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Ex-President Kabbah is very much alive

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Contrary to the rumours spread in the diaspora today, Former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah is very much alive.

This morning, there were widespread rumours that Pa. Kabbah had passed away.

Calls made by COCORIOKO  to family members however described the rumours as untrue.

The ex-President is sick and hospitalized in London.

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NEWS FLASH : FALSE REPORT BY WASHINGTON TIMES ON CANCELLATION OF PRESIDENT KOROMA’S TRIP TO THE U.S.

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Sierra Leone Government officials , including the official Spokesman of the government , Information Minister Alpha Kanu and Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the U.S, H.E. Bockarie Stevens have protested against an article in the Washington Times newspaper about  the cancellation of the U.S. trip of President Ernest Koroma.

In the article, the Washington Times wrote :

“As an angry Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced Tuesday that she was calling off her
state visit to Washington next month, President Obama received another rejection.
Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma  postponed a Washington visit scheduled this week. He
gave no reason for his decision.”

The report is totally false and misleading. President Koroma ‘s trip to the U.S. was purely to attend the UN General Assembly. He had already accepted President Obama’s invitation and the two leaders met in the White House in March. It is false  therefore to regard any cancellation of  President Koroma’s  trip to the UN General Assembly as a rejection to President Obama.

The Government will be coming out with an appropriate response to refute the Washington Times report and reject the linkage.

STAY TUNED FOR  A STATEMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY.

 

 

Hectic week for presidential delegation in America

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

 

 

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HEAD OF THE DELEGATION, HON.ALPHA KANU , SPEAKING AT NDI. WATCH OUT FOR PICTORIAL DISPLAYS.

KABS KANU-New Haven, Connecticut : Friday September 20, 2013-

The delegation selected by His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma to represent him in the United States in his absence (due to unavoidable circumstances) has been very busy indeed.  President Koroma  had a jampacked schedule for the trip and since all the programs he was billed to attend were not cancelled, it has been quite a week for the team representing him. They had been attending back-to-back programs.

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SOME MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL DELEGATION DURING YESTERDAY’S AMISTAD CELEBRATION IN CONNECTICUT .FROM RIGHT : MR. AJIBU JALLOH, DR. SYLVIA BLYDEN , FODAY MANSARAY AND SECOND FROM RIGHT M.P. ISATA KABIA  : COURTESY AJIBU JALLOH

Though hectic, the programs have all been successful so far , thanks to the outstanding leadership being provided  by  the head of the delegation , the official Government Spokesman and Minister of Information and Communications, Hon. Alpha Kanu and other members including Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Bockarie Stevens, his Deputy, Mr. Ibrahim S. Conteh, the Deputy Minister of Finance, Mrs. Mabinti Daramy , the Member of Parliament of Port Loko, Ms. Isata Kabia; the Special Executive Assistant to the President, Dr.Sylvia Blyden , the Minister Plenipotentiary to the United Nations, Mr. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, the Head of Chancery at the Sierra Leone Embassy to the United States, Mrs. Isha Sillah and the advanced team sent two weeks ago, the Special Assistants in the President’s Office, Messrs Foday Mansaray and Ajibu Jalloh and Dr. Francis Dove-Edwin of the Diaspora Office.

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HEAD OF CHANCERY  IN THE SIERRA LEONE EMBASY IN WASHINGTON DC ISHA SILLAH  DURING ONE OF THE FUNCTIONS

This delegation is specifically representing President Koroma in programs he could have attended in America while Foreign Affairs Minister , Dr.Samura Kamara , is representing the country at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly and the Chief of Staff, Dr.Richard Konteh , is representing the country in the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC ) Town Hall meetings in the U.S.

 

 

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MINISTER KABS KANU AND DR. DOVE-EDWIN ( TIPEPS )

We have already reported on the Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Annual Conference organized by Constituency For Africa  (CFA ) , which President Koroma addressed by video link from Freetown on Tuesday Sepember 17. The President’s statement is still being acclaimed by participants at the meeting and the international community as it hit at the core of measures needed to be taken to harness the human and material resources in the diaspora for national development in Africa.

We have also reported on the successful MCC Town Meeting on Wednesday September 18 , also in Washington DC ,  in which the delegation participated as well as help to organize. President Koroma was represented at this meeting too by the Hon. Alpha Kanu , backed by his delegation.

On Thursday September 19, 2013 the delegation took part in a meeting at the National Democratic Institute For International Affairs  ( NDI ) in Washington DC. According to its mission statement :  ”NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions. NDI works with democrats in every region of the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and to promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government”.

President Koroma was invited at this session to be the keynote speaker and that role was played by the Information Minister, Hon. Alpha Kanu ,who read an instructive statement on behalf of the President. In the statement, President Koroma spoke about his government’s plans to utilize the creativity and knowledge of youth in his desire to have youths play a leading role in national development. The President said that the priorities of his government are gainful employment for youth and building entrepenure  skills which is emphasized in President Koroma’s Agenda For Prosperity. The minister spoke aout the appointment of many youths in government and other sectors and the formation of the All Political Parties Youth Association ( AYPA ) , through which youth come together to discuss national issues.

Dr. Christopher Fromoyoh, who moderated the program, spoke glowingly of President Koroma’s achievements , especially in promoting democracy and the rule of law. He described President Koroma as a friend of NDI and that he had been engaged with NDI since his days as an opposition leader. He thanked the President for the support he has been providing NDI.

There was a surprise guest at the meeting–The Senegalese musical icon, Akon, who is a friend and admirer of President Ernest Koroma and  who visited Sierra Leone last year before the elections. He regards President Koroma as his mentor.

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Youth ,Mr.Alimamy Kamara , participated in the conference and delivered a much-applauded speech on youth employment and engagement in Sierra Leone.

Also on Thursday September 19, the Presidential delegation participated in the Ambassador’s Dinner at the residence of the Sierra Leone Ambassador to the U.S, Mr.Bockarie Stevens. This was a big event that was to have seen  President Koroma interface and socialize with Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora and members of his delegation in Washington DC. Despite the fact that President Koroma did not travel to America due to circumstances beyond his control, Sierra Leoneans travelled from New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia and Delaware to join their compatriots in Washington DC ,  Maryland and Virginia to attend the Garden party. Again, the Government’s Spokesman, Alhaji Alpha Kanu, made a stirring and inspiring statement on behalf of President Ernest Koroma. From the party the Presidential delegation packed bag and baggage and travelled through the night to Connecticut where they were slated to represent President Ernest Koroma at the 25th Anniversary of the Amistad Committee in New Haven.

The very impressive, auspicious and historic  program was held yesterday at the City Hall , New Haven .It was followed by a banquet later that night for the presidential team. PASCO TEMPLE, the Information Attache in Washington DC , will be bringing you a full report on Saturday on the Amistad celebration.

The Presidential delegation is travelling to Boston this morning to attend an MCC Town Hall meeting before travelling to New Jersey tomorrow to attend the MCC  Town Meeting there.

WATCH OUT FOR  VOLUMES OF REPORTS AND PICTORIAL DISPLAYS COMING

Hectic week for presidential delegation in America

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

 

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HEAD OF THE DELEGATION, HON.ALPHA KANU , SPEAKING AT NDI. WATCH OUT FOR PICTORIAL DISPLAYS.

KABS KANU-New Haven, Connecticut : Friday September 20, 2013-

The delegation selected by His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma to represent him in the United States in his absence due to unavoidable circumstances has been very busy indeed.  President Koroma  had a jampacked schedule for the trip and since all the programs he was billed to attend were not cancelled, it has been quite a week for the team representing him. They had been attending back-to-back programs.

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SOME MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL DELEGATION DURING TESTERDAY’S AMISTAD CELEBRATION IN CONNECTICUT .FROM RIGHT : MR. AJIBU JALLOH, DR. SYLVIA BLYDEN , FODAY MANSARAY AND SECOND FROM RIGHT M.P. ISATA KABIA  : COURTESY AJIBU JALLOH

Though hectic, the programs have all been successful so far , thanks to the outstanding leadership being provided  by  the head of the delegation , the official Government Spokesman and Minister of Information and Communications, Hon. Alpha Kanu and other members including Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Bockarie Stevens, his Deputy, Mr. Ibrahim S. Conteh, the Deputy Minister of Finance, Mrs. Mabinti Daramy , the Member of Parliament of Port Loko, Ms. Isata Kabia; the Special Executive Assistant to the President, Dr.Sylvia Blyden , the Minister Plenipotentiary to the United Nations, Mr. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, the Head of Chancery at the Sierra Leone Embassy to the United States, Mrs. Isha Sillah and the advanced team sent two weeks ago, the Special Assistants in the President’s Office, Messrs Foday Mansaray and Ajibu Jalloh and Dr. Francis Dove-Edwin of the Diaspora Office.

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HEAD OF CHANCERY  IN THE SIERRA LEONE EMBASY IN WASHINGTON DC ISHA SILLAH  DURING ONE OF THE FUNCTIONS

This delegation is specifically representing President Koroma while Foreign Affairs Minister , Dr.Samura Kamara , is representing the country at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly and the Chief of Staff, Dr.Richard Konteh , is representing the country in the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC ) Town Hall meetings in the U.S.

We have already reported on the Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Annual Conference organized by Constituency For Africa  (CFA ) , which President Koroma addressed by video link from Freetown on Tuesday Sepember 17. The President’s statement is still being acclaimed by participants at the meeting and the international community as it hit at the core of measures needed to be taken to harness the human and material resources in the diaspora for national development in Africa.

We have also reported on the successful MCC Town Meeting on Wednesday September 18 , also in Washington DC ,  in which the delegation participated as well as help to organize. President Koroma was represented at this meeting too by the Hon. Alpha Kanu , backed by his delegation.

On Thursday September 19, 2013 the delegation took part in a meeting at the National Democratic Institute For International Affairs  ( NDI ) in Washington DC. According to its mission statement :  ”NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions. NDI works with democrats in every region of the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and to promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government”.

President Koroma was invited at this session to be the keynote speaker and that role was played by the Information Minister, Hon. Alpha Kanu ,who read an instructive statement on behalf of the President. In the statement, President Koroma spoke about his government’s plans to utilize the creativity and knowledge of youth in his desire to have youths play a leading role in national development. The President said that the priorities of his government are gainful employment for youth and building entrepenure  skills which is emphasized in President Koroma’s Agenda For Prosperity. The minister spoke aout the appointment of many youths in government and other sectors and the formation of the All Political Parties Youth Association ( AYPA ) , through which youth come together to discuss national issues.

Dr. Christopher Fromoyoh, who moderated the program, spoke glowingly of President Koroma’s achievements , especially in promoting democracy and the rule of law. He described President Koroma as a friend of NDI and that he had been engaged with NDI since his days as an opposition leader. He thanked the President for the support he has been providing NDI.

There was a surprise guest at the meeting–The Senegalese musical icon, Akon, who is a friend and admirer of President Ernest Koroma and  who visited Sierra Leone last year before the elections. He regards President Koroma as his mentor.

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Youth ,Mr.Alimamy Kamara , participated in the conference and delivered a much-applauded speech on youth employment and engagement in Sierra Leone.

Also on Thursday September 19, the Presidential delegation participated in the Ambassador’s Dinner at the residence of the Sierra Leone Ambassador to the U.S, Mr.Bockarie Stevens. This was a big event that was to have seen  President Koroma interface and socialize with Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora and members of his delegation in Washington DC. Despite the fact that President Koroma did not travel to America due to circumstances beyond his control, Sierra Leoneans travelled from New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia and Delaware to join their compatriots in Washington DC ,  Maryland and Virginia to attend the Garden party. Again, the Government’s Spokesman, Alhaji Alpha Kanu, made a stirring and inspiring statement on behalf of President Ernest Koroma. From the party the Presidential delegation packed bag and baggage and travelled through the night to Connecticut where they were slated to represent President Ernest Koroma at the 25th Anniversary of the Amistad Committee in New Haven.

The very impressive, auspicious and historic  program was held yesterday at the City Hall ,New Haven .It was followed by a banquet later that night for the presidential team. PASCO TEMPLE, the Information Attache in Washington DC , will be bringing you a full report on Saturday on the Amistad celebration.

The Presidential delegation is travelling to Boston this morning to attend an MCC Town Hall meeting before travelling to New Jersey tomorrow to attend the MCC  Town Meeting there.

WATCH OUT FOR  VOLUMES OF REPORTS AND PICTORIAL DISPLAYS COMING

 

 

MCC holds successful Constraints Analysis Town Meeting in Washington DC

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Posted by  on September 19, 2013 : 

By  KABS KANU AND PASCO TEMPLE :

The Sierra Leone Embassy to the United States and the Millennium Challenge Corporation ( MCC ) conducted a successful Town Meeting last evening at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Maryland.  The theme of the joint meeting was the MCC Compact Award won by Sierra Leone last year.

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MAHMUD IDRISS MAKING HIS STATEMENT

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GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN AND HEAD OF DELEGATION, HON. ALPHA KANU, SPEAKING 

The  MCC requires that a compact winner  must conduct a constraints  analysis of the principal constraints to economic growth and poverty reduction . She must  also consult with the people to identify areas of priority for development.

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A FEMALE ATTENDEE ASKING A QUESTION

A large number of Sierra Leoneans from around Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia attended the meeting. People also came from Philadelphia and New Jersey to take part in the all-Sierra Leonean and non-political event. Representatives of the MCC, Montgomery County and Maryland State officials as well as friends of Sierra Leone and stakeholders were also in attendance .

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THE ATTENDANCE WAS VERY SATISFACTORY

During  the question -and-answer-series,  Sierra Leoneans at the meeting asked very pertinent questions surrounding the MCC, the Compact Award , governance in Sierra Leone  and the way forward for the country,  questions  that were competently answered by Mr. Mahmoud Idriss and Ministers Alpha Kanu and Richard Konteh.

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THE BIG CROWD AT THE MEETING

President Ernest Bai Koroma was represented at the Town Meeting principally by the Minister of Information and Communications, Hon. Alpha Kanu , who gave the keynote address . After being masterfully introduced by his Special Assistant, Mr. Ajibu Jalloh, the eloquent minister, who is also a wordsmith and a master of colorful images, took the podium to deliver a masterclass—a vintage Alpha Kanuish statement loaded with philosophical and psychological instruction and this time with religious parallels that held the large crowd spellbound.

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ONE OF THE MOST BITTER CRITICS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND PARTY, MR. ALPHA SAIDU BANGURA OF THE OPPOSITION SLPP ASKING A QUESTION. HE SUGGESTED THAT  THAT THE MCC OFFICE IN SIERRA LEONE SET UP BOARD OF DIRECTORS WHO EMPLOY AND GIVE OUT CONTRACTS SO THAT MCC OPERATIVES ARE NOT SUBJECT TO DISMISSAL SHOULD ANOTHER PRESIDENT OR GOVERNMENT COME IN.

Hon.Kanu powerfully and convincingly portrayed his boss, President Ernest Koroma,  as a very committed, patriotic and productive leader whose tenure has been a blessing to Sierra Leone. President Koroma laid the marker for hard work  from the very day he became President of Sierra Leone when he was declared winner of the 2007 elections. Alhaji Kanu said he was expecting the newly-declared President to join him and jubilant party stalwarts to a celebration  at the party headquarters but when he called Dr. Ernest Koroma, he was at State House , where he had been sworn-in, working. The new President told him that there was no time to lose as they had to hit the ground running. President Koroma told him that there will be no celebration when the whole country was in darkness with no light ; potholes all over the country ; lots of women dying at childbirth and food was unavailable to the people.

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DR. RICHARD KONTEH TALKING DURING THE MEETING

The next day, President Koroma gave him a list of priorities to be immediately handled by the new government  and this list included the restoration of light to the then darkest country in the world, infrastructural development , agriculture , health care and human development.

Mr. Kanu described the choice of the President’s priorities as having been determined by divine inspiration. Using a fitting religious situation , Mr. Kanu said the President Koroma drew his inspiration from the Biblical story of the creation in Genesis Chapter One. When God started to create the earth, it was dark and formless and he said “Let there be light” and there was light.  President Koroma did the same thing when he started to develop the country. His  first and foremost priority  was restoring electricity in the country  .The President  went all out to  ensure that light was restored in the first 100 days of his rule. After bringing electricity , President Koroma turned next to infrastructural development which  God had done  next after decreeing light. God said “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters”. God also said : “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.”  This , according to the minister , was infrastructural development. Continuing his thrilling religious parallels, the minister stated that God next said : Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. This was agricultural development and President Koroma followed the same sequence.

According to the minister, God then said : “Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven” .This was HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, which President Koroma treated in the same sequence,  thus demonstrating the fact that President Koroma used the Creation to outline and implement his priorities during his first term . “Our strategy is the  The Agenda For Change “, the minister told the meeting. “That is why today we are talking about the MCC “, he emphasized.

The Government Spokesman described the MCC as a God-sent yardstick for the government. He stated that every year the government would check what the MCC is saying about Sierra Leone “ and we will use it to help get us where we want “. Continuing , the minister said : “The MCC to us is an inspiration and the money is only secondary but we will get it to promote the Agenda For Prosperity.”

Amidst cheers , the minister named the many achievements of the government which made it win by overwhelming majority  last year’s presidential, legislative and local council elections : The impressive road projects, the installation of solar lights through the length and breadth of the country , the increase in the salary of teachers, and the health care insurance.

Minister Kanu proclaimed that with the Agenda For Prosperity, “Now, we need to put prosperity in the pockets of the people. We also need to provide jobs for our people and we also have to develop agriculture to enable us to feed ourselves . “ The management of the country’s natural resources was key to the achievement of these goals, postulated the Minister.

Becoming very academic , the Minister said that the other resource that Sierra Leone has to utilize to achieve her goals is the Electromagnetic spectrum. He was referring to Information Technology.

Also making very salient remarks at the meeting were the Chief of Staff ,Dr. Richard Konteh ,  Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States , H.E. Bockarie Stevens and the MCC Program Manager, Mr. Amadu Massallay.

Dr. Konteh said that the MCC will be a catalyst for Sierra Leone’s development projects. But he said also that Sierra Leone has other sources of development .He disclosed that the government was planning to set up a catalytic fund to help Sierra Leoneans return home and engage in business. The government, he emphasized, was not able to employ every one so some of our people should think about engaging themselves in business and commerce.

Dr. Konteh also raised  a vexing problem in the country : The White collar job menace. He lamented  the fact that the country does not have the right Sierra Leoneans with the right skills mix. He stressed the need for a change.

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President Koroma’s statement to diaspora town meeting resonated well with the audience

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Posted by  on September 18, 2013 : 

That President Ernest Bai Koroma possesses  tremendous  respect and credibility in the international world was manifested yesterday when he addressed the diaspora town meeting in Washington DC  organized by Constituency For Africa. Though he addressed the landmark meeting  by video, the President’s statement was a major hit and it drew continuous applause because it resonated well with the audience and the purpose of the meeting , which is reflected in the theme : “Harnessing the capacity of the African Diaspora in Building Africa “. The President was not there, but he was really there , by virtue of the effect he created.

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The Minister of Information , Hon. Alpha Kanu , in glowing terms, stated:  “The President delivered an inspirational , informative, instructive , historically accurate and futuristic address on the potential of the diaspora to impact positively upon development in the African continent and Sierra Leone in particular. It was estimated that the remittances from the diaspora to families back home more than doubled all the global development aid put together.”  Special Executive Assistant to President Koroma  , Dr. Sylvia Blyden put it this way :  ”As the moderator, the distinguished Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole told the audience, although the President was not there in the flesh, he was fully present as he rendered his wonderful, thought-provoking lecture to some of the finest minds in black America including the newly sworn-in Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.”

The statement was the talk of the day, proving the undeniable fact that President Koroma is held with the highest esteem in the international world because of many factors, including his  democratic governance style and the fact that he has manifested enough that he  knows pretty well the solutions to the problems besetting the world.

Yesterday’s event reflected an editorial we wrote three weeks ago about President Koroma ‘s international respect and credibility . For the purpose of providing more clarity why the President always strikes an impressive chord in the international realm when he speaks or acts, we reproduce the editorial :

What is responsible for President Koroma’s broad international appeal ?

Posted by  on September 2, 2013

 By KABS KANU:

Regardless of what his detractors write about him, there are lots of impressive attributes you cannot take  away from Sierra Leone’s President His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma. You may dislike your opponent, but you can never take from him/her that dashing, magnetic persona and excellent work ethics and progressiveness of that person. Lionel Messi is the best footballer in the world. His detractors can do all in their power to paint him black but one thing they cannot succeed to do is take away his international appeal because he is really magnificent on the ball and scores dramatic goals.

People have mounted all manners of nebulous propaganda against President Koroma in the international media but every tongue that has risen against the President has been proved false and rendered null and void. People have set up fake websites and created fake World’s worst politician profiles just to get at Dr. Ernest Koroma .They have set up social media forums bent to destroy the name of the President but none seems to be working. The President’s international persona  and appeal continue to spread  like his broad and captivating  smile that shows a confident and fulfilled man, despite the challenges he still has to tackle in his country –Another character nobody can take from him.

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President Koroma’s lofty international stature will be a feature of  the oncoming United Nations General Assembly as international stakeholders line up programs for the Head of State to address or participate in on the sidelines of the UNGA. The President’s invitation to these international programs is a manifestation of the fascinating appeal , goodwill and  respect he enjoys from international stakeholders and organizations all over the world.

On Tuesday September 17, President Koroma will be the invited guest speaker in a program organized by Constituency For Africa in Washington DC where he will address the juicy and interesting topic in plenary and panel discussion : ” The Role of the African Diaspora in harnessing investments and developments in Africa “.

One day after that, President Koroma will also be the guest speaker at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland ,where he will address the topic : “Challenges of Democracy, Development and Security “. Though the President’s itinerary has not yet been confirmed, he has also been invited to Columbia University, New York to engage in a panel discussion with about 5 other heads of state .There is also an engagement with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and participation as Guest Of Honor in the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of the Amistad Committee in New Haven, Connecticut , where the Mayor , officials and international stakeholders are eagerly waiting to receive the man widely known in his country as THE WORLD’S BEST.

Of course , since he came to power in 2007, President Koroma has always been one of the toasts of the United Nations General Assembly where he always enjoy tremendous and profuse outpouring of acclaim and goodwill from his peers as well as diplomats . It must be recalled that during the 2011 UNGA, President Koroma was cordially invited by the Leader of the Free World, U.S. President Barak Obama to sit by him as he addressed a side meeting of world leaders where UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also delivered a statement.

Sierra Leone has never before had a President who enjoyed such international approval, prestige and goodwill.

What is responsible for President Koroma’s broad international appeal ?

The answer is simple : President Koroma is doing exactly what the civilized world and international stakeholders and development partners desire in a modern day productive and progressive leader . He has great respect for the constitution and the Rule of Law; Since he came to power, he has promoted fundamental human rights ; he is also a proponent of multi-party politics with all its attendant attributes of free and fair media and free participation of civil society, womens, youths and children’s groups. That is not all. President Koroma’s rule has been marked by rapid socio-economic and political developments in Sierra Leone. The country still has challenges but Sierra Leone is in the hands of a capable and competent leader and the international world is fully aware of this, which is why the vicious propaganda against the President is not working.

Because of his respect for the rule of law, human rights and the constitution , as well as his development drives, President Koroma is admired by even citizens of our African states and there are many that are secretly wishing that he was their President.

Instead of wasting precious time engaging the President’s detractors , the Presidential media must continue to feed their readers with their usual rich diets of the accomplishments of Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.

 

 

President Koroma’s statement to diaspora town meeting resonated well with the audience

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

 

That President Ernest Bai Koroma possesses  tremendous  respect and credibility in the international world was manifested once again yesterday when he addressed the diaspora town meeting in Washington DC  organized by Constituency For Africa (CFA ). Though he addressed the landmark meeting  by video link , the President’s statement was a major hit and it drew continuous applause because it resonated well with the audience and the purpose of the meeting , which is reflected in the theme : “Harnessing the capacity of the African Diaspora in Building Africa “.

The Minister of Information , Hon. Alpha Kanu , in glowing terms, stated:  “The President delivered an inspirational , informative, instructive , historically accurate and futuristic address on the potential of the diaspora to impact positively upon development in the African continent and Sierra Leone in particular. It was estimated that the remittances from the diaspora to families back home more than doubled all the global development aid put together.”  Special Executive Assistant to President Koroma  , Dr. Sylvia Blyden put it this way :  ”As the moderator, the distinguished Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole told the audience, although the President was not there in the flesh, he was fully present as he rendered his wonderful, thought-provoking lecture to some of the finest minds in black America including the newly sworn-in Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.”

President Koroma’s statement yesterday once again projected his global leadership role and his relevance to the international community, more so the African diaspora.

The statement was the talk of the day, proving the undeniable fact that President Koroma is held with the highest esteem in the international world because of many factors, including his  democratic governance style and the fact that he has manifested enough that he  knows pretty well the solutions to the problems besetting the world.

Yesterday’s event reflected an editorial we wrote three weeks ago about President Koroma ‘s international respect and credibility . For the purpose of providing more clarity why the President always strikes an impressive chord in the international realm when he speaks or acts, we reproduce the editorial :

What is responsible for President Koroma’s broad international appeal ?

Posted by  on September 2, 2013

 By KABS KANU:

Regardless of what his detractors write about him, there are lots of impressive attributes you cannot take  away from Sierra Leone’s President His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma. You may dislike your opponent, but you can never take from him/her that dashing, magnetic persona and excellent work ethics and progressiveness of that person. Lionel Messi is the best footballer in the world. His detractors can do all in their power to paint him black but one thing they cannot succeed to do is take away his international appeal because he is really magnificent on the ball and scores dramatic goals.

People have mounted all manners of nebulous propaganda against President Koroma in the international media but every tongue that has risen against the President has been proved false and rendered null and void. People have set up fake websites and created fake World’s worst politician profiles just to get at Dr. Ernest Koroma .They have set up social media forums bent to destroy the name of the President but none seems to be working. The President’s international persona  and appeal continue to spread  like his broad and captivating  smile that shows a confident and fulfilled man, despite the challenges he still has to tackle in his country –Another character nobody can take from him.

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President Koroma’s lofty international stature will be a feature of  the oncoming United Nations General Assembly as international stakeholders line up programs for the Head of State to address or participate in on the sidelines of the UNGA. The President’s invitation to these international programs is a manifestation of the fascinating appeal , goodwill and  respect he enjoys from international stakeholders and organizations all over the world.

On Tuesday September 17, President Koroma will be the invited guest speaker in a program organized by Constituency For Africa in Washington DC where he will address the juicy and interesting topic in plenary and panel discussion : ” The Role of the African Diaspora in harnessing investments and developments in Africa “.

One day after that, President Koroma will also be the guest speaker at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland ,where he will address the topic : “Challenges of Democracy, Development and Security “. Though the President’s itinerary has not yet been confirmed, he has also been invited to Columbia University, New York to engage in a panel discussion with about 5 other heads of state .There is also an engagement with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and participation as Guest Of Honor in the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of the Amistad Committee in New Haven, Connecticut , where the Mayor , officials and international stakeholders are eagerly waiting to receive the man widely known in his country as THE WORLD’S BEST.

Of course , since he came to power in 2007, President Koroma has always been one of the toasts of the United Nations General Assembly where he always enjoy tremendous and profuse outpouring of acclaim and goodwill from his peers as well as diplomats . It must be recalled that during the 2011 UNGA, President Koroma was cordially invited by the Leader of the Free World, U.S. President Barak Obama to sit by him as he addressed a side meeting of world leaders where UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also delivered a statement.

Sierra Leone has never before had a President who enjoyed such international approval, prestige and goodwill.

What is responsible for President Koroma’s broad international appeal ?

The answer is simple : President Koroma is doing exactly what the civilized world and international stakeholders and development partners desire in a modern day productive and progressive leader . He has great respect for the constitution and the Rule of Law; Since he came to power, he has promoted fundamental human rights ; he is also a proponent of multi-party politics with all its attendant attributes of free and fair media and free participation of civil society, womens, youths and children’s groups. That is not all. President Koroma’s rule has been marked by rapid socio-economic and political developments in Sierra Leone. The country still has challenges but Sierra Leone is in the hands of a capable and competent leader and the international world is fully aware of this, which is why the vicious propaganda against the President is not working.

Because of his respect for the rule of law, human rights and the constitution , as well as his development drives, President Koroma is admired by even citizens of our African states and there are many that are secretly wishing that he was their President.

Instead of wasting precious time engaging the President’s detractors , the Presidential media must continue to feed their readers with their usual rich diets of the accomplishments of Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.

 

 

Five Senior Govt. diplomatic Officials Represent President Koroma in Washington & UN General Assembly

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

By PASCO TEMPLE :

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HON. ALPHA SAHID KANU

Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma has selected five of his trusted and capable officials of Government, to represent him in all programs scheduled to take place in Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, Boston, Connecticut and at the Sixty Eight (68) United Nations General Assembly New York.SAMURAK

 

 FOREIGN MINISTER SAMURA KAMARA

Led by Minister of Information and Communications and Government Spokesman Hon. Alhaji Alpha Kanu, other members of the delegation include Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Matthew Samura – Kamara, Special Executive Assistant to President Ernest Bai Koroma Dr. Sylvia O. Blyden and Minister Plenipotentiary to the United Nations and Coordinator of the African Union Committee of 10 on UN Security Council Reform ( C-10), Rev. Wilfred Leroy Kabbs-Kanu.
Accordingly, Hon. Alpha Kanu is leading the delegation to attend all functions which President Ernest Bai Koroma should have attended in Washington DC, New Jersey, Boston and Connecticut, while the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Matthew Samura Kamara will lead the delegation to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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AMBASSADOR BOCKARIE STEVENS

Hon. Alhaji Alpha Kanu, Dr. Sylvia O. Blyden and Reverend Wilfred Leroy Kabbs Kanu arrived at Washington DC Monday September 16, 2013, and were received by embassy staff including Deputy Chief of Mission I.S. Conteh,Head of Chancery Mrs. Isatu Sillah,Mr. Edward Kawa Ms. Fatmata Dao and Information attaché Pasco Gerald Temple, before being welcomed on arrival at the Chancery by Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens.

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DR.SYLVIA BLYDEN

On Tuesday 16th September, they will attend a meeting at World Bank hosted by Constituency for Africa (CFA), where President Ernest Bai Koroma will deliver his speech through video conferencing from the office of the World Bank in Freetown.

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 MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY KABS KANU

The delegation will also attend a Town meeting at Veterans Place, Civic Plaza Maryland Wednesday, where they will engage members of the diaspora on the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact, which requires engagement with the diaspora community on the “constraint Analysis”, go to Connecticut and attend a High level local arrangements, attend a Town meeting in New Jersey, before attending the sixty eighth United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Information Minister Apha Kanu says today’s Diaspora Town Meeting in DC was a landmark event

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Posted by  on September 17, 2013 : 

By KABS KANU  AND PASCO TEMPLE : 

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communications, Hon. Alpha Kanu,  said this afternoon that today’s Town Meeting  at the World Bank in Washington DC , which was  addressed by video from Freetown by President Ernest Koroma ,  was a landmark event. The minister was speaking to COCORIOKO  in an exclusive interview after the event , which was staged by Constituency For Africa ( CFA ),  with the theme : Harnessing the capacity of the African Diaspora in Building Africa “.

COCORIOKO asked the Minister how he would characterize the meeting . In response, Hon. Kanu said  : “The diaspora engagement meeting organized by World Bank was a landmark event that brought high-skilled and capable individuals of the diaspora to engage with the home countries in order to foster and accelerate socio-economic development underpinned by a political culture based on democratic principles “.

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The Information Boss went on : No doubt, the greatest exponent of tolerant and effective democracy in Africa is President Ernest Bai Koroma , who had the singular distinction of delivering the keynote address. This was climaxed by his unexpected appearance in Washington DC through the technological wizardry of video-conferencing. This reassured people of the Sierra Leone diasporsof his well-being, seeing him live , radiant, and energetic on screen.

With reference to the statement  by President Ernest Koroma, the minister said : “The minister delivered an inspirational , informative, instructive , historically accurate and futuristic address on the potential of the diaspora to impact positively upon development in the African continent and Sierra Leone in particular. It was estimated that the remittances from the diaspora to families back home more than doubled all the global development aid put together.”

About what could be achieved from this meeting , the Minister said : “It is therefore the wish of  President Koroma that activities of the diaspora should be well- coordinated and harnessed for effect. The creation of the Office of Diaspora Affairs was the first sign of this  commitment. ”

Harnessing Technology at its Finest!

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

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By Sylvia Blyden (SEA to the President)

It was on Saturday past that President Koroma summoned all his immediate trusted lieutenants to his State Lodge residence where we met his medical team arraigned. The doctors informed that they were strictly forbidding the President from travelling for a period of at least one week, following injury he sustained to his heel and ankle during a Squash match he had played. Although the President could manage to painfully walk around with a limp, the doctors warned that if he did not rest the foot, it could get worse. So it was that Saturday afternoon that the President instructed of me to enquire of possibility of a live video-conferencing between Freetown and Washington for the event. Indeed, the ever-pleasant World Bank Sierra Leone Country Office Manager, Mr. Francis Ato Brown and the Office of the World Bank’s Vice-President for Africa, Makhtar Diop who was a co-chair for the event today September 17th 2013, assured they would do their best. Indeed, their best was technology at its finest on display today. Shortly after the World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim delivered his Welcome Remarks, our Head of State appeared live on a screen at the World Bank to speak in from Freetown.

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This photomontage shows first, the President inside the Howe Street offices of the World Bank in Freetown with Mr. Brown standing by his side and second, the direct video image and voice of our distinguished Head of State being beamed across the world live into a jam-packed hall at the World Bank in Washington D.C. It was spectacular but it was not the only spectacular event today. The prolonged Standing Ovation that the President received at the end of his lecture, was nothing but spectacular appreciation for a spectacular speech!

As the moderator, the distinguished Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole told the audience, although the President was not there in the flesh, he was fully present as he rendered his wonderful, thought-provoking lecture to some of the finest minds in black America including the newly sworn-in Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. She was sworn in just the day before (Monday 16th) by President Obama thus making her presence at the event, to be, in her words, “my very first official assignment as Assistant Secretary of State for Africa” which she said she had “great pride” in carrying out. She then led a distinguished high-level Panel to discuss the topic of President Koroma’s excellent and inspirational lecture which was “Harnessing the African Diaspora in Building Capacity in Africa”.

Let me end by saying just say how proud I am right now of my boss, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone! Congrats to President Koroma who was invited to address the Black American event as a recognised son of Africa! Congrats and Thanks to the World Bank’s technology team for harnessing technology to ensure we discussed how to harness the Diaspora. A hearty congratulations also to all those who made this video-delivered keynote lecture so worthwhile especially our good friends at the CONSTITUENCY FOR AFRICA.