Ernest Defends democracy

A change maker, H.E. Ernest Bai Koroma was democratically elected President of Sierra Leone from 2007 to 2018 during which time he implemented wide ranging democratic reforms that guaranteed civil liberties, expanded access to justice, strengthened transparency and accountability and consolidated peace.

In pushing forward both peace and development, in his eleven years rule, Ernest, as he is popularly known, did a lot in strengthening decentralization in the country, fighting against corruption, instituting administrative and public management reforms and undertaking widespread infrastructural construction projects that resulted in Sierra Leone being one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

By the time he left office, Sierra Leone was recognized by the Global Peace Index to be the most peaceful country in West Africa, and the third most peaceful in Africa.

The former US President Obama described Sierra Leone under President Koroma as a nation where democracy has taken root in Africa.

At the end of his tenure, President Koroma conducted peaceful, free and fair elections and democratically and peacefully handed over power to an opposition party.

As part of his post presidency engagements he has continued to promote democracy in Africa by leading the ECOWAS and AU Election Observation Missions in Togo and Namibia.

In June, Ernest was part of a group of prominent global players who are members of the campaign for nature’s global steering committee calling for change.

They range from former heads of state to former foreign ministers and diplomats who authored and signed a press statement titled – recover from the global recession – we must invest in nature.

“We come from regions around the world and are united by the belief that the destruction of the natural world is an urgent issue for our economies, our health and the overall wellbeing of mankind,” the statement said.

The campaigners believe that nature conversation must both be a core element of the economic rescue plans that global leaders are developing to respond to emerging global recession, and a cornerstone for resilient new economy.

Thus they call on world leaders’ attention to a new report that found that protected areas and the local communities that depend on them for their livelihoods as well as positioned for financial support through stimulus packages, and yet thus far they have been overlooked by stimulus discussions.