Acting Ombudsman, Security of Tenure of Ombudsman & What Our Laws Say

In his book detailing his memoirs and experiences, the late Sierra Leone Statesman Professor Solomon A.J. Pratt took time to explain his efforts in trying to convince his colleagues in the seventies of the need for creation of an important national office to be known as THE OMBUDSMAN. He had foreseen the need for such a very important position to be created inside Sierra Leone. Pratt, the very first Attorney General of the Republic of Sierra Leone, did not achieve his dream during his political tenure but through the efforts of his political party, the All Peoples Congress (APC), when the 1991 Multi-Party Democratic Constitution was being enacted, it finally came to pass that Sierra Leone will get a position to be known as THE OMBUDSMAN.

FOCAC: Sierra Leone and China, how far gone?

There remain huge opportunities of growth to be offered by China to growing economies. China, as we may know, is a rising Asian Tiger. This is more so in the areas of trade, investment in agriculture, infrastructure, exchange programs and trainings/seminars for African nations.

Sierra Leone is in a Looming Constitutional Crisis

Governance in Sierra Leone is becoming much more interesting than we first thought. That is, the people of Sierra Leone were expecting, for the first time in their history since Independence in 1961, a majority opposition Parliament, which could have provided for a very interesting next five years in democracy.

Why SLPP Supporters Believe Their Government is not Corrupt?

It’s now very clear that what President Bio and his supporters fear most isn’t the corruption of Sierra Leone law, but the corruption of SLPP “Paopa” hidden agenda.

APC and SLPP: “Teacher, Teacher, Two Fighting!”

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.” H.L. Mencken

Caveat Emptor: Sierra Leone is a Fragile State

“The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilimthere (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

Partisan/Regionally Bias Civil Service the Vultures are Gathering

Informed observers and commentators on the Sierra Leonean socio-economic and political terrain, indigenous and foreign, all agree on one fact regarding the swift collapse of the national economy late President Ahmad Texan Kabba left– Sierra Leone’s economic depression is policy-induced!

A Memorable August 14th, 2017

There are many memorable stories about Sierra Leone, among these, 14th August 2017, can't be forgotten so easily considering how that day took us unawares exactly one year ago.

On the early hours of Monday August 14th, after a three day of torrential rainfall, devastating flood and mudslide hits Freetown the capital city of Sierra Leone.

That was one of the massive disasters in decades. In one day, over 1000 people lost their love ones through shocking death or missing bodies. More than 3000 Sierra Leoneans were left homeless and over hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed by flooding and mudslide.

These twin incidents were caused by many factors such, for which I believe were: poor infrastructure in the Freetown municipality and hillsides communities by building of large houses in national protected areas, ineffective drainage system, the densely population in the capital city - the population of residents in the city is estimated to being over 1.3 million, unsupervised deforestation for timber or agricultural proposes and home building furniture amongst many others.

Hours after the disaster, the then President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma responded swiftly by establishing a medical and search team that was responsible to take care of injured, missing and dead bodies.

The President also called on a national day of mourning and unity for the lost of our fellow men. There were temporary relocated homes established across Sierra Leone for homeless survivors. The searching team which was made of civilians, military and security personnel was able to recover over 300 bodies in the first few days at Sugar Loaf Matormeh where the landside took place and some were found around the beaches and were taken to the Connaught Hospital.

There were foreign donations from Western African and International Community, Locally, Non Governmental Organizations, Banks and Cooperate Institutions all donated over millions of  Leones to the government for an effective drive. At around 5pm on the next Friday there was a mass burial at the Waterloo Cemetery.

However, what can be done by all to avert future flooding and mudslide occurrences? Well, it has to be the will of all not as through government alone. Though government has the bigger factor in us achieving such feat, Sierra Leoneans must ensure not the build closer or above the green belt. Those places are kept as national protected areas. Why must people build houses in places they must not build? Are there no better land planners?

Sierra Leoneans must denounce deforestation and uphold afforestation. By planting more trees, our environment will be protected.

Also, government must ensure that laws on protecting our environment must be visible by punishing law breakers. This will reduce the amount of flooding, global warming etc.

By so doing, Sierra Leone will be a day home for all.

GUY WARRINGTON: The Last Governor of Sierra Leone

The first British colonist in Sierra Leone was Lieutenant John Clarkson – that was well over 200 years ago in the late 18th century. On his departure, in what would become the, depending on who you talk to, famous or infamous, “Governor Clarkson’s Prayer for Sierra Leone”, he prayed:

Obituaries

Friday, August 21st 2019 marks a year of the passing of Hadja Hawa Khadar Daramy, wife of Late Honourable Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy (First Financial Secretary of Sierra Leone) and Member of Parliament of Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).  Hadja Hawa was born 1st December 1922 to Sowoi Mariama Fortune and Alhaji Ali Khadar.
 
Hadja Hawa Khadar Daramy hails from Mongeray, Kpaka, Pujehun where her mother was born.  Oh! how she just loved Mongeray.   Her father was born in Helba, North Lebanon.
 
Hadja Hawa Khadar Daramy passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday 21st August
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With gratitude to God for a life well lived

Obituary for the late Evelyn Lauretta Idowu-Davies
Sunrise:11 February 1925
Sunset : 10 March 2019
Aged 94
Funeral & Communion service : Friday 22 March at the Ebenezer Methodist Church Murray Town at 2:30
From the Children and grandchildren at home and abroad.

17th March 2019, marks the 20th Anniversary of the passing away of HONORABLE, DR. SHEIKH BATU DARAMY SR, aka, SB Daramy.  Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy, Sr. B.Sc (Economics from London School of Economics, UK), M.A., Ph.D from Howard University, was born on 20th September, 1920 in Makeni.  Today we remember one of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) oldest members.  In 1948, Hon. Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy was awarded a Sierra Leone Government scholarship to attend the London School of Economics from where he graduated in 1952 with a B.Sc in Economics. ...

The death is announced of Mr. Fuad Din Gabisi age 84 years whose sad event took place today Monday 12th November, 2018. He is survived by his wife Balkisu Din Gabisi of 3 Ingham Street Fourah Bay Community, Freetown. Sisters: Haja Bola Deen (Late) and Ola Din-Gabisi (UK)
Children: Mrs. Christiana Bultman-Sulaiman of the USA
Mr. Sulay Din Gabisi of USA
Miss Zainab Din Gabisi of Freetown
Mr. Aziz Din Gabisi of Freetown
Mr. Dyfu Din Gabisi of USA
Grandchildren
Miss Blanche Bultman of USA
Mr. Fuad Din Gabisi ...

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