Are Judges in Sierra Leone and England punching above their weight?

By Hassan Morlai, London

This is an opinion based on Sierra Leone High Court judgment handed down on 02/11/2016 and England High Court judgment handed down on 03/11/2016

In boxing, a fighter who punches above his weight is in essence a fighter in a lower weight division fighting another boxer in a higher weight division. In such circumstance, the fighter in the higher weight division, in all likelihood, is more dominant with greater power to defeat the fighter in the lower weight division.

APPLICATION: Sam Sumana Vs The Republic of Sierra Leone

Application at the ECOWAS court


a.    Violation of the Applicant’s Right to Protection and Security of the Law as enshrined in Article 3(2) of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

    b.    Violation of the Applicant’s Right to Due Process of the Law as enshrined in Article 7(1) of the African Charter on Human and People’ Rights and Article 14(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Op-Ed: Restoring Growth in Sierra Leone After Ebola

By Dana J. Hyde 

The people of Sierra Leone have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to overcome challenges and lift themselves up. With the end of the civil war in 2002, the country set a strong democratic precedent and launched on a path of rapid economic growth. But the tragic Ebola epidemic suddenly interrupted the nation’s positive trajectory.

Opinion: To be a mother

By Khadi Mansaray (photo)

A few weeks ago pandemonium erupted in  Freetown when it was reported that a baby had been stolen. Investigations revealed the culprit was a nurse in the maternity ward and had faked pregnancy.  It’s appeared that the intention was to steal a baby when her apparent baby was due.  Understandably the mother was quite distraught. This despicable act seemed to be premeditated and meticulously planned that mental instability is unlikely.   It’s a crime and should be treated as such. However it could also be a desperate cry for help.

In love with a cripple mother of four!

By Umaru Fofana

I saw love on Sunday 9 October like I had never before seen. No better way to illustrate the biblical and quranic dictate to honour and love our parents. 

I had gone to Mile 91 in northern Sierra Leone with my colleague, Alpha Kargbo, to visit Zainab Kamara, a disabled woman paralysed waist-down. She has four children of her own, two nephews and a niece she is looking after. She has nothing but faith and a small garden with which to look after them.