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Renewed Pressure on Senegal to Extradite Hisane Habre PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Mohammed Legally-Cole, Banjul   
Monday, 26 June 2006 08:39

Human rights activists have renewed their pressure on the Senegalese government to extradite former Chadian president Hisane Habre to face justice in the Special Court in Belgium.

According to a report submitted to the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) at its 39th Ordinary Session held at the Kairaba Hotel in The Gambia between 12 and 27 th May 2006, the organization expressed concerns over Senegal's President Abdoulye Wade's intention to treat the matter as a purely African case and not to extradite him to Belgium for trial.

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Many Arrested In Foiled Coup Plot in The Gambia PDF Print E-mail
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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
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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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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

PARLIAMENT RATIFIES TWO AGREEMENTS TO IMPROVE ON PORTS FACILITIES

The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Monday 04th December 2017 debated and ratified two additional agreements aimed at improving and expanding Ports facilities in Sierra Leone to be at par with international best practices.

Presenting both Agreements prior to ratification, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Balogun Koroma said that the additional Agreements are geared towards addressing some of the concerns raised by MPs, in respect of expanding our Ports facilities to accommodate larger vessels, and the issuance of license with the view of combating money laundering, contra-band goods, and attracting more funds for Government.

Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House, also supported the ratification of the two Agreements, saying if our Ports are not developed, we would not be able to attract huge vessels; thus the need for the continuous improvement of our Ports facilities.

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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

Reasons why Sierra Leoneans Must Think beyond Tribal and Regional Lines Before Casting their Ballots This Time

As the national or general elections loom in Sierra Leone and, as a true citizen, I solemnly pray and hope with all hopes that Sierra Leoneans of the voting age will consider carefully who they would vote for, come March 2018. The divisive and immature nature of politics as it exists in Sierra Leone has, to a greater extent, contributed to the country lagging behind nearly all other countries in terms of progressive development. My readers should be mindful of the fact that certain countries in Africa would rather develop retrogressively than progressively, a situation wherein governments embark on ego-boosting programs that aren’t beneficial to the average citizen.

A government which expends its energy for the benefit of the people is a progressive government and that is what Sierra Leoneans want at this time after being in the doldrums for ages. It is therefore absolutely necessary for fellow citizens to refrain from casting their valued votes in favor of candidates because of tribal or regional affiliations but on how genuine and capable that candidate is, otherwise stagnation in progress is bound to follow.

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View Point

Youth Unemployment Is A Killer Virus In Sierra Leone

“I studied Sociology at NjalaUniversity and graduated in 2015 but still unemployed despite several interviews being attended. I am currently awaiting my MSc at Njala University which is to be awarded early next year,” said 29 year old MabintyKamara.

“I graduated in 2012 with Honours from the Department of Accounting, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I have sent several job applications; the only long job I got was with the International Medical Corps during the deadly Ebola virus and since then no job. I was also a volunteer teacher but the Minister of Education, Science and Technology did not approve me and others after almost a year of voluntary service so I quit,” said 31 year old Mohamed LaminKanneh.

In Sierra Leone, despite the numerous promises made by President Ernest BaiKoroma to figuratively ‘lay his life for the youth,’ unemployment among youth is one of the highest with no end in sight to reduce the spate of this social menace. According to the United Nations Development Program, approximately 70% of youth are underemployed or unemployed and an estimated 800,000 youth today are actively searching for employment.

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News - Press Release

Sierra Leone receives US$10 Million Supplemental Financing from World Bank as support to Landslide and Flooding

FREETOWN, December 13, 2017 —The World Bank Group has approved aSupplemental Financing (SF) in the amount of US$10 million to help the Government of Sierra Leone meet immediate needs associated with the landslide and flooding disaster that struck Freetown on August 14, 2017.The SF is a grant, provided as a supplemental budget support operation that will flow directly into the Government’s budget.

The funding, under the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), will ensure that the reforms supported under thisoperation remain on track and are implemented without the risk of delays due to competing capacity or budgetary priorities arising from the post-disaster recovery. It will also help with the rebuilding of critical infrastructuredestroyed during the landslide and flooding.

Since the end of the Ebola epidemic, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) has initiated substantive reforms to boost productivity, restore fiscal stability, and gradually rebuild buffers. The Government initiated substantive reforms, focusing on agriculture, fisheries and energy, supported by the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), to boost productivity and start rebuilding the country's buffers.

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Society -Local News

John Baimba Sesay: The Diplomat who Deserves Parliamentary Representation

John Baimba Sesay is a native of Kapethe Village, Safroko Limba Chiefdom, with chiefdom headquarter town of Binkolo, in Constituency 034, Bombali District. The Constituency covers Safroko Limba and Pakimasabong Chiefdoms in the same district.

Born in the early 1980’s, he holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) Mass Communication, with Hons, 2004-2008 from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He also holds a post graduate Master of Arts (MA), Mass Communication (2009- June 2010) degree from the same university.

John Baimba is my colleague based in Beijing. Having worked for a number of daily newspapers, including, Independent Observer, For Di People and Awoko, he has a wealth of experience in journalism.

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Development

World Bank Group Boosts Financing for West African Power Pool Regional Power Transmission Project

FREETOWN, December13, 2017 —The World Bank Group on November 17, 2017 approved Additional Financing in the amount of US$59.57 million to West African Power Pool (WAPP) - Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG) PowerInterconnection Project, which aims to increase electricity supply in the four participating countries.

The project will interconnect the four participating countries into the 225 kV (kilo volt) regional energy market in West Africa, and will also enable the connection to the WAPP of the planned hydropower plants in Bumbuna Extension, Yiben and Bekongor in Sierra Leone and Mount Coffee in Liberia and other future generation projects.

The Project will provide residents of Greater Monrovia Area in Liberia; Bo, Kenema and the Western Areas in Sierra Leone; and the Forest Region of Guinea, with improvements in power supplies in the short-term. It also pursues a regional infrastructure developmental approach that will provide over the medium- to long-term adequate electricity to the people of the four countries in a more efficient and cost effective way, boosting economic and social development.

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Politics

It will not be Business as Usual…Bio assures Diaspora

He was passionate, confident and assuring as he addressed hundreds of Sierra Leoneans at the prestigious Royal Regency Hall in London on Saturday 9th December 2017 with a very simple message that as the next President it will not be business as usual. For a man who has a solid track record as a disciplinarian, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio continues to attract many voters who feel the country needs a strong and disciplined leadership.

Cataloguing the current state of the country, Bio spoke about a divided country, the poor drowning in poverty, rich swimming in affluence, poor governance, battered economy, high public debt, third hungriest country, high inflation among others . He also reminded his audience that many of the things which necessitated the war such as bad governance, mismanagement of the economy, injustice have been the features of the current APC Government.

However, Bio's message was not just about the doom and gloom but also making a case why he is the right choice that the country needs. He spoke about his track record, experience and how he has always put his country first. "Some have come with slogan, country first, but I served my country first at a very tender age. I did not go around the world to work and come back old to say country first. When I was young I gave my life to our country," a passionate Bio said.

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