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Ebola still at the doorstep in Sierra Leone

By Umaru Fofana

I wonder how closely Sierra Leoneans are following the latest twists and turns in the Ebola jigsaw in Guinea and Liberia. I bet not very much! Or how many are paying attention to their own very lifestyles as they did not very long ago. I bet very few. I wonder what lessons our politicians - not least those in power - have learned from the Ebola outbreak. I bet very little - if any.

When Sierra Leone's roads are the drivers…

By Umaru Fofana

There seems to be no letup in the number of deaths by road accident in Sierra Leone and methinks there is no appetite to investigate them and take even if remedial action only. And memories of that genius of a radio engineer called Gas Pee who died simply because his car rammed into a stationary vehicle abandoned in the dark on a highway and did not have that cheap thing called a reflector.

Sierra Leone's public officials, whose officials!

By Umaru Fofana

How fast time has flown! How quickly we have moved on! How short our memory spans have shown! So true to the Sierra Leonean SPRINT MENTALITY: we express outrage at something today, days later we let it die naturally! Classic! Vintage!

That Sunday night reshuffle in Sierra Leone!

By Umaru Fofana

In what looked like an announcement by a newly-elected president, State House put out a government reshuffle on the night of the 13 March that stunned and surprised many people for many reasons.

I cannot recollect a reshuffle as major in terms of turnover as this one since 1998 when President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah returned to power after his brief but far-reaching overthrow by soldiers.

Sierra Leoneans and their SPRINT MENTALITY

By Umaru Fofana

In the last few years many things have eroded our standing as a country that is transparent and ruled by law without favour. Ebola funds were misappropriated virtually without consequence - in stead of taking action our parliament chose to audit an audit, and the rest as they say is history. Public officials have been recycled even though some of them had been sacked for corruption or without publicly stated reasons yet everyone had some idea why they had been relieved of their duties.

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