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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
Politics
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
Politics
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
Politics
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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MP embarks on developmental initiatives in Biriwa Chiefdom PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Credit SLENA   
Sunday, 03 April 2016 12:33

Karina, March 31 (SLENA) - Member of Parliament of constituency 34 in the Bombali District, Hon. Albert Deen Kamara over the weekend went around visitingall his developmental sites both in the educational and health sectors in the Biriwa Chiefdom which is part of his constituency.

 At Karina section in Biriwa Chiefdom, the Member of Parliament was joined by stakeholders in the community to construct 3  class room blocksfor Young Muslim Secondary School in order to expand the school facilities to meetthe growing  number of school going children in that part of the country.

Speaking at the school ground, Hon Albert Deen Kamara expressed appreciation to the community for their support in expanding the school and donated millions of Leones to the ongoing school project and promised to render support to the project until it reaches its final stage.

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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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