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Juror stalls state cases PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:13

As trial commenced on the matter between the state and Baimba Moiforay, and two others, the sitting judge, Justice Alusine Sesay has said that the absence of jurors totally paralyses state matters. He made these utterances just after the matter was mentioned and learnt that one of the twelve-man jury was absent.

During the committal of the matter to the High Court for proper trial, Director of Public Prosecution Sulaiman Bah made an application for the accused persons to be tried by judge and jury, citing certain sections of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965.

Barely five minutes when the matter was mentioned on Tuesday for continuation, Director of Public Prosecution Sulaiman Bah informed the Bench and colleagues on the defence that they will not proceed.

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LAND USE PLANNING COMMITTEE FORMED PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mohamed Mansaray in Kenema   
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:09

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Country Planning in collaboration with stakeholders in Kenema have formed the land use planning committee in Kenema.

In his opening address, Provincial Secretary East, George Penekin said the purpose of the meeting was to set up a committee to man the affairs of land in Kenema.

Mr. Penekin maintained that the formation of the land planning committee is the mandate of government adding that similar committees will be formed in all districts across the country.

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Defence Counsel Blasts Magistrate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:00

“I know court proceedings more than you and you should regard me as your senior.’’

These were the exact words of defence counsel Alhaji M Kamara during a legal argument between him and Magistrate Seray Wurie of Court No 6.

The argument of seniority ensued at the time defence counsel was trying to cross-examine the witness on a conspiracy and was interrupted by the Bench.

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PRESIDENT KOROMA SNUBS SPORTS MINISTRY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 11:03

Last Friday 11 December during his presidential address at the Well of Parliament, President Koroma duly snubbed the sports ministry, without saying a word about its successes and failures, unlike last year when it was one of the hallmarks of the president’s speech, with the sports minister being one of the heroes at the time.

Many people couldn’t care less because the sports ministry has become a liability now, and far from the success story that people assumed it would be, all because of the egos of a few people.
  Sports, as anyone knows, is a failed adventure as far as the Koroma administration is concerned – all people will remember about it is plots and counter plots, mammy cuss, non-cooperation between sporting disciplines and the ministry, et cetera.

Apart from that, there is talk about President Koroma being afraid of the sports minister himself, someone who should have been shown the exit door long ago, or if he is so important, transferred to another ministry or given an ambassadorial role.

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POLICE OFFICER DOCKS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mohamed Mansaray in Kenema   
Saturday, 28 November 2015 19:31

A Police Officer , Alpha Disie Koroma, who is the Line Manager of the Family Support Unit (FSU)in Kailahun town has been  docked at the Magistrate Court in Kenema presided over by Magistrate Alhaji Suleiman Koroma for physical and emotional abuse contrary to the Domestic Violence Act No. 20 of 2007.

According to the particulars of offence the defendant (husband) since July 2014 to date at Kenema, Nongowa chiefdom, Kenema judicial District in the Eastern region of the republic of Sierra Leone, deprived the complainant (Wife) Mariama Koroma from accessing adequate food, shelter, medical and clothing.

The defendant also abused the complainant which made her to feel constantly unhappy, depressed, humiliated and worthless. He was charged to court on two counts charge of committing physical abuse contrary to sec.2(2)(a) of the Domestic Violence Act of No.20 of 2007 and emotional abuse contrary to sec. 2(2) (a) of the Domestic Violence Act No.20 of 2007.

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Editorial

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.

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Business News

Why Parastatals should be Socially Responsible: the Case of NRA

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".

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Media News

Press Freedom under Siege in West Africa: 30 Media Workers Arrested in 38 Days

The 30 victims, made up of 15 journalists and 15 media technicians, were arrested, detained and/or assaulted in 10 separate incidents in four countries namely Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Togo. Nigeria recorded six incidents, Cote d’Ivoire recorded two incidents while Guinea and Togo recorded an incident each.

In Nigeria, seven journalists were arrested and detained during the period. In Cote d’Ivoire, six journalists were arrested and detained in a single incident while one journalist each was affected in Guinea and Togo, bringing the total number of journalists affected to 15. In respect of the other media workers, nine staff of a newspaper printing firm were arrested in single incident. In Cote d’Ivoire, six technicians working with the state-owned television station were also arrested in a single incident.

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Commentary

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.

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View Point

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).

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News - Press Release

LAB resolves dispute over property in Kissy

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.

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Society -Local News

LAB secures discharge of ‘violent’ youth

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.

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Development

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.

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Politics

Ansumana Usman Koroma Urges Sierra Leoneans To Support the Registration Process

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.

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