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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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Another mysterious death in Lungi PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hassan Bruz   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 12:25

Port Loko, June 30 (SLENA) - Another mysterious death has occurred in Kaffu Bullom, one of the 11 chiefdoms in the Port Loko district, less than a year after the horrifying incident in which a lady was said to have slaughtered her partner in a Guest House.

The lady in question is undergoing trial in the capital of Freetown. Unlike that incident where there are supposed to be clear evidence  to show that the  man was apparently killed by his girl friend or so, the latest incident is said to be a suicide. It took place in a ditch at ‘the Lovers Corner’, off the Lungi - Port Loko Highway

The incident is believed to have occurred on the night of Friday 27th June 2015 and it involved a young man either in his late teens or early twenties. He is said to have hanged himself and his remains were indeed found hooked on a tree in a nearby bush. He was dressed in a’ knee long trousers’ with white piping and white shirt underneath a kaki-like wind breaker. He had a blue pair of slippers, one of which was placed a few inches from his left foot. His mouth and nose were firmly tied with a piece of cloth that appeared to bear the colours of the National Flag. There was nylon like rope tied to his throat and fixed on the branch of a tree to which he slanted. There was also a black plastic bag less than three metre from him.

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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

Freedom of Expression Violations Rise Sharply in West Africa

The incidents of freedom of expression rights violations in West Africa more than tripled in the first quarter (January-March) of 2017.

Over the three-month period, a total of 47 violations were recorded as against 14 violations for the last quarter (October-December) of 2016. The violations recorded in the quarter under review range from arrests and detentions to physical attacks, online violations, shutdown of media houses, censorship, seizure and destruction of property and killings. The 47 violations occurred in 10 out of the 16 countries in West Africa.

 

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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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