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Written by John Baimba Sesay   
Friday, 29 September 2017 17:54

The APC as a political family is set to elect/select a flag bearer, who eventually would lead the Party to victory, come March, 2018. This is a national task, given what the Party’s leadership has done in the last decade or so of state governance.   Explicitly, as seen from the turnout of flag bearer aspirants, the Party has got the human resource to manage the country’s state of affairs.  All those showing interest in the flagship of the Party have one thing in common; the growth of country firstly, and secondly, a major political interest- wanting the APC to remain in governance.  

Time there was, when people would see the APC as no better alternative during partisan politics and national development. Thanks to the incisive leadership of Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, all that changed. Not only has the Party been strategically positioned in the country’s political makeup, it has continued to play a major role in the country’s socio-economic development.

Given all these outstanding indictors of a well positioned Party, it should not come as a surprise therefore, that many people have shown interest in wanting to lead it to the next polls.  However, one person SHALL emerge as the CHOICE. Others must work closely with whoever emerges as candidate in pursuing the common goal of winning to form the next government.

Ambassador Dr. Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh, APC Secretary-General, is a veteran of the Party, one that has played a resounding role in the political survival of the APC.

In a 2016 interview, he told me, “it would be suicidal to give the leadership of our Party to a new member; somebody who just comes to school today, tomorrow he wants to be a Senior Prefect of the school…”  For him, such an individual “has to go through some learning process. That is why we are saying only a blue-blooded APC could lead the party to elections.” Dr. Yansaneh further clarified, that a blue-blooded APC should be “somebody who has gone through the rigors of the Party, held responsible positions within the Party structure, and has served the Party diligently.”

Hear him further: “We also mean somebody who is loyal to the party and has deep institutional knowledge of the party and its people. We cannot afford to choose a weak and untested individual. The person has to be battle tested. We in the APC know people who were on the margins when we most needed their support in the trying days of the struggle to salvage our party from the morass in which it had sunk after the NPRC coup.”

President Ernest Bai Koroma, no doubt is still a popular leader. He still enjoys a huge national support. He has a likable character. And he surely will be missed by many.  Whoever is elected or selected shall enjoy such support from the President. This is one good advantage the Party and candidate stand to enjoy.  Succeeding him therefore should be seen from the viewpoint of believing in his legacy and be ready to continue with it. Not only the need for Party and national appeal, one must also be seen to have institutional memories of the Party and must have sacrificed for the growth and survival of the Party.

The APC has an effective leadership, with robust internal discipline. Discipline is vital to the survival of a political party. Where that is lacking, then the chance of such a political institution to continue to rise are very limited. And unlike other political parties, the APC has always had a unique way of handling internal challenges, thanks to the smart leadership of Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.  Under his watchful eyes as Chairman and Leader, the Party has been strategically positioned, looking at where it was, to where it is today. This effective leadership has today ensured a tranquil and peaceful conduct of the Party’s lower level election/selection processes across the country.   

The need for sustained Party unity ahead of the Makeni family meeting and the pending elections cannot be overemphasized more so given what the Party has done over the years and the need to continue with such achievements. In ten years, there has been tremendous progress that the country has witnessed.   

In areas of infrastructural growth, International Relations (especially our global role in peace building and in pursuing the Common African Position), sustaining our post war gains and in ensuring national cohesion, a long way we have come.  Sustaining those gains would require the APC as a Political institution to work collectively so as to win the pending elections. There is no better way the party’s leadership could be thanked than winning the 2018 elections.      

The common good should override the individual interests. This is time to rise above those things that would tend to weaken the very foundation on which the party has been built and nourished over the years.  The APC is a national Party that cuts across tribe and region. We should not ignore the outstanding role some people have played in ensuring the Party reaches where it is today.

Forget tribe, forget region, the APC is the overriding force to be pursued.  The legacy of the President must be protected, cherished and continued with. The Makeni APC Family meeting   is all for the common goal/good! 

Last Updated on Monday, 02 October 2017 11:55


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

Freedom of Expression Violations Rise Sharply in West Africa

The incidents of freedom of expression rights violations in West Africa more than tripled in the first quarter (January-March) of 2017.

Over the three-month period, a total of 47 violations were recorded as against 14 violations for the last quarter (October-December) of 2016. The violations recorded in the quarter under review range from arrests and detentions to physical attacks, online violations, shutdown of media houses, censorship, seizure and destruction of property and killings. The 47 violations occurred in 10 out of the 16 countries in West Africa.




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

The State of World Population 2017: Unchecked inequality and failure to protect the rights of poorest women could undermine peace and world’s development goals, new UNFPA report warns

• Only about half of the world’s women hold paid jobs

• Globally, women earn 77 per cent of what men get

• Three in five women worldwide lack maternity leave, many pay “motherhood penalty”

Freetown, SIERRA LEONE, 17 October 2017-Unless inequality is urgently tackled and the poorest women empowered to make their own decisions about their lives, countries could face unrest and threats to peace and development, according the The State of World Population 2017, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

The costs of inequalities, including in sexual and reproductive health and rights, could extend to the entire global community’s goals, adds the new UNFPA report, entitled, “Worlds Apart: Reproductive Health and Rights in an Age of Inequality.”



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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