Friday 31st October 2014, was a big day for all Africans living in Australia especially Sydney. The month of October ended with an unforgettable meeting held by all Africans including religious leaders in New South Wales (NSW). Some of the purposes of the meeting were to find lasting solutions to Ebola virus that ravages their countries particularly in West Africa, secondly how to approach the Australian government facially to express the frustration and distress situation of their people in Africa especially, West Africa where Ebola is killing their people day in and day out.
The Chairman of the meeting was Mr. James Addo, a Ghanaian national. In his opening remarks, he welcomed and thanked his fellow African brothers and sisters for putting aside their busy schedules in order to make their present felt. He said that it is time for Africans in Australian to come together and work as a team for the benefit of all Africans in the country. “The problem of the deadly disease, Ebola virus in the West Africa region is not only a problem of Guineans, Liberians and Sierra Leoneans. It’s a problem for all Africans and the world as a whole, because after those three countries no one knows wherenext Ebolavirus will have to surface orit,” he commented. He empathised with SierraLeoneans for the untold suffering of their people in the country and commended them for their hard work especially SEAG action group in fighting against Ebola virus in their country.
One of the active members of SaloneEbola Action Group in Sydney who is a medical doctor, Dr. Mike Kamara was asked by the Chairman, Addo to brief his fellow Africans so that there would be no duplication of efforts as Sierra Leone how far they havegone in helping their people in the fight against Ebola in their country. “We as Sierra Leoneans, we have done lots for our country including individuals and also as a group. Dr.Kamara highlighted some of the activities that Sierra Leoneans in Australia had done including the openingof accounts with different international organisations including Red Cross, Rotary and Migrant Resource Centre for fund raising. Sierra Leoneans have contributed money to those accounts for the country to fight against Ebola. Currently we are also engaging the African stokeholdsand the Australian government for man power contribution, because Sierra Leone needs medical doctors, counsellors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists to assist the containment of the deadly Ebola disease in the country”, he said.
In helping Dr.Kamara in highlighting some of the good works that been done and still doing by Sierra Leoneans, A. J. Thomas a Sierra Leonean community activist and a Lawyer by profession, commonly known as Iron lady pointed out that they are currently working on both short term and long term goals towards the containment of Ebola virus in their motherland. She said that, some of the short term goals are the lobbying and rallying of the Australian government to send human resources and the issuing of visas to West Africans and other West African friends to go and assist their people the fight against Ebola in the country. “However, all of these issues need a concerted effort by all Africans living in Australia because today is Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia tomorrow could be any other country she added.”
Rosemary, a Kenyan African community activist also commended Sierra Leoneans for doing so well in their community. She pointedout that they were not been informed as Africans about such activities been mentioned by Dr Kamara and A. J. Thomas, especially about their Ebola action groupwithin the Sierra Leone community in Sydney. Therefore it was goodwhen theChairman asked Dr Kamara to explain to them what they have done and still doing as Sierra Leoneans towards their country’s Ebola problem.“Now that we know what is going on in the Sierra Leone community towards the fight against the deadly Ebola disease in their country,all Africans have to come together as a united front to approach the Australian government to do more for Africans especially, in terms of Ebola crisis in the West African countries,” she emphasised.
Members present agreed that a position statement bewritten and presented to the Australian government and a conference shouldalso beorganized andinvite the Australian stake holders including politicians, charitable organisation stakeholders and religious stake holders in the country.
The meeting ended with the formation of different working sub committees including political, lobbying,media and fundraising that will work day and night to see that the dream of Africans in Australia become a reality.
2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul
The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th IPRA conference in Turkey, at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th IPRA conference in Istanbul to serve a second term of two years.
In Sierra Leone, the notion of corporate social responsibility has always been associated with the private sector. No wonder some people see the active involvement of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in corporate social activities as strange, and many have opined that a tax collecting body should not be engaged in corporate social responsibility activities.
However, the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on corporate image is immense, even for tax collecting bodies. The perception that tax collectors are monsters vigorously bent on collecting people's earnings with no care for the environment or the vulnerable in the community they operate is evolving. Indeed, many revenue authorities in Africa are today socially responsible.
The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) in an article in its website argues that "the nature of Revenue Collectors' mandate makes them the hill of the nation such that whatever they do is mirrored and echoed by many".
The 4th session of the China Africa Press Center (CAPC) Program hosted by the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) was officially launched on Wednesday 1st March 2017 in Beijing, China. This year’s event is running simultaneously with the China South Asia Center 2017 program. Both programs brought together forty-four journalists from Africa and South Asia.
The program you will give journalists the opportunity to cover major domestic and international events in China such as the upcoming Two Sessions, i.e, the 5th Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) and the 5th Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (similar to Parliamentary sessions in many countries) in March, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May and the 9th BRICS Summit in Autumn this year.
Dr. David Tam-Baryoh: A New Broom in Sierra Leone Politics
Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is a household name in Sierra Leone, mostly because of his“Good Governance” popular radio programme called monologue. In fact the programme has become sopopular that most people prefer to call the presenter “Mr. Monologue”. Recently Mr. Monologue said in two or three of his programmes that he would be going intopolitics. It looked like a joke the first time he said it. But after saying it over threeor four times it is no longer a joke.
So Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is going into politics in 2018. Those who are very closeto him will tell you that this is a fact. The Doctor has made up his mind. Afterdiscussing and editing serious national issues on newspaper pages and on the airwaves for almost twenty five years, hehas decided that he cannot achieve much for the people behind the microphone and the pen. He now wants toengage into something that will make a direct impact on the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
And the Doctor thinks politics is the best way to do this, if we look at politics as“the authoritative allocation of scarce resources within a nation state.” He wants tobe part of the allocation of Sierra Leone’s scarce resources.
Precious Minerals, Public Trust and Government’s Openness
By late 2001, the Anti Corruption Commission arrested then Sierra Leone's transport and communications minister, together with his wife, “for involvement in illegal diamond mining” in Kenema district. Large quantum of illicit diamonds had been found in their possession, according to a BBC report at the time.
With some diamonds said to have been smuggled out of the country by the minister, the incident happened at a time when the rebel war was raging and the key perpetrators- the RUF were also seriously involved in illicit mining and smuggling. The minister was later jailed in 2003 for two years for illegal possession of diamonds.
Amongst other factors, Sierra Leone’s civil war was fuelled mainly by diamond, specifically “conflict diamonds”- those diamonds that originated from territories controlled by rebel forces (UN definition).
The Legal Aid Board’s Alternative Dispute Resolution on Tuesday, 7 March 2017 resolved a long standing dispute in respect of a property on Newcastle Street, in Kissy, Freetown between one Mr. Solomon Samba Mansaray and his seventy-seven year old elder sister Madam Marian Kamara who is in the country on holiday from the United States of America.
The two who had not been on speaking terms were reconciled. Both promised to work together in the interest of peace in the family. In this vein, Madam Marian Kamara agreed to cancel a U$ 400 debt owed by Mr. Mansaray.
While the tension between the two had been lingering several years,Mr. Mansaray decided to report the matter to the Board in Freetown when he got information that Madam Marian Kamara was planning to sell theproperty. The owner of the property who is the sister of both parties had died over a decade ago without leaving a will.
As the Legal Aid Board prepares to provide legal assistance to indigents and children engaged in election related violence, it has successfully secured the discharge of a twenty-five old from Wilberforce in the West of Freetown charged with violence.
The Legal Aid Defence Counsel Hadiru Daboh secured the discharge after drawing the court’s attention to the failure of the complainant to attend court sittings for seven consecutive adjournments. What’s more, the complainant has not furnished the court with any reasons for his absence. Magistrate I.S. Bangura agreed with the Defence Counsel and discharged the matter. He noted that discharge would not stop the prosecution from reinstating the matter in future.
The accused, Alpha Kanuwho plied his trade as driver and apprentice at the Wilberforce lorry park got involved in a fight with his boss Michael Aruna in February 2017. He was arrested and taken to the Congo Cross Police station following a complaint by his boss. According to Alpha Kanu, his injuries were ignored by the police even though they were more serious. He spent fifteen days at the Congo police station before the matter was charged to court.
U.S. Africa Command Launches a 33-Nation Maritime Exercise: Sierra Leone Maritime “Full Speed Ahead”
During March 23-31, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) issponsoring “Obangame Express”, an in-port Command Post exerciseand at-sea maritime exercise designed to enhance maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.The exercise includes 33 partner nations, as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
The exercise is designed to improve cooperation andinformation sharing, and to refine tactics, techniques and procedures among participating nations.
The “Obangame Express”exercise will be based on realistic modern-day scenarios such as piracy, illegal fishing and hijacking. During the exercise,Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs) will be challenged to recognize illicit acts and share trackinginformation with other MOCs throughout the region.
The winner of the Pride of Australia Award, Ansumana Usman Koroma popularly known as AUK has called on all Sierra Leoneans within and outside Sierra Leone to support and fully participate in both the ongoing voter registration that has started March 20 to end April 19 2017 and the forthcoming nationwide civil registration process slated April 24 to June 11 2017.
AUK who is a Political and Policy Analyst working in Australia said the mass registration of every citizen is a very important process in the development agenda of the country. He therefore appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to put politics aside and understand that the process would help government consolidate citizens’ data and enhance effective service delivery and improve monitoring of government programmes and policies.
He stressed that the national civil registration authority is created to promote a greater sense of nationalism and common identity.