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Andrew Keili: Ponder My Thoughts | 40 Years in Sierra Leone Politics

No doubt about it, Sierra Leone's Andrew Keili writes potent stuff. But read these summary points and then go on to his analysis of the latest fiasco in the country.  1. Accusations against the Auditor General have been vitriolic. 2. Many [Maada Bio] supporters have cited Salone's “You do me ar do you” law. 3. Audits are the same. They indicate the absence of process, procedure, and misuse of government resources. 4. Professional [bodies] can rescind the certification of their members found wanting in egregious circumstances. 5. The Audit SLL Board is missing in action (MIA). 6. Oversight bodies are bypassed in Salone. 7. SLn lawyers are all over the map.  8. Absurdities in the 1991 Constitution. 9. Civil society orga nizations have been co-opted. 11. An exercise in futility. PONDER MY THOUGHTS by Andrew Keili "LARA TAYLOR PEARCE SAGA: NINE LESSONS BUT NO CAROLS" The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Je

Needless loss of lives in Freetown, Sierra Leone

In a somber video posted to social media by Sierra Network Salone, Victor Mengot addressed the latest man-made disaster in Freetown late on Friday. "We know that accidents do occur," Mengot said, "but as Sierra Leoneans pray for the victims the nation must also be aware that it is not an isolated incident." Mengot said he has seen similar disasters in Kenya, Nigeria, and several other countries. "Transporting hazardous cargo is not an easy business," he said.  "We must make sure they are transported safely and by qualified people." Originally an industrial zone, the Wellington area has now become a mixed settlement with shops and a lot of people, making it difficult to respond to a disaster, Mengot noted.  "While we mourn the loss of our citizens, we call upon the oil companies, the government of Sierra Leone, and our citizens, so that when accidents occur they don't rush to the scene to be onlookers," Mengot said. "We need pro