The Author: Boima Morray – Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Corruption has decimated the fabric of Sierra Leone as a country and it has annihilated the hopes of the vulnerable, forgotten and hapless majority of Sierra Leoneans who continue to suffer the indignity of extreme poverty.The commission of inquiry, in my strong view, will be valuable to Sierra Leoneans if the outcome of the commission will have the wherewithal to serve as a panacea for the country’s endemic corruption (negligence, embezzlement, bribery, kickback, nepotism, patronage, extortion, money laundering, et cetera) in terms of driving accountability for past and current corruption, putting measures in place to minimize or prevent future corruption and using recovered funds to address the dire need for food security, pipe-borne water supply and quality healthcare system in Sierra Leone.
Three Commissions of Inquiry were recently established in Sierra Leone by Constitutional Instruments Nos. 64, 65 and 67 of 2018 (“COIs”). The three COIs are characterized by the appointment of a Chairman and Sole Commissioner respectively toexamine the assets, inquire into and investigate the lawful acquisition of assets, and inquire into matters of unexplained wealth for “persons who were President, Vice President, Ministers, Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers; and Heads and Chairmen of Boards of Parastatals, Departments and Agencies within the period from November 2007 to April 2018”. (See common paragraph 4 of the COIS Constitutional Instruments).
In 2015, all countries in the United Nations committed to reducing the number of deaths from these conditions by one-third by 2030. A new analysis predicts that more than 80 percent of the countries will fail to honor this reduction. The findings are published in the Lancet. In order of prevalence, cardiovascular conditions, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes are the four key deadly chronic diseases that account for 80 percent of all premature deaths due to NCD. The new report notes that the target will be achieved only in 35 countries for women and in 30 countries for men, as long as these countries maintain or surpass their 2010-2016 rate of decline in mortality due to chronic diseases. Most of these are high-income countries with an already low mortality rate from these conditions.
Hon. Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, United Kingdom (CPA-UK) on Wednesday 19th September 2018 at Committee Room One Parliament Building engaged a cross section of first time MPs in the Fifth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone in an interactive experience sharing on parliamentary practices and procedures.
Since the shock of former United Nations’ Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s death, I have been reflecting on what made him so special. To my mind, it is simply this: Kofi Annan was both one-of-a-kind and one of us. He was an exceptional global leader — and he was also someone virtually anyone in the world could see themselves in: those on the far reaches of poverty, conflict and despair who found in him an ally; the junior UN staffer following in his footsteps; the young person to whom he said until his dying breath “always remember, you are never too young to lead — and we are never too old to learn.” Like few in our time, Kofi Annan could bring people together, put them at ease, and unite them towards a common goal for our common humanity. There is an old joke: The art of diplomacy is to say nothing especially when you are speaking! Kofi Annan could say everything, sometimes without uttering a word.
By Sia Tiyaama It is becoming increasingly evident that Maada Bio’s victory in the past elections has conjured up the worst in the average supporter of the defeated All People’s Congress (APC) party. This is particularly the case with APC Diaspora supporters who it seems are willing to stop at nothing to destabilize the governance of the nation by making up incredible stories to anyone willing to listen. One such willing and evidently gullible listener is a seemingly obscure member of the British House of Commons called Hon. Neil Coyle who claims to represent Sierra Leoneans living in his constituency of Southwark and Old Bermondsey. This MP’s existence first came to my attention when a video clip showing a session of question time in the British Parliament was sent to me.