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APC Plays Cynically Dirty With Lethal Ebola Epidemic In South/East Sierra Leone

Posted by African Press International on August 18, 2014

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By Sulay B. Conteh
 
It is almost a full half-year now since the first case of the fatal Ebola epidemic was reported in Kailahun, Eastern Sierra Leone. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the APC Government led by Dr. Earnest Bai Koroma has responded in a series of extraordinarily queer way. This has raised a widespread suspicion about the real intentions of the APC Government regarding its unusual handling of this alien disease.
 
It has just been a little over a year when the Koroma-led APC Government boldly stole the elections and reinstalled itself into second term of office in an unusually unofficial way.  In fact even the Koroma-led APC first term of office could not have come to fruition had it not been for the blind craving for international recognition by late President Kabbah. But all of this is now history not worth any retelling in decent…

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Africa: New report raises concerns about the pace of reform and possible implications for security in Kenya

Posted by African Press International on August 18, 2014

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  • The importance of security in Kenya for regional development makes security in Kenya a regional concern.

LONDON, United-Kingdom, August 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The latest report from Think Security Africa (TSA) (http://www.thinksecurityafrica.org): National Security Profile on the Republic of Kenya, raises concerns about the pace of reform in Kenya, and the need to ensure that existing security challenges do not negatively interact with changes in Kenya’s new political and budgetary arrangements – intended to improve long-term security in Kenya.

The importance of security in Kenya for regional development makes security in Kenya a regional concern. Kenya plays a key role for sub-regional trade and logistics, and this role is set to expand with the inception of Lamu Port and Southern Sudan – Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET).

  • Key findings from the report:

National and regional economic development

Current infrastructure development plans provide…

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Norway to implement new restrictive measures against Russia

Posted by African Press International on August 17, 2014

‘The Government will align itself with the EU’s new restrictive measures against Russia. Since the start of the crisis in Ukraine, Norway has stood united with the EU and other like-minded countries in responding to Russia’s violations of international law. We will do so this time as well,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

In response to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and the destabilisation of eastern Ukraine, the EU has adopted restrictive measures against Russia. The situation in Ukraine has deteriorated further during the past few weeks.

‘Even after the tragedy of the Malaysian airliner that was shot down on 17 July, Russia has not changed its course, but has continued to destabilise the eastern part of Ukraine. This has resulted in the EU and the US introducing extensive restrictive measures against Russia, as they had warned that they would in the event of further destabilisation.

‘Norway will introduce the same measures as those adopted by the EU on 31 July. These measures are a response to Russia’s violation of fundamental principles of the UN Charter. Despite massive international pressure, Russia has not demonstrated any willingness to change its actions in Ukraine, which are in violation of international law,’ said Foreign Minister Brende.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will open a service telephone line on Wednesday 13 August to meet the business sector’s need for information about the new measures.

 

‘The Ministry has recently held a number of meetings with representatives from the Norwegian business sector about the restrictive measures now being adopted. Feedback from the business sector is important for our dialogue with the EU to clarify the details of the measures. The measures leave room for discretion, and we will use our discretion,’ said Mr Brende. 

The Norwegian Parliament (‘Storting’) has been consulted on this matter.

These are the main points included in the measures:

·         The list of individuals and entities subject to asset-freeze measures and travel restrictions will be extended, and the criteria for being included on the list will be expanded.

·         A ban on imports from Crimea and Sevastopol will be introduced; for the same area, it will be prohibited to issue loans or other forms of credit for the development of infrastructure in the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors, it will be prohibited to issue loans or other forms of credit for the exploitation of oil, gas or mineral resources, and the sale or export of key equipment or technology to these sectors in Crimea or Sevastopol will be prohibited.

·         The import and export of arms and defence-related products (List I) to and from Russia and the export of dual-use items and technology (List II) for military end-use in Russia will be prohibited.

·         Buying or selling new bonds, equity or similar financial instruments with a maturity exceeding 90 days issued by five listed Russian financial institutions will be prohibited.

·         Prior authorisation by the Norwegian authorities will be required for the export of certain categories of goods to the Russian petroleum sector. It will be prohibited to export products that are to be used for deep water oil exploration and production, Arctic oil exploration and production, or in shale oil projects in Russia. This ban will apply to new contracts only. Prior authorisation will also be required for financing and services related to these categories of goods.

The Norwegian authorities will shortly clarify the details of the measures that allow discretion, in close consultation with the EU.

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Louis Berger to Oversee Yaoundé-Douala Highway Segment Construction in Cameroon

Posted by African Press International on August 17, 2014

  • Cameroon is a key transit country for the landlocked countries of Central Africa

YAOUNDE, Cameroon, August 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/Louis Berger (http://www.louisberger.com), a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has recently signed a five-year project management contract financed by local funds for the construction of the first segment of the Yaoundé-Douala highway in Cameroon. The total construction value of the project is almost €7million.

The road segment will connect Cameroon’s government and diplomatic hub in Yaoundé to the country’s economic center and deep water port in Douala. The current road between these cities is extremely congested and is one of the deadliest roads in the Central African region, characterized by its many curves, changes in road grade, poor maintenance and heavy truck traffic, including logging semi-tractor trailers. The improvements will result into a straighter 2-lane road motorway, safer and of better quality.

“The new 236-kilometer highway will lead to reduced travel time and will hopefully have a positive impact on the international transportation because Cameroon is a key transit country for the landlocked countries of Central Africa” said Jean-Pierre Dupacq, head of Louis Berger’s operations in Africa.

Louis Berger has more than 50 years of experience in Africa and more than 20 years of experience working in Cameroon. The company’s work in the country includes 10 ongoing projects and more than 20 projects completed in the last twenty years. These projects have included a broad range of  services from institutional strengthening, capacity building and training of the central public authorities, feasibility studies, urban transport planning, regional transportation strategies and project management and construction supervision.

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       SOMALIA: 2016 Election: Optimism, Misgivings, and Leadership Analysis.

Posted by African Press International on August 16, 2014

  • By: Farhia Ali Abdi.

Federal national democratic election is not a new concept to Somalia politics. The country conducted last one person-one-vote democratic election in 1967. The cycle of free elections and democratic system of governance has ended with the assassination of President Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, and the subsequent military coup d’état on October 21, 1969. The civil war in 1991 was the consequence of the military regime’s policies led by Mohamed Siad Bare. During the civil war, the country has gone through few transitional federal governments, leading up to the 2012 election of the current government and the end of the transitional government led by Sharif Sheik Ahmed. The current government was well received and recognized by the Somali people and the international community. Apparently, its term ends with a general election set to take place in 2016. Therefore, the government put forward a ‘vision 2016’ in order to develop a legitimate democratic process in the country. It is worth mentioning that majority of Somalis and in particular, those who were young or born during the civil war have not experienced a democratic system of government and have very little knowledge about government institutions.

Currently, the present government is under siege by Al Shabab, who repeatedly stage attacks that successfully penetrate the heart of the government seats, such as the presidential palace and the house of parliament. The government’s survival depends on more than twenty thousand African led peacekeeping troops (AMISON) from Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenyan, Sierra Leone, and Djibouti, which are deployed in and around Mogadishu. The country is struggling with rule of law, constitutional constraints, inadequate governance, public security and unresolved national grievances.  Moreover, although government focused more effort to squash Al Shabab with the help of AMISON and Somali National Army; the challenges facing the country are real and undeniable. In the face of these mounting challenges would it be realistic to conduct a liberal democracy based on a one-person one-vote election process in 2016?

Vision 2016 and optimism:

On September 2, 2013, the Somalia President hosted a five-day national conference (‘Vision 2016’) held in Mogadishu with 200 delegates in attendance. The ‘Vision 2016’ is intended as a national dialogue expected to focus on key issues on the Somali’s future, developing federal systems, democracy, arranging the constitution and setting up a policy for the country to have free and fair elections held in 2016. This conference was in preparation for the government’s invitation to Brussels for the New Deal conference on Sept 16, 2013. At “Vision 2016,” the President expressed his government’s vision for the remainder of his term.

“The objective of the Conference was to advance a Somali-owned political process and to solicit the opinions of the Somali people, including members of parliament, regional authorities, civil-society groups and experts, as well as members of the diaspora to ensure the constitutional review and implementation process, together with the process of transitioning to democratic legitimacy.” The theme addressed by delegates were constitutional development, review, oversight and implementation; models of federalism, good governance and reform; the electoral process and party politics, and political outreach, public engagement, reconciliation and justice.

While some Somalis and international community members felt that the vision was carefully thought out and an appropriate solution for the country’s problems; the question remains whether there is enough time between now and the government’s end of the term to implement all the critical elements and hold a genuine national election. The President rebuffs any calls for re-evaluating the ambitions of the 2016 election and is adamant “by the end of the term of the current Federal Government of Somalia in September 2016, there shall be no attempts for extension of the mandate whatever the excuse.” This vision could be groundbreaking for the country, if it is handled well. If it is only a rush to make a point or political gain, it will neither help the country nor make the vision a reality.

Public and International misgivings:

Although the international community funded and supported the conference in Mogadishu, concerns about its outcome persist. The United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador Nicholas Kay, who addressed the conference of September 2nd, 2013, has told Sabahi that for the government to review its constitution and then hold a referendum and elections by 2016 is “a mighty hill to climb.” He adds that “the federal government is tasked to move Somalia towards a genuine transition to democracy in the space of just three years… this is a daunting responsibility, but United Nations will spare no effort to support it.” The Ambassador acknowledges that the country faces many challenges in the development, economic, security, governance and human rights sectors, but he believes the over‐riding challenge of Somalia is political.

Ambassador Kay’s speech is grounded with caution, and he is not alone in this regard, as many Somalis have expressed concern about all the underlining issues, the country faces that will present a huge challenge for an election to successfully take place in such a short period. There are the other important and overriding matters as well, including the issue of regional administrations (power and resource sharing) and national truth and reconciliation (acknowledgment of grievances), which, though mentioned in the vision 2016, require more clarity on how to achieve before national election takes place.

Leadership expectations:

The term leadership has many definitions, but one that resonates is that “Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a [common] goal.” Early this year the current Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir Mohamed, gave an interview to Sabahi on the subject of the government’s Vision 2016. The minister summarized the ‘Vision 2016’s central points, including; revision of the provisional constitution, holding of a referendum on the constitution and to hold a free and fair election on one-person, one-vote.  However, when the minister was asked about reconciliation and whether his government is prioritizing this important issue, he failed to acknowledge the need for reconciliation, limiting his response to the fact that there is no problem between the Somali public and the Federal government. The minister recognized the need to tackle reconciliation at various levels; it is unfortunate; however,  if the attitude of the minister to reconciliation and the healing of the wounds of the civil war is a reflection of a government policy to bury the reconciliation process under the blanket of ‘Vision 2016’. Somali-own national reconciliation is crucial for the survival of the country, and its unity.

The Minister’s perception is not an exception, as some Somali intellectuals have publicly stated that reconciliation means there is a victim and that there is no victim in Somalia. This argument perhaps is valid in the sense that all Somalis are victims, both of their own making and by forces outside of their control, but as the minister said, ‘there are people who have grievances with one another’.  Masking or bandaging the problem does not move the country forward, but makes it stagnant.  For those who also argue, where we will stop the bus once we get into such things as reconciliation, I say wherever it takes to have a healthy society. It is well known that the majority of Somali grievances started in 1980s and have continued to the present. This is a good place to start.

After the fall of the military regime in 1991, Somalia dissolved institutionally and socially; today Somalia is a fragmented country and is administratively separated. To bring the nation together and achieve national consensus will require extraordinary leadership, and a new way of thinking that can bridge the gap between various sections of the Somali society. To underestimate and simplify the climate and tragedy of the country’s recent history, as it appears in the minister’s interview, is a huge disservice to the people of Somalia. Somali leaders present and future, federal or regional are expected to usher the country onto a path that heals and unites, not to live in denial of today’s reality or simply stick to one’s personal loyalty, script or identity. Reconciliation is not as scary word as some presume; it is a necessary component that all Somalis need to address with each other in order for healing, forgiveness and compromise to occur -for the sake of the country.  The concept of peace and reconciliation are tossed around in all Somali communications, including that coming from ‘Vision 2016’; however, Somali society and its leaders, in particular, need to understand first what reconciliation means to them and second, why it is necessary. If one cannot define the problem, one cannot find a solution.

Leadership means setting a goal and having a vision. ‘Vision 2016’ is a start in the right direction; however, when there is a barrier or challenge to that vision, a good leader does not forge ahead, but recognizes the problem and finds a solution to make it workable.  A free and fair national election in 2016 appears as a steep hill to climb, but optimism is always a healthy choice. Somalia needs proactive, open-minded, well-educated leaders with excellent communication skills who understand the country’s history and know what it takes to heal the society. What it does not need; is a leader burdened with nostalgia, who does not know the reality of today’s Somali society, or a leader who has split loyalties and identities and does not have what it takes to bring people together above his or her own reality.  Vision 2016 is a very good plan, but clarity on how this ambitious and important vision will be put together realistically and in a timely manner still needs to be established.

Finally, as Somalia ventures into the uncharted waters of the liberal-democratic federalism in 2016, its leaders, when making choices, need to be cognizant about which identity is important to them and which of their many loyalties are most salient when making decisions. Moreover, Somali leaders, both current and future have to be ready with new ideas to resolve issues, while at the same time allowing society to exercise their own problem solving muscles. The sentiment of the 2016 election was summed up by Asha Gelle Diriye, who is one of the current Constitutional Review Committee members and one of the original participants of the Vision 2016, comments to Sabahi “If the election is not held in 2016, it is important to find another option that can be used as a substitute for one person, one vote.”  It is not impossible to have a democratic election in the country; Puntland region held a different kind of successful democratic election in January, 2014 where they elected their current President, Professor, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas. To use Hillary Rodham Clinton’s words from her book ‘Hard Choices’; “democracy works only if political leaders put the common good ahead of personal interest.” Somalia needs and deserves after over two decades of fragmentation, leaders with good leadership skills that can usher the country’s political challenges ahead.

 

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Africa: Growth is on the horizon but where should you look?

Posted by African Press International on August 16, 2014

  • By 2040, Africa will experience faster economic growth than any other region

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, August 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ CEOs around the world are increasingly recognising the untapped potential of sub-Saharan Africa. This is driven by Africa’s unparalleled demographic edge or demographic dividend. By 2040, Africa is expected to have the biggest labour force in the world and experiencing faster economic growth than any other region, according to a report issued by PwC (http://www.pwc.com).

The projections are contained in the latest PwC ‘Global Economy Watch’, which puts the spotlight on the largest cities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Most major corporations are already active in at least one of the four largest cities in sub-Saharan Africa – Lagos, Kinshasa, Nairobi and Johannesburg.

But PwC economists believe it’s the ‘Next 10′ biggest cities in sub-Saharan Africa that should also be exciting foreign investors. The population of these cities is projected to almost double by 2030, growing by around 32 million people. In fact, latest UN projections show that by 2030 two of the ‘Next 10′ – Dar es Salaam and Luanda – could have bigger populations than London has now.

Cities are the typical entry points for businesses trying to expand into new overseas markets, because they enable closer interaction with customers in a relatively small geographic space, which in turn helps contain distribution costs.

Stanley Subramoney, Strategy leader of PwC’s South Market Region, says: “The report projects that economic activity in the ‘Next 10′ cities could grow around $140 billion by 2030. This is roughly equivalent to the current annual output of Hungary.”

This is a conservative estimate as no premise has been made for real exchange rate appreciation despite relatively strong projected growth in these economies.

“In addition to the trends with regard to high rates of GDP growth, rapid urbanisation and the so-called demographic edge that sub-Saharan Africa possesses, a number of other economic phenomena in the region are starting to appeal to the global investment community,” says Dr Roelof Botha, economic advisor to PwC.

These include the following:

•          Significant new discoveries of mining and energy resources, in particular gold and gas;

•          Substantial investment in infrastructure and capital formation by the private sector, which has witnessed an increase in the ratio of total fixed investment to GDP from 17.7% in 2000 to an estimated 23% in 2013;

•          Sustained growth in per capital incomes, which has led to demand shifts that are benefiting household consumption expenditure on durables, semi-durables and services;

•          The ability of a growing number of countries to raise financing for infrastructure projects on the international capital market, in particular Kenya and Rwanda. Both of these countries have recently managed to sell government bonds globally at single-digit yields, which obviate the need for excessive debt servicing costs.

As a result, a return was made last year to sound growth in foreign direct investment inflows (FDI)) into a number of key African economies, says Dr Botha.

However, there are three problems that could slow the pace at which the ‘Next 10′ biggest cities in sub-Saharan Africa grow, according to the report. These are issues that sub-Saharan countries have been trying to tackle for many decades with limited success:

•          Low quality of ‘hard’ infrastructure like roads and railways

•          Inadequate ‘soft’ infrastructure like schools and universities, and

•          Growing pains arising from political, legal and regulatory institutions struggling to deal with a bigger and more complicated economy.

“The challenges that policy makers face is to convert Africa’s demographic dividend into economic reality by overcoming these hurdles. History suggests this will not be a quick or easy process. Infrastructure development is a key driver for progress across Africa and a critical enabler for sustainable and socially inclusive growth. However, investors should form their own plans to mitigate these problems by supporting infrastructure skills and development programmes,” concludes Subramoney.

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APC is A Curse To Sierra Leone

Posted by African Press International on August 16, 2014

By Sulay B. Conteh

His Excellency, President Dr. Earnest Bai Koroma, where is our share of the promised prosperity to all Sierra Leoneans in your politically purported Agenda for Prosperity?

About two years into his last five-year term of office, something utter abyss has befallen the politically so-lauded prosperity for all Sierra Leoneans declared by His Excellency, President Dr. Earnest Bai Koroma. Koroma and his APC Party came to power in 2007 with a political drive for attitudinal change, which laid the basis for governance in his first five-year term of office. Little did we know that APC Koroma had meant to redirect the country into all the bad tricks his predecessor, Late President Kabbah, had so assiduously fought with tremendous fortitude to eliminate in the public and private lives of Sierra Leone.

After over three decades of systematic social, cultural, economic and political decadence under successive APC Governments, the Kabbah-led SLPP Government painfully worked to remove all sorts of corruption, plundering and political decadence from national institutions in Sierra Leone within just ten years. The decades of accumulated domestic and foreign debts of Sierra Leone were completely cleared and a handsome nation reserve built to put the country back on a solid financial footing. Press freedom and human rights were observed to the letter and also the parliament and the judiciary restructured to work without fear of political interference and coercion.

With the APC-Koroma initiated attitudinal change since his questionable election victory in 2007, Sierra Leone once again deeply relapsed into all the worst tricks of governance. Battered with corruption and plundering of an epic magnitude, Sierra Leone has once again accumulated billions of dollars in foreign and domestic debts. Press freedom and human rights have again become those beautiful things of yesteryears. The parliament and the judiciary are now puppets of the APC Government. State revenues have become personal incomes of the corrupt authorities in charge. Today in Sierra Leone, there is nothing left for the common man to survive legitimately. This was indeed the sweeping agenda for attitudinal change which APC President Koroma instituted in his first five-year term of office.

In his second and final five-year term of office, President Koroma again introduced a brand new agenda, called the agenda for prosperity. With the woeful deceit and the subsequent failure of the agenda for attitudinal change, at least for the large majority of Sierra Leoneans, hardly was the agenda for prosperity launched than it became crystal clear that it was another deceit and therefore doom to fail. Just prior to the 2012 elections, President Koroma had just decorated the streets of Freetown with street lamps powered by solar cells. Also the Wilkinson Road was hastily given a flashy tar pavement. APC Koroma had even gone to the extent of surface grading the provincial roads in the East and South, including Kailahun, Pujehun, Moyamba, Bonthe, etcetera, etcetera. All these projects were meant to fool the illiterate majority of Sierra Leoneans that the APC-Koroma Government was a force to reckon with. No sooner was the election stylistically rigged and
declared worn than the APC-Koroma Government abandoned all these cherishable projects. Even the street lamps in Freetown were hurriedly uprooted and completely sold out. Of course, most of the roads in the North were tar paved during Kabbah’s SLPP regime and today remain the only reliable roads in Sierra Leone.

The APC-Koroma Government openly promised Sierra Leone in the National Stadium in Freetown that it will provide a total of one thousand buses before the end of its second term of office. In the hospitals, free medical programs were launched for the pregnant, lactating and vulnerable population. The medical system in Sierra Leone was lauded by the APC-Koroma Government as one of the best in the world, and in fact the best in the developing world. All these narratives and the numerous more not mentioned here are now clearly known to amount to nothing but a politically calculated hoax meant to tell the people of Sierra Leone that You Are A Country Of Stupid Nonentities. Now the outbreak of the Ebola Epidemic Disease, which of course is new in West Africa but not at all new in East Africa, has clearly revealed how best our medical systems in Sierra Leone are. Not even are there simple dressing gears for the doctors, let alone appropriate drugs or ambulances
or even the infrastructure where to treat patients. It is a total disgrace to realize that with all the iron ore, bauxite, rutile, zircon, petroleum, fisheries, cocoa/coffee, etcetera, etcetera, we have to be given tricycles adapted as ambulances by filthily wealthy nations like Saudi Arabia. It is really a disgrace worse than slapping one straight in the face with the sole of the shoe.

Where has all the money from plundering our God-given natural resources gone under the APC Government? Was this what APC Koroma meant by the agenda for attitudinal change and the agenda for prosperity? After fraudulently cooking the figures to put economic growth in Sierra Leone at over 13 per cent (the highest ever in the world), the people are today smoldering in sober destitution never before experienced. In fact the fatality rate of the Ebola in West Africa is put at around 56 per cent, far less than that in East Africa, which has a fatality rater of over 80 per cent. This implies that the Ebola in West Africa is not as deadly as that in East Africa. Then one wonders why the so much alarm about the Ebola in West Africa? The reason is just very simple and clear. It is the I-don’t-care laxity of the Governments of the Ebola-infected countries in West Africa regarding the containment and treatment of the killer virus disease that have dead-scared the
Western and Eastern worlds.

Sierra Leone, in particular, initially treated the virus disease outbreak as a political curse on the people of Kailahun District. It was not until when the lone virologist doctor died of the disease, the almost nation-wide spread of the disease and above all the ban on attending the Historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that the APC Government started treating the killer virus disease outbreak with some seriousness. Even so, the Government allocated two hundred million Leones to fight the Ebola Virus Disease in Koinadugu District, where we are still to hear a single confirmed case of the disease. Can the APC Koroma Government please tell us how much it has allocated to the districts in the Eastern and Southern Provinces where the killer disease has its worst tolls in the country?

We are caught by surprise and absolute shame that in a country with the best medical system in the world and with the highest economic growth rate of over 13 per cent, a known disease epidemic like Ebola could devastate us so very rapidly. Have the agendas for change and prosperity now changed into the agenda for government relapse and agenda for Ebola death? The reality is that things are so much so worse that the entire country of Sierra Leone is today a land of death trap. If you survive economic hardship, then treatable diseases could easily take you out or political witch-hunting and suppression will eventually pin you down and exterminate you. There are also the witch doctors, so highly renowned under the Koroma-led APC Government, who summarily exterminate progressive people in the country. For the lay man in the streets of Sierra Leone, there is absolutely no room for survival.

It is the replica of the APC tactic put in place in Sierra Leone that Ambassador Foh is hurriedly putting in place in China today. The underlying doctrine of the tactic is “leave no room for the masses to survive”. As long as you can squeeze the survival of the masses into your hands, then you can manipulate them anyhow you like to stake on top of things. This is the real intension of the agenda for change and prosperity initiated by APC Koroma, of course for the chosen few. As long as the masses cannot survive, then the few in authority can prosper into wealthy monsters they are today.

We have to work concertedly to change this inhuman doctrine or Sierra Leone will be forever doomed.

God Bless Sierra Leone!

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Sierra Leoneans says: Goodbye Alhaji Usu Boi Kamara

Posted by African Press International on August 16, 2014

  • By Sulay B. Conteh

    Goodbye Alhiji Osu Boi Kamara. May God pay you back for the millions of people you have put into untold suffering in Sierra Leone.

    We have always professed that whosoever betrays the Alma-mater SLPP Party to the APC Party is bound to have an embarrassing end. The SLPP Party built Kabbah into the Father of the Nation he never dreamed off. Kabbah later turned out to be the worst-ever betrayer of the SLPP Party and his life ended the way all of us know today. Kabbah forced the deaths of almost all those SLPP elders/heavyweights who imposed him over the rightful Flagbearer, Charles Margai. But also Charles Margai over-reacted by splitting his Alma-mater SLPP Party vote in favor of the opposition APC Party, and thus he is today the less-than-a-comedian we all know. Tom Nyuma, who the Alma-mater SLPP Party built into the respectable figure he was, also betrayed the party to APC and ended up the way we all know too. There are several instances of such epic betrayers in Sierra Leone today, to all of which we are still living eyewitnesses.

    Alhaji Osu Boi Kamara was the Director of the Ministry of Mineral Resources all throughout Kabbah’s rule. Osu Boi grew into the person he is today because of the recognition and exposure the Alma-mater SLPP Party gave him. Instead of staying loyal to the party and fighting to free the party support base from the marginalization and suffering in the hands of APC, Boi traded the secrets of the party for the position he today holds in the APC Government. Now the curse of the so loyal and innocent suffering people has come back to haunt Boi in an extraordinary way.

    What dose it profit a man to gain the whole the world and lose his soul? It is too late for Osu Boi to repent. But before he finally packs off, we want Boi to know our frustrations about the life he lived and the monumental manner in which he betrayed his Alma-mater SLPP Party and, of course by extension, all the SLPP Party bases and supporters in Sierra Leone and the Diaspora. Boi and his likes are like the snake which bits to death the people who rescue it.

    God never sleeps and ever protects and fights on behalf of His chosen people.

    This is another strong reminder of the warning we have repeatedly issued for all those who have deserted/betrayed or contemplating to desert/betray the Alma-mater SLPP Party. As it is better late than never, we think there is still space for these people to repent and return to the Alma-mater SLPP Party or else they will have to face the brutality of the doomsday. The curse of the people will continue to weigh on you until it eventually strikes you out.

    So Goodbye Alhaji Osu Boi Kamara. We Hope We Can Met Again In The Yonder World!

    May God Continue Bless Sierra Leone!

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51 countries, 60 direct reports, 60,000 customers, 4,000 employees, 14 aircraft, 2 young children and 2 dogs! Charles Brewer is the MD who loves leading all of that

Posted by African Press International on August 15, 2014

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, August 13, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ DHL Express, who has been in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 36 years, is the ‘Most International Company in the World’ and has a significant operation in Africa, moving thousands of shipments every day.

At the helm of this business is Managing Director Charles Brewer, who has been with DHL for more than 30 years, has worked in all regions of the world and found himself in Africa for the first time three years ago.

“Like many who haven’t actually been to Africa, the perceptions I had were found to be very different in reality,” Brewer says. “Simplistically, Africa is the last frontier. It is the most beautiful, dynamic and exciting region I have had the pleasure to live and work in, and despite the very obvious challenges and occasional risk, I love being part of this exciting journey.”

His role, as MD, is to “motivate and excite my employees to deliver unbelievable and unparalleled service levels and to help our customers grow and be successful” and it is clear that customer centricity is at the very core of Brewer’s DNA.

So what does it take to oversee this many people and territories?

“We worry a great deal less about formal qualifications and focus far more on emotional qualities, experiences and abilities” – not surprising when you consider that he spends huge amounts of time on the front line and considers himself the Chief Energy Officer.

Every week you will find Charles in a different country in Africa – he could be with a courier in Rwanda this week, selling with a sales executive in Senegal the next, to sitting side-by-side with a Customer Service Agent in Lagos the week after. “If you want to know what your customers or employees really think about your product or your company, get to where the action is as often as you possibly can.”

A few years ago, just after Brewer arrived in Africa, he took the bold decision to completely de-layer the management structure, with an aim to bring everyone closer to the “sharp-end” and to significantly improve communication and speed of decision making.

“Africa is so dynamic and I just felt that we were too far removed and operating far too slowly”. All 51 countries now report directly to Brewer and the new structure has proven to be really successful.

“The new structure is very different and demands a very open, rapid and engaging leadership style but it is working really well, with quicker decision making, simpler communication lines and a significantly improved employee engagement level”. As an example, the couriers, who are key to the DHL service delivery promise, are never more than four levels away from Brewer and five from the Global CEO.

Think global, act local and TRUST!

One of the key lessons learned over the past three years and specifically as DHL went through the structural change, was the importance of trust. “With so many countries, all with different opportunities and challenges, you have to trust the teams on the ground”. What that means is using the global processes and procedures, but allowing a high degree of input on how best to execute locally.

To illustrate his point, Brewer describes a recent example were DHL was running a retail point of sale promotion to attract new customers to its ever-growing retail points. The typical approach would be to offer discounts and/or corporate give-aways to incentivise walk-in customers. The country manager in Ethiopia however suggested a much better idea – giving customers a chicken as part of the Easter celebration.

“When the Country Manager first suggested ‘chickens’, I had to laugh and genuinely thought she was joking, but she was serious and right – the promotion was hugely successful”.

It is big, but doable

DHL’s sub-Saharan regional headquarters is based in Cape Town, but Brewer spends a considerable amount of time visiting the company’s operations across the rest of the continent. “You have to be very visible”.

In a region as large as Africa, this is however easier said than done. Unlike Europe where one would struggle to fly a stretch of more than four hours, travelling across Africa can be gruelling. Just visiting each of the countries in West Africa can easily take two to three weeks.

“It has its challenges in terms of flight schedules and being away from one’s family, but it makes for an interesting experience and I’m still having lots of fun. Playing a small role in the African growth story is an incredible privilege and one that I am very proud of,” says Brewer.

As we leave his office I hear him call out to his assistant, “which lucky country am I going to next week?!”

 

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Mozambique: New Eye Clinic To Serve Two Million

Posted by African Press International on August 14, 2014

  • Groundbreaking ceremony for new eye clinic of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, a European confederation of development NGOs, took place in the provincial capital Beira

MAPUTO, Mozambique, August 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/A few days ago the Central Hospital in Beira, Mozambique, saw the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Invicta Eye Clinic, which will serve as eye-care hub for two million people. “Healthcare is a key factor in socio-economic development. Today’s ceremony brings us a step closer to our goal: nobody, neither here in Mozambique nor anywhere else, should lose their eye-sight to preventable blindness. At Invicta Eye Clinic, we will be able to perform 1,200 surgeries and treat a total of 25,000 patients per year”, announced Prof. Gerhard Schuhmann, ophthalmologist from Austria and board member of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD (http://www.light-for-the-world.org), at the ceremony. The new clinic is named after Peter von Bertalanffy’s Invicta foundation, who both contributed significantly to the project. 

A hub for both eye-care and professional training

In Mozambique, just 18 ophthalmologists and 54 ophthalmic nurses serve a population of 23 million – so theoretically one ophthalmologist is responsible for 1.3 million patients. Therefore the training of professionals is a crucial milestone towards LIGHT FOR THE WORLD’s mission of improving eye health for all. The concept for the new eye clinic reflects this: it will house training facilities that will enable the graduation of ten eye care professionals every two years. “We are very proud that the Invicta Eye Clinic will be the first training centre of its kind outside of the capital Maputo”, Zacharias Zicai said.

LIGHT FOR THE WORLD has been active in Mozambique since 2003. In cooperation with Beira Central Hospital the organisation is implementing a comprehensive blindness prevention programme for Central and Northern Mozambique including outreach programmes, primary eye care units and professional trainings. LIGHT FOR THE WORLD and its programmes form part of the Vision2020 initiative aiming to eliminate preventable blindness globally by 2020.

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LIGHT FOR THE WORLD (http://www.light-for-the-world.org) is a confederation of national development NGOs committed to improving eye health and to promoting inclusive education, community based rehabilitation, livelihood and access to disability rights in the partner countries.

In 2013, more than 56,300 sight saving cataract surgeries were carried out. 15,100 eye lid surgeries relieved pain and stopped the process of persons suffering from trachoma from losing their sight. 73,500 children with disabilities accessed various kinds of rehabilitation. In total LIGHT FOR THE WORLD reached 1.18 million persons in developing regions across the world, most of them in Africa and Asia.

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Africa: New report raises concerns about the pace of reform and possible implications for security in Kenya

Posted by African Press International on August 14, 2014

  • The importance of security in Kenya for regional development makes security in Kenya a regional concern.

LONDON, United-Kingdom, August 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The latest report from Think Security Africa (TSA) (http://www.thinksecurityafrica.org): National Security Profile on the Republic of Kenya, raises concerns about the pace of reform in Kenya, and the need to ensure that existing security challenges do not negatively interact with changes in Kenya’s new political and budgetary arrangements – intended to improve long-term security in Kenya.

The importance of security in Kenya for regional development makes security in Kenya a regional concern. Kenya plays a key role for sub-regional trade and logistics, and this role is set to expand with the inception of Lamu Port and Southern Sudan – Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET).

  • Key findings from the report:

National and regional economic development

Current infrastructure development plans provide a unique historical opportunity to align the interests of domestic and regional constituencies and may be instrumentalised to improve (a) motivation within the security forces, and (b) relations between security forces and communities in key security and development zones.

Impact of political reforms on existing security concerns

Devolution from 8 provinces to 47 counties is intended to bring governance closer to the people. However, it also makes it more feasible for the current spate of terrorist attacks (and radicalization within Kenya) to evolve into an insurgency – as there are now almost eight times as many governmental targets to attack. There is a need to take pre-emptive counter-insurgency actions in the eight counties currently impacted by terrorist-related violence, and potentially others such as Kitui.

Devolving the national budget and large scale investment

Enclaves of relative affluence within otherwise impoverished communities (in places such as Dadaab) have enabled the spread of harmful ideas and actors into Kenya from neighbouring countries. It is important to learn the lessons from this in plans to devolve a significant portion of the national budget or make large investments in counties, which have been historically marginalized and conflict prone. Strong national oversight is required to prevent these investments and budgetary allocations from fuelling conflict and other forms of insecurity.

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Think Security Africa (TSA) (http://www.thinksecurityafrica.org) is an independent think tank specializing in security in Africa. Since its establishment in 2009, TSA has become a leader in forecasting security-related trends in Africa – with a view to preserving lives and development ecosystems.

TSA’s resources are used by governments, inter-governmental organizations, journalists and business to assist with their Africa-focused missions.

 

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APC Plays Cynically Dirty With Lethal Ebola Epidemic In South/East Sierra Leone

Posted by African Press International on August 13, 2014

By Sulay B. Conteh
 
It is almost a full half-year now since the first case of the fatal Ebola epidemic was reported in Kailahun, Eastern Sierra Leone. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the APC Government led by Dr. Earnest Bai Koroma has responded in a series of extraordinarily queer way. This has raised a widespread suspicion about the real intentions of the APC Government regarding its unusual handling of this alien disease.
 
It has just been a little over a year when the Koroma-led APC Government boldly stole the elections and reinstalled itself into second term of office in an unusually unofficial way.  In fact even the Koroma-led APC first term of office could not have come to fruition had it not been for the blind craving for international recognition by late President Kabbah. But all of this is now history not worth any retelling in decent societies.
 
The APC Government has seen a unique opportunity in the fast-spreading Ebola epidemic that is devastating thousands of innocent lives in South/East Sierra Leone. To start with, the South/East is the stronghold of the opposition SLPP Party. Next, voter registration for the 2017/18 elections in Sierra Leone is around the corner. Of course led by Victor B. Foh (the vouchergate mastermind), there is no doubt that the Koroma-led APC Government has been desperately searching for unfair ways to suppress voter registration in the South/East while inflating it in the North (APC stronghold). So what has the Foh-chaired secret committee been up to so as to get the APC voter-registration manipulation come to pass?
 
To address this grand mission of the secret committee, one needs to have a vivid insight into what this Limba-born-in-Mende-land Foh character truly is. Foh’s father, a total ethnic Limba, married a weird Mende woman in Jimmy Bagbwo Chiefdom, Bo District, and there this terrible man was brought forth into this world. By the traditions of Sierra Leone, the lineage or line of descent follows that of the father. So Victor B. Foh is hundred percent ethnic Limba too, who can by means mistaken for being ethnic Mende. Foh is cynical and nihilistic! It is told in Jimmy Bagbwo and beyond that Foh obdurately sold his father for financial wealth and political power. Foh’s father went mysteriously missing and any news of his disappearance suppressed by Foh himself. As we speak, the remains of Foh’s lost father are yet to be located anywhere in the world. This is the man the Koroma-led APC Government relentlessly uses to squash the South/East.
 
Foh’s past record in every aspect of life is just extremely horrible! After joining the civil service, Foh’s blood-borne corruption tendency made him the mastermind of the most infamous vouchergate in the history of Sierra Leone. Foh has also been implicated in numerous circumstances of using simple but extremely dirty tricks to outplay political opponents. Foh was even single-handedly responsible for planting Earnest Bai Koroma in the Chairmanship and Flagbearership of the APC Party for the 2007 elections, of course strongly against the will of the bigwigs of the APC Party. Foh even went to the extent of planting himself into the position of Secretary General of the APC Party in that ill-fated clandestine convention. For this reason, Koroma will never abandon Foh so long he his in presidency.
 
Foh also served as the top Minister of Finance in the AFRC Junta the most deadly regime in the history of Sierra Leone. Foh was responsible for the election rigging in both 2007 and 2012, and he is also highly active in the infighting in the opposition SLPP Party. Foh is said to be personally responsible for the demise of countless personalities in the SLPP stronghold in the South/East. It is this Foh, such an unspeakably horrible character, who President Earnest Bai Koroma awarded the “Rokel Order of Merit” for significant contribution to Sierra Leone. In fact, it is strongly rumored today that Foh is slated to be the next Election Commissioner in Sierra Leone. But Sierra Leone is not surprised by this because it is all unmistakably known that Foh and Koroma (who are actually ethnic cousins) are in a type of “you-scratch-my-back-I-scratch-your-back” situation. Koroma has held up this win-win engagement with Foh, irrespective of his past record.
 
Actually, the grand APC plan is to use every means possible to suppress voter registration in the South/East SLPP stronghold. So the Foh-chaired secret committee charged with the responsibility to execute this plan came up with an idea to reduce the population of the South/East as the most effect way of easily winning the 2017/18 elections. The committee figured out that war was no longer an option for the region. So it decided to send Foh to China as Ambassador with a special dirty mission. Remember that Foh has no empathy for life, not even that of his father, whom he sold long ago. Foh’s top secret mission was to abuse his Ambassadorial privileges and collect Concentrated Ebola Serum (CBS) from Uganda and administer it to the sick in Government hospitals in the South/East of Sierra Leone, especially in Kailahun District. Of course Foh and his cohorts are well guided by specifically recruited doctors.
 
Foh has long since committedly executed this mission. Put in his own words during President Koroma’s last visit to China, Foh said “I’m born APC, lives APC and I serve one but only one master”. It is this heartless character that the Koroma-led APC Government relentlessly uses to bribe the elders of SLPP to stage infighting in the party, which always plays to the advantage of the APC Government.
 
Thus with the outbreak of the APC-grown killer Ebola epidemic, the Koroma-led Government’s first response was to close the borders with Guinea and Liberia. If it had not been the APC Government’s fear for carry-over effects of the Ebola epidemic in Guinea and Liberia, then what else would it be for when the epidemic was actually deliberately grown-on-purpose in Sierra Leone? Next in the APC Government’s response to the epidemic was isolating the South/East; of course again in the fear that the disease could spread over to other regions of Sierra Leone. The next move of the APC Government was freezing all government services from the most affected region (Kailahun District), including schools and hospitals. This left all decent people wondering about the real rationale behind the APC-led strategy to contain the Ebola disease. How could one fight a disease epidemic by closing down hospitals?
 
With the successful execution of this inhuman dirty mission, the APC Government and the Foh-chaired secret committee have now come up with a brand new way to deal with the aftermath of their nurtured Ebola epidemic. The Government has reopened the hospitals but not until lethal drugs were supplied to summarily terminate all who contract any sort of sickness in the South/East. In fact in Kenema and Segbwema, the Government has set up special Ebola treatment sites within the Lassa Fever (another lethal disease) treatment facilities. The common wisdom in this is to ensure that if you contract Ebola disease and it is not strong enough to kill you, then proximity to Lassa Fever will finally blow you out. The people of the South/East are now gradually coming to the realization that the Ebola epidemic could not have naturally hatched out and that the unusual treatments are deliberate efforts of a clever drive of quiet ethnic cleansing. This means that the people of the South/East have to resolvedly rise against this inhuman treatment lest they become gradually eliminated in their own land and replaced by people of distant land.
 
How do the opposition SLPP politicians (parliamentarians and others) see themselves in this grand plan of quiet ethnic cleansing? It is all but a hopeless situation with the opposition politicians. We will describe this in a simple way that the layman understands without extra effort. Any functional Government consists of four independent arms — The Executive, The Legislature, The Judiciary and The Press. In Sierra Leone, the people elect (or rather miss-elect) The Legislature and the Head of The Executive. The members of the legislative arm (the so-called parliamentarians) are elected to serve the interests of their respective constituencies and then the country. The vitality of The Legislature and/or Opposition Party is only visible when it acts with integrity. But greed and parochial mindedness of our parliamentarians and opposition party members have all but rendered this arm altogether useless. What the Koroma-led APC Government has been engaged in is putting key members of The Opposition Parties, The Legislature, The Judiciary and even the Press on fat bribes. This means that the APC Government can do whatever it wills in Government and in Sierra Leone; absolutely no checks and balances, except for critical opposition voices. The behavior of these key figures of Arms of State is like heartlessly selling your own people so that you can live — the Victor Foh type of thing. But what they fail to realize is that when they do such heartless things for a living, they effectively make themselves useless — the Charles Margai type of thing.
 
So what next for the people of the South/East? What next could one do when your own son/daughter betrays you in such a cold-blooded manner? Yes, in the face of such traumatic betrayal in tribulation, one tends to look up to God for deliverance and jubilation. But are we not time and again told that faith without action is like a being without a soul? We the people of the South/East will surely have to stop building our castles on quicksand. We the people of the South/East have to do what is right to preserve our culture and our continued existence as a people. The minds and souls of our rather miss-elected sons/daughters are now poisoned beyond regaining any empathy for us. Our own sons/daughters are now actually different people from us. So we have no more reason to continue to depend on our opposition politicians and parliamentarians.
 
May the Lord give us the right wisdom to handle yet another disastrous tribulation!
 
 
Thank You Dr. Sheik Umar Khan
 
By Sulay B. Conteh
 
Thank you Dr. Khan! May God bless you for your life-giving service to the people of our beloved nation, Sierra Leone.
 
Even when President Koroma is playing a Game of Intelligence with the people of Sierra Leone, the Ebola pandemic continues to eat into the fabric of Sierra Leone. Now the top doctor on the front line of fighting the killer epidemic, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, is dead.
 
Yet President Koroma recently left his multi-billion Presidential Palace in Freetown for a so-called Patronizing Visit in support of the people of Kailahun, the region hardest hit by the killer plague. I few hours into his trip, we were told by his illusive Minister of Information that the President’s helicopter rang out of fuel in Kenema and therefore could not make the trip to Kailahun. What an up-front insult to the Intelligence of the people of Sierra Leone! The entire journey by helicopter from Freetown to Kailahun is only 90 minutes, which route even Siaka Stevens repeated plied with Soviet written-off helicopters without one day flimsily complaining about running out of fuel. In fact from the start, we knew all well that the whole move was just a Game of Intelligence meant to pacify the people in the smoldering anger against the APC Government’s lax in fighting the disease.
 
For all who may in one way or another doubt or even deny this quiet phase of a dangerous ethnic cleansing in this APC-grown Ebola epidemic in East Sierra Leone, Dr. Khan is now symbolizes the epitomization of the start of the demise of the elitist echelon of the East and South. Dr. Khan has been serving as the Head of the Ebola Treatment Center (ETC), actually a characteristics death camp, in Sierra Leone. The Headquarter Office, where Dr. Khan worked, is located in Kenema, which is the Headquarter Town of the Eastern Province. All this while, Dr. Khan has committed his heart and soul to saving the lives of the poor innocent souls who mysteriously fall victim of this APC-grown Ebola plague. The disturbing nature of the so-lauded ETCs across the East in terms of pervasive lack of standard equipments and drugs along with deplorable hygiene conditions, unstable electricity, insufficient/untrained medical staff and over-crowdedness has meant the loss of precious lives of both the sick who seek treatment and the medics who administer the treatments.
 
In the desperate effort to make do with what is available, Dr. Khan has lost over three supportive nurses who contracted the killer Ebola in the course of treating the Ebola-stricken sick. Still determined to do with whatever was available (in terms of drugs and trained human resources) to save the innocent souls totally taken by surprise by this politically-driven ethnic cleansing, Dr. Khan himself (the lead-medical doctor) has now been clearly embarrassed by this queer killer Ebola disease. Tests have shown that Dr. Khan is positive of the killer Ebola virus he was charged to head the drive to contain in Sierra Leone.
 
We all clearly know the facts and the conditions surrounding the ETCs in the country. So really what puzzles us is not the fact that Dr. Khan has tested positive of the killer Ebola virus, but the strange treatment Dr. Khan is accorded with after contracting the killer plague. This reminds us of World War II (WW II) Nazi Germany Concentration, Labor and/or Transit Camps where millions of innocent souls were inhumanely exploited, tortured and burnt alive. Among the 70 of such camps under the Nazi rule across the globe, the most notorious (for example, the Warsaw, Sobibór and Auschwitz Camps) were in Poland. Now a miniature Nazi-like Ebola Concentration Camp (ECC) has been set up in Kailahun (the most remote part of Sierra Leone) for all Ebola virus carriers in the country. What a Human Dumping Ground (HDG) the Koroma-led APC Government has founded in this of their quiet ethnic cleansing!
 
All who are privy to the medical/hospital system in Sierra Leone all well know that the best treatment centers for whatever disease or plague are in the capital city of Freetown. In fact, all drugs officially coming into Sierra Leone must pass through the largely UNICEF-sponsored Government drug store in New England Ville. It is in Freetown where there is a semblance of stable electricity. It is in Freetown where the best medical professionals reside and work. It is in Freetown where the best drugs are available and administered. It is in Freetown where the best hospitals are concentrated. In fact, it is only in Freetown where there are free medical treatments for a selected vulnerable sect of the population. So we altogether taken by total surprise to learn that Dr. Khan was sent down to the ECC in Kailahun after testing positive of the killer Ebola disease. Apart from the deplorable conditions in Kailahun, the non-motorable condition (full of what I call manholes instead of potholes) of the road to Kailahun alone could drive Dr. Khan to his grave. Why was Dr. Khan not treated in Kenema, where there is at least some semblance of electricity?
 
By the way, Kailahun is the Headquarter Town of Kailahun District. As the opposition SLPP Party stronghold, Kailahun is the most neglected district in Sierra Leone, especially under the Koroma-led APC Government. No electricity, no tap-borne water, no tarred roads, shabby public infrastructure (that could actually be called farmhuts), no hospitals but only semblance of sub-standard clinics, neglected educational institutions and you just name it. Kailahun is also the district that was most devastated by the Momoh-led APC war. It is in Kailahun District where the 11-year senseless APC-waged war started and it is indeed in Kailahun District where the war ended. Kailahun, the epicenter of politically-driven inhuman suffering, is still painfully reeling from the 11-year destruction of the war. As if all this is not enough, it is again in Kailahun District where the Koroma-led APC Government has grown the fatal Ebola virus and it is the same Kailahun District that is now worst hit by the killer plague. What hope does Kailahun then have under any APC Government?
 
Amidst of all of this, Dr. Khan is forced to face his fate down in the ECC camp in Kailahun instead of doing so in Kenema or Freetown after contracting the Ebola virus he has personally mistreated for so long. The wisdom of sending Dr. Khan to this Death Camp is very simple. Freetown must be protected under all cost from the killer plague because even APC knows the destructive power of this Killer Ebola. In fact, it is because of its highly destructive nature that the Ebola virus was grown in Kailahun as a political tool to suppress voter-population in this opposition SLPP Party stronghold. This is Africanized Political Tool in a modern setting to elusively execute a quiet ethnic cleansing and deceptively divert the attention of the international community to something else.
 
We are not in any position or in any way passing judgment over Dr. Khan’s life, but we must hurry to say thank you to Dr. Khan before we are stricken by any sudden departure. We want Dr. Khan to know that we very much appreciate his life and value his selfless sacrifice to saving the innocent souls of his homeland. Should you depart us Dr. Khan (may God forbid), we promise you that we will not rest until we see to it that the APC Government has accorded you the Rokel Order of Merit for Extra-ordinary Service to the people of this great land. This will be our way of saying that we value your remarkable services to humanity and that your lofty legacy lives on forever!
 
All said and done, the hard reality is clear and we are also clear that Dr. Khan is very much clear about the nature of treatments at the ECC camps he headed. The APC-containment strategy of the killer Ebola plague after deliberately nurturing it in the opposition stronghold has been one of isolation and extermination. It is in fact because of this that Dr. Khan could not be sent up to Freetown for treatment, but instead sent down to the ECC camp in Kailahun the most remote and awkwardly backward region of Sierra Leone where electricity, drugs, professional medics, etc., etc., are extreme luxury. The only available option is a lethal drug, the administration of which Dr. Khan himself has personally headed and supervised. Now it is obvious that as a matter of reality, Dr. Khan himself will be treated with his own exterminator drugs, lest he lets the big cat out of the small bag. That will be the bombshell truth that APC will never allow out.
 
So again, what a miniature Nazi-like Concentration Camp has APC founded in Kailahun for this self-grown Ebola epidemic! The reality is that Dr. Khan naively served as the head of this camp and nothing will have to save him now from eventually falling victim of it. So before that happens, we hasten to thank you Dr. Khan for your selfless service but also bit you our most sincere heartfelt farewell should the worst happens! May the Lord our God see you through this disturbing trial or through to eternity should that be the case! Also may the sacrifice of your life go to liberate Sierra Leone from the shackles of politically-driven inhuman tribulations! And may all the families of the victimized live long to see this day of political liberation in great jubilation!
 
God Bless Sierra Leone!
 
 
 
Ebola The Perfect Instrument For Good Governance In Africa
 
By Sulay B. Conteh
 
When the international community passes a travel band on you because of a lethal endemic disease like Ebola, then you will want to start to look from within for changes that can boost your standing amongst your own people. Outbreaks of endemic, epidemic or even pandemic diseases like Ebola are in fact not supposed to be if and only if a leadership cares even a little bit about the wellbeing of its own citizenry. It is now scientifically proven that there is a high probability that the outbreak of Ebola, per se, is not very much unrelated with war. Ebola started in Uganda along River Ebola after years of war in that region. It then spread over to Congo, Rwanda and Sudan, all of which countries have been or are still engaged in catastrophic wars. Neighboring countries like Kenya and Tanzania, which have relative peace and stability because of relatively good governance, are yet to report any case of the Ebola Virus Disease. The Ebola Virus then jumped over scores of countries to surface only in Eastern Sierra Leone and Southern Liberia, the regions where the years of barbaric rebel wars started in the two respective countries. The Guinea situation is almost brought under control because the country never experienced the kind of senseless brutal war fought in the neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia. In fact, Guinea could have got the killer disease because of proximity and laxity on the side of the ruling authorities.
 
So could Ebola be a variant of the Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) related to the extreme exhaustion due to war? If this could be proven to be the case, then there is the urgent need to seek redress of the causes of war. Of course in especially Africa, wars could not be entirely unrelated with unbearably long periods of barbaric governance. The case of Sierra Leone epitomizes how persistent bad governance can create the conditions for catastrophic wars and outbreaks of killer endemic diseases like Ebola. And when you mention the word APC anywhere in Sierra Leone, it is implicitly associated with a consortium of like-minded people desperately hungry for power and who excessively use state resources, laws and authorities to enrich themselves at the expense of the masses. This is the party (APC) that has governed Sierra Leone for over 80 per cent of the period since independence from our British Colonial Bosses on April 27, 1961.
 
In developing countries and especially in Africa, politics is solely a game of exclusion and often time elimination. The dictatorial leaders, some of whom are brought to power under murky democratic elections like in Sierra Leone, rule by unscrupulously using the organs of power such as passing hostile laws and building party/tribal-oriented police and army to barbarically suppress and brutally eliminate valiant opposition voices. The APC Party/Government has repeatedly used such excessive powers to keep oppositions constructive voices at bay and entrench itself in power from the time of its inception to now, to which Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh is living witness. Things climaxed in 1991 when the Sierra Leone public gauged that enough is enough and decided to rule their own fate by taking up arms against the then Momoh-led APC Government, to which Ambassador Omrie Gollie is a living witness. Today again, the Koroma-led APC Government is fast setting up the stage that could invoke a recurrence of the 1991 rebellion. It is said that history repeats but could it, for God’s sake, be a good history for Sierra Leone this time around? Instead of the Stevens-, Momoh- or the Koroma-type of history, we the people of Sierra Leone this time around would like to see the Margai-type of history. For heaven’s sake, we want something better and not anything worse!
 
So things could swiftly be reversed if the International Community can strengthen the stance taken by the U.S. Government to band the leaders from developing countries with proven lethal epidemic outbreaks like Ebola from all international travels. This is because it has been scientifically proven that over 90 per cent of the occurrence of all such killer diseases is due to deplorable standard of living. Naturally, nobody wants to live in deplorable conditions. This implies that such inhuman conditions are only forced upon the people through long periods of barbaric governance. Thus the imposition of International Travel Bands (ITB) due to the outbreak of any disease epidemic is politically, socially and above all morally justifiable.
 
When the governments of Epidemic Disease Countries (EPD) are banded from all international travels, then it will become imperative for them to put the people first and adopt sound people-oriented governance. To all such governments and people, International Travel Bands will be perceived as a strong disapproval of their rule and government by the international community. With this perception, all such leaders and governments will either be compelled to reinvest into their people/countries or risk being brought down by internal/local resistance. Note that human resource is the most valuable resource of a country. A healthy country is a productive country because it is only a healthy country which can make full use of its human resources. Now Nigeria is giving hefty life insurances to all medical professionals who participate in the treatment of Ebola Virus Disease in the country. This could be the start for a better change in Africa!
 
The people in the Third World deserve no less governance than the people in the First World. So we hope that the developed world in the West and East will use this instrument and all its variants to contain the developing world in the South in terms of delivering good governance and balancing the share of national cake. May the whole world be free at long last from the shackles of dictatorship, misuse and abuse!
 
God Bless The World!!
 
 
Ambassador Foh On The Run
 
By Sulay B. Conteh
 
His Excellency Victor Bockarie Foh, the Ambassador designate to Beijing, China, is on the run from the brutal killings of the rampaging Ebola Virus Disease he personally participated in clandestinely importing from the remoteness of Uganda to the opposition stronghold in Kailahun District, Eastern Sierra Leone. Foh was recently in town (Freetown) in preparation to lead the doomed high-profile entourage of His Excellency President Dr. Earnest Bai Koroma to the Historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington. When, however, it became apparently clear that President Koroma will be banished from attending the historic summit, Foh hurriedly ran back to his post in Beijing in fear that China too could consider passing travel bands on Sierra Leoneans in the extreme precaution of preventing any inter-continental spread of the lethal Ebola Virus Disease.
 
Because of his close tie with the President, Foh bulldozed Multi-Kamara from the ambassadorial post in Beijing. Lest you do not know who this character is, we must hasten to say that Mr. Multi-Kamara was the most efficient Ambassador that APC Earnest Koroma has so far sent to Beijing. We call President Koroma APC Koroma because he is now doing thing which not even Stevens ventured to do. APC Koroma is now fast painting Red (APC Party Color) every state property, including state helicopters, offices, furniture, coat of arm, etc., etc. To get back to our story, all the predecessors and now the successor to Mr. Multi-Kamara have proven to be hardened criminals and naked thieves.  Evidences abound regarding the series of criminal activities these anti-development and unpatriotic Ambassadors were and are still engaged in under their diplomatic portfolios. It is only Mr. Multi-Kamara who has stood out lofty in terms of decency of office conduct and he has always been patriotic and true to the development of Sierra Leone. Ex-Ambassador Multi-Kamara truly has a solid trait of late President Kabbah who solidly worked not on party lines, but solely on national interests. It is this decent and fine man who the character-stained Foh bulldozed from the ambassadorial posting in Beijing.
 
Ex-Ambassador AKK disgraced himself in a nagging rape case, Ex-Ambassador Fornah followed suit by disgracing himself in epic money extortions from the Chinese Businesses and Ex-Ambassador Koroma engulfed himself in blind greed/tribalism of illiterate magnitude. Ex-Ambassador Koroma was so much so into greed that he was even pushing for replacement of Ex-Ambassador Fornah with the Chinese born citizen (Harry) as Deputy Ambassador. It was only Ex-Ambassador Multi-Kamara with his abled admin officer, Mr. Minnah, who truly engaged himself in building the right structures for resourcefully win-win engagements with the Sierra Leone Diaspora and the Chinese community. Ex-Ambassador Multi-Kamara was on the finishing touches of putting the this lofty structures in place that was supposed to recognize the role of the Sierra Leone Diaspora in attracting productive Chinese investment to Sierra Leone. This was not only patriotic, also heroic and truly new in APC rule! Why all this was being put in place, Baimba, the Info Attaché, was steadily playing his usual politics of backbiting in venomous tribalism and nepotism.
 
It was this investment which attracted Victor Foh the Fox to go all the way to bulldoze his way into China and axed this fine diplomat in the name of Mr. Multi-Kamara. Foh has now systematically dismantled that beautiful structure that took so much effort and commitment to put in place. With his takeover, things has gotten so much so rotten in the Embassy that physical fights, assaults and nepotic infightings now occur on almost monthly basis. Things have grown so far worse that the local staff members have started calling it quits. Those, mostly women, who choose to stay must do so on a coercing consent of becoming a concubine of Ambassador Foh the Fox.
 
Before then, Ambassador Foh the Spider Fox used to shuttle on almost monthly basis between Beijing and Freetown, running special presidential errands in Freetown while at the same time holding onto his ambassadorial post in Beijing. Victor Foh has been the Spider Fox in the river between, not daring to risk losing anything on the political fronts at home and abroad. Now that the Ebola Virus Disease he deliberately transmitted on purpose is on rampage and brutally killing across the country, Foh has hurriedly run back to his posting in China and quietly hiding in the Embassy Premises. The Ebola Virus Disease in town now confuses Foh and bands him from risking going to Sierra Leone. But this again implies that Foh will no more have the privilege of manipulating things in his favor as he has always done before. Quite well knowing what APC is and is capable of doing, Foh might soon be bulldozed in the same manner he has always bulldozed others like his predecessor, Ex-Ambassador Multi-Kamara.
 
As we explained the last time, Foh bought the Ebola Virus from Uganda and took it to Freetown. The Virus Serum was then taken to the border town in Koindu where an innocent nurse was given the Virus Serum to inject an innocent pregnant woman who later died. The nurse later traveled to Daru where she died of the Ebola Virus Disease. Of course before both the pregnant woman and the woman nurse died, they had already transmitted the Ebola Virus Disease to so many other innocent people. That is actually how everything started in Sierra Leone. Any other alternative explanation is just a worthless political excuse with no solid basis.
 
But could it ever happen for His Excellence President Dr. Earnest Bai Koroma to see common wisdom in reinstating Ex-Ambassador Multi-Kamara, things will once again start working in the desired way for the Sierra Leone Diaspora and the Chinese Community. It could also be in the interest for APC Koroma to reinstate Ex-Ambassador to his post if he wants a quiet rule in the last two years of his presidency. Ex-Ambassador Multi-Kamara is so far the only diplomat who has displayed the needed charisma and acumen to engage all Sierra Leoneans (at home and in the Diaspora) in resourceful co-operations with the alien countries under his authority. So in the best interest of Sierra Leone, we advise President Koroma to, as a matter of urgency, withdraw Foh and reinstate Multi-Kamara into the ambassadorial post in Beijing. Foh is best fitted for the post of Chairman of the Consortium of Advisers to the President or a similar thing around the State House. Foh is persistently embarrassing Sierra Leone in China by rampaging and begging around and sometimes even coercing the Chinese Businesses to pay zakats into his personal Bank Accounts.
 
To Victor Foh, this is all what it means to be an ambassadorial diplomat. One has to overload his pockets or you stand to be awkwardly judged by history. This is in sharp contrast with what this fine man, Mr. Multi-Kamara thinks. To Mr. Multi-Kamara, one has to serve the people and nation without favor for cultural, social, political, religious or gender affiliations, lest history judges you awkwardly. Clearly so, Mr. Multi-Kamara is not only a man of the people, but also a man of the nation. This is the kind of diplomat President Koroma needs now in his last two years in office, to boost his image and standing in the international community.
 
God Bless Sierra Leone!

 

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Where Is The Share Of Our Shared Prosperity?

Posted by African Press International on August 13, 2014

By Sulay B. Conteh
 
About two years into his last five-year term of office, utter abyss has befallen the politically so-lauded prosperity for all Sierra Leoneans declared by His Excellency, President Dr. Earnest Bai Koroma. Koroma and his APC Party came to power in 2007 with a political drive for attitudinal change, which laid the basis of governance in his first five-year term of office. Little did we know that APC Koroma had meant to redirect the country into all the bad habits his predecessor, Late President Kabbah, had so assiduously fought against with tremendous fortitude. After over three decades of systematic social, cultural, economic and political decadence under successive APC Governments, the Kabbah-led SLPP Government painfully worked to remove all sorts of corruption, plundering and political decadence from national institutions in Sierra Leone within just ten years. The decades of accumulated domestic and foreign debts of Sierra Leone were completely cleared and a handsome nation reserve built to put the country back on a solid financial footing. Press freedom and human rights were observed to the letter and also the parliament and the judiciary restructured to work without fear of political interference and coercion. With the APC-Koroma initiated attitudinal change since his questionable election victory in 2007, Sierra Leone once again deeply relapsed into all worst habits of governance. Battered with corruption and plundering of an epic magnitude, Sierra Leone has once again accumulated billions of dollars in foreign and domestic debts. Press freedom and human rights have again become those beautiful things of yesteryears. The parliament and the judiciary are now puppets of the APC Government. State revenues have become personal incomes of the corrupt authorities in charge. Today in Sierra Leone, there is nothing left for the common people to legitimately survive on. This was indeed the sweeping agenda for attitudinal change which APC President Koroma instituted in his first five-year term of office.
 
In his second and final five-year term of office, President Koroma again introduced a brand new agenda called the agenda for prosperity. With the woeful deceit and the subsequent failure of the agenda for attitudinal change, at least for the large majority of Sierra Leoneans, hardly was the agenda for prosperity launched than it became crystal clear that it was another deceit and therefore doom to fail. Just prior to the 2012 elections, President Koroma had just decorated the streets of Freetown with street lamps powered by solar cells. Also the Wilkinson Road was hastily given a flashy tar pavement. APC Koroma had even gone to the extent of grading the provincial roads in the East and South, including Kailahun, Pujehun, Moyamba, Bonthe, etcetera, etcetera. All these projects were just meant to fool the illiterate majority of Sierra Leoneans that the APC-Koroma Government really meant good for the country. No sooner was the election stylistically rigged and declared worn than the APC-Koroma Government abandoned all these cherishable projects. Even the street lamps in Freetown were hurriedly uprooted and completely sold out. Of course, most of the roads in the North were tar paved during Kabbah’s SLPP regime and are today the only reliable roads in Sierra Leone.
 
The APC-Koroma Government openly promised Sierra Leone in the National Stadium in Freetown that it will provide a total of one thousand buses before the end of its second term of office. In the hospitals, free medical programs were launched for the pregnant, lactating and vulnerable population. The medical system in Sierra Leone was lauded by the APC-Koroma Government as one of the best in the world, and in fact the best in the developing world. All these narratives and the numerous more not mentioned here are now clearly known to amount to nothing but a politically calculated hoax meant to tell the people of Sierra Leone that You Are A Country Of Stupid Nonentities. Now the outbreak of the Ebola Epidemic Disease, which of course is new in West Africa but not at all new in East Africa, has clearly revealed how best our medical systems in Sierra Leone are. Not even are there simple dressing gears for the doctors, let alone appropriate drugs or ambulances or even the infrastructure where to treat patients. It is a total disgrace to realize that with all the iron ore, bauxite, rutile, zircon, petroleum, fisheries, cocoa/coffee produce, etcetera, etcetera, we have to be given adaptable tricycle ambulances by filthily wealthy nations like Saudi Arabia. It is really a disgrace worse than slapping one straight in the face with sole of the shoe.
 
Where has all the money from plundering our God-given natural resources gone under the APC rule? Was this what APC Koroma meant by the agenda for attitudinal change and the agenda for prosperity? After fraudulently cooking the figures to put economic growth in Sierra Leone at over 13 per cent (the highest in the world), the people are today smoldering in a sober destitution never before experienced. In fact the fatality rate of the Ebola in West Africa is put at around 56 per cent, far less than that in East Africa, which has a fatality rater of over 80 per cent. This implies that the Ebola in West Africa is not as deadly as that in East Africa. Then one wonders why the so much alarm about the Ebola in West Africa? The reason is just very simple and clear. It is the I-don’t-care laxity of the Governments of the Ebola-infected countries in West Africa regarding the containment and treatment of the killer virus disease that have dead-scared the Western and Eastern worlds. Sierra Leone, in particular, initially treated the virus disease outbreak as a political curse on the people of Kailahun District. It was not until when the lone virologist doctor died of the disease, the almost nation-wide spread of the disease and above all the band on attending the Historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that the APC Government started treating the killer virus disease outbreak with some seriousness. Even so, the Government allocated two hundred million Leones to fight the Ebola Virus Disease in Koinadugu District, when we are still to hear a single confirmed case of the disease. Can the APC Koroma Government please tell us how much it allocated to the districts in the Eastern and Southern Provinces where the killer disease has its worst tolls in the country?
 
We are caught by surprise and in absolute shame that in a country with the best medical system in the world and with the highest economic growth rate of over 13 per cent, a known disease epidemic like Ebola could devastate us so very rapidly. Have the agendas for change and prosperity now changed into the agenda for governance relapse and agenda for Ebola death? The reality is that things are so much so worse that the entire country of Sierra Leone is today a land of death traps. If you survive economic hardship, then treatable diseases could easily kill you or political witch-hunting and suppression will eventually pin you down and exterminate you. There are also the witch doctors who have become renowned under the Koroma-led APC Government for summarily exterminating progressive people in the country. For the lay man in the streets of Sierra Leone, there is absolutely no room for survival. It is the replica of the APC tactic put in place in Sierra Leone that Ambassador Foh is hurriedly putting in place in China today. The underlying doctrine of the tactic is “leave no room for the masses to survive”. As long as you can squeeze the survival of the masses into your hands, then you can manipulate them anyhow you like. This is the agenda for change and prosperity for the chosen few. As long as the masses cannot survive, then the few in authority can prosper into wealthy monsters they are today.
 
We have to work concertedly to change this inhuman doctrine or Sierra Leone will be forever doomed.
 
God Bless Sierra Leone!

 

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UNAMID welcomes SLA/Minni Minawi renewed commitment to end recruitment of child soldiers  

Posted by African Press International on August 12, 2014

EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, August 8, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The leadership of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur welcomed the new steps taken by the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi (SLA/MM) to prohibit the recruitment and use of child soldiers in its ranks.

The movement previously issued a command decree to adhere to international norms and standards protecting children and the Sudan Child Act of 2010, and on 6 August 2014 outlined a formal operational mechanism that establishes an implementation committee not only to raise awareness about the movement’s prohibition of child soldiers but also to work with relevant organisations to reintegrate child soldiers into society.

This step comes after the command order was issued by SLA/MM leader Minni Minawi on 17 December 2013 following his participation in a workshop on peace and security in Darfur held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and co-organized by the AU-UN Joint Mediation Support Team and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

“This is a significant development that contributes to UNAMID and Sudanese concerted efforts to eradicate the recruitment and use of child soldiers in Darfur and could encourage a rapprochement toward peace,” said UNAMID Deputy Joint Special Representative, a.i., Abidoun Bashua. “We call on all parties to the conflict and appeal to all communities across Darfur to refrain from using children as combatants, as the protection of children is one of the foundations for lasting peace in every society.”

Since 2009, six parties to the conflict in Darfur established action plans to end recruitment and use of child soldiers, and nine have issued command orders prohibiting the practice. Meanwhile, more than 1,200 former child soldiers have benefitted from reintegration programs with the support of Sudan’s Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission, UNICEF and UNAMID.

 

SOURCE

United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

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Diego Maradona slaps journalist Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/article/2000131160/diego-maradona-slaps-journalist

Posted by African Press International on August 12, 2014

Argentina: Diego Maradona is at the centre of another controversy after slapping a journalist in Argentina. The 53-year-old was travelling with his children in Buenos Aires when he was stopped by a series of reporters. And in a bizarre turn of events, the Argentinian legend exited his car before angrily confronting one particular journalist. Maradona is filmed calling the man an “idiot” before striking him across the face.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/article/2000131160/diego-maradona-slaps-journalist-for-winking-at-ex-wife#/

 

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