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What's the point of a 100-day Benchmark three years After the Fact ?

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Julius Maada Bio has been president of Sierra Leone since April 4, 2018. One hundred days from that date is Friday, July 13, 2018. So why are Sierra Leoneans talking about his “First 100 Days” more than two years after he took office?What's the importance of his first 100 days as a  benchmark for an administration when non-mining activities are still constrained by the lack of access to power and good roads; and corruption and undeveloped human capital continue to deter investors?
Sierra Leone still ranked 43rd among 47 countries in the region, and although its economic freedom improved earlier in the decade, Sierra Leone fell back into the repressed category in 2019 and remains there in 2020. 

An influential public policy organization in the United States calls Sierra Leone 'one of the world’s 10 most impoverished and least developed countries' with the most pressing areas for improvement being financial freedom, government integrity, and labor freedom.

Moreover, Sierra Leo…

Sierra Leone law firm calls action taken against their colleagues 'dangerous and unprecedented'

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Yada Williams & Associates, barristers, and solicitors in Freetown, Sierra Leone have written a letter to the president of the Bar Association about what they call 'unworthy attack on the persons and integrity of senior legal practitioners in the course of carrying out their duties.' 
Dear Sir,RE: THE UNWORTHY ATTACK ON THE PERSONS AND INTEGRITY OF SENIORLEGAL PRACTITIONERS IN THE COURSE OF CARRYING OUT THEIR DUTIES;INTRODUCTION:We refer to the above-mentioned matter and write to convey our dismay anddissatisfaction with the findings of Honourable Sir Justice Biobele Georgewill againstAjibola Emmanuel Manly-Spaine Esq. and the firm of Basma & Macaulay, legalpractitioners and members of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, whilst sitting as theChairman and Sole Commissioner in Commission of Inquiry No. 1 and to call foraction against the said findings by the Sierra Leone Bar Association.ACCOUNTABILITY & THE RULE OF LAW:Diverse occurrences in Sierra Leone confirm with mu…

Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority and the prescient remark about Savage Street Bridge

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Two years ago, an executive director at Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority told everybody who would listen that the Savage Street Bridge was a disaster waiting to happen. “I would like to fix it if I had the mandate,” he reportedly told officials from the Ministry of Finance at public budget hearings held in Freetown.

A prescient remark, given that Savage Street Bridge collapsed today. 

This May,  David Panda Noah, described as—one of the brains behind the SLPP election team, which engineered access to the electoral commission’s election database in 2018—took office as Sierra Leone's Minister of Internal Affairs.
No doubt about it, Noah has his work cut out at internal affairs.  You can't help but wonder what he could have done differently.
Or what he would say if Awoko reached out for comment. (Savage Street Bridge is a disaster waiting to happen, says SLRSA Boss, by Zainab Iyamide Joaque)

Press release from the Sierra Leone Road Safety AuthorityThe board and management of the Sie…

Who decides for Sierra Leone? The ICSID, ICC, or the People of Lunsar?

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In case you missed it, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal has announced that the ICSID, a World Bank Group, has refused to restrain the west African country from pursuing criminal proceedings against several employees of the claimant’s local subsidiary.

According to Global Arbitration Review, a business law website, the subsidiary had "been accused of inciting a deadly riot before the case was dropped without charge."In October 2019, a subsidiary of a London-based commodity trader applied to a court in the United States of America to confirm an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) emergency arbitrator order that directedSierra Leone to lift measures prohibiting the export of high-grade iron ore – a dispute that has also given rise to the threat of an ICSID claim.

ICC is the institutional representative of more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries. According to their website, their "mission is to make business work…

IMF African Department backs Freetown mayor, responds to Property Tax Reform

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The International Monetary Fund's African Department has called Freetown's City Council (FCC) Property Tax Reform "good reform" in a statement released this weekend. According to Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the rate for 80% of residents in Freetown, #SierraLeone, is still less than 500,000 Leones ($52) per year. Or 42,000 Leones ($4.50) per month, so the FCC can deliver services they couldn’t deliver before.

The African Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) oversees the IMF’s operations and engagement with 45 countries across Africa, spanning the three main pillars of IMF work—policy advice, lending operations, and technical assistance. Their responsibilities also include building strategic partnerships and dialogue with senior policymakers and institutions across the region.

"We fully support the reform that appears to be in line with the best regional practice," they said of the Freetown City Council's Property Tax Reform. "While the…

TAKE ACTION to #FreeSheikhUmarrKamarah in Sierra Leone

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Dr. Sheikh Umarr Kamarah is an American citizen of Sierra Leonean descent who needs your support. He has been unfairly accused of and detained for crimes in Sierra Leone that he did not commit. Dr. Kamarah’s family, friends, and broad community demand his immediate release. He is scheduled to return to the US with a repatriation flight on June 9 that he must be allowed to board. His arrest appears to be highly politically motivated though he is not a politician.

Dr. Kamarah cares deeply about his native country, his American home, and his family. He is a devoted husband, father, brother, and uncle. In the US, he is a linguistics professor at Virginia State University, but he currently works in community relations and development for SL Mining in Sierra Leone. When he found out he was wanted, he righteously turned himself in to police, but we are demanding all charges against Dr. Kamarah be dropped.

To support Dr. Kamarah, please call the following offices and assert that Dr. Kamarah mus…

'Sierra Leone should not be left to the whims of political combatants alone'

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“It’s very difficult to reflect this neglect through photography, In Sierra Leone, a prisoner is nobody, and a young prisoner is nothing.” ~ Fernando Moleres© Fernando Moleres

Since the resident coordinator of the United Nations in Sierra Leone released a statement condemning the violence in the post-war country,  President Julius Maada Bio has accused the main opposition party of orchestrating the violence while refusing to allow human rights sources to identify those who were killed by security forces on April 29, or addressing the arbitrary arrest of Sylvia Blyden and others. Amnesty International Sierra Leone has called for their release. 

Reaction to the president's speech has been swift.
“It is shocking, the claims the president is making,” said party spokesman Sidi Yayah Tunis.
Representatives of the Christian community comprising the Catholic Mission, the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Sierra Lon…