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Hilary Clinton honours Zainab Bangura …says she’s a trailblazer & a model PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sorie Sudan Sesay   
Friday, 04 March 2016 14:03

Having being honoured with renowned global recognitions in recent times including a Doctorate degree at Oxford University and several international organisations, Zainab Hawa Bangura has taken a step forward - boosting not only her reputation but also making her country and countrymen proud – and this time it is one of the most acclaimed women awards in the world.

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflicts was on Monday February 22nd awarded the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security by Georgetown University through the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the Georgetown Global Futures Initiative and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

Hillary Clinton was not present at the awards having being engaged in her campaign for the United States of America Presidency, but in her video message, which was broadcast during the ceremony, the former US Secretary of State expressed her regret for not being present at the all-important programme.

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“Boutros Boutros-Ghali Was A Great Man”-Envoy Kumba Momoh PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Baimba Sesay-China   
Thursday, 25 February 2016 11:11
Sierra Leone’s envoy to the People’s Republic of China has paid gleaming heartfelt tribute to the late Boutros Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian statesman and first African Secretary-General of the global body-the United Nations, referring to him as somebody that played a crucial role in the growth of UN and in fostering world peace.
 
Madam Momoh was on Thursday, 25th February, 2016, reacting to the death of the former UN Secretary-General, prior to arriving at the Egyptian Embassy (oldest African Embassy in China opened 1956) for the signing of a Condolence Book in memory of the late top African Diplomat.
 
The late Diplomat, envoy Momoh said, was an epitome of great success at the UN, and a great man whose chapter cannot be easily forgotten by Africans in particular and the world at large, also referencing how his country, Egypt has been a major player in the African continent, specifically touching on the ties between Egypt and Sierra Leone.
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Holy Ghost Fire... Prophet Deflowers Girl 17 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mariama Turay   
Friday, 22 January 2016 11:03

A 45-year old Nigerian prophet, Emmanuel Oluseyi Bankoleh of Christ Wonder International Gospel Ministry aka (Wonder Land) has become a tenant of the male correctional centre, after he was alleged to have sexually penetrated on a 17-year-old girl.

The prosecution alleged that between 1 February 2014 and 1 October 2015, in Freetown, the accused sexually penetrated a child under the age of 18, to wit 17 years.

In her statement, the victim told the police that he came to know the accused in June 2013 when she decided to be a member of his church.

She said during that period, the accused used to have sexual intercourse with her at night on top of a grave slab at Circular Road Cemetery.

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"We can only fulfill our aspirations when we act and come together" - Sierra Leone's President Koroma urges Africa PDF Print E-mail
Written by State House Communications Unit   
Friday, 15 January 2016 17:08

WINDHOEK, Namibia, Friday 15 January, 2016// - President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has called on African leaders to act and work together to fulfil the aspirations of the continent.  He made this statement during the opening session of the Summit of the African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State in the Namibian capital of Windhoek today Friday 15 January.

"Once again we are meeting at the Summit level of the AU C-10 Heads of State on the Reform of the United Nations.  This is the fifth of these high level internal consultations, following our Meetings in Freetown, Oyo, Nairobi and Livingstone. We are here because we believe that the time is ripe for the fulfillment of our continent’s aspiration as espoused in the Ezulwini Consensus and Sirte Declaration," the president said in his opening address.

President Koroma went on to note that although Africa's aspirations are just, and whilst notions of justice give strength to aspirations, "we can only fulfill our aspirations when we act, when we come together, when we are aware that the shift in the global power structures that we demand would not be given to us on a silver platter."

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NAS AND PARTNERS END A WEEK LONG COMMEMORATION OF WORLD AIDS DAY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mohamed Mansaray in Kenema   
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:19

National AIDS Secretariat (NAS) in collaboration with its partners have ended a week-long commemoration of the World Aids Day 2015 on the theme: “Fast track end AIDS get tested for HIV”.  

The day slated for every year to reflect on past commitment, achievement, challenges and to raise awareness and strengthen commitment in the response against HIV/AIDS which is one of the official global public health campaign marked by the World Health Organization.

According to the Demographic and Health survey 2013, Sierra Leone still stands at 1.5% of HIV prevalence rate behind countries like South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Namibia which still holds a higher percentage of the HIV infection.

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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

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

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

Police reject security for Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally

April 24th 2017: On the occasion of the 56th anniversary of Sierra Leone’s independence, Movement for Social Progress (MSP) had requested the Sierra Leone Police to provide the necessary security for a peaceful Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally that was planned to coincide with the official celebrations. The procession was planned to start from Clock Tower to Brima Atouga Stadium in the East end of the city while the official events are scheduled to take place in the West end of the city.

In a meeting with senior members of the Sierra Leone Police at the SLP headquarters, on Monday 24th April attended by the Inspector General, Francis Munu, the Head of Police Operations, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Al-Sheikh Kamara, AIG Memuna Konteh Jalloh, AIG FUK Dabor, among others, the police top brass told members of MSP that they would not be able to provide security for the procession and rally.

The Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu, informed the meeting that they were overstretched with covering the official events, the traditional masquerade (or Odele) parade as well as the Lantern Parade on the eve of Independence.

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Society -Local News

AG to launch LAB in Waterloo

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has told the people of Waterloo that the Attorney General and Minister of Justice (AG), Hon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara will serve as the keynote speaker at the launch of the Legal Aid Board in Waterloo in the Western Area Rural District on 6 May 2017.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles pointed out thatHon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara has served as keynote speaker in all the launches the Board has had around the country. He noted that the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice is the supervisory ministry for the Legal Aid Board and further underlined the importance of having the holder of the office at such events in terms of availing himself with the challenges ordinary people face in accessing the justice system. More importantly, it provides an opportunity for these issues to be discussed by the cabinet.

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Development

LAB wants transports to allocate seats to the blind

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has disclosed plans to launch a White Cane Campaign in the coming weeks.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles made the disclosure while addressing a cross section of the Waterloo Community including stakeholders at the District Council Hall on Monday, 24 April 2017 in a meeting to plan the launch of the Legal Aid Board in Waterloo in the WesternArea Rural District on 6 May 2017.

She noted that the campaign will seek to address the challenges faced by blind people in using public transport. ‘Blind people have been suffering in silence for far too long,’ she said. ‘They have been discriminated against because of their disability and this cannot be tolerated.’

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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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