The Anti-Corruption Commission has secured a conviction against a traffic warden attached to the Operational Department of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA), formerly Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority (SLRTA) in a judgment delivered on Monday 1st August, 2016, at the High Court of Freetown by Justice Alusine Sesay. He will be sentenced on Friday 5th August, 2016.
Victorino Fayia Joseph was convicted on two counts of Soliciting an Advantage and Accepting an Advantage contrary to the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008.
As provided for in the AC Act 2008, an accused person convicted on a charge relating to Soliciting an Advantage and Accepting an Advantage will be liable to pay a fine not less than Thirty Million Leones (Le.30,000,000) or serve a prison term of not less than three years or suffer both fine and imprisonment.
“My strategy in the fight against corruption focuses on hunting the tigers and swatting the flies. I will make no distinction between grand and petty corruption. Corruption is a terrible offence, and I will pursue perpetrators vigorously,” the ACC Commissioner, Ady Macauley, told the General Assembly of the Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA), in Cotonou, Benin. It was the maiden participation of the Commissioner.
Ady Macauley said in Sierra Leone the public clamour when the Commission prosecutes high profile people and this is so because they believe that people in authority are entrusted with the management of State resources for the public good. He said the Commission continues to enjoy public confidence and trust and is performing exceedingly well in its prosecution front.
The ACC Boss said, on petty corruption, his Commission is getting support from Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), the media and CSOs. He highlighted to the Assembly an instance where a traffic police officer brought to the ACC a commercial driver for attempting to bribe him.
The Regional Manager of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Bo has warned teachers and parents against bribery in schools.
Mr. Samuel Marah made this statement on the 14th July, 2016 at the Sierra Leone Muslim Brotherhood Primary School, Dodo Section in Bo whilst addressing teachers, parents, pupils and school management committee (SMC) of the school.
In his opening remarks, the manager of the commission south noted that any country where corruption is prevalent in the educational sector it will be difficult to have quality education and a strong human resource base.
He stated that collective effort is required to eradicate this malaise as the academic year has come to an end, pointing out that most schools, teacher are now cling on to collecting monies from parents for report cards and promotion.
It was all smiles for Legal Aid Board clients Mohamed Sufiyan Sesay, Daniel Bangura and Abu Bakar Samura as they had their first taste of freedom in monthsfollowing their discharge by the court on Saturday, July 9.
Mohamed Sesay, 36 was charged with obtaining money by false pretences, Daniel Bangura with robbery and Abu Bakar Samura with sexual penetration.
Court records indicate that between September to November 2014, Sesay obtained the sum of $11,500 from an American citizen Lawrence Fredrick Blob by falsely claiming that the money will be used to prepare documents for the export and shipment of precious minerals.
The Sierra Leone Legal Aid Board will embark on accrediting legal aid providers in the country as provided for in the Legal Aid Act 2012. The nation-wide exercise will start in August. ‘We will spend the whole of July in engaging providers, relevant non-governmental organizations and civil society groups so that they have a very clear idea of what our mandate is on this issue,’ Madam Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles said. ‘For a start, we will be engaging the Sierra Leone Association of Non-governmental Organizations (SLANGO) and the Ministry of Society Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs amongst others. They register these organizations and deal with them on a regular basis.’
The Legal Aid Board will publish the criteria service providers will have to meet to be accredited. ‘We will discuss these criteria in our engagements,’ she said. ‘They will be given enough time to prepare the necessary documents including report on their activities. We do not intend to deny any organization the right to operate. ’
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles and other staff of the Freetown Office have paid an on the spot visit to the Legal Aid Board Office in Waterloo where they interacted with clients. There were twenty-two clients with women accounting for the majority.
Ms. Carlton-Hanciles spoke to some of the clients about their complaints majority of which were maintenance cases. She also touched on the quality of service provided by the staff. She assured that they will received the same quality of service asclients in the Freetown Office and other parts of the country where the scheme has got an office. ‘You have to be patient with us because we do have enough staff to service you all at the same time but we will continue to do our best with the resources at our disposal,’ she assured them.
The Defence Counsel, Lawyer Tholley and Paralegals Arnold Dixon and GibrilJallohbriefed the Ms. Carlton-Hanciles and team on the volume of cases received per day. Ms. Carlton-Hanciles assured that steps are being taken to improve the office with furniture, computers, fan and air conditioners. ‘There is need to improve the working environment for you and our clients as the numbers accessing the scheme continue to increase,’ she said.
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.
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".