Julius Maada Bio is the former Head of State of Sierra Leone and recent candidate for President
Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio is SLPP’s Presidential Candidate for the forthcoming 2012 Presidential elections slated for the last quarter of 2012. He is the only core member of the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC), that ruled Sierra Leone from 1992 to 1996, and remains an important figure in Sierra Leone’s political landscape. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission report of 2005/06 later acclaimed Bio for his commitment to the peace process. After he handed over power to former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah in the aftermath of the 1996 Presidential elections, Bio went to the United States of America where he read International Affairs, with an additional Masters degree in International Development. He re-entered politics, joining and contesting (without success) for the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) leadership position in 2005. Now 46, Maada Bio will be facing the current President, Ernest Bai Koroma, in the 2012 polls. Maada Bio is married with four children.
This human cost should not be forgotten. Rather it should be central to any anti-poaching policy. If we do not change the conversation, this evil trade will only continue unabated. With any luck, an acknowledgement of the economic and security implications of this poaching crisis may help formulate a more nuanced response that will save Africa's great wildlife before it is too late.
If our President is to be believed, then Sierra Leone is booming. Supported by Tony Blair and international lobbyists, he has taken this message around the world. But good PR is no substitute for the truth. When Colonel Gaddafi gifted honorary membership of the Sierra Leonean parliament, there is so clearly much that is rotten.
21/02/2012 22:13 GMT
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