National Grand Coalition party warns the APC government

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National Grand Coalition party warns the APC government

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 December 2017:

As the parliament of Sierra Leone closed yesterday, there were anxious moments across the country as civil society groups, the media and opposition parties received unofficial reports of the ruling APC working frantically behind the scenes, to present a last-minute Bill in parliament that could have disturbing consequences for the forthcoming general and presidential elections.

President Koroma’s final words to the parliament of Sierra Leone

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President Koroma’s final words to the parliament of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 December 2017

“I came in with clean hands and I leave with clean hands,” president Koroma said this afternoon as he delivered his final speech  to the people of Sierra Leone, at the closing ceremony of the country’s parliament after serving two terms as head of state.

But his final appearance as president addressing the nation will come sometime between March 7th and September 2018, when he will officially hand over power to the winner of next year’s presidential election, taking place on March 7th.

About 18 elections to be held in Africa in 2018: AU

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About 18 elections to be held in Africa in 2018: AU

ADDIS ABABA, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- About 18 elections will be held on the African continent in 2018, according to the African Union (AU).

Speaking at the opening of the 11th UN-AU Consultative Meeting on the Prevention, Management and Resolution of Conflicts (Desk-To-Desk) on Thursday, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, stated that the pan-African bloc would closely monitor those elections scheduled for next year.

Dismissed Sierra Leone Police Chief Takes ‘Ambassadorial’ Post In Liberia

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Dismissed Sierra Leone Police Chief Takes ‘Ambassadorial’ Post In Liberia

Former Inspector General of Police Francis Munu of the Republic of Sierra Leone has been reassigned to an ambassadorial post in Liberia after being removed from duty last week, and replaced with Richard Moigbe, his deputy.

The decision by President Ernest Bai Koroma  came after pressure by the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) over the arrest of their party spokesman Lahai Lawrence Leema and the detention of several more supporters.

Cabinet Reshuffle 4 Months to Elections

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by Alpha Kamara

DAKAR, Senegal

The government of Sierra Leone on Monday announced a major Cabinet reshuffle just months before elections.

An official press release said the government made former Finance Minister and Bank Governor Kaifala Marrah the new foreign minister, taking over from Samura Kamara, the ruling APC party’s presidential candidate for the coming general elections.

Kamara stepped down in line with the Constitution and the busy campaign ahead.

Sierra Leone Parliament Ratifies Key Bumbuna II Project Documents

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Following on from the Government of Sierra Leone’s signing of the 25-year Power Purchase and Implementation Agreements with Joule Africa (www.JouleAfrica.com) in August 2017, these important project documents have now been ratified by the Sierra Leone Parliament. This marks another important milestone in the development of the Bumbuna II hydropower project which, when completed, will provide much-needed all-year round power to Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone opposition 'satisfied' with police chief sacking

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FREETOWN - Sierra Leone's opposition on Monday said it welcomed the replacement of the country's police chief following his sacking amid accusations of institutional political bias and endemic corruption.

Former Inspector General of Police Francis Munu was reassigned to an ambassadorial post in neighbouring Liberia after being removed from duty last week, and replaced with Richard Moigbe, his deputy.

Julius Maada Bio horrendously disgraced himself on British Television

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Yankuba Kaisamba

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 05 December 2017

The presidential candidate for the  demoralised Paopa SLPP in the March 2018 general election,  Julius Bio, was on 4th December 2017, given the opportunity by the world renowned BBC focus on Africa to explain why he should be elected president of Sierra Leone.

 

We need more women in Sierra Leone politics as we go to the polls in 2018

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Paliamentarians

Zainab Tunkara Clarkson

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 6 December 2017

Next year, Sierra Leoneans go to the polls and as the general elections loom, we remain in a nation that has failed to address gender issues and get the matter put on the political agenda as they are still largely underrepresented in decision-making positions at all levels. They have also not made major progress in attaining political power in legislative bodies.

Maada Bio presents at Chatham House London

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Has Bio’s appearance at Chatham House yesterday, done enough to put events of the last forty-eight hours behind him?

After much bollocking and lampooning from the media, critics and detractors alike, for what has been described at best as a mediocre performance on the BBC Focus on Africa programme, and at worse – a performance unbecoming of a president of Sierra Leone in waiting, the last forty-eight hours is one that the SLPP presidential candidate – Julius Maada Bio would rather forget.