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“I do not belong to any camp” ...SLPP Minority Leader Reveals PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Expotimes   
Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:48

Minority Leader in the House of Sierra Leone Parliament, Hon Dr Bernadette Lahai has said that: “I do not belong to any camp in the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).”

She told journalists at a well attended press briefing held on the 24th August 2016 at her Office at Parliament Building in Freetown.

She noted that, she is in support of everyone vying for the position of flag bearer in the party. ”I have not given a word to any presidential candidate for my support. All of us are SLPP and I am SLPP,” she affirmed.

She said every candidate has her support adding that the door is open to every SLPP member to talk and chart with her but cautioned that standards are falling down within the party. “We are far behind time as a party and that the values of SLPP are eroded,” she stressed.

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A 13 Man High Powered S/Leone’s Ruling APC Party Dele Arrives in United States On Party Matters PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Pasco Gerald Temple, Information Attache, Embassy of Sierra Leone to the United States   
Thursday, 11 August 2016 00:42

A thirteen-man high powered delegation mainly executives of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party have on Tuesday August 9th, 2016 arrived in the United States of America “to hold consultations with our members in this part of the diaspora and consolidate ourselves and work jointly and cohesively with the guiding principles of it’s by - laws and the APC constitution and get a functional executive.”  Said Amr. Alhaji Osman Foday Yansanneh, National Secretary General.

Led by Hon. Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray Deputy APC Chairman and Leader, other members of the delegation include Amr. Alhaji Osman Foday Yansanneh, National Secretary General, Alhaji Mohamed Dondondo Bangura National Organizing Secretary, Madam Fatmata Binta K. Stevens NAC member, Hon. Balogun  (Logus ) Koroma National Elections Coordinator and Diaspora Coordinator, Hon. Momodu Alieu Pat Sowe Regional Chairman west , sheik B. Sillah Chairman APC Bo- District, Hon Allieu Turay Western Region Assistant Secretary ,Hon. Bai Mamoud Bangura President APC Youth League, Hon. Elizabeth Mans President APC Women’s Congress, Hon. Amadu Fofanah MP Constituency 109,Mr. David Fornah Personal Assistant to the National Secretary General and Mr. Bailor Stevens Member APC.

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Remarks by Ambassador Zhao Yanbo at the Reception on Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by press statement   
Monday, 01 August 2016 17:53

Remarks by Ambassador Zhao Yanbo at the Reception on Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Sierra Leone (28 July, 2016)

Good evening!

On 29thJuly 1971, China and Sierra Leone issued the communiqués on the establishment of diplomatic relations starting a new chapter in the annals of our bilateral history.Tonight, we are gathering here to commemorate the 45th anniversary of our diplomatic relations. To begin with, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy and our entire staff, I would like to extend our warmest welcome to Hon. VP, Amb. Victor Foh and all of you for your presence, and express our heartfelt thanks to youfor contributingto the development of ChinaSierra Leone ties.

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SLPP to re-do the zonal/sectional Consensus in 32 Constituencies out of 112 PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Expotimes   
Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:02

The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Tuesday 19th July, 2016 advised the leadership of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP)  to re-do the zonal/sectional Consensus in thirty-two (32) Constituencies out of the one hundred and twelve (112) Constituencies nationwide.  It can be recalled that after the consensus building processs held on Saturday 18th June,2016, the Commission received series of complaints and petition from some SLPP members.

Speaking to a cross section of the National Officers and key party stakeholders, the Chairman Hon. Justice M.E.Tolla Thompson  says as a Commission it is its duty to ensure peace and stability between and among members of political parties.

Hon Justice Thompson also informed the meeting that the Commission will work with a Committee that will set dates for the re-run of these consensus building processes and will be monitored by the Commission.

Hon Justice Thompson also advised that the Regional Elections Complaint Committess (RECC) should be constituted on or before Monday 25th July,2016.

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“President Koroma’s Visit to Cairo was Successful” ...Presidential Spokesman PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by M.B. Jalloh, Press Attaché, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States   
Friday, 01 July 2016 23:33

Sierra Leone’s President, H.E Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma who led a five-man delegation on a two-day official visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt early this week has left the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Senior Egyptian Government officials and officials from the Sierra Leone Embassy in Riyadh accredited to Egypt were seen in their suits, waving goodbye to the President’s plane as it taxied from the Presidential Terminal to the runway before taking off Wednesday morning with President Koroma and his delegation.

The President’s delegation to Cairo included; Foreign and International Cooperation Minister, Dr. Samura M. Kamara, Sierra Leone’s Envoy to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Ambassador Osman Keh Kamara, among others.

As Coordinator of the African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government on the Reform of the United Nations Security Council, President Koroma held consultations with his brother and colleague, H.E Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on the United Nations (UN) reforms.

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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

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

Malaria continues to threaten more than half of the world’s population - Deputy Health Minister

Sierra Leone has joined other countries in the world to commemorated World Malaria Day on the theme: “End Malaria For Good” with the slogan: “Sleep under a Mosquito net always” on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at the St. Anthony Parish hall Brookfields in Freetown.

Launching the World Malaria Day 2017, the Sierra Leone Malaria Indicator Survey 2016 Report and the Sierra Leone Malaria Business Plan 2016 -2018, the Deputy Health and Sanitation  Minister 1, Madam Madina Rahman said malaria continues to threaten more than half of the world’s population and presents an alarming threat to global development.

She informed her audience that as of 2016, an estimated 3.2 billion people, almost half of the world’s population in 97 countries and territories including Sierra Leone are at risk of being infected with malaria.

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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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