Constitutional Developments in the Post-Colonial State of Sierra Leone, 1961-1984

Author: Daramy, Sheikh
A study of how the constitution and judiciary were perverted, elections rigged, and democratic processes subverted in an emergent African state.


"This is a welcome addition to the few book-length studies on developments in Sierra Leone since independence, not least because it offers opposing views to those presented in Gustav H. K. Deveneaux's Power and Politics in Sierra Leone (Ibadan, 1982), and Siaka Stevens' autobiography What Life Has Taught Me (Bourne End, England, 1984). . . proceeds to make a powerful indictment of the late President's All People's Congress (A.P.C.) régime as corrupt and undemocratic. . . . undoubtedly benefits from the author's insights as a government official. The allegation that Siaka Stevens was not only authoritarian but corrupt, often repeated by many Sierra Leoneans in private conversations, has now been substantiated by Daramy, who offers a rare informed analysis of the rise of the A.P.C. and how it maintained its political power." -