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SIERRA LEONE DELEGATION TO ACP-EU COUNTRIES RETURNS TO FREETOWN PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Department of Public Relations Parliament of Sierra Leone OAU Drive, Tower Hill Freetown Tel: 076840285/077669726/078495023/078426851   
Thursday, 23 June 2016 19:21
The Sierra Leone Parliamentary Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly has returned from Namibia, where they participated in meetings regarding the ACP-EU. The meetings were held at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek from the 8th-15th of this month.
 
Members of the Sierra Leone Delegation are Hon. Ibrahim R. Bundu-Chairman, Hon. Helen Kuyembeh-Member, Hon. Alpha B. Lewally-Member and Mohamed Koroma, secretary to delegation. The Sierra Leone Ambassador to the EU and the BENELUX, Hon. Ibrahim Sorie also joined the Delegation in Namibia.
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MESSAGE FROM HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT ON THE LAUNCH OF THE PRESIDENT'S RECOVERY PRIORITIES ON MONDAY JUNE 20, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by press statement   
Monday, 20 June 2016 01:20

Last year, while we worked in partnership against the Ebola epidemic, we simultaneously tackled the resultant economic crisis. The slump in the price of commodities had added to the economic costs of Ebola, therefore plans for our recovery included the need to establish a more resilient foundation for Sierra Leone’s future.

The first phase of our recovery process ended on 31 March 2016 and an independent evaluation has found that good progress has been made.

But we also acknowledge that there is still work to be done to put our economy back on the path of full recovery. In the second phase of our recovery we have added Energy, Water and Governance to the initial priorities of Education, Health, Social Protection and Private Sector Development.

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President Hosts UN Peace Building Commission PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by State House Communication Unit   
Friday, 17 June 2016 00:07

President Ernest Bai Koroma on Monday June 13 hosted a high-powered United Nations Peace Building Commission (UNPBC) delegation from New York. According to the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Isata Kabia, the delegation was in the country to emphasize its role in the peace building process, harness the pledges made for the post Ebola recovery programme, and help sustain the peace process in Sierra Leone, in recognition of what the country has done that makes it a success story.

Welcoming the delegation, the president pointed out that government was focused on doing the right things to develop and transform the country when the twin shocks of the drastic drop in the world price of iron ore and the Ebola outbreak occurred. "We were focused on doing the right things when Ebola struck," he said.

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PARLIAMENT PASSES LAW FOR THE POSTPONEMENT OF LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Department of Public Relations Parliament of Sierra Leone OAU Drive, Tower Hill Freetown Tel: 076840285/077669726/078495023/078426851   
Thursday, 16 June 2016 23:48
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 16th June, 2016 passed into law with some amendments “The Local Government (Amendment) Act, 2016”. The Act aims to amend the Local Government Act, 2004 by providing for the postponement of local council elections, not more than the date on which Presidential and Parliamentary elections are to be conducted.
 
Presenting the Bill prior to passage into law, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Maya Kaikai said among other things that the import and purport was to postpone the conduct of local council elections by amending Section 5 of the LGA, 2004, which provides that local council elections should be held after four years. He furthered that Section 8 regarding the Regulation for the conduct of elections for village headmen after every three years should also be postponed. He also noted that the “reasons for the postponement are due to the fact that NEC (National Electoral Commission) is yet to do the ward boundary delimitations for the conduct of local council elections and resource constraints”.
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We are committed to Mamamah Airport project - President Koroma tells Chinese delegation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by State House Communication Unit   
Friday, 10 June 2016 17:59

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has reiterated government’s commitment towards the construction of the Mamamah International Airport during a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Commerce of the Peoples Republic of China at State House today June 8, 2016. “We still want the airport to be constructed and if it is relocated to the mainland it would have great outcome for the country’s growth,” he said.

The delegation is in the country to advance discussions on the proposed Mamamah International Airport project as well as the establishment of a Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

The president underscored the significance of the visit, while vividly reflecting on his last meeting with President Xi Jinping at the United Nations General Assembly in New York where he reiterated the Chinese government’s continued willingness and determination to provide solutions to whatever difficulties militating against the commencement of the project.

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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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