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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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Ports Officials appear in Court Tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Friday, 26 June 2015 08:08

As preliminary hearings continue on Friday 26 June 2015, the prosecutor will take his next witness on the alleged container fidgeting matter, involving two Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) staff, Amadu Kabia, Kemoh Kanneh and others.

The prosecution witness Number Two Frank Brown on Tuesday this week told the court that the seal on the container does not correspond with the one on their documents.

At the Magistrate Court No 1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, the witness said he has been working for the complainant Abdul Otis Sesay for over eight years in the capacity of clearing and forwarding officer.

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“Post ebola reconciliation is vital for sustainable development” -PC Jalloh PDF Print E-mail
Written by Expotimes   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:03

The Paramount Chief of Nieni Chiefdom in the Koinadugu district has emphasized that post ebola activities in communities would be meaningless if community members do not reconcile and work together.

The traditional leader, Alimamy Umaru Jalloh was addressing participants during a one day community preparedness meeting in Kumala, organized by Fambul Tok Sierra Leone to ensure that communities are fully involved in post ebola activities in the country.

Chief Jalloh underscored the efforts of Fambul Tok for the past years in its reconciliatory approach for community healing and reconciliation in the country, adding that reconciliation is not an event but a continuous process.

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Japan Disburses 720,000 JPY worth of PPEs to Govt. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Abass Kamara   
Monday, 25 May 2015 21:47

Freetown, May 20, 015 (MOHS) -  The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (Japan) Wednesday 20 May 2015 donated Personal Protective Equipment worth 720,000 JPY to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

The donation is in support to the government of Sierra Leone to end the Ebola Virus disease that has ravaged all sectors of governance.

Speaking at the Handing over ceremony held at the World Health Organization Head office at River Side drive, off Kingharman Road in Freetown, Yukari Hara, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Sierra Leone, expressed appreciation on behalf of the Ambassador of Japan to Sierra Leone for witnessing the ceremony. She told her audience that the PPEs were originally donated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government of Japan to assist in the fight against Ebola and other infectious diseases.

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Witness Tenders Bill of Laden on Timber Matter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 22:16

As trial continue on the matter between the state and Alie Suma, Richard  Conteh and Leslie Crosby, prosecution witness Number 7 Leslie Davidson has tendered documents relating to booking and bill of laden as evidence in court.

The seventh witness who gave his occupation as the Export Executive Officer of NICO Trans Shipping Company and was led  by senior  state counsel Monfred Sesay said in the cause of duty last year he was opportune to prepare document for Timber Harvesters Processers  and Exporters Company.

He further explained that in the deal, they processed documents for 30 by 20 feet containers  which booking form and release order was produced and tendered  in respect of the matter as Exhibit  Q1 to Q2.

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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

Four illegal fishing cases found in Sierra Leone in four days

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, April 20, 2017/ -- Four illegal fishing cases have been found during a joint surveillance mission conducted by Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org/Africa/en) and Sierra Leone fishery authorities. Two Chinese vessels and one Korean vessel have been arrested for infringements of Sierra Leone fishing legislation, including possessing or using illegal fishing nets on board, no visible marking and a lack of required paperwork, including log books and authorisation for unloading catch. Fishing authorities ordered the vessels to return to Freetown port for further investigation. A fourth vessel, owned by an Italian company, was found with four kilograms of shark fins on board. Though not illegal under Sierra Leonean laws, this is a clear violation of European Union (EU) fishing rules. This boat’s case will be taken further with relevant EU authorities.

In addition, more than 70 bags of shark carcasses were found on one of the Chinese vessels.

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Media News

44 Journalists in Beijing for China Development Studies and Media Exchange

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.

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Commentary

A NEW DAWN FOR JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SIERRA LEONE, PARLIAMENT APPROVES MELRON NICOL-WILSON AS NEW OMBUDSMAN

The Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone has overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Mr Melron Nicol-Wilson as new Ombudsman, on Tuesday April 11, 2017. This follows him being named by H.E President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma as the replacement to Justice Edmond Cowan - a long-standing legal icon, who now chairs the Sierra Leone Constitutional Review Committee.

A man whose action speaks louder than words, Mr Nicol-Wilson has been appointed as new Ombudsman for Sierra Leone, a position reserved for high-profile people, who are well-respected and with unblemished character. Mr Nicol-Wilson has the typical pedigree of an Ombudsman, best known both in Sierra Leone and internationally as a champion for justice and human rights.  

The Parliament’s decision to approve Mr Nicol-Wilson was anticipated, as the high-profile human rights lawyer emerged unscathed from an exchange of views with Members of Parliament.

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View Point

ELECTION IS A TESTIMONY TO PEOPLE’S SOVEREIGNTY

(The thoughts expressed in this article are purely and entirely the thoughts of the author)

Election in any democratic setting, include the enjoyment of those rights that will elicit the full participation of individuals in determining the political life of his/her country. An election is a decision making process through which eligible citizens(those who have reached the age of majority, 18 years and above and with sound mind) freely choose their leaders through the ballot box to hold public offices for a specified term.

Generally, people vote with the expectation that the office holders would represent their communitiesand or countries best interest.  Elections are viewed as a central feature of the rule of law, human rights, and democracy. Essentially, election is a testimony to peoples’ sovereignty and that ought to be respected and the process must be credible, otherwise there will be challenge with regards the acceptance of the result.

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News - Press Release

PARLIAMENT DEFERS DEBATE ON THE FINANCE ACT 2017
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 20th April 2017 unanimously voted for the deferment of debate on the Bill entitled “The Finance Act 2017”, pending a pre-legislative briefing and that it should be piloted by the substantive Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Momodu Kargbo.
Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House who moved the motion explained the importance of the Finance Bill that it provides for the sources of revenue for Government in respect of taxation. She furthered that the pre-legislative hearing will clearly explain the reductions, additions, and significant changes that have been included in the Finance Act of 2017 to Members of Parliament, who will better articulate issues connected thereto during the course of the debate.
The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, SBB Dumbuya said that “judging from the significance of the Bill, it should be preceded by a pre-legislative briefing” as per the dictates of parliamentary practices and procedures.
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Society -Local News

RTD. CAPTAIN ALIMAMY MAROUF SESAY - a civilian wrongfully tried by a military court-martial and summarily executed

On Sunday 26 March 2017, three very close family members were 'laid to rest' at a Thanksgiving and Memorial service held at the King Memorial United Methodist Church in Freetown. That service celebrated memories of the following family members: Mrs Lydia Sesay nee Yormah (my elder sister), her son Rtd. Captain Alimamy Sesay, and Madame Gbonu Yormah nee Gbloh. 

Although these departed loved ones had died and were interred several years ago in my absence that thanksgiving service enabled me to truly emotionally connect with their demise. For one of the deceased the circumstances of his death did not permit us to give him a fitting funeral so to me that service served as his fitting, albeit belated, funeral service. That event has now freed me from the encumbrances that had prevented me for almost 19 years to put my thoughts about his demise on paper. This piece therefore serves as a tribute to his memory.

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Development

PRESS RELEASE: Rural Renewable Energy Project Conducts Installation Training

FREETOWN, 19 April 2017: UNOPS Sierra Leone is hosting a training for selected installation companies, in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, the President’s Recovery Priorities (PRP) programme and United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DFID – also known as ‘UK Aid’).

The theoretical aspect of the training runs from 18th to 20thApril at the Golden Tulip Hotel, followed by 14 days of on-the-job sessionsin Petifu and Conakry Dee communities, in Port Loko District.ASACO, the supplier of the solar equipment, is providing the training facilitators and installation tools.

Participants are mainly Sierra Leonean engineers from Barefoot Women Solar Engineers Association (BWSEA),Frontier Business Solutions (FBS) and APTECH Africa Limited. Training contents include, photovoltaic (PV) system basics, types of solar systems, arrays and connections, project safety and guidance on using the installation checklists.

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Politics

SAM SUMANA TRAVELS TO GHANA ON "EMERGENCY TRAVEL CERTIFICATE"
Former elected Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana left Freetown International Airport, Lungi late afternoon Wednesday April 19, 2017 onboard Kenya Airways on an "Emergency Travel Certificate",  en route to Abuja, Nigeria on or about April 23/24, 2017 for the hearing of his petition filed on October 24, 2016 in the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, "seeking an enforcement of his fundamental Human Rights arising from his unconstitutional removal from office, and for further orders contained in the application."
 
"This matter has been set down for hearing by the Court for April 26, 2017."
 
According to a spokesman for the Sam Sumana family Matthias Bendu who was with Sam Sumana at the airport until the aircraft was airborne because of advanced information reaching the family that there would be some problem awaiting Sam Sumana at the airport, Matthias Bendu told this Writer on the cellphone from the airport that Sam Sumana "was detained by Immigration Officers at the airport for more than thirty minutes  after the aircraft  landed, and it was due to the intervention of the Inspector General of Police Francis Munu who told the immigration Officers that Sam Sumana had not committed any crime and must be allowed to travel".
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