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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

Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and gives his insight into the banking landscape.

Excerpts shared by Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

The Government of Sierra Leone is placing great priority in improving the business climate, enhancing infrastructure and support to private sector development. In line with the government focus, the Central Bank is targeting price stability in support of economic recovery, enhancing monetary policy instruments and liquidity management and also limiting intervention in the foreign exchange market, which will be important to preserve foreign exchange reserves.

The above measures will help in the strengthening of the banking system to support financial intermediation. Commercial banks are thus poised to benefit and take advantage of the improved economic and business environment by offering better services to their customers, including loans and overdrafts and forex to import, thereby creating wealth and boosting government revenue.


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.



Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”


View Point

How and Why I endorse Julius Maada Bio for President?

I have

I have endorsed Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for the SLPP presidential ticket in the March 7 2018 elections because I strongly believe in his project and ability to succeed as our next president if given the opportunity.  Perhaps I need to provide  some context as to how, when and why I took this decision.

Maada Bio is the second presidential candidate I have ever endorsed in Sierra Leone. The first was late president TejanKabbah during the campaigns in the 1996 general elections, which he won. I was then publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Expo Times, which won the best-selling newspaper award from the National Vendors Association that year. At the time, my newspaper was the largest circulation and most widely read newspaper in the country and my nearest competitors were For Di People and Concord Times. When the presidential election campaigns became heated and the battle lines were clearly drawn with the three front-runners, TejanKabbah of the SLPP, Karefa-Smart of the UNPP, and Thaimu Bangura of PDP (SORBEH), For Di People declared for and endorsed Karefa-Smart and the UNPP while Concord Times declared for and endorsed Thaimu Bangura and the PDP. Dr Prince Harding and Banda-Thomas then approached me to endorse and help TejanKabbah of the SLPP, who was then the clear frontrunner according to Opinion polls, to win the elections. 


News - Press Release

EU Election Exploratory Mission meets Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

(MFAIC Press Office, 18th October, 2017). The European Union Election Exploratory Mission to Sierra Leone led by Head of European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone, H.E. Tom Vens has paid a working visit to the Minister, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara and Senior Management Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at the Ministry’s office in Tower Hill, Freetown.

Ambassador Tom Vens stated that the EU Election Exploratory Mission is in Sierra Leone following an invitation by the Government of Sierra Leone for EU Electoral assistance, and to further discuss the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in facilitating EU Observer Mission for the March 2018 elections in the country. The EU Election Exploratory Missionas part of its mandate is in the country to draft and finalise the MOU with the Government of Sierra Leone through the Foreign Ministry.


Society -Local News


'A nation cannot progress when its citizens allow bribery to prevail over their sense of patriotism', says Simeon D. Sam Crop Officer, Tonkolili Agriculture Office. He made this statement at an awareness raising engagement organized by the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday 4th October 2017.  

Addressing staff of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) at their Post Office Road Office in Magburaka, ACC Public Education Officer Abdulai Saccoh said, the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign is a sustained approach which gives opportunity to ministries, departments and agencies to deal with bribery issues from within their institutions.

Mr. Saccoh stated that the PNB has enabled citizens to interact with the reporting platform, report incidents of bribery using the PNB channels. Saccoh noted that though Tonkolili is not a PNB district, citizens in that part of the country should be aware of the campaign and could use the platform equally.



U.S. Ambassador launches National Early Warning Systems Project, funded by USAID

On Wednesday, October 18, U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer, announced the official launch of the USAID West Africa-funded “Mitigating Election Violence through National Early Warning Systems” (NEWS) project and the inauguration of the National Elections Response Group in Sierra Leone.

Supported by $500,000 from USAID, NEWS is implemented by the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) in Sierra Leone. The focus is to monitor and identify potential electoral violence triggers and assist government and non-government organizations in Sierra Leone to better mitigate them.
The National Elections Response Group (NERG) is a partnership under the NEWS project, between WANEP, the Inter-Religious Council, the Campaign for Good Governance, government stakeholders, representatives from the National Electoral Commission, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Office of National Security (ONS) and a number of civil society organizations.

The primary objective of the National Elections Response Group (NERG) is to monitor the elections environment, develop, and recommend strategies and actions to relevant stakeholders with authority to implement necessary response actions to prevent escalation of tensions or incidence of violence for a peaceful 2018 election. Members of the NERG will work closely with WANEP, the Integrated Election Security Planning Committee under the ONS, Provincial and District Election Security Committees – PROSEC and DISEC with an extensive network of civil society organizations and with 60 community monitors across the country to identify potential risks of electoral violence.



PRESIDENT KOROMA SAYS… “I am very proud of Ansumana Usman Koroma”

President Dr Ernest BaiKoroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”

Whilst speaking at his Presidential office in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”

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