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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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In search of VP Foh’s Agenda: "I have no Agenda" PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by John Baimba Sesay-China   
Monday, 22 February 2016 12:59

Some twelve months ago, (February 19th 2015) Victor Bockarie Foh then Ambassador to China left Beijing for Freetown. He was to be sworn into office as the country’s Vice President a month later (19th March 2015), something, he never thought of!

Victor Bockarie Foh had served as the governing Party’s (APC) Secretary-General and successfully won two Presidential elections for it, before he was appointed his country’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. Joining the Party in 1970 as a registered card carrying member, he has ever since endlessly, steadfastly and tenaciously served the Party in several capacities including, but not limited to; Regional Chairman, Southern Regional and Assistant National Secretary General. He has NEVER defected away from the APC even at the most crucial times of the Party’s history, for which he has gained propriety and honor not just within his Party, but across the country’s political divide.

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SLPP matter in Kenema… Prosecution closes case PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Expotimes   
Sunday, 21 February 2016 16:41
The Prosecution has closed its case in the ongoing matter involving 15 SLPP supporters and a Human Rights Commission staff standing trial before Magistrate Alhaji Koroma in Kenema.
 
The 13 are standing trial in the Kenema Magistrate Court after they were arrested on Independence Day in 2015 on allegations of illegal gathering, riotous conduct, incitement, conspiracy and other related matters. The Human Rights Commission staff faced his arrest after it was alleged  by police witnesses that he interfered with their work when they were locking up the SLPP demonstrators by stating that it was the democratic right of the demonstrators to express their will.
 
They were charged on 11 counts but on Wednesday 10th February, Principal State Counsel Monfred Sesay told the court that he was applying to amend the information and drop count 5 which was an offence charged under the Public Emergency Regulation.
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‘INVESTIGATE EBOLA RESURGENCE’ – Hon PC Bai Kurr PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Fatmata B. Sheriff   
Monday, 01 February 2016 19:45

A member of parliament who is also a paramount chief, Hon Bai Kurr Kanagbaro Kasanka III, in his contribution in the ongoing debate of President Koroma’s national address in Parliament, condemned the resurgence of ebola in his native Tonkolili, northern Sierra Leone.

Hon Bai Kurr said the resurgence of ebola is actually an unfortunate situation, something that should be further investigated – to the applause of many in the House.

Hon Bai Kurr also thanked President Koroma for his leadership skills and for being an exemplary president, who has a lot of achievements under his belt.

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IB Kargbo Petition PDF Print E-mail
Politics
Written by Mariama Turay   
Friday, 15 January 2016 13:10

The leader/ Chairman of one of the youngest political party in the country, Alliance Democratic Party (ADP), Mohamed Kamaraimba Mansaray, has in a press release asked the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to nullify Honourable Ibrahim Ben Kargbo of the APC’s result.

According to the release dated 12 January 2016, Mr. Mansaray informed the general public that he is resolute to petition the eligibility of Hon. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo’s candidature.

The release further stated that IB Kargbo was an, “ineligible Member of Parliament for Constituency 030 in the Bombali District and that he also doubles as the substantive Special Adviser to President Koroma.

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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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