication, with Hons, 2004-2008 from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He also holds a post graduate Master of Arts (MA), Mass Communication (2009- June 2010) degree from the same university.

John Baimba is my colleague based in Beijing. Having worked for a number of daily newspapers, including, Independent Observer, For Di People and Awoko, he has a wealth of experience in journalism.



World Bank Group Boosts Financing for West African Power Pool Regional Power Transmission Project

FREETOWN, December13, 2017 —The World Bank Group on November 17, 2017 approved Additional Financing in the amount of US$59.57 million to West African Power Pool (WAPP) - Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG) PowerInterconnection Project, which aims to increase electricity supply in the four participating countries.

The project will interconnect the four participating countries into the 225 kV (kilo volt) regional energy market in West Africa, and will also enable the connection to the WAPP of the planned hydropower plants in Bumbuna Extension, Yiben and Bekongor in Sierra Leone and Mount Coffee in Liberia and other future generation projects.

The Project will provide residents of Greater Monrovia Area in Liberia; Bo, Kenema and the Western Areas in Sierra Leone; and the Forest Region of Guinea, with improvements in power supplies in the short-term. It also pursues a regional infrastructure developmental approach that will provide over the medium- to long-term adequate electricity to the people of the four countries in a more efficient and cost effective way, boosting economic and social development.



It will not be Business as Usual…Bio assures Diaspora

He was passionate, confident and assuring as he addressed hundreds of Sierra Leoneans at the prestigious Royal Regency Hall in London on Saturday 9th December 2017 with a very simple message that as the next President it will not be business as usual. For a man who has a solid track record as a disciplinarian, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio continues to attract many voters who feel the country needs a strong and disciplined leadership.

Cataloguing the current state of the country, Bio spoke about a divided country, the poor drowning in poverty, rich swimming in affluence, poor governance, battered economy, high public debt, third hungriest country, high inflation among others . He also reminded his audience that many of the things which necessitated the war such as bad governance, mismanagement of the economy, injustice have been the features of the current APC Government.

However, Bio's message was not just about the doom and gloom but also making a case why he is the right choice that the country needs. He spoke about his track record, experience and how he has always put his country first. "Some have come with slogan, country first, but I served my country first at a very tender age. I did not go around the world to work and come back old to say country first. When I was young I gave my life to our country," a passionate Bio said.

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