Editorial

New Bar Association Leadership: A Revenge of Dictatorship in Sierra Leone

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was first published by the Africanist Press on 7 June, 2016 following the controversial 2016 Sierra Leone Bar Association’s executive elections. The article was republished by several newspapers in Freetown, including The Independent Observer, and Global Times. We republish it today to underline that the current crisis of the Sierra …

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History and the Future of Sierra Leone

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah Five Sierra Leoneans have received doctorate degrees from Northwestern University since the mid-1960s. They include Enid Forde (1966, Geography), Josephus Olufemi Richards (1970, Art History), Gladys Harding (1971, Education), Augustine Stevens (1975, Political Science) and Cecil Magbaily Fyle (1976, History). I am the sixth doctoral graduate and the second historian …

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Sierra Leone: Democracy Must Not Be a Rotational Façade of the Elite

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah It is now clear to all those who have been watching developments in West Africa that the June 2023 elections in Sierra Leone have turned out to be the biggest tragedy in African elections. And the embarrassment is not felt by Sierra Leone’s elite alone, but the shame is equally …

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Dangers of Endorsing or Participating in an Illegitimate Regime

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah At this point, we are all in agreement that the elections in Sierra Leone lacked transparency; which is a key criterion for any democratic election. We also must make it known that any government that is the result of a non-transparent election is one that holds a stolen mandate. In …

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Africanist Press: Two Decades Promoting Democracy and Resisting Corruption in Africa

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah This year – 2022 – marks 20 years since the launch of the Africanist Press as an independent media organization providing a platform for free speech, democracy, and accountable leadership in Africa. Africanist Press journalists have campaigned against corruption and graft across three successive regimes in Sierra Leone. As editor, …

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Sierra Leone: Electoral Commission’s Effort to Cover-up US$10 Million Procurement Scandal

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman The Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (ECSL) held a press conference on Monday 19th September 2022 in Freetown to provide updates on the voter registration exercise. The Commission also attempted to respond to the Africanist Press publication on ECSL’s US$10 million procurement scandal. The Africanist …

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Sierra Leone: Opposition Parliamentarians defend President’s corruption

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was sent to the parliamentary leader of the All Peoples Congress (APC) on 8th July 2022. It was written by Africanist Press Editorial Department in response to public statements made by a member of the APC party in Parliament providing defense for President Julius Maada Bio against corruption reports published …

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Sierra Leone: The Financial Secretary and Money Transfers to London

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah A statement attributed to Sierra Leone’s Financial Secretary, Sahr Jusu is being circulated on social media by government officials to explain and normalize a secret wire transfer of £94,050 to the Sierra Leone High Commission in London in the name of President Julius Maada Bio, who is currently on a …

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Sierra Leone: Foreign Affairs officials and diplomats misspent funds from China meant for its Mission in New York

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman Details of the financial transactions from the banking records of the foreign affairs ministry for fiscal year 2018, during the first months of the Bio Administration, show that foreign affairs officials in Freetown withdrew all of the funds transferred by the Chinese government into the …

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Sierra Leone: Mining Dispute Threatens United States Firms

By Gregory Simpkins The decision by Sierra Leone to shut down the operations of U.S.-owned SL Mining has called into question that government’s commitment to the rule of law with regard to foreign investors. Since the mid-1990s, the U.S. Government has initiated various programs to boost U.S.-Africa trade and investment – from the African Growth …

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