Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Did Westerners Fool Sir Albert In 1966 , Or Was It Another Dumb SLPP Politicking That Boomeranged ?
By  Wilfred Leeroy Kabs-kanu
HERE IS A VERY interesting piece of news I found in the August 18, 1966 issue of the Daily Mail.
Freetown passed a vote of confidence on the PM , SIR ALBERT MARGAI and his SLPP government and assured the Pa that they will support his government in whatever way possible, just 7 months before the epic 1967 General Elections that changed Sierra Leone forever. 
The vote of confidence was signed by politicians, ministers of the gospel, businessmen , youths and people from all walks of life, according to the Daily Mail. 
I can imagine how Pa Shaki, S.I. , C.A, Bangali Mansaray, S.B. Kawusu-Konte  and others felt with this development , given that the APC needed to win Freetown to stand any chance in the elections. Did it put fear in them ? Only God knows.
The so-called vote of confidence from the Western Area which the PM  valued and believed so much he handed to the Governor-General, Sir Henry Lightfoot-Boston , turned to be a ruse , because in the elections that followed 7 months later, the then opposition APC completely  swept the votes in Freetown  and the SLPP hardly won a seat there. In fact, it was from the results coming from Freetown that the PM  smelt the rat that his world was completely caving in, under his disbelieving eyes.
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The SLPP lost the elections  with costs and had to invite the Force Commander Brigadier David Lansana, an in-law of the PM,   to stage a coup, a development that our country is still suffering from today, 49 years after. The 1967 coup and what followed retarded our country in a way that is unimaginable.
Was Sir Albert fooled by the Creoles or was he lying ?
As a cub journalist then, writing under the pen name SAM BLUNT at the age of 12, on the same year I entered secondary school , I can sill remember  what happened. The vote of confidence could not have reflected the true picture of what was going on  because it had come to a time in 1966 when the PM was being booed on the streets and even angry women were turning  their backs on him and prostrating . The Creoles had disliked Sir Albert  like the dirt under their shoes because he had been accused of marginalizing them and putting Mendes in all positions in the Civil Service and MDAs.The opposition newspapers, ShekpendehThink, AwokoScope and We Yone were slaughtering him like somebody without an owner. So from where did the vote of confidence come when de Pa had become so unpopular?
One year afer this vote of confidence, the Prime Minister was in detention at Pademba Road Prisons appearing before the Forster Commission of Inquiry which was set up by the NRC military regime to investigate corruption in his government, and he was being booed to the rafters by huge Freetown crowds that gathered outside the hall  every morning to catch a glimpse of him and his ministers being led to the Commission .
Did the Western Area fool the PM ?
If indeed 1966 /67 set the tone for today’s political realities in Sierra Leone, this incident is very important because, fundamentally, it exposes the differences between the SLPP and the APC.

Friday, 2 June 2017



The APC Secretary General Ambassador Yansaneh just announced the resolutions at the June 1st NAC Meeting

EBK endorsed to continue as Chairman and Leader,continue to unite and transition the party.

Elections or selection of Presidential Candidate who will appoint a Running Mate to be endorsed by NAC.

National Executive Officers must have served at regional,district or constituency level to be qualified for selection or election.

Must n paid up and active in the last 7 years.

Will sign an undertaken to support whoever is elected or selected.

Must have institutional knowledge of the party.

Must satisfy sections in the 1991 Constitution, elections and PPRC acts.

Presidential Candidate and running mate

Must fulfill the 1991 Constitution,the elections and PPRC Acts

Believes in EBK Legacy and ready to continue with it.

Party and national appeal,institutional knowledge of the APC 

Must have investeded financially and otherwise,be a paid up and active member 

Must be prepared and willingly accept the decision of NAC  and support their choice 

Pre-convention sensitization early July.

10 to 16th July Constituency convention.

19th to 21st District Convention.

24th to 25th Regional Convention.

26th to 27th Youth League,Women's Wing and Veterans Convention.

5th to 6th September National Delegates Convention in Makeni.

Monday, 24 April 2017



The intertwining of "The Tonkololi Group"- The Taqi Brothers -Hamid Taqi and his NDP;  Prime Minister Siaka STEVENS appointing Kawusu Konte as Acting Prime Minister and Acting Defence Minister rather than the usual Dr Mohamed Sorie Forna - dramatic resignation together with M O Bash-Taqi from Ministerial positions; Dr John Karefa-Smart and his UDP - effect on whole political climate; Bragadier John Bangura's failed coup de tart and execution; dramatic U-turn on progressing Republican status; replacement of Governor General and Parliamentary sanctioning of Republicanism, with Chief Justice C O E Cole, who had replaced Governor General Sir Banja Tejan-Sie, approved as the first Ceremonial President; Two days later, Siaka STEVENS installed as first Executive President of Sierra Leone. Defence Pact with Republic of Guinea signed. Joseph Saudu Momoh's elevation from Leutenant Colonel in1968 to Head of Army 1971

Saturday, 1 April 2017



This is a typical example of misinformation (ALTERNATIVE TRUTHS) set to discredit the real truths of happenings in Sierra Leone. Thanks to Dr Barnadete Lahai, Minority (SLPP) in Parliament for patiently explaining the true position even when the biased interviewer tried to put his SPIN in the narrative.

This has debunked Umarr Fofana of BBC falsely reporting that motion was passed in Parliamentary APC members to extend the date of the 2018 elections and extend President Koroma's term of office.




Wednesday, 15 February 2017


Address by His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma to the Nation on the 2018 General Elections February 14th, 2017

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Fellow Sierra Leoneans, on 10th November 2011, I caused my office to announce the dates for the 2012 Local Council and Parliamentary elections; it was little over a year to those elections. Today, as envisioned by our Constitution, and in line with established practice, I have again instructed my office to put forth a public notice announcing that parliamentary and local council elections will be held a little over one year from now, on March 7th, 2018. Having consulted with me, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) will also announce that the presidential elections shall take place on the same date. With my Government’s support, NEC and the National Registration Commission have further indicated their readiness to commence registration for electoral and related activities.

My Government is also in the concluding phase of a White Paper for a new constitution. As provided by law, this will be tabled in Parliament in due course. If enacted by Parliament and in line with ECOWAS protocols on democracy, a referendum on the new constitution will take place before the end of September this year.

Fellow Sierra Leoneans, our country is building a democracy. We have held regular elections since 1996. During every one of our four general elections since that year, we have moved forward to take charge of our destiny, strengthen our democratic agencies and create greater awareness on the relevance of participation for everybody, in every town, in every district and every region of our country. Today, I call on all Sierra Leoneans to continue to support this strengthening of our democracy. And no better way exists to render this support than in ensuring that we all register, that we all show discipline and civility, that we obey the rules and regulations set forth for the conduct of free and fair elections. Registration is the first step to making sure that your preferences are accurately reflected in the new constitution, and that the new government enjoys your mandate. 

Democratic discipline requires the awareness that if you belong to a party, that party is bigger than you. The place of political parties in our constitution is sacrosanct; no member of a political party is above the rules and regulations of his or her party; but no political party is above the laws of our country. As President, I am under oath to maintain law and order, peace, security, and the democratic character of the Republic of Sierra Leone. And I will use all the powers vested in my office to continue to ensure peace, security, law and order during the electoral cycle.

Fellow Sierra Leoneans, announcement of the dates for elections is not an announcement for the start of the campaign period. The commencement of the campaign period will be announced by NEC. When that time comes, we expect every party and every individual to follow the rules and regulations set forth by the appropriate authorities. Political activity is no excuse for breaking the law. My government is determined to ensure peaceful and orderly elections; and anyone caught disturbing the peace or violating the laws in the name of campaigning or other political activities will meet the full force of the law. 

We applaud our international friends for their continued support to the consolidation of our democracy. Elections are a tedious process; they require patience, tenacity and understanding of a country’s social and political complexities. We have demonstrated our commitment to free and fair elections; and we will not yield to electoral models and practices that would be vulnerable to hacking, manipulation and other negative external influences. 

Elections are an expensive enterprise and the fact we are conducting a national registration, referendum, local council, parliamentary and presidential elections requires substantial resources. My government has already committed billions of Leones to the exercise and we are engaging our international partners to support us fill some of the funding gaps and capacity needs we have identified in the elections process. These engagements are critical to the overall success of the elections. That is why we are insisting that these partnerships must render elections that are free, fair, credible and reflective of the will of the Sierra Leonean people.

I strongly believe that Sierra Leone will once again deliver free, fair and credible elections. Though we still face challenges, our democracy is growing stronger; our resolve to build on our democratic gains remains unshakeable; and together, men and women of goodwill in all parties, both within and outside the country, young and old, in the executive, parliament and the judiciary, in every profession and field of endeavour, together, this country will continue to be a beacon of unity of purpose, freedom, justice and democracy.



Sierra Leone News: 4000 Biometric registration kits arrive

Group Photo in front of the registration kits

Group Photo in front of the registration kits

On Thursday 26th January, 4,066 biometric, registration kits, valued at over $13 million USD, landed at the Lungi Airport meant for the civil registration exercise.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Alfred Palo Conteh, said, “The kits arrival will send a clear and strong message to the general public that the 2018 general elections will surely take place.”
Minister Conteh said that the kits will expedite the registration process and eventually produce a single register that will capture every resident in Sierra Leone. “These kits will ensure that every Sierra Leonean is registered and the issue of double registration or voting will be put to rest,” he said.
He added the registration will put an end to the issue of “ghost workers” with the advent of biometric registration kits
The Director General of National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA), Foday Kamara, expressed his delight to the Smartmatic Company for the timely and safe arrival of the kits. He said the arrival of these kits speak volumes to the fact that the registration exercise is a must and it will be a success.
The DG said, “As I speak we have just received 4,066, equipment, for the civil registration exercise; 3,800 is what government paid for and the 266 kits are spares” he confirmed.
The NCRA DG assured the public of the Authority having the required experts to install the kits throughout the country.
The Board Chairman, NCRA, Dr. Andrew G. Bangali, opined that the whole process of the civil registration hinges on the kits. Handing over the kits, the Project Manager from Smartmatic, Ibrahim Jaber, said, “I am happy because we have completed the first phase of the agreement which is to see that the kits reach Sierra Leone.” Jabber stated that they are hoping to complete the second phase of the project which is the installation and training process
Friday January 27, 2017

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PPRC News Brief 23rd January 2017

Babatunde D.R. Pratt Esq. on Monday 23rd January, 2017 took the oath of office to serve as a Commissioner of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC).

Addressing Commissioner Pratt, H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma admonished him to work with an open mind in line with the1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone and the Political Parties Act No. of 2002.

President Koroma stressed that there is a lot to be done by the Commission in ensuring that political parties adhere to their party constitutions and the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone. "You are going to the PPRC to serve Sierra Leone and not individuals", President Koroma added.

Responding, Commissioner Pratt assured President Koroma that he will uphold and maintain the mandate of the Commission as enshrined in the Constitution of Sierra Leone.

Commissioner Babatunde D.R. Pratt was nominated by the Sierra Leone Bar Association and appointed by President Koroma.

For more information contact +23278201770


One of our lawyers SORIE TURAY in Sierra Leone commented in November 2015, in a Forum LEONENET@TAMU on the below question: DID HE GET IT RIGHT?


Does the constitution stipulate when we can have presidential elections beyond the 'every five year' timeline? 



  "Short answer is yes, in S.43. The presidential term expires after 5 years from the date when he was elected with a proviso for if there are any proceedings in court in respect of that election. Assuming the president is correctly elected, he can stay in office for up to 3 months following the expiration of his 5 years. If in the meantime parliament has already been dissolved then presidential elections must take place before parliamentary elections.

Now, S.85 gives parliament exactly 5 years from the date of its first sitting after elections. That means since we had parliamentary elections in November 2012, but their first sitting was in January 2013, elections will be held earliest by about February/March 2018.

Because the president has to be in place at the time of parliamentary elections, and he was also elected in November 2012, and this govt will do anything to extend its term as in "More Time" he can, without any fanfare utilise the 3 months allowed him thus pushing it to mid-February with elections correctly held in March 2018.

My money is therefore on March 2018 unless of course you take into account the little matter of the existing State of Emergency which allows parliament to extend its own life by 6 months each time it feels like it when we are in a (State of Emergency) SOE!!"



Any one who feels the President's chosen date as announced is unconstitutional, must now take heart and examine the provisions of the very 1991 constitution they are trying to dig up unproductive reasons to fault the President and the electoral commission with.

Na di word dat! Le we try go befo en luk fur di vote we di kam March 2018 ya!


Monday, 2 January 2017

New Year’s Message from His Excellency the President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma.

Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
 the New Year usually beckons hope and a strong yearning for the fulfillment of our aspirations. As Sierra Leoneans across the country gather with family and friends to celebrate, I want to wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2017. The New Year has come upon us with the promise of bright days ahead. It has come upon us with the assurance of an economy on the path of full recovery. With more investments in agriculture, fisheries and small manufacturing, the evidence now points to a positive and steady growth trajectory. With the better prices in the international market, we are attracting more and stronger investments in our iron ore mines and other extractives, indicative of a boost to our exports earnings. We have also acted to improve on our own revenue generation, reviewed public expenditure, and sought support from our friends and partners to help in our recovery programme.     
Every Sierra Leonean has had to make some adjustments and sacrifices – from the fisherman at Funkia to the farmer in Buedu; from the petty trader at Abacha Street to the bike rider in Pujehun and our compatriots in the Disapora –Sierra Leoneans have shown great resilience and have been at the forefront of discussions and actions to turn this country around. I believe that the Sierra Leonean goodwill is second to none and in this season of goodwill, I say thanks to you all. 

I thank you for the support you have given to our recovery priorities; I say thank you for the support you are giving to us to reposition the economy back to the better times we had before the last two difficulties. We are not yet there, but we are doing what is required to achieve our goals. In agriculture, our support is making our farmers cultivate more, produce more, and earn more. We will continue to promote value addition, support local content and access to finance in the sector. With these actions, national and international experts are telling us that we could surpass our own targets of creating 10,000 new jobs in the sector. 

We are also investing more in education; building more schools, establishing more universities and rebuilding Fourah Bay College. We are training more teachers, reviewing and developing relevant content, providing more incentives to both pupils and teachers and implementing quality assurance mechanisms in our schools. Our National School Feeding Programme is gathering momentum with instant positive impact on school attendance and retention and in the local economy.

In the health sector, we will continue our efforts to build a resilient system, with new hospitals, more qualified personnel and specialists, and a better referral system, with more ambulances and more state-of-the-art equipment. With your continued support, we will scale up nutrition, improve on health service delivery, and continue to support the most vulnerable among our compatriots. We are taking similar actions to double access to energy, increase access to safe drinking water and to justice so that electricity, pipe borne water and the rule of law are not only limited to our capital and the major towns. The rural communities where most Sierra Leoneans live must also enjoy these social services.

Fellow Sierra Leoneans, as we celebrate the New Year with these better prospects; as we make new resolutions, and set ourselves new targets; we must also back our hopes and determination with actions that will ensure the accomplishment of our new resolutions. This is why, by mid 2017, we will review the austerity measures we are implementing and we will reassess the progress we have made under the Recovery Priorities to determine where we are and to define our new actions going forward. We owe it to ourselves and to posterity to do what is right for the development of our country and I believe we will get there, sooner. 

We have shown the world our resilience, our ability to pull together in times of adversity and our determination to succeed against all odds. We can do it again; but we must approach national issues with considerations that transcend partisan affiliations, and we must adopt the imperatives that put Sierra Leone first in our actions. As Sierra Leoneans, our destinies are bound together and our fortunes are intertwined. The school enrolment of a child in Kamakwie in the North, may in the future, translate to the availability of one more doctor in Gbondapi in the South. The safe delivery of a child in a Community Health Centre in Kailahun in the East, could translate in the availability of a lawyer in Waterloo in the Western Area. My Government therefore counts on your attentiveness towards our development programmes; we rely on you to help in the monitoring of projects in your chiefdoms, in your constituencies and in your districts. In the end, the achievements of any government are achievements for Sierra Leone. My government’s ambitious infrastructural drive is to the benefit of every region; our improvements in access to energy, clean water, justice are to the benefit of everyone. 

We have put policies and institutions in place to ensure a sustainable economic turn-around but we can only achieve this when we abandon the mentality of leaving government in the hands of government officials. We will continue to build roads but our success will be limited if we continue to use the drainages to dump trash. We will continue to empower the Anti Corruption Commission, but you can also help our fight against graft when you decide not to pay any bribe, no matter the interest at stake. We will continue to train and equip our military and police to keep us safe, but you will enhance their job when we choose to report on irregular activities in our neighborhoods, discourage violence and promote peace by adhering to the rule of Law. 
Fellow Sierra Leoneans, soon, our national electoral processes will begin. There will be several aspirants seeking political office; debates will go on, tensions may rise but whatever you do; you must never lose sight of the fact that Sierra Leone is bigger than everyone; it is bigger than every group and every political party. We therefore owe it to ourselves and to our future generations to stay together, to work together and to build this our beloved nation together. 

With hard work, determination and resilience, we have established our country as a united, peaceful and democratic nation. With hard work, determination and resilience, we were able to establish our economy among the fastest growing economies in the world. With those same attributes, we are overcoming our current challenges; our economy is rebounding strongly and with your continued support, we will build Sierra Leone to a better and prosperous nation.   
Happy New Year, God bless you all and God bless Sierra Leone!