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ACC ENGAGES LOCAL COUNCILS AND CSOs ON THE MONITORING OF GoSL PROJECTS PDF Print E-mail
Press Release
Written by press statement   
Sunday, 19 June 2016 21:08

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Friday concluded a two-day advocacy engagement for local councils, civil society organizations and community stakeholders in the Northern Region and Kono District. The European Union (EU) funded programme was part of the advocacy campaign for the monitoring of Government of Sierra Leone projects.

Speaking at the opening session, in the Abbati Hall, Fatima Campus, University of  Makeni (UNIMAK), the Director of Public Education and Outreach ACC, Koloneh Sankoh, said the fight against corruption should not be seen as the sole responsibility of the Commission. She said all citizens must come on board and take ownership of the fight if we want to attain a prosperous nation.
Miss Sankoh said it is also important for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government to demonstrate accountability in the use of Government and donor funds at all times.
She maintained the advocacy was to empower participants to know what is expected of them in the monitoring and evaluation tasks, adding that they should always be attentive in the monitoring and evaluation of public projects.

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Easier Said Than Done: Sierra Leone at the Human Rights Council PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Trinanjan Radhakrishnan is a Research Officer at Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) Delhi   
Thursday, 16 June 2016 13:44

In less than a fortnight, when the Human Rights Council (HRC) convenes in Geneva for its 32nd session, Sierra Leone’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) outcome report will be discussed and adopted by the Council members. Since its establishment a decade ago, the HRC is tasked with protecting and promoting human rights across the globe, as well as addressing emerging violations. In this endeavour, the UPR has become one of the cornerstones of its efforts to strengthen human rights on the ground, in all 193 member-states of the UN.

Interestingly, while Sierra Leone was engaged in the UPR process, the country also stood for HRC elections. Based on its pre-election pledges, Sierra Leone became a member of the 47 nations strong Council in 2013, for a period of three years.  With its membership expiring, at the end of 2015, it is time to evaluate Sierra Leone’s performance in the HRC.

The formulation of the UPR is based on the extent of the member-state’s respect for its human rights obligations, contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the various human rights treaties that the state is a part of, and the voluntary pledges made by the country prior to its election to the HRC.

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"No Country Can Develop In Isolation” -John Baimba Sesay PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Expotimes   
Friday, 10 June 2016 10:03

Sierra Leone’s Press Attaché to China has said, the present global era is one of mutual development through collective and concerted efforts of nations, given the reality that “no country can develop in isolation.”

John Baimba Sesay spoke on Saturday, 4th June, 2016, at Peking University, Beijing, on behalf of Ambassador Alimamy P. Koroma, on the invitation of the Centre for New Structural Economics, Peking University.

The statement was in response to a research presentation by students of the University, on Sierra Leone’s Development, specifically aligned to policy matters like, but not limited to, the country’s Macro-economic Growth, Recent Economic and Social Development; Factor Endowment Analysis from the framework of what the country has got to offer, all with the aim of fostering independent thinking among undergraduate students on frontier policy issues about international development.

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HRCSL HOLDS 2ND REFERRAL PARTNERSHIP MEETING PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Expotimes   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 15:06

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Tuesday May 24th held its second referral partnership meeting at the Santanno House, Howe Street.

 Explaining the purpose of the partnership meeting, the Vice Chairperson of HRCSL, Daphne Olu Williams said it was to obtain information from referred partners on the progress of cases referred to them, to educate and encourage referral partners to have proper records of matters referred. Commissioner Olu-Williams further stated it was to identify and discuss possible challenges faced by referral partners in handling matters, to educate them in handling matters and to educate them on the mandate of HRCSL.
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PRESS RELEASE: The importance of partnerships in humanitarian response PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Momodu L. Kargbo, Sierra Leone Minister of Finance and Economic Development (Governor, Bank of Sierra Leone during the Ebola Crisis)   
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 15:19

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 26, 2016/ -- Crises of all sorts, from conflicts to natural disasters to health emergencies, are happening at unprecedented rates around the world – so much so, that the United Nations is convening the first ever World Humanitarian Summit this month. There is increasing recognition that the sheer scale of the humanitarian challenges facing the world today means that governments like ours have to be prepared for future shocks, by laying the groundwork for more inclusive and resilient economies.

In our experience battling the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, one solution saved lives, delivered major cost savings, and continues to help the economy rebuild and recover. For many, this solution is so simple and logical it is almost unexpected: digital payments.

When we digitized Ebola Response Worker payments, we reduced payment times from a month to a week, as a new study by United Nations-housed Better Than Cash Alliance has revealed (http://www.apo.af/Deh1qI). Getting payments to workers on time reduced fraud risks and increased efficiency and transparency.

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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

Njala demonstration stretches LAB to the limit

The Legal Aid Board office in Freetown was stretched to the limit following the storming of the office by desperate students ofthe Njala University seeking the intervention of the Board to secure the release of their colleagues who had been arrested and held in police cells around the city.

On a normal weekday, you would expect at least forty people crammed in the Freetown office to seek the services of the Board. The situation on Thursday, March 23 was characterized by mild chaos as too many students wanted to visit the office to provide updates on students arrested by the police.

The team of Legal Aid Board staff comprising Bankole Morgan and Anthony Karim Kamara negotiated the release of five of the six students detained at the Central Police Station. One was not released because of an alleged inflammatory statement to bring the city on its knees.

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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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