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Many Arrested In Foiled Coup Plot in The Gambia PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Mohammed Legally-Cole, Banjul   
Wednesday, 26 April 2006 08:22

A Coup plot was reportedly foiled in the Gambia in the evening of Tuesday 21 st March, which also continued in the early hours of the following Wednesday.

According to reports, Lt. Col. Ndure Cham, who is alleged to be the leader of the coup plotters, is still at large. The reports indicate that the PRO Buja Darboe, Maj. Sam Pierre Mendy and Maj. Abdou Jah are among those so far arrested and that they are helping the intelligence Agents with their investigations.

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Uganda’s Unsettled Future PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Tristan McConnell   
Saturday, 25 March 2006 08:14

There are hopeful signals of a new pluralist politics, but Uganda's democracy remains fragile after Yoweri Museveni's latest victory, reports Tristan McConnell in Kampala.

To no one's surprise President Yoweri Museveni has won again. The incumbent Ugandan leader achieved 59% of the vote in the Thursday 24 February election, thus avoiding a run-off with his main challenger Kizza Besigye who polled 37%. This gives Museveni the mandate to lead Uganda for a further five-year term. When he completes this next term he will have ruled for a quarter-century.

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Blair's Commission: Corrupt African Leaders under threat PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Abu B. Shaw, EXPOTIMES, in London   
Monday, 11 April 2005 21:59

Since the release of the Commission for Africa Report by the British Government , a chilling wave of panic has been pumping down the spines of many corrupt African leaders. The commission has singled out their determination to wiping out corruption in Africa whereever it raises its ugly head.


British Prime Minister Charles Anthony Blair launched the commission last year in London following a relentless campaign by singers and activists Bob Geldof and Bono in highlighting the plights facing Africa and its peoples.

Led by Tony Blair, the Commission for Africa consists of 17 members. President Benjamin Mpaka of Tanzania and the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi are the other high profile members.

In London last month, the Commission produced a comprehensive report which called on African governments to crack down on corruption and that all western governments, companies, banks must put their acts together to help push these proposals forward.

Both Tony Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown are planning to put forward these recommendations to the other G8 members for discussion when they meet in July. Taking the presidency of G8 and European Union this year will help Britain's drive to have this report accepted.

The 400-page report, published last month, also calls for banks in the developed world to repatriate money stolen by corrupt leaders back to their respective African countries. Foreign banks are also asked to inform authorities of any suspicious accounts.

The report calls on the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the African Development Bank to write off all debts owed them by poor countries. Financial aid to Africa will be doubled, and according to the report, it is recommended that by 2010, trade practices that continue to hinder poor countries will be eliminated

Western governments are urged to give half the financial help needed to up keep the African Union's peacekeeping force for conflict resolution. Many civil wars in Africa have come about as a result of rampant corruption. Majority of the population live in abject poverty. Only a handful of people live in opulence and splendour.

Tony Blair's commission has already started bearing fruits in Africa as exemplified by President Olusegun Obasanjo's ongoing drive to wipe out corruption. His government recently sacked two Nigerian Ministers for financial malpractices.

The only stumbling block for the realisation of the Africa commission will be the recalcitrance of George Dubya Bush's government towards Africa. Chancellor Gordon Brown's dream to form an international financing facility was totally rejected by both the US and Canadian governments last February.

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Outgoing African Union Chairman praises Consolidation of Peace in Sierra Leoene PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pasco Temple, Freetown, Sierra Leone   
Wednesday, 21 July 2004 22:19

Outgoing African Union Chairman and President Joaquin Chissano of Mozambique has welcomed the consolidation of peace in Sierra Leone, demonstrated in the conduct of free, fair and peaceful democratic elections in the country and other recent political developments such as the holding of countrywide local government elections.

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Land : The issue I found difficult to ignore in Zimbabwe PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Expotimes   
Monday, 24 November 2003 21:27

Ibrahim Seaga Shaw who recently visited Zimbabwe on a special tour of European journalists organised by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority shares his experience on what he found about the implementation of the much media-hyped land distribution policy, an issue which he said he apparently found difficult to ignore.

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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

Two veteran Journalists, now in the United States have paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador

Two very respected and veteran Journalists who are in the United States of America for various reasons have called on Sierra Leone’s Amr. Bockari Kortu Stevens not only to appreciate the work of the Embassy, but also to pay courtesy as protocol demands.

Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson, former Lecturer Fourah Bay College, former Director of Information Ministry of Information and Communications, Former Director Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Former Chairman Independent Media Commission (IMC) and stringer French News Agency  etc. is on vacation and Mr. Cyril Juxon Smith Director Information and Communications House of Parliament, former Acting Director General Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) and former UNESCO Media Consultant  is in the United States of America to attend the funeral of his father.

Speaking at the Ambassador’s residence on 4821 Colorado Avenue, Washington DC  Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson said “Thank  you Amr. Stevens for accommodating us in the middle of your tight schedule, and also to discuss with us in a homely spirit.

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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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