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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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Orientation for M & E Officers and Data Clerks on Data Collection Forms PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kadrie Koroma   
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 12:00

Freetown, Nov. 16, 015 (MOHS) - Forty-two participants including Monitoring and Evaluation Officers (M&E Officers) and Data Clerks drawn from the District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) ended a one-day orientation on Data Collection Form at the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) hall in Freetown.

The workshop which aimed at regulating the health facility monthly summary reporting form for Adolescent services was organized bythe National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy with support from UNFPA.

The Coordinator, National Secretariat for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy and Acting  Manager, School and Adolescent HealthProgramme, Sister RugiatuKanu said since the establishment of the Secretariat in 2013 there was no proper data base established for teenage pregnancy and the Adolescent Health Programme to show case the services provided to the Adolescent and teenagers in Sierra Leone.

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Editorial

26th IPRA Conference in Sierra Leone Ends on a High Note

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) successfully held its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate’ in collaboration with the 10TH Dealing With Disasters Series, Northumbria University (UK)and Sakarya University (Turkey) and  the University of  Sierra Leone at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016.

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Business News

Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and gives his insight into the banking landscape.

Excerpts shared by Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

The Government of Sierra Leone is placing great priority in improving the business climate, enhancing infrastructure and support to private sector development. In line with the government focus, the Central Bank is targeting price stability in support of economic recovery, enhancing monetary policy instruments and liquidity management and also limiting intervention in the foreign exchange market, which will be important to preserve foreign exchange reserves.

The above measures will help in the strengthening of the banking system to support financial intermediation. Commercial banks are thus poised to benefit and take advantage of the improved economic and business environment by offering better services to their customers, including loans and overdrafts and forex to import, thereby creating wealth and boosting government revenue.

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Media News

Two veteran Journalists, now in the United States have paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador

Two very respected and veteran Journalists who are in the United States of America for various reasons have called on Sierra Leone’s Amr. Bockari Kortu Stevens not only to appreciate the work of the Embassy, but also to pay courtesy as protocol demands.

Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson, former Lecturer Fourah Bay College, former Director of Information Ministry of Information and Communications, Former Director Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Former Chairman Independent Media Commission (IMC) and stringer French News Agency  etc. is on vacation and Mr. Cyril Juxon Smith Director Information and Communications House of Parliament, former Acting Director General Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) and former UNESCO Media Consultant  is in the United States of America to attend the funeral of his father.

Speaking at the Ambassador’s residence on 4821 Colorado Avenue, Washington DC  Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson said “Thank  you Amr. Stevens for accommodating us in the middle of your tight schedule, and also to discuss with us in a homely spirit.

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Commentary

Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”

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View Point

How and Why I endorse Julius Maada Bio for President?

I have

I have endorsed Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for the SLPP presidential ticket in the March 7 2018 elections because I strongly believe in his project and ability to succeed as our next president if given the opportunity.  Perhaps I need to provide  some context as to how, when and why I took this decision.

Maada Bio is the second presidential candidate I have ever endorsed in Sierra Leone. The first was late president TejanKabbah during the campaigns in the 1996 general elections, which he won. I was then publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Expo Times, which won the best-selling newspaper award from the National Vendors Association that year. At the time, my newspaper was the largest circulation and most widely read newspaper in the country and my nearest competitors were For Di People and Concord Times. When the presidential election campaigns became heated and the battle lines were clearly drawn with the three front-runners, TejanKabbah of the SLPP, Karefa-Smart of the UNPP, and Thaimu Bangura of PDP (SORBEH), For Di People declared for and endorsed Karefa-Smart and the UNPP while Concord Times declared for and endorsed Thaimu Bangura and the PDP. Dr Prince Harding and Banda-Thomas then approached me to endorse and help TejanKabbah of the SLPP, who was then the clear frontrunner according to Opinion polls, to win the elections. 

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News - Press Release

EU Election Exploratory Mission meets Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

(MFAIC Press Office, 18th October, 2017). The European Union Election Exploratory Mission to Sierra Leone led by Head of European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone, H.E. Tom Vens has paid a working visit to the Minister, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara and Senior Management Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at the Ministry’s office in Tower Hill, Freetown.

Ambassador Tom Vens stated that the EU Election Exploratory Mission is in Sierra Leone following an invitation by the Government of Sierra Leone for EU Electoral assistance, and to further discuss the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in facilitating EU Observer Mission for the March 2018 elections in the country. The EU Election Exploratory Missionas part of its mandate is in the country to draft and finalise the MOU with the Government of Sierra Leone through the Foreign Ministry.

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Society -Local News

ACC SPEAKS TO MAFFS ON THE PAY NO BRIBE CAMPAIGN

'A nation cannot progress when its citizens allow bribery to prevail over their sense of patriotism', says Simeon D. Sam Crop Officer, Tonkolili Agriculture Office. He made this statement at an awareness raising engagement organized by the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday 4th October 2017.  

Addressing staff of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) at their Post Office Road Office in Magburaka, ACC Public Education Officer Abdulai Saccoh said, the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign is a sustained approach which gives opportunity to ministries, departments and agencies to deal with bribery issues from within their institutions.

Mr. Saccoh stated that the PNB has enabled citizens to interact with the reporting platform, report incidents of bribery using the PNB channels. Saccoh noted that though Tonkolili is not a PNB district, citizens in that part of the country should be aware of the campaign and could use the platform equally.

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Development

U.S. Ambassador launches National Early Warning Systems Project, funded by USAID

On Wednesday, October 18, U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer, announced the official launch of the USAID West Africa-funded “Mitigating Election Violence through National Early Warning Systems” (NEWS) project and the inauguration of the National Elections Response Group in Sierra Leone.

Supported by $500,000 from USAID, NEWS is implemented by the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) in Sierra Leone. The focus is to monitor and identify potential electoral violence triggers and assist government and non-government organizations in Sierra Leone to better mitigate them.
The National Elections Response Group (NERG) is a partnership under the NEWS project, between WANEP, the Inter-Religious Council, the Campaign for Good Governance, government stakeholders, representatives from the National Electoral Commission, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Office of National Security (ONS) and a number of civil society organizations.

The primary objective of the National Elections Response Group (NERG) is to monitor the elections environment, develop, and recommend strategies and actions to relevant stakeholders with authority to implement necessary response actions to prevent escalation of tensions or incidence of violence for a peaceful 2018 election. Members of the NERG will work closely with WANEP, the Integrated Election Security Planning Committee under the ONS, Provincial and District Election Security Committees – PROSEC and DISEC with an extensive network of civil society organizations and with 60 community monitors across the country to identify potential risks of electoral violence.

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Politics

PRESIDENT KOROMA SAYS… “I am very proud of Ansumana Usman Koroma”

President Dr Ernest BaiKoroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”

Whilst speaking at his Presidential office in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”

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