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Written by Rev. Dr. Abraham J. Williams, (Clergyman/Human Rights Advocate & Defender)   
Monday, 11 December 2017 13:51

Your Excellency Sir,

I write this piece with extreme emotive disdain, in reflection on the “Libyan/North African Modern Slave Trade” horrendous saga - enjoining it with the “Mediterranean Genocide.”  Let me commence by lending my voice to that of countless Africans, who have risen in gross condemnation of this barbaric and heinous “subhuman” trade and phenomenon across the deserts and seas. Those inhumane treatments have lately been also condemned by the UN system, the AU, the ECOWAS and the EU, (alongside several international human right actors); after these ruthless human trafficking syndicates and desperate refuge seeking adventures were graphically brought to the glare of the entire world by the international press.

It is extremely appalling and unimaginable that some of our fellow Africans and Arabs could morally degenerate to such an extent in the 20th and 21st centuries, as to treating their fellowmen in such gruesome, despicable and horrific manner, as inflicting terrible physical tortures, only comparable to that of the “Nazi concentration camps” in the 20th century, infamously referred to as “the holocaust.” Sadly though, this trade that has just been recently trumpeted, has been going on for over half a century right at the fringes of the so-called “civilized and free world,” and under the watchful eyes and impassivity of our continental and global organizations and actors. As such, I could rightfully refer to these dastardly trades as the “neo-colonial slave trade.” What absurdity and aberration!!   

Whereas I could applaud the international community and our regional and global actors for their peace-keeping, conflict resolution, refugee resettlement and other humanitarian and military interventions in Africa, I am of the stern opinion that these global and regional actors need to be more robust and proactive, (than reactionary) in humanitarian horrors like these; not only actively intervening when situations have reached excruciatingly breaking points.    

Demeaning and heinous as these “modern slavery and Mediterranean genocide” are, (which I would coin up to be “the callous and inhumane artificial dungeons of death,” I would however like to now briefly examine two major root causes of these subhuman syndicates and predatory experiences of the late 20th and early 21st century modern day slavery. This is so as to make us not to only focus on what sociologists consider the “dependent causes” (results) of the saga, while disregarding or not seriously considering the very crucial “independent causes” (root causes) of such avoidable sociological anomalies.

The first factor I would like to examine, is what I refer to as the “neo-colonialist” leadership syndrome in Africa: by which most national leaders/governments and top-ranking public servants have turned themselves into “malevolent benefactors”– who, upon ascendancy onto power consider themselves “super-human beings, coming from a special and glorified planet,” and as such should benefit maximally from the local resources and international donations and interventions of the global community, while the majority of their countrymen live like “second class citizens,” on the “pittances” they choose to make available to them according to their “whims and caprices.”  Most countries In Africa, (excepting countries like Botswana, Mauritius, Rwanda, Tanzania, and to some extent South Africa, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana,) are replete with vast natural resources and arable land that should rationally drive them towards economic independence and industrial viability; and which would in turn exude huge and enviable socio-economic and other productive modern contemporary opportunities competitive with the west, and such that those shinning to those “developed countries” would have rather chosen to remain in their countries and positively contribute to the rapid development of their various countries, in lieu of “draining to the West, in search of greener pastures.” This amiable situation could have been practically, most likely possible across most of Africa by now, had our leaders honourably elected to serve their respective countries selflessly, with sublime love for country, and increasingly champion the glorious “African Renaissance and Dream” envisaged by most of the founding fathers of African independence and sovereignty; such as Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Tom Mboka, Julius Nyerere, Nelson Mandela, Tafawa Belewa, Nnamdi Ezekiwe, Milton Margai, Thomas Sankara, Jerry Rawlings, Jenkins Robert, Sekou Toure, Robert Mugabe, Muamah Ghaddafi, etc, etc.

However, instead of pursuing this lofty African renaissance vision of these noble Pan-African leaders, most of our African leaders have turned out to be extremely opulent, greedy, corrupt and repressive, to say the least – thereby causing the “generality of the masses to live in avoidable abject ‘artificial’ poverty, squalor, destitution and deprivation.” Thus, on average, the ordinary African lives on “less than U. S. $ 3.00” a day, while a handful of those category of leaders and their contriving public functionaries, local and international business partners, their families and cronies heartlessly live on an average range of U.S. $ 30-50 a day. What a ruthless disparity; of which 80%-90% of budgetary and “invisibly siphoned” funds are diverted from our state coffers to serve their selfish and extravagant lifestyles. I could spiritually say, “they sinisterly sacrifice the general prosperity of their nations upon their ruthless and malevolent altars of greed and wicked vanity.” These criminal cartels of leaders have shamefully made themselves “wealthier than the nations” they have vouched to serve. What aberration and paradox!!         

These syndromes of ruthlessly corrupt and repressive leadership in Africa have lead to bad governance, the collapse of the rule of law, legal injustice, police brutality, repression of the independent press, bogus democracy, political and societal repression, military coupes, civil wars, abject poverty, chameleon development and untold suffering in almost all of Africa.  Even in the midst of austere economic regimes, our leaders parade in extravaganza, while subjecting the masses to ruthless tax-regimes and deprivation.

The next and seemingly invisible, though very crucial cause of these humanitarian catastrophes is what I would refer to as “western collusion with corrupt African governments” and other local actors; which system could best be referred to as “neo-colonialism the last stage of imperialism”- as was described by the great Pan-African leader, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, in his book with same title. 

Western governments and their actors, including many of their state and private multi-national investors have unfortunately played their deadly roles diversely in these horrific subhuman abuses; whether by definite systemic design or passive involvement I cannot qualify currently.

From the early 1970s to date, corrupt African leaders and their contriving public servants and cohorts have used western banks in Switzerland, USA and the UK (among others), to siphon huge amounts of African tax payers monies, as well as in purchasing of vast properties and questionable assts in the “free world” worth millions (if not billions) of dollars, from their countries’ coffers unchecked; from the likes of Mobutu Sesesekou to Joseph Kabila, Siaka Stevens to Ernest Koroma, Shehu Shagari to Sani Abacha, William Tolbert to Helen Johnson-Sirleaf, Idi Amin Dada to Milton Obote, Acheanpong to Hilla Limann, etc, etc, etc. Thus, the West has been effectively used by our corrupt leaders as a “haven of corruption,” thereby reaping off countless Africans of much needed resources that would have turned us into developed nations, and “’donor countries,’ instead of being perpetually” ‘donor driven,’ even after fifty or more years of political independence. What a despicable contrivance! And this is quite aside the centuries of inhumane and ruthless exploitation of our beloved continent during the gruesome “Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade,” which ripples still reverberates in this “bleeding and wailing continent.” All of these corrupt African leaders and their brood of  criminal cartels have impoverished this extremely wealthy continent and made many of our doyens/doyennes to flee to their shores in search of better opportunities in all spheres of life, so as to rationally improve their lots in life and attain their zeniths.   

It is only recently that the likes of some anti-corruption crusader-presidents as Presidents Muhamadu Buhari and John Maghafoli have taken strides to recover hundreds of millions of dollars lost to some of these afore mentioned countries, back to their countries; which queue I think any well-meaning and sincere anti-corruption African leader should follow.

In conclusion therefore, I would like to retort that except reckless and heartless corruption, bad and repressive governance, legal injustice and western/neo-colonialist contrivance are expunged from Africa, these loathed “modern slave trade and Mediterranean genocide” will remain like other UN/AU and international charter boxes without any significant solution. And this certainly would play more comfortably into the ever increasing spate of global terrorism; of which the West would bear the greater brunt should they remain invariably passive to this unimaginable human cruelty and barbarism.


Best Regards,

Rev. Dr. Abraham J. Williams

(Clergyman/Human Rights Advocate & Defender)

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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

"President Koroma is a big disappointment to press freedom" - SLAJ

Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Ahmed Sahid Nasralla, has said that President Ernest Bai Koroma has disappointed the media on press freedom in the country. 

“Successive governments have given us false hopes on the repeal of the criminal libel law. The politicians have lied to us. They have taken us to be big fools. President Koroma is our biggest disappointment. We had high hopes in him but he failed us woefully. So we will not trust any politician again, because when they get into office they forget about their promises,” said Nasralla.
Nasralla was speaking last Friday while formally launching a report on criminal defamation laws in Africa by PEN Sierra Leone at the SLAJ Harry Yansaneh Memorial Hall, Campbell Street, Freetown. 
He recalled that before he was first elected President of the Republic in 2007, President Koroma was a staunch campaigner against criminal libel law in Sierra Leone, but when he became President he suddenly had a different view.



Your Excellency Sir,

For over a month now, since the ECOWAS Regional Court in Abuja, Nigeria handed down their landmark opinion on the Vice President, Samuel Sam-Sumana’s appeal law suit against his “unconstitutional removal” from power by your APC government, having been legally sanctioned by the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone, I have been taken, both by extreme trepidation and satisfaction, as I continue my reflection. In their ruling, (in resume,) the ECOWAS Courtoverturned” the Sierra Leone Supreme Court’s seemingly “compromised” opinion that saw Mr. Sam Sumana arbitrarily or constitutionally deposed from his position as the duly elected Vice President of Sierra Leone (alongside you,) midway your second presidential tenure in 2015; just after the infamous Ebola viral epidemic devastating scourge on Sierra Leone. The ECOWAS Court ruling therefore “ordered” the immediate reinstatement of the vice president, furthering that all backlog of his remunerations and emoluments be accorded him, from the time he was sacked, to date; along with his claim for damages of U. S. $ 250 million.

Upon the ruling by this higher regional court, I have had to do some very sober reflections and musing over the “political manoeuvres” and intrigues that originally erupted from an internal APC party wrangling that proceeded to the Sierra Leone parliament, and had to eventually culminate into what most objective and independent legal minds considered a “blatant travesty of justice and breach of our constitution.” This ruling also brought a legal embarrassment to the Sierra Leone justice system in the sub region, continent and world over. And whereas I would not want to meddle with the political ramifications and implications of that higher regional court’s “legal opinion,” I would like to briefly examine the moral and economic considerations, as I objectively see them. This then obviously takes me back to my caption question that I would summarize as “Who Pays the ECOWAS Court’s Ruling Charges??”


View Point


Dear Mr. President, events leading to, including the horrible aftermath of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, the twin disasters of mudslide and flooding convey unarguably a fatalistic dose of stress. Worsening is the inflation of basic food stuff and the devaluation of our Leones which has made life very difficult for the average citizens.

Mr. President,stress is increasingly becoming visible in the conduct of most Sierra Leoneans; hence stress is a pressure or worry caused by the problems in somebody's life.

Before 2007 elections, protestation songs by Emmerson Bockarie, Innocent and "Dry yai crew" assumed the role of the opposition parties against the Tejan Kabbah-led SLPP government. Today, public transport cabs/buses, ghettos and the ‘Ataya base’ have now assumed that position in venting out frustrations against your APC led government.


News - Press Release

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation presents AWOL Awards to outgone Minister

(MFAIC Press Office, 4th January, 2018). The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Kaifala Marah has presented the All Walks Of Life (AWOL) prestigious award of ‘Best Ministry of the Year 2017’  to the outgone Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara at a press conference held at the Ministry’s conference Hall, Tower Hill, Freetown.

In his brief statement before officially handing over the award to the outgone Minister, Dr. Marah gave a brief overview of the introduction of performance contracts in 2014 by His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma that set in motion the process of enhancing and operational mandates in various MDAs. It is against this background that the Ministry was among the five best performing Ministries based on the outcome of the Ministry’s Performance Contract Assessment Report for 2016/17 (Performance Tracking Table – PTT) in the country.

Dr. Kaifala Marah lauded the relentless efforts of Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara, during whose tenure the Ministrydeveloped and articulated, for the first time ever, a comprehensive strategy to guide and re-invigorate the national approach to foreign policy and international cooperation in a rapidly changing global environment.


Society -Local News


(MFAIC Press Office, 5thJanuary, 2018). Five Foreign Envoys including the Head of Delegation of the European Union, Amb. Tom Vens; the Honourary Consul of the Arab Republic of Syria, Hussein Jawad; Charge D’ Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Nadali Heydari; Charge D’ Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Xinming; and the Honourary Consul of India, Harish Agnani; have paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Kaifala Marah at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.

According to the foreign envoys during their separate meetings with the Minister, their visit to the newly appointed Minister is to enhance and deepen the existing partnerships and bilateral relations between their respective countries and the Republic of Sierra Leone. They extended fraternal salutations and congratulatory messages from their Government and people of their respectively countries to the Government and people of Sierra Leone.

The foreign envoys underscored their Governments’ continuous assistance and support to Sierra Leone. Thecurrent electoral climate in the countrywas discussed within the perspectives of bilateral and multilateral relations, underlining the common interests in developing political, cultural and economic relations, as well as the interpersonal relations between the EU, the Arab Republic of Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran,the People’s Republic of China, India and Sierra Leone.




The Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Ambassador Chaim Choshen today 4th January 2018 paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Ambassador Omrie Michael Golley, at the Sierra Leone Mission in Seoul, the South Korean Capital. 

Ambassador Choshen, who was appointed as Ambassador of Israel to South Korea in August 2016, expressed his appreciation for being warmly received by his Sierra Leonean host and counterpart, and stated that his Government was very keen to expand its relations with Africa, citing the examples of Official Visits in recent months by the Israeli Prime Minister Mr Benjamin Netanyahu to various countries in Africa.

Recounting the recent Official Visit of His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma to Israel, Ambassador Omrie Golley stated that the recent visit of President Koroma underscored the importance that his Government was attaching to expanding Sierra Leone's ties with Israel, particularly in the economic sphere.



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.

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