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Stevens, Siaka Probyn


Born Aug. 24, 1905, in Moyamba. Sierra Leonean state and political figure. Doctor of civil law (1969). Limba by origin.

Stevens was educated in Sierra Leone and in Great Britain, where he attended Ruskin College at Oxford University and the professional school of the British Trades Union Congress. He founded the United Mining Workers Union in 1950 and was general secretary of the union until 1965. He also held a series of British government positions in Sierra Leone. In 1951, Stevens helped found Sierra Leone’s first political party, the Sierra Leone People’s Party, which he headed until 1958.

After publicly advocating full independence for Sierra Leone, Stevens was expelled from his party and later was arrested by the British authorities. In 1960 he founded and led the All-People’s Congress. After the victory of this party in the parliamentary elections of 1967, Stevens became prime minister, minister of defense, and minister of internal affairs, serving from April 1968 to April 1971. In April 1971 he became president of the Republic of Sierra Leone and commander in chief of the armed forces.

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By the 1970s and 1980s, due to massive corruption and mismanagement under the All People's Congress government of Siaka Stevens, most of the country's gems were being sold abroad illegally.
1 Siaka Stevens Street Freetown of child trafficking involving a man of God, Reverend Emmanuel Nylander, on Monday 13 August 2018 on three counts of engaged in trafficking persons contrary to Section 1 and 2 of the Human Trafficking Act No.
"Siaka Stevens stadium packed to the rafters...electric atmosphere in Freetown.
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Siaka Stevens remained as head of state until 1985.
Since the early 1970s, these conditions have worsened with the recurring adverse conditions in the world economy, the patrimonial and power-consolidation expenditures of the Siaka Stevens regime followed by President Momoh, and the failure of various deve lopment policies to address fundamental dimensions of the country's underdevelopment (Conteh-Morgan and Dixon-Fyle, 1999).
The former president, Siaka Stevens, is equally as villainous as Foday Sankoh and Charles Taylor: one source indicated that when he retired and left the country, he took a billion dollars with him (this money could have improved the lives of millions of peasants).
A partial list would include: Jomo Kenyatta (leader of Kenya 1963-78), Mobutu Sese Seko (Zaire 1965-1997), Siaka Stevens (Sierra Leone 1968-85), Francisco Macias Nguema (Equatorial Guinea 1968-79), Felix Houphouet-Boigny (Ivory Coast 1959-93), Mengistu Haile Mariam (Ethiopia 1977-91), P.W.
Siaka Stevens became Prime Minister seven years after independence in 1968.
The coup was hardly surprising, however, when regarded in the context of the dismal social and economic record of the APC, under both Siaka Stevens (1968-85) and Joseph Momoh (1985-92).
Siaka Stevens, has expressed worry over the irresponsible behaviour of the youth in this century in the name of modernity, despite the abundance of educational facilities and religious faiths, and questioned the level of civilisation of the youth in this current technological era.
1 on Siaka Stevens Street Freetown on 47 counts of obtaining money by false pretences contrary to section 32 (1) of the Larceny Act 1916.