Written by ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION MENA HILLS, MAKENI
Thursday, 01 September 2016 04:19
Reaching out to different facets of the society to heighten public awareness on corrupt practices is fundamental to the success of the anti-graft campaign. Hence, the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has enlightened members of the Sierra Leone Traders Union, Bombali District at their Flour Conner Street Office in Makeni on Tuesday 30th August 2016.
Speaking on the significance of traders to national development, ACC Regional Manager North, Abu Bakarr Kamara described the meeting as a progressive discourse wherein ACC and the traders could partner to enhance revenue generation for government. Manager Kamara stated that the public sector could not thrive without private sector involvement because the latter serves as the hub in the nation's economic growth. He informed his audience that corruption most times occurred where public officers and the business people interface; especially in aspect of procurement where the chunk of state resources is expended and sometimes unaccounted for due to corruption.
The United Nations System in Sierra Leone joined the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone on August 17 in launching “MY VOICE COUNTS - END CHILD MARRIAGE”, a campaign originally initiated by the African Union and its 57 member states.
The launch of the campaign in Sierra Leone marked a significant stride in reaffirming the Government’s commitment to protecting the rights of the child. These are stipulated in the International Convention on the Rights, upon which the Sierra Leone Child Right Act 2007 is predicated. This prohibits and criminalizes marriage of a person who is below the age of 18 years, regardless of whether the marriage is carried out under civil, customary or religious law. Sierra Leone has become the 15th African nation of the African Union member states to launch the African Union Continental Campaign on Ending Child Marriage.
Today (16-08-2016) Youth of Kabala, Koinadugu District who were staging a peaceful demonstration over the government's decision to relocate a Youth village that had been promised the district since 2014, were met with extreme Police violence and some of them paid with their lives.
According to our sources from the township, Police officers called on the scene to control the protesters, fatally shot youth and injured a few others. This resulted in a rampage that led to the loss of more lives and burning down of houses.
We in the Campaign for Human Rights and Development International (CHRDI) strongly condemn the recent police attack on innocent protesters and the police brutality both during and in its aftermath.
Written by THE DEATH OF COMRADE AMBASSADOR GIBRIL MOSERAY SANTIGIE FADIKA
Monday, 08 August 2016 22:57
HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT DR ERNEST BAI KOROMA, LEADER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ALL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS AND THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP OF THE PARTY REGRET TO ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF COMRADE AMBASSADOR GIBRIL MOSERAY SANTIGIE FADIKA, WHICH SAD EVENT TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY AUGUST 7TH, 2016 IN LONDON.
THE PARTY EXTENDS ITS HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY.
A BOOK OF CONDOLENCE WILL BE OPENED AT THE PARTY’S HEADQUARTERS AT OLD RAILWAY LINE, BROOKFIELDS, FREETOWN.
THE TIME AND DATE AS WELL AS ALL OTHER FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE COMMUNICATED LATER.
SIGNED: COMRADE HON. ALHAJI ALHPA KANU, NATIONAL PUBLICITY SECRETARY OF THE APC
The Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA), Mr. Julian Cole has called on the Sierra Leone Legal Board to assist with finding a solution to issues of bail processing and approval. Cole noted that those charged with approving bail do impose their own conditions and this is imposing obstacles in securing bail for accused persons.
Cole registered the concern when the new executive of the Bar Association met with the management of the Legal Aid Board on Tuesday, July 26. Cole lauded the Legal Aid Board for the significant progress in promoting access to justice and the commitment shown by its lawyers in handling a lot of cases in court.
The President of the Association, Ms. Rhoda SouffianKargboNuni said her Association will build on the partnership between the two institutions. ‘If you need any assistance from us, please let us know,’ she said. ‘When the Board succeeds, the profession can take some of the credit.’
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.
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".
Press freedom has come under severe attack in West Africa as security agencies, particularly the police, appear to be on rampage against journalists and media workers. In a space of 38 days (January 5-February 12, 2017), 30 media workers have been arrested, detained and/or assaulted by security forces, prompting fears that the gains that have been made in recent years on press freedom and freedom of expression could be eroded.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.