Sierra Herald - your reliable outlet on Sierra Leone

''All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing'' - Edmund Burke

Welcome

S I E R R A  H E R A L D

Vol XI No 7

The tendency sometimes to protect perpetrators for the sake of peace...doesn't help society. Impunity should not be allowed to stand. - Kofi Annan on Waki report

HOME
Mission
Contact us
All Africa Conference of Churches
KING'S SIERRA LEONE
African Union Peace and Security
UK Serious Fraud Office
World Association for Human Rights - USA
Audit Service Sierra Leone
National Union of Journalists (UK)
BBC African Service
Daily Trust of Nigeria
UN Great Lakes
PEN
INASLA
Writer Adichie
Southwark Council
S.L. Web
All Africa.com
Africa Week
AWOKO
Human Rights Watch
Amnesty International
Trial Watch
International Criminal Court
LAWCLA
One World
Royal African Society
University of
East London
Nigeria Anti Corruption Commission
(EFCC)
Institute for Democracy in Africa
archive 6
archive 7
archive 8
archive 9
archive 10
archive 11
archive 12
archive 13
archive 14
archive 15
archive 16
archive 17
archive 18
archive 19
archive 20
archive 21
archive 22
archive 23
archive 24
archive 25
archive 26
archive 27
archive 28
archive 29
archive 30
archive 31
archive 32
archive 33
archive 34
archive 35
archive 36
archive 37
archive 38
archive 39
archive 40
archive 41
archive 42
archive 43
archive 44

 

 

 

President Kabbah's 2007 Handing-over Speech to Ernest Bai Koroma
Headlines 1 Headlines 2 Headlines 3 Headlines 4 Headlines 5 ...Also this

Remembering January 6, 1999 and how hell was let loose on Sierra Leone

....AND HOW THE "INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS" WERE FORCED OUT INTO THE OPEN...

THE APC MANIFESTO PRESENTED TO THE PEOPLE IN 2007
"
Africa's history over the last fifty years has been blighted by two areas of weakness. These have been capacity - the ability to design and deliver policies; and accountability - how well a state answers to its people. Improvements in both are first and foremost the responsibility of African countries and people...." Africa Report


"The press, radio and television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this Constitution and highlight the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people." - Sierra Leone Constitution

PREVIOUS HEADLINES

 

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power - Abraham Lincoln

 

Monday March 30, 2015 - It is with great relief and a sense of joy and victory that we have to join all those who wished a UK medical nurse who was infected with the Ebola Virus Disease well. Those prayers have been answered and Corporal Anna Cross has now been discharged from hospital after a fortnight of treatment. UK military nurse Anna Cross has fully recovered from the Ebola Virus Disease. She got infected in Sierra Leone.Please spare a thought for people on the frontline in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease. Fatmata Sowa has been identified by the ICRC as one of many who deserve our praise. We wish her and others luck and well being in their rather risky job.

Corporal Anna Cross a nurse serving with the UK medical contingent in Sierra Leone has been declared free of the Ebola Virus Disease after she got infected while serving in Sierra Leone. According to a BBC report the brave 25 year-old nurse from Cambridge is the first person to be treated with the experimental Ebola drug MIL 77. During her illness she's reported to have lost ten kilograms/22 pounds but her remarkable discovery in just about a fortnight of treatment at the specialist Royal Free hospital in the UK again highlights the point we have always stressed. As soon as somebody is confirmed as having the disease, all resources should be made to bear that would see every available medical help being made available to those helping the afflicted. The Ebola Virus Disease has shown over and over again that it is a vicious, treacherous and extremely cunning killer that would use every deceptive move to hoodwink as it rips apart its victim's immune system thereby opening the floodgates of attacks against life-sustaining tissues, breaking down resistance to its attack. Again we say - time is of the essence and any time lost in administrative and other peripheral but quite unnecessary procedures without paying attention to the victim could well have resulted in our losing so many health care and delivery workers including porters, drivers, technicians, nurses and doctors and of course patients from the poor and unconnected section of Sierra Leone society.

Meanwhile yesterday Sunday March 29, 2015 should have seen the end of another 3-day lockdown aimed at totally containing a virus that appears to be on the decline as far as new infection rates are concerned. It is hoped that revelations made in the report of the Auditor General will help make this a success and reports that some sections of the Western area community were being supplied food during the lock-down again points to a lack of planning. While the last time round in September last year a great show was made of volunteers handing out soap to a hungry populace forced to stay at home while contracts were illegally handed out to those favoured by the rat and his thieving cabal, this time round there was an attempt made to feed the people. How many of the poor got fed is quite another matter but we would not be surprised to hear of "hundreds of thousands if not millions" fed by the lying and thieving cabal. In some parts of Freetown, it was reported that rogue security forces were freely discharging canisters of tear gas in a bid to scare off hungry residents. Last time round, according to the audit report, even though some nine hundred million leones were dished out to the police and the same amount to the military, the report exposed double payments to security personnel who were given a part of the stolen funds for which they signed as health care personnel!!!

MORE


Sunday March 29, 2015 - UK military hospital ship ends mission in Sierra Leone. Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Argus is awarded rare honour, an Admiralty Board Letter of Commendation for Ebola mission. Reports say this is the first time this award has been granted to an operational unit.Making it possible - getting supplies to the poor and unconnected.The head of the hospital ship that has just ended operations in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.

The Royal Navy hospital ship the RFA Argus set sail from the shores of Sierra Leone on Friday 27th March 2015 having completed its vital mission to Sierra Leone in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease, a scourge which has claimed more than ten thousand lives in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea with Sierra Leone recording over three thousand of those who perished. In an article Sam Bannister of the Portsmouth News outlet, wrote - "Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Argus, which carried servicemen and women from Portsmouth, is heading back to the UK after deploying to Sierra Leone in September to provide air and medical support efforts against the killer disease. In recognition of her efforts and deployments spanning back to 1982, defence secretary Michael Fallon has now awarded Argus an Admiralty Board Letter of Commendation. It is believed to be the first time this award has been granted to an operational unit. The last similar award was made in 1939 to the family of Captain Edward Kennedy, who was killed when his ship HMS Rawalpindi was sunk following action against the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. Mr Fallon said: ‘During her deployment to Sierra Leone, Argus has made a significant contribution to the UK’s effort to halt the spread of Ebola.

Captain David Buck in charge of operations is quoted as saying that he was extremely proud of everything that Argus and her people have contributed to the mission in Sierra Leone over the past six months. The Argus has helped to establish the crucial medical treatment centres and has provided vital transport capability allowing medical workers to reach the areas most affected by the disease and by providing medical reassurance to the British personnel deployed to the region. ‘From delivering helicopters and Harrier jets to the Falklands conflict in 1982, to acting as a casualty receiving ship in the first Gulf War in 1991 and Adriatic in 1993, Argus has made her mark in a significant way.’ Over six months, the ship’s three Merlin helicopters and detachment from 1 Assault Group Royal Marines helped deliver much-needed equipment, supplies and food packages to remote areas of Sierra Leone. "The award of the Admiralty Board Commendation for Argus’ lifetime contribution to defence is a huge honour that I am privileged to accept on behalf of all of those who have served in her over the course of 33 years service."

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: ‘RFA Argus has been an essential part of Britain’s response to Ebola in Sierra Leone. "Today it leaves a country which is getting to grips with this crisis. The number of new weekly Ebola cases has dropped from nearly 500 in November to just 33 this week. But our job is far from finished. One single case left unchecked is enough to cause a resurgence in the disease. Britain will continue to stand alongside the people of Sierra Leone as they fight to bring the number of cases down to zero."

MORE


Monday March 23, 2015 - The lessons of our troubles deliberately ignored as the APC again embarks on a course that led to the first armed rebellion to free the people from the shackles of APC repression and slavery. The inner unrepentant and undemocratic core of the party still at work plotting another "APC rule forever" fiefdom.These are the victims of state-sponsored brutality as APC thugs attacked the offices of the main opposition SLPP in 2009.

Twenty four years ago on March 23rd 1991 the first modern armed incursion into Sierra Leone territory began with the first shots heard in Bomaru, eastern Sierra Leone. It was the start of the first armed rebellion against a despotic, repressive and human rights-abusing system that killed off any and all forms of opposition and dissent. It was the first armed opposition from outside against a system that had subverted the will of the people and created hell on earth for all who were believed to be in opposition to the stranglehold of the peoples' desire for freedom and expression. Thus was the RUF rebel war initiated that was finally brought to an end in 2002 with then President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah officially declaring that the war was over.

Thirteen years after the war was declared over, a handful of unrepentant, wicked and power-hungry beasts, the anti-people scum of the APC party are at it again as they try to subvert the democratic principles enshrined in the 1991 Constitution to suit their notion of democracy as found in the pages of the 1978 APC One Party constitution of Sierra Leone - a document that provided an arena for the breakdown of decency in life and living desired by the people. It was not uncommon those days to hear of "alleged coup plots" uncovered by so-called security forces that had become Sierra Leone's version of Haiti's Tonton Macoutes of the Duvalier era. It was the APC that created a system where the concept of "careless talk" was pursued with unalloyed vigour that gave security forces unbridled power to suppress and repress free speech. Bars, social activities and public gatherings were areas infiltrated by his informants who had to earn their keep by informing on people with quite a large volume of reports manufactured against people considered pro-democrats and who yearned for free speech and expression. The Ministry of Information was forced to create a special vote from the Consolidated Fund to cater for a group of APC informants and they were collectively known as Information Agents with names supplied by the APC Secretariat as a way of keeping the machinery oiled.

It is on record that it was the APC that undertook the first post-colonial execution in 1971 when Brigadier John Bangura was hanged. Others who faced the gallows included Major F M Jawara and one RSM Kolugbonda. This was the beginning of violence against all those believed to have been critical of the APC. One commentator says that this judicial murder of Brigadier John Bangura opened the floodgates for more executions during the Stevens era. On July 19th 1975, a one-time fiery activist of the party one Mohamed Sorie Forna was among another group of Sierra Leoneans who faced the gallows at Pademba Road in Freetown. Did we read somewhere the APC stating that it was not a party of violence? Ask the opposition SLPP party on the 2009 attack on their party headquarters and for those who were around - ask the people of Ginger Hall in Freetown. Please read this article very carefully and we hope you will have am idea of the justice system that the APC loves to wallow in. We say no more.

MORE


Sunday March 22, 2015 - The supreme law of the land, the Constitution is violated with utter contempt for the people of Sierra Leone as the rat and his cabal refuse to learn from the lessons of history. Condemnation from civil society, the Bar Association, the Sierra Leone Labour Congress and all concerned Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone.Sierra Leone's own home grown Hitler. The monster who believes he should tamper with the Constitution and get away with it.Legal luminary, the one and only Dr Abdulai Conteh.

Mark 10:45New International Version (NIV) - 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

After plunging the country into a freefall of lawlessness, violence and utter contempt for the rule of law resulting in a decade-long war, the nation wreckers are at it again - interpreting the Constitution as it fits their warped minds and not caring about the consequences. Even though the supreme law of the land clearly states the circumstances under which the post of the Vice President could be deemed vacant as well as what needs to be done should that occur, the rat and his cabal in an unconstitutional and illegal move have ignored all the provisions of the Constitution. This makes the rat the subject of impeachment proceedings for going against the Constitution which he took an oath to protect and defend.

Despite written protestations from Sierra Leoneans versed in constitutional matters that his moves against a sitting Vice President was illegal, the rat, buoyed on by ill-informed and selfish members of his group has gone ahead - squeaking that he has "Executive Authority" and could therefore violate the Constitution went ahead with his dubious scheme and quite clearly an act of treason to "relieve" the Vice President elected by the people of Sierra Leone in the 2012 Presidential elections. Former Attorney General and Justice Minister Dr Abdulai Conteh has reminded the rat and his cabal on the illegaility of their action. "Membership of a political party is a qualification for election to the office, but nowhere is it stated in the Constitution that membership or continuing membership is a necessary qualification for or coterminous with continuing or remaining in office. In the midst of fighting the devastating scourge of the Ebola virus which is set to bring our dear country and our neighbours to ruination, we should all strive as Team Sierra Leone, to beat back this scourge and not dissipate scarce human and other resources and goodwill on avoidable and needless diversions."

We shall resist this criminal and illegal move using all means necessary for we know just how far we have come to get to this stage and no disciple of satan will be allowed to take us down the path we have said with one voice that we would never again tread.

MORE


Monday March 16, 2015 - As investigations hone in on the real culprits - those who gave the orders for the illegal contracts, smoke and mirrors rat of a President tries to divert public attention from their plundering by attempting to remove Sierra Leone's Vice President. The accusations were as childish and petty as could only be drummed up by a sick, very sick mind. How dare the APC talk about academic qualifications when quite a good number of its own operatives carry invented titles.Augustine Baker has died of the Ebola Virus Disease. He risked his life to cater for orphans created by the scourge. His wife has also died of the disease.A terrified child suspected of having contracted the disease is led away. The uncaring rat and his cabal do not care - only interested in the money.

We would want to remind all those directly linked to the massive looting of funds meant for the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease that they were given seven days, by the Auditor General to come up with supporting documents that saw a massive looting of the funds meant for the fight against the scourge. We have just refreshed the pages of the report and came across this - 3.2.4 PROCUREMENT FOR THE SUPPLY OF TWENTY (20) AMBULANCES VALUED AT US$ 1,050,000. Review of the records for the above contract revealed that the contract was awarded to Kingdom Security Logistics. Analysis of the contract in line with the NPPA rules regarding Sole-Source Procurement for Emergency Needs revealed significant audit observations on the lapses in the procurement process.

It must be noted that the arrangement for making direct payments to Uni-world was not factored in the contract agreement and there was no evidence to show that Uniworld was a party to the contract. Uniworld General Trading Llc is based in Dubai a recent place of interest of the rat whom we suspected had joined the ranks of corrupt African operatives who use this new channel to launder ill-gotten gains. We have noted with interest that the Dubai-based UNIWORLD GENERAL TRADING LLC states on its website that it is involved in Procurement, Trading business activities - and there's a contact person on one of the sites - one Alhaji Maju Bah.

Sunday March 8, 2015 -The world observes International Women's Day with a theme that calls on all those in authority to make the lot of the woman easier. This year's theme "Make It Happen" is an urgent call to all governments to treat women as equals in terms of opportunities.The blood soaked body of the murdered Musu Conteh. She was killed while protesting for her rights in Sierra LeoneOne of the victims of the Bumbuna armed police action sent to the area by the rat. She received several shots from automatic weapons wielded by the APC party police, the OSD.

The world is today celebrating the lives of women while calling on all those in authority to put words on paper into action and give women their rightful place in all spheres of public endeavour. Indeed as Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, for International Women’s Day 2015 has noted in this year's message - "Women want their leaders to renew the promises made to them. They want leaders to recommit to the Beijing Declaration, to the Platform for Action, and to accelerated and bolder implementation. They want more of their leaders to be women. And they want those women, together with men, to dare to change the economic and political paradigms. Gender parity must be reached before 2030, so that we avert the sluggish trajectory of progress that condemns a child born today to wait 80 years before they see an equal world. Today, on International Women’s Day, we call on our countries to “step it up” for gender equality, with substantive progress by 2020. Our aim is to reach ‘Planet 50:50’ before 2030. The world needs full equality in order for humanity to prosper. Empower women, empower humanity. I am sure you can picture an equal world!"

Today is a time to remember the fate of women (and indeed girls) in Sierra Leone where rape and other forms of violence against them appear to be encouraged by the law as victims are subjected to all manner of tactics aimed at discouraging them from reporting while protecting their abusers. We have in the past highlighted the plight of women and girls and how they are treated like wares to be used and abused as thought fir by the oppressors and rapists passing off as government and other officials. It is no secret that pupils and students at various strata of education are forced to endure abuse and molestation at the hands of the looters of state coffers just so they can pay their way through school. The International Rescue Committee's unit in Sierra Leone in one report talks about rape victims reaching a mindset where instead of outing their violators get blamed for the outrage committed against them - "women and girls are regularly blamed for the rapes they suffer and assailants are rarely prosecuted...a dedicated team help dozens of girls like Fulamatu every month at the IRC’s three Rainbow Centres – facilities that provide medical care, counselling, legal aid and educational support for survivors of sexual violence...the vast majority of clients are girls who have been sexually assaulted by men whom they know — neighbours, relatives, even pastors. And this is Sierra Leone, peace time Sierra Leone - a country that should have woken up from the nightmare of the war in which rape was used as a weapon of war. Today is also a day for all decent and justice-loving Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone to remember one woman. Musu Conteh who was shot and killed by machine gun wielding state forces because she dared to lead a protest against working conditions at Bumbuna.

As Sierra Leone struggles to eradicate the Ebola Virus Disease from our communities, we pay our respects and homage to all those women in the front lines - those women who put their lives at risk to comfort the affected and who in turn got the disease and passed away. We salute the women health delivery workers - the nurses and doctors, mothers, grand mothers, relations and all those who risked everything including their lives so that others may live. We salute all our women health delivery workers praying that the Good Lord will reward them.

We salute women all over the world and pray that the oppressed and enslaved will be free and given equal rights one fine day.

MORE


Saturday February 28, 2014 - Panic stations in the thieving and uncaring domain of the rat after the first exposure...and this is just the tip of the massive corruption and stealing of funds meant to combat the deadly Ebola Virus disease. Time to start thinking about referring the rat and his cabal to a tribunal for crimes against the people. As people continue to perish in the wake of the onslaught by the Ebola Virus Disease, the uncaring and thieving cabal tried to creat a ruse to divert attention from their looting of funds meant to fight the scourge.

The corridors of State House in Freetown have been the scene of panic, confusion and consternation as a part of the massive corruption over the use of funds to combat the deadly Ebola Virus Disease is laid bare in the recent report of the Auditor General - "Report on the Audit of the Management of the Ebola Funds". In the process of trying to smother the fallout of this disgraceful, shameful and inhuman episode, apologists of the thieving band of murderers and uncaring plunderers of resources meant to combat the disease have been falling over each other in trying to distract public attention from the thieving exploits and banditry of the uncaring cabal. First there was the war of words and authority over who should comment and take action on the report. One repugnant character terming himself as leader of the House of Representatives went as far as to publicly challenge the authority of the head of the Anti Corruption Commission telling all those who had been summoned to appear before the Commission not to heed the call. After what can only be seen as a pantomime of cover orchestrated by the rat at State House, both shameless individuals issued a rather inane statement insisting that they were now working together to bring the culprits to justice. We are not impressed because we see both the Anti Corruption Commission headed by Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara and that apology for all things honourable singing from the same sheet - protecting the rat at State House.

If the past is anything to go by, we would not be surprised to have startling revelations as to how funds were raised by various government officials within and outside the country and we would urge the Auditor General and the Anti Corruption Commission to look into the activities of our missions abroad with a view to ascertaining the funds and resources raised and how these were disbursed. We would continue to ask about the fate of those workers who were dismissed because they went on strike for their pay which had not been forthcoming. Have they been paid their just dues - we mean their monies? Now we know why genuine workers who risked their lives were not paid as the recent audit report shows that the Ebola funds were plundered by uncaring and shameless officials with close links to State House from where orders were issued as to who should have those fraudulent contracts.

Monday March 2, 2015 -Update: We've just heard the Vice President of Sierra Leone Sam Sumana on the BBC saying he has put himself into quarantine.

MORE


Sunday February 15, 2015 - It is another Sunday and all who fear and believe in the powers of the Good Lord would be singing His praises, praying that all those who made money, all those who gained/benefited from the death and suffering of thousands of Sierra Leoneans would get their just due.Sierra Leone's Auditor-General Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce

We had stated it all along - that the uncaring rat and his cabal were in the fight against the dreaded and deadly Ebola Virus Disease for one and only one thing - making money from the suffering masses. Rampant stealing of funds meant for the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.They never cared about the misery of Sierra Leoneans. They never really cared about the many suffering families affected by the ravaging disease. They never cared about the many health care workers including cleaners, drivers, nurses and doctors who perished in the frontlines as they threw everything they had to try and combat and possibly halt the rampaging disease that was claiming and continues to claim the lives of many Sierra Leoneans in towns, communities and families. All the uncaring beasts of no nation were interested in was - how much money they could make out of the suffering and death that is a hallmark of the Ebola Virus Disease. The new audit report of the Auditor General titled "Report on the Audit of the Management of the Ebola Funds" has confirmed what we had suspected and many knew all along. That the rat and his accomplices would not think twice about walking on the corpses of the Ebola dead to grease their filthy pockets, increase their bank accounts and show off their blood-dripped wealth to shameless admirers who feed deep on corruption, rot and filthy lucre. And this is just the tip of the iceberg or as somebody put it - we are just seeing the nostrils of the hippo of corruption with the main activities controlled by the rat himself yet to emerge and we do hope that the tax payers of the Western countries especially those in EU countries and the United States would now sit up and take a good look at the ogre they had been dealing with parading himself as the President of our rich but extremely poor country - Sierra Leone. Kindly take a look at a part of the report on the cesspit that is the main referral hospital in the capital Freetown - the Connaught Hospital in front of which we saw a picture that depicts the state of Sierra Leone's health delivery system with pigs - piglets and lactating sows at the entrance of a once-pristine and fit for purpose establishment.

On this Sunday, February 15, 2015 - we pray that the Good Lord as the Great Judge will punish all those who stole funds meant for the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease. Now we know why Pallor Conteh was made head of the Ebola Response Centre. Now we know why, despite reports of the Auditor General, the thieving rat has never used his executive powers to punish thieves - (he's one of them.) Now we know why he could use the state of emergency to lock up journalists he is displeased with, locks up people in Kono but fails to use the same powers to bring to book all those mentioned in the latest report. May they all, everyone of them we pray eat of the bread of sorrow as we pray that the Good Lord in His mercy will have pity on the victims of these heartless and shameless uncaring and thieving cabal. AMEN

MORE
Sunday January 25, 2014 - UK nurse laid low by the Ebola Virus Disease has recovered. Fully. Pauline Cafferkey tells the BBC that she is very happy to be alive. She had given up hope at one point as she waited for the inevitable. Welcome back to the world of the living Pauline.

The first person to be confirmed as an Ebola patient in the United Kingdom has fully recovered. UK nurse Pauline Cafferkey admitted in her first broadcast interview with the BBC that she had felt like giving up the fight after her defence system was ravaged and savaged by the unrelenting beast known as the Ebola Virus Disease that wanted to claim her life. We give thanks to the Good Lord that the medical team that was with her never gave up and continued the fight as she hung on doggedly to dear life. Indeed many who had been following her case as she lay in the UK treatment facility had quite some nervous moments when after reports that she was doing well and coping things appeared to have been turned on its head with fresh reports saying that she was critical. Many have heard that ominous statement before; many were led to believe that it was another lost battle as had been the case for many whose condition had been described as critical while receiving treatment, be it abroad or in Sierra Leone.

As the BBC reminds us, Pauline is the second UK citizen to recover from the ravages of the vicious killer disease, the first being William Pooley who after his recovery and the hours of pain and anxiety before coming out safely gave an impression of not wanting to ever get near anywhere the disease was present, especially Sierra Leone. But that was not to be for as he himself had stated, he had seen people succumb to the disease and knew what it was like after his ordeal - and indeed went back to Sierra Leone where he's now helping in the battle against the devious and vicious killer disease. The BBC has this on Pauline - Speaking after being discharged from the Royal Free Hospital, in London, Ms Cafferkey, from Cambuslang, in South Lanarkshire, thanked staff who she said had saved her life. "I am just happy to be alive. I still don't feel 100%, I feel quite weak, but I'm looking forward to going home," she added.  Recent figures put out by the authorities in Sierra Leone appear to indicate a slowing down of the rate of infection and while this may be good news, we would urge that true figures be published so that those engaged in the fight would gear themselves up for what appears to be a lull in the battle against the disease. This is the time where contact tracing, testing and treatment should be our priority and reports made as transparently as possible for we fear that political considerations by some ill-disposed persons would witness the concealment of the afflicted and with that the rise of secret burials too.

MORE


Tuesday January 20, 2015 - The Lord is good and should be praised in all that we do. The true story of a real Ebola Virus Disease survivor is revealed in the AWOKO newspaper. The story of Juniette Ayodele Macauley is a story of faith, coping with tragedy and a revelation of the wily and dangerous nature of the disease. It's a warning that we all must be on guard and not take things for granted.A real Ebola Virus Disease victim Junietta Ayodele Macauley. She gave an insight into how the virus deceives people as it prepares to take away their lives. Praise the Lord.The late businessman Aki Macauley - a victim of the Ebola Virus Disease

The story of Mrs Junietta Ayodele Macauley, carried on the pages of the AWOKO newspaper is a must read for all who care about our country and its people. It is a story that clearly highlights the wily, slippery and treacherous nature of the disease as it destroys the immune systems of victims, renders them helpless and hopeless before clawing them from the land of the living as we know it. It is indeed a story that should be read over and over again - a tragic story with an outcome that says quite a lot about our perception of the Ebola Virus Disease and how it deceives the stricken to the point of no return.

We join her as she mourns the loss of two great people in her life - her husband Akie and eldest son Otto whose precious lives were taken away by the sinister and odious disease that continues to raise its deadly head like a venomous snake to strike and kill the unwary. We pray that the Good Lord in His mercy will comfort Mrs Macauley and give rest, perfect rest to the souls of her husband and son. What a loss and what a brave woman!!! Here's an excerpt from the AWOKO pages - "Speaking to Awoko in an exclusive interview, Junietta sent a message of hope to all Ebola patients and survivors; “Keep the faith; be determined to get well; and finally stick to the treatments as provided or prescribed,” she advised. Junietta Ayodele Macauley is no stranger to corpses and caskets, for donkey years now; she has been the proprietress of ‘Columbia Davies funeral parlor’ a lucrative business in Sierra Leone. However, the business recently experienced a financial nosedive as a result of the Ebola outbreak; and this was just a prelude as to the storm that was about to follow the Macauley family."

We say let the people of God in a loud voice say - AMEN and continue praising the Good Lord for His enduring mercies. From the jaws of death, He has delivered a sister, mother, grand mother and above all a Sierra Leonean from the jaws of death. Praise the Lord.

MORE


Tuesday January 6, 2014 - Lest we forget - it was on this day sixteen years ago in 1999 that the murderous band of rapists, arsonists, abductors and beasts in human form collectively known as the AFRC/RUF coalition of evil otherwise known as the beasts invaded the country's capital Freetown unleashing mindless violence on civilians whose only crime was that they had cried for freedom and justice. Over five thousand were killed.

Now sixteen years later we have to keep reminding the world of what these sub-humans did to Sierra Leoneans. We published this reminder in 2012 - again so that those who were not yet born or indeed could not understand why they were the target of these sub-humans could get to know more and appreciate the sacrifices made by others that Sierra Leone may be free of the scourge, of the pestilence that was the Johnny Paul Koroma/Foday Sankoh war machine of unbridled cruelty and mass murder that could have shamed the hordes of Genghis Khan of yore. We continue to see the beneficiaries of this mayhem in their justification for the mindless mayhem insisting that it was all the fault of the late President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah - that he should have had a dialogue with the beast Foday Sankoh and that if he had done that Sierra Leone would have been spared. This is like saying that because Winston Churchill of England refused to sit at a table with another beast named Adolf Hitler, the persecution of the Jews, the enslavement of many of the peoples of Europe in countries that were overrun by the Nazi war machine, the concentration camps should be put squarely at the foot of Winston Churchill. May the Good Lord punish all those who continue to justify the carnage unleashed upon the innocent and unarmed civilians of Sierra Leone.

Kindly allow us to remind you of the opening lines of the summary of the Human Rights Watch report on the January 6, 1999 atrocities - "Sierra Leone - Getting Away with Murder, Mutilation, Rape"

"As the rebels took control of street after street, they turned their weapons on the civilian population. By the end of January, both government and independent sources estimated that several thousands of civilians had been killed. The rebels dragged entire family units out of their homes and murdered them, hacked off the hands of children and adults, burned people alive in their houses, and rounded up hundreds of young women, took them to urban rebel bases, and sexually abused them. At the trial of Charles Taylor, one RUF commander who was among those who entered Freetown one Alimamy Bobson Sesay painted a graphic picture of what they did to civilians after they were forced from State House. We pray that the Good Lord in His mercy will grant all those who perished the peace only He can give. That survivors of the mindless violence would be comforted by His Grace. AMEN

MORE


Monday December 22, 2014 - The audit report for 2013 is out and its the same old rot. The rampant thieving of the people's money, the lack of accountability, a determination to flout all financial rules and regulations and through it all - the thieving hands of the rat and his gang of looters of state coffers.The Auditor General Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce.

The 2013 audit report into the accounts of the Sierra Leone government as well as associated institutions is now out and it does not make good reading for all those wishing the country well as instances of massive financial irregularities are laid bare by the Auditor-General Mrs Lara Taylor-Pearce. One would have believed that given the various recommendations made in previous audit reports, those controlling the purse strings of the peoples' resources would have mended their ways and would have done the right thing as required by the country's financial regulations, orders as well as the Constitution.

This audit report has a special focus on the country's procurement methods - rules of procurement as against what obtains on the ground with these provisions aimed at giving true stewardship of how the peoples' resources are managed/mismanaged thrown to the winds. Indeed in the introduction to this year's report which has been given a qualified "except for" opinion, the Auditor-General has stated -

"It must be noted that the various issues giving rise to my qualified ‘except for’ opinion are very serious in terms of their effect on the accounts, and need to be dealt with urgently. Unfortunately, they serve to further confirm the government’s widely held reputation of being unable to decisively deal with poor public financial management. Our public servants could and should do better. As I have said before, with a stronger commitment and willingness to address public financial management reform and strong enforcement of existing well-established laws and regulations, the matters could be put right quickly as other countries have done. That is the responsibility of the government and all public officials. Parliamentarians, Ministers and public sector managers at all levels need to provide leadership in not accepting petty and grand corruption as normative. Those in position to do so should follow the money when things go wrong. As citizens, none of us should ever accept fiduciary irresponsibility from those charged with holding the strings of the public purse. To do so is morally corrosive, erodes our civic rights and damages our hard-won young democracy." 

MORE


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power - Abraham Lincoln

Monday February 3, 2014 - Accounting for the country's resources - an anathema for the government of the rat where simple arithmetic becomes a complex equation aimed at covering the tracks of charlatans bent on taking the country down the road to infamy - never mind the "re-branding" mantra.The anti corruption head who cannot raise a finger against the rat's corruption den

We have waited, we have watched, we have tried to figure out why since the audit of government accounts for 2012 was made public, none of the sewer rats extolling the virtues of the King Rat and who see no wrong in his manipulation of Parliament and the Judiciary, have commented on the massive thieving going on in the affairs of state. We can only come to the very painful conclusion that since they are all beneficiaries of the thieving machine, they dare not make a squeak in that direction lest they lose their part of the loot. Rather than tell their overlords that the thieving would in the end lead the country to the same state that the country would never want to tread again, the pay-as-you-go writers, refuse to acknowledge that the massive thieving now going on could lead to one and only one thing - the disintegration of community, region and state with dire consequences for all innocent Sierra Leoneans who continue to suffer in silence and are not a part of the state resources plundering machine oiled and kept running from the heart of State House itself. You would think it is the God-given right of King Rat and his caboodle to steal, steal and steal. That they are not accountable to anyone not even their conscience, assuming there's any left in the pool of moral bankruptcy in which they swim exposing their ill-gotten wealth. The reckless spending of the peoples' resources and wealth highlighted in audit reports, like this AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF OVERSEAS MISSIONS AND HIGH COMMISSIONS FOR THE PERIOD 1ST JANUARY 2003 TO 31ST DECEMBER 2010 and the failure to hold those responsible to account shows all too clearly that the smoke and mirrors State House occupant does not care about such reports and so it was with quite some interest when we heard that he was trying to make good on Sierra Leone's suspension from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Why the suspension? Again the government and the various functionaries simply cannot figure out their basic arithmetic and this from a rat who once headed an insurance body that did simple and somehow complex sums that determined just how much the insured should pay on a monthly or yearly basis or whatever time reference in question. In the EITI all that is being asked for is transparency and some honesty in reporting what is paid into government coffers by the various industries - and this is not confined to mining alone as oil blocks sales and allied fields appear to be yielding more money into the coffers (read thieving paws of the rat of a President). On the website of EITI there's an interesting report for Wednesday January 22 with the headline - "Big jump in revenues from Sierra Leone's extractives sector" with the sweetener that "revenues are up by almost four times but remain a small part of the economy".

SMOKE AND MIRRORS OCCUPANT OF STATE HOUSE GOES BERSERK - SEES MORE THAN RED IN JOURNALISTS WHO REFUSE TO BOW DOWN AND WORSHIP AT HIS ALTAR OF UNBRIDLED CORRUPTION, FALSEHOOD, CHICANERY AND SHEER INCOMPETENCE.

The intriguing story of journalists detained, harassed, arrested and molested - and all because a self-styled monarch in a republic called Sierra Leone Republic alleges he is compared to a rat. If it squeaks like a rat, sniffs the air for deals of any nature and smells of massive corruption, then its a rat - rattus rattus. Photo: Ariogbo

MORE


 
Wednesday October 12, 2011 - The truth is finally out. Now we know why the high priest at the altar of falsehood, profanities and indecency dedicated to the smoke and mirrors President expunged those articles from his web site reaffirming once more that for a few dollars more he would be willing to lie on oath in order to earn his supper. And this from a so-called man of the cloth who has been caught out more often than not - lying to his face and feeling good about it.

We now know why those articles were expunged from the web site of the high priest who thinks nothing of lying through his teeth to please his masters at State House in Freetown. Remember what he wrote about the Bo incident in which one man was reported killed by the police, some structures belonging to the APC ruling party torched and the flag bearer of the main opposition SLPP Brigadier (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio got hurt? The pro-APC, pro_Ernest Bai Koroma publications had a field day with each tabloid trying to outdo the other in presenting a feel-good article that would be pleasing to their paymaster/s at State House. It was a time to write articles pleasing to their handlers at State House. And please recall too that when the President ordered an investigation, we pleaded that no comment be made that would somehow appear to blame anyone? This piece of advice given in good faith was ignored and just to please his master, his mammon at State House the high priest at the altar of lies, falsehood and profanities dedicated to his god ernest bai koroma published articles blaming people left, right and centre as well as here, there and everywhere and even going as far as to suggest that there was no one at the APC party office in Bo on that day? Well we now have a copy of that report and we can state here that the reason why those articles were expunged was because the report showed that what had been published, as usual was a big and deliberate lie aimed at keeping his master happy. And pleasing his master we doubt very much because we know that there are good and honest people at State House, real professional journalists and civil servants who would always frown on anyone who on one hand gloats about a diplomatic appointment while on the other becoming the chief fabricator and purveyor of lies, more lies and damned lies.

Below are some of the headlines, the articles of which were expunged and for which action we demanded an explanation. None was forthcoming, none was expected. That is what happens when you, as we say "broke congosah" on the gossiping liar's head.

Reports : SLPP rally in Bo was unlawful and unauthorized and was recipe for chaos orchestrated by Maada Bio, John Benjamin and Abbass Bundu

Journalist says the chaos in Bo was well-planned by the SLPP

Where is the blood ? The biggest hoax since ‘Janet Bundle’ ?

Exclusive : How Maada Bio got hurt in Bo

EXCLUSIVE : More ringleaders of the Bo disturbances named, as SLPP forms clandestine organization to drive out all APC supporters

Among the key findings of the report after investigating the Bo incident was

1. The SLPP thank you rally was legal.

2. That Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio was indeed wounded during the attack.

3. That the APC Office was occupied by APC supporters on the day of the attack and that even before then preparations had been made to attack the Maada Bio march in Bo with instructions given to women allied to the APC to collect stones.

4. Stoning was started by APC supporters from their party office.

5. The SLPP supporters attacked and torched structures of the APC.

6. One bike rider was shot and killed by a named policeman who still remains free.

We will now bring you most of the expunged articles so that you can see further proof of the devious methods of a compulsive liar and we daresay the typical "kongosah bench" carrier.

MORE


Yearning for the mother country?

The right choice is Kevin McPhilips Travel

©Sierra Herald 2002