How Sierra Leone is cooking with the environment

By Mohamed Jaward Nyallay

It is common knowledge among many that felling trees for wood and charcoal destroys the environment. The government is expected to lead the country to a clean cooking energy source in the future but ironically it is one of the biggest users of wood and charcoal.

Most government-run kitchens in Sierra Leone use either firewood or charcoal; from military barracks, to hospitals to prisons.

According to Environmental Network News, every year Africa loses a forest cover equal to the size of Switzerland.

The Interview: Do terrorists represent Islam? We ask a Sierra Leonean Muslim scholar

By Kemo Cham

Last week the Office of National Security (ONS) convened the first national conference on the role of Islamic scholars in the fight against terrorism. This was part of the government’s four-pronged counter terrorism strategy, at the top of which is the prevention aspect.

With the global rise in terrorism attributed to Islamic fundamentalism, some counter-terrorist experts believe the best way to tackle the phenomenon is to include the moderate segment of the religion in the fight.

Bridging the gap between the media and judiciary in Sierra Leone

By Kemo Cham

In the small conference room in the offices of the civil society organization Campaign For Good Governance (CGG), a group of journalists were recently discussing their experiences covering the Sierra Leone judiciary. This is part of ongoing efforts to reform one of the world's most compromised justice systems.

CPJ gets UN accreditation

By Kemo Cham

After a lengthy waiting, the media rights group the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has been granted a consultative status at the United Nations.

The move announced last week followed a tedious process that ended up in voting by the United Nations Economic Social Council (ECOSOC).

With this status CPJ, which is headquartered in New York, will be allowed to access UN bodies and processes, such as the Human Rights Council in Geneva, where accredited NGOs can deliver a counter-narrative to states.

Can Desperate Mugabe, Hang On?

By Mohamed Jaward Nyallay

Last week, when the ZANU PF War Veterans Association announced that they are cutting ties with long term friend, President Robert Mugabe, it sent a serious message. The message is that President Mugabe is slowly loosing grip on power in Zimbabwe.

ZANU PF is the ruling party of Zimbabwe. The party was instrumental in the liberation struggle in the country until it finally came in to power after securing independence for the country.

Legalizing Corruption in Kono

By Ezekiel Nabieu

Corruption is a word that we bandy about much without pondering on its real meaning. Among other things it means bribery and dishonesty and these are the indicators of our national malaise. Aside from being tagged as the most peaceful country in the sub-region one would hope that Sierra Leone would also become the least corrupt country in the sub-region. That would be a great day worthy of national celebration if it is not a forlorn hope.

Agenda 2063: The Media’s role

By Kemo Cham

The media has a crucial role to play in ensuring that the African Union realizes its mega development plan contained in Agenda 2063, outgoing AU Commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said over the week end.