Here comes the rain again

By Isaac Massaquoi

Sierra Leone is in for the wettest rainy season in many years, this year. This statement is not based on any sound meteorological study. Well you may want to ask me how I came to that conclusion. It is informed by the curtain-raiser to this year's rainy season as I have experienced in Bo and Freetown over the last three weeks. In both cities, it poured down like it was late July. Just in case my prediction falls through please understand that I only took a lay man’s approach to weather forecasting.

Living Without Water

By Isaac Massaquoi

I was returning home from work one evening driving in monsoon-type rain in the middle of July. I was with an East African researcher whom I was taking home for dinner with my family. It was on the eve of his departure for home after two weeks in Sierra Leone. He was here to do the Sierra Leone side of a research project on the “Institutions and people that drive change in Africa”. I was his local contact and we became friends as we collected documents and interviewed people across Sierra Leone.

Operation WID: Déjà-vu?

By Isaac Massaquoi

If Operation WID hasn't collapsed already, then it's in deep trouble and may need a significant dose of effort, sincerity and political commitment, more structured and profound than what was required to restore New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

What next for the Auditor General’s Report?

By Isaac Massaquoi

As with every other important issue in Sierra Leone, public reaction and media treatment of the Auditor General’s report has followed what I call the established pattern. Once the report was released opposition politicians, including those who lost heavily in the last elections turned their political graves into battle trenches from which they launched attacks against the government.

The Horse meat Worries: Any Lessons for Sierra Leone?

By Isaac Massaquoi

I wonder how many of us ask questions about the sort of meat we eat daily – that takes in our meat burgers, even at some of the best restaurants in Freetown, the roadside roast meat we casually pick up on evening stroll from one of the many selling points around Freetown these day, or the “goat soup” people eat at Moyamba Junction and Matotoka every hour.