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PARLIAMENT AMENDS THE 1991 CONSTITUTION FOR THE CONDUCT OF BYE-ELECTIONS PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by press statement   
Thursday, 19 May 2016 09:00
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 17th May 2016 passed into law, with a slight amendment, the Constitutional Amendment Act, 2016, to allow for use of the existing voters’ register for the conduct of bye-elections in Constituencies 001 and 050 respectively.
 
In piloting the Bill in Parliament, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Joseph F. Kamara said among other things that the Bill seeks to provide for the use of the existing voters’ register, which should have been reviewed and revised at least once in every three years. “The amendment will warrant NEC to conduct the bye-elections in those Constituencies as established by law,” he said. In responding to MPs’ comments, he also said that “the amendment will necessitate the filling of the gaps, and affirmed that both the Legislature and the Executive do have a moral responsibility to the people of Sierra Leone”.
 
During the course of the debate, Hon. Daniel Koroma described “the Bill as clear and non-controversial with the view of serving a nationalistic purpose”. He also said that “laws are made with the view that they can be amended when necessary, noting that it is good for our legislative process”. He said also that “the Bill will allow for the conduct of the respective bye-elections created by death or those in search of greener pastures”. “Those people” he added, are “Sierra Leoneans who deserve representation in Parliament to articulate their views and aspirations in the governance of the State”.
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"PRAY FOR THE PRESIDENT AND THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE" ...URGES DR. PATRICK CONTEH PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Alusine S. Kargbo   
Saturday, 14 May 2016 08:05

Minister of State in the Ministry Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Patrick Saidu Conteh, has asked imams, sheiks and pastors to pray for President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and the country as a whole, saying to rule a country is not an easy task.

He made the plea while joining Muslims and Christians for Juma prayers on Friday and Sunday fellowship respectively at the Wesleyan Church in Kamakwie and the central mosque there.

He described President Koroma as a God sent servant, reminding his audience that nowadays around the world things are really hard, the reason why he was asking religious leaders and their congregations to pray for the President so that God can keep him and continue to guide him to accomplish his goals.

The minister further told the people of Kamakwie to thank the president for appointing one of their sons as Minister of State and for the road construction currently going on in that part of the country.

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ECOWAS EMBASSIES READY TO RECEIVE AMB. AP KOROMA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Baimba Sesay   
Friday, 13 May 2016 09:49
13 of the 16 ECOWAS Embassies in China have so far called the Sierra Leone Embassy in Beijing, China, to confirm their presence at the Beijing International Airport today, Wednesday 11 May 2016, to receive Sierra Leone's Ambassador designate to the People's Republic of China, Honourable Alimamy Phillip Koroma.
 
Expected at the airport are Ambassadors or representatives from the embassies of Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Benin, Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Nigeria and Togo, amongst others.

Hon. Alimamy P. Koroma comes in with a wealth of administrative and political experience having served as the country’s Minister of Trade and Industry, and, Minister of Works, Housing, and Infrastructure.

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Job: I'm one of the SLPP leading favourites for flag bearer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pres statement   
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 06:29

The recent statements which appeared in various newspapers and repeated on social media alleging that Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin, former National Chairman and Leader of the SLPP has endorsed the candidacy of Mr. Alpha Timbo for the Flag bearer position in the SLPP is hugely erroneous and misleading.

The headlines of the story by Mr. Elias Bangura, editor of the Update Newspaper have no bearing on the contents of the reports. It is an example of malicious and reckless journalism.

Mr. Benjamin who is also aspiring for the flagbearership of the SLPP wishes it to be known that he is very much in the race and remains one of the party's leading favourites. He has at no time endorsed anyone whatsoever for flag bearer of the SLPP.

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PARLIAMENT RATIFIES SEVEN (7) PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Department of Public Relations Parliament of Sierra Leone OAU Drive, Tower Hill Freetown   
Thursday, 14 April 2016 07:57
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 12th April 2016, after an extensive debate ratified a motion for the approval of seven Presidential nominees to serve in respectable and high offices of State.
 
The following nominees were approved by Parliament through a collection of voices:
 
  1. Mr. Momodu Lamin Kargbo-Minister of Finance and Economic Development
  2. Dr. Christiana Thorpe-Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology
  3. Dr. Kaifala Marah-Governor, Bank of Sierra Leone
  4. Mr. Alfred P. Conteh-Minister of Internal Affairs
  5. Maj. General John E. Milton-Chief of Defence Staff of the RSLAF
  6. Ms. Mabinty Daramy-Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea
  7. Ms. Rugiatu N. Turay-Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Children’s Affairs
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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

Why Parastatals should be Socially Responsible: the Case of NRA

In Sierra Leone, the notion of corporate social responsibility has always been associated with the private sector. No wonder some people see the active involvement of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in corporate social activities as strange, and many have opined that a tax collecting body should not be engaged in corporate social responsibility activities.

However, the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on corporate image is immense, even for tax collecting bodies. The perception that tax collectors are monsters vigorously bent on collecting people's earnings with no care for the environment or the vulnerable in the community they operate is evolving. Indeed, many revenue authorities in Africa are today socially responsible.

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) in an article in its website argues that "the nature of Revenue Collectors' mandate makes them the hill of the nation such that whatever they do is mirrored and echoed by many".

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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

Dr. David Tam-Baryoh: A New Broom in Sierra Leone Politics

Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is a household name in Sierra Leone, mostly because of his“Good Governance” popular radio programme called monologue. In fact the programme has become sopopular that most people prefer to call the presenter “Mr. Monologue”. Recently Mr. Monologue said in two or three of his programmes that he would be going intopolitics. It looked like a joke the first time he said it. But after saying it over threeor four times it is no longer a joke.

So Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is going into politics in 2018. Those who are very closeto him will tell you that this is a fact. The Doctor has made up his mind. Afterdiscussing and editing serious national issues on newspaper pages and on the airwaves for almost twenty five years, hehas decided that he cannot achieve much for the people behind the microphone and the pen. He now wants toengage into something that will make a direct impact on the lives of Sierra Leoneans.

And the Doctor thinks politics is the best way to do this, if we look at politics as“the authoritative allocation of scarce resources within a nation state.” He wants tobe part of the allocation of Sierra Leone’s scarce resources.

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View Point

Precious Minerals, Public Trust and Government’s Openness

By late 2001, the Anti Corruption Commission arrested then Sierra Leone's  transport and communications minister, together with his wife, “for involvement in illegal diamond mining” in Kenema district.  Large quantum of illicit diamonds had been found in their possession, according to a BBC report at the time.

With some diamonds said to have been smuggled out of the country by the minister, the incident happened at a time when the rebel war was raging and the key perpetrators- the RUF were also seriously involved in illicit mining and smuggling. The minister was later jailed in 2003 for two years for illegal possession of diamonds.

Amongst other factors, Sierra Leone’s civil war was fuelled mainly by diamond, specifically “conflict diamonds”- those diamonds that originated from territories controlled by rebel forces (UN definition).

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News - Press Release

LAB resolves dispute over property in Kissy

The Legal Aid Board’s Alternative Dispute Resolution on Tuesday, 7 March 2017 resolved a long standing dispute in respect of a property on Newcastle Street, in Kissy, Freetown between one Mr. Solomon Samba Mansaray and his seventy-seven year old elder sister Madam Marian Kamara who is in the country on holiday from the United States of America.

The two who had not been on speaking terms were reconciled. Both promised to work together in the interest of peace in the family. In this vein, Madam Marian Kamara agreed to cancel a U$ 400 debt owed by Mr. Mansaray. 

While the tension between the two had been lingering several years,Mr. Mansaray decided to report the matter to the Board in Freetown when he got information that Madam Marian Kamara was planning to sell theproperty.   The owner of the property who is the sister of both parties had died over a decade ago without leaving a will.

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Society -Local News

LAB secures discharge of ‘violent’ youth

As the Legal Aid Board prepares to provide legal assistance to indigents and children engaged in election related violence, it has successfully secured the discharge of a twenty-five old from Wilberforce in the West of Freetown charged with violence.

The Legal Aid Defence Counsel Hadiru Daboh secured the discharge after drawing the court’s attention to the failure of the complainant to attend court sittings for seven consecutive adjournments. What’s more, the complainant has not furnished the court with any reasons for his absence. Magistrate I.S. Bangura agreed with the Defence Counsel and discharged the matter. He noted that discharge would not stop the prosecution from reinstating the matter in future.

The accused, Alpha Kanuwho plied his trade as driver and apprentice at the Wilberforce lorry park got involved in a fight with his boss Michael Aruna in February 2017. He was arrested and taken to the Congo Cross Police station following a complaint by his boss. According to Alpha Kanu, his injuries were ignored by the police even though they were more serious. He spent fifteen days at the Congo police station before the matter was charged to court.

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Development

U.S. Africa Command Launches a 33-Nation Maritime Exercise: Sierra Leone Maritime “Full Speed Ahead”

During March 23-31, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) issponsoring “Obangame Express”, an in-port Command Post exerciseand at-sea maritime exercise designed to enhance maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.The exercise includes 33 partner nations, as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). 

The exercise is designed to improve cooperation andinformation sharing, and to refine tactics, techniques and procedures among participating nations.

The “Obangame Express”exercise will be based on realistic modern-day scenarios such as piracy, illegal fishing and hijacking.  During the exercise,Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs) will be challenged to recognize illicit acts and share trackinginformation with other MOCs throughout the region.

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Politics

Ansumana Usman Koroma Urges Sierra Leoneans To Support the Registration Process

The winner of the Pride of Australia Award, Ansumana Usman Koroma popularly known as AUK has called on all Sierra Leoneans within and outside Sierra Leone to support and fully participate in both the ongoing voter registration that has started March 20 to end April 19 2017 and the forthcoming nationwide civil registration process slated April 24 to June 11 2017.

AUK who is a Political and Policy Analyst working in Australia said the mass registration of every citizen is a very important process in the development agenda of the country. He therefore appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to put politics aside and understand that the process would help government consolidate citizens’ data and enhance effective service delivery and improve monitoring of government programmes and policies.

He stressed that the national civil registration authority is created to promote a greater sense of nationalism and common identity.

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