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"We must stay the course" President urges the people of Kambia and Port Loko PDF Print E-mail
Written by State House Communications Unit   
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 02:55
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Saturday 15th August paid a working visit to Kambia and Port Loko districts to assess the impact of the respective district response teams and get firsthand information on efforts to move towards a resilient zero as the country makes a final push in eradicating the disease from every corner of Sierra Leone. 
Delivering a short statement during the visit, President Koroma called on the people of Kambia that although they have done tremendously well to fend off the virus from the district, Ebola has not been completely eradicate from the country. He lauded the efforts of the district Ebola committee and the Kambia descendants union in the fight to stop the transmission of the disease. 
President Koroma cited the case of Liberia which was declared by WHO as Ebola free after 42 days, later recorded a new positive case. He urged them to continue to be vigilant and continuously be in a state of alert in order to end the outbreak. "If Ebola exists on any side of the border, it means that the disease is still with us," he warned. 
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"We are on track to eradicate Ebola" - President Koroma PDF Print E-mail
Written by State House Communications Unit   
Sunday, 16 August 2015 07:40
President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday 14th August 2015 urged the people of Tonkolili district to remain vigilant in the final push to eradicate Ebola from Sierra Leone. The President made this statement while officially releasing the people of  Massesebe village, Tonkolili district having gone through the normal 21 days quarantine period. 
 
Cutting the tape to mark the completion of their quarantine period, President Koroma described the moment as a special day in the lives of the people, but however cautioned against complacency in the fight against the receding virus.
 
He disclosed that there are only 2 patients at treatment centers nationwide, adding that progress has been made, but however reminded all to remain vigilant and continue to adhere strictly to the medical regulations stipulated by health authorities.
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SSGI in USD$23, 000 Debt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Thursday, 09 July 2015 16:42

The data and training manager of World Health Organization (WHO) in Sierra Leone, Malthe Golla (Plaintiff), has told the sitting judge in the Industrial Court, Justice Partrick Hamilton, that the total money which Support Security Group International has to pay her and her husband Bahtisen Golla is twenty three thousand, seven hundred United States Dollars.

The plaintiff, who was formerly employed as a security administration manager, took the defendant to court for negligence on the latter’s part to pay her, her entitlement.

Led in her examination in chief by prosecuting counsel Shears Moses, the plaintiff said she has been working on probation for the defendant and receiving salary in the sum of two thousand United States Dollars.

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ADP Gets Final Registration Certificate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Saturday, 04 July 2015 12:38

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Friday 3rdJuly2015 presented the final certificate of registration to the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP).

Addressing the Interim Chairman/Leader of the ADP, the Chairman of the Commission Hon Justice M.E. Tolla Thompson reminded him of the provisions stated in section 35(1) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone which stipulates that political parties are established to shape the political will of the people, to disseminate information on political ideas, and social and economic programmes of a national character, and to sponsor candidates for Presidential, Parliamentary or Local Government elections. The Commission he says is expecting the ADP to conform to the laws governing political parties in Sierra Leone.

Justice Thompson admonishedMr Mansaray not to be the know all of the party as the ADP is a party and not a one man’s show. The Party he says must project the ideology as stated in its party constitution.

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9 Presidential Nominees Approved, 1 Deferred PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Friday, 03 July 2015 12:52

Members of Parliament on 2 July 2015 ratified 10 presidential nominees who have been appointed to serve in various public offices.

  The nominees had earlier appeared for scrutiny before the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments and the Public Service where their resumes were looked into and answered to vital questions regarding their work if they are ratified. The nominees pledged to make a difference in their would-be offices and above all work in the interest of the people and the nation.

  The newly ratified were Max Thompson, Board Chairman of Guma Valley Water Company; Michael Kargbo, Board Member, Guma Valley Water Conpany; James Momodu Fornah Sesay, Chairman Income Tax Board of Affiliate Commission; Gibril Thullah, Board Member, National Insurance Trust; Mohamed Jalloh, Board Member, National Insurance Trust; Kabbah Conteh, Board Member, National Insurance Trust; Fasineh Samura, Board Member, Sierra Leone Telecommunications; Kelfala Kosia, Board  Member, Sierra Leone Housing Corporation; and Alpha Daramy Board Member, Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation. Eddie Moigua Senesie, another board member, was absent and his approval was deffered until he makes himself available in Parliament.

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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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