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ACC ARRESTS ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICER PDF  | Print |  E-mail
News
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Thursday, 29 August 2013 10:58

The Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested Mr. Zacharia Koroma, Assistant Immigration Officer, attached to the Sanya Border Crossing Point, Tambaka Chiefdom, Bombali District, on allegations of Soliciting and Accepting an Advantage contrary to Section 28 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.

On 20th August 2013, Mr. Koroma travelled from his post to Makeni where he allegedly solicited and accepted an advantage from four Chinese Nationals in the guise of Miner’s Residential Fees and Registration for Foreign Nationals. The suspect, who is on bail, is cooperating with the ongoing investigations by the Commission.

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Charles Taylor Appeal Judgement Scheduled for 26 September 2013 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 18:42

The Judges of the Special Court’s Appeals Chamber announced today that they will deliver their Appeal Judgement in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor on Thursday, 26 September 2013 at 11:00 a.m. local time in The Hague.
Media accreditation for the judgement is now open in The Hague. The Appeal Judgement will be streamed live to the SCSL courthouse in Freetown, and journalists in Freetown will join journalists in The Hague by video link for a post-judgement press conference.

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Sierra Rutile’s mining lakes transformed into fish farms PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 02 August 2013 12:36

Communities around Sierra Rutile’s mining operations, this weekgathered together to help harvest and release as many as 50,000tilapia and cat fish into man-made lakesonce dredged for rutile. The young fish are part of Sierra Rutile’s expanding fish farminginitiative which aims to rehabilitate these obsolete dredge ponds into alternative sources of revenue, employment and food.

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Internal Affairs Ministry Hosts Nigerian Delegation PDF  | Print |  E-mail
News
Written by Aaron B. Lahai   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 21:41

The Ministry of Internal Affairs on Tuesday 23rd July, 2013 hosted a delegation from Nigeria who are in the country on a study tour. Welcoming the delegation, the Minister of Internal Affairs Hon. Joseph Bandabla Dauda (JBD) called on the delegation to regard Sierra Leone as their home because of the long standing relationship between the two countries citing the assistance especially the civil war and other developments Nigeria rendered Sierra Leone. The Ministry and Government he said remained very grateful to the Nigerian Government and will appreciate the effort made by the visiting country during the war and will continue to appreciate Nigeria’s role in the developmental activities in the country.

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Corruption is Killing the People: PACM Statement on the Corruption in Sierra Leone PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2013 17:10

Freetown, July 19 2013: PACM wishes to express our profound alarm and utter disgust at the high rate of corruption in the country today. Recently, reports of increased corruption culminated in the Transparency International Report 2013 that placed Sierra Leone as the most corrupt country in the world.

Even before the Transparency International report, there has been increasing report from the media of high level corruption, whereby top government officials have been defrauding the people of Sierra Leone. These reports include widespread thievery at the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, ECOBANK and FI Bank. Prior to these recent reports of corruption in the country , there have been previous reports highlighting various kinds of corrupt practices throughout the country ranging from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defence , NASSIT, Freetown City Council, Koidu City Council, other city councils, Ministry of Agriculture, the Police and the judiciary. In particular also the case of the stolen one million dollar GAVI Fund meant for medicine. The Auditor-General’s Report also identified wide spread corruption and misappropriation of funds by various government and state functionaries.

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Editorial

26th IPRA Conference in Sierra Leone Ends on a High Note

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) successfully held its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate’ in collaboration with the 10TH Dealing With Disasters Series, Northumbria University (UK)and Sakarya University (Turkey) and  the University of  Sierra Leone at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016.

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Business News

Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and gives his insight into the banking landscape.

Excerpts shared by Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

The Government of Sierra Leone is placing great priority in improving the business climate, enhancing infrastructure and support to private sector development. In line with the government focus, the Central Bank is targeting price stability in support of economic recovery, enhancing monetary policy instruments and liquidity management and also limiting intervention in the foreign exchange market, which will be important to preserve foreign exchange reserves.

The above measures will help in the strengthening of the banking system to support financial intermediation. Commercial banks are thus poised to benefit and take advantage of the improved economic and business environment by offering better services to their customers, including loans and overdrafts and forex to import, thereby creating wealth and boosting government revenue.

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Media News

Two veteran Journalists, now in the United States have paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador

Two very respected and veteran Journalists who are in the United States of America for various reasons have called on Sierra Leone’s Amr. Bockari Kortu Stevens not only to appreciate the work of the Embassy, but also to pay courtesy as protocol demands.

Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson, former Lecturer Fourah Bay College, former Director of Information Ministry of Information and Communications, Former Director Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Former Chairman Independent Media Commission (IMC) and stringer French News Agency  etc. is on vacation and Mr. Cyril Juxon Smith Director Information and Communications House of Parliament, former Acting Director General Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) and former UNESCO Media Consultant  is in the United States of America to attend the funeral of his father.

Speaking at the Ambassador’s residence on 4821 Colorado Avenue, Washington DC  Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson said “Thank  you Amr. Stevens for accommodating us in the middle of your tight schedule, and also to discuss with us in a homely spirit.

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Commentary

Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”

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View Point

How and Why I endorse Julius Maada Bio for President?

I have

I have endorsed Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for the SLPP presidential ticket in the March 7 2018 elections because I strongly believe in his project and ability to succeed as our next president if given the opportunity.  Perhaps I need to provide  some context as to how, when and why I took this decision.

Maada Bio is the second presidential candidate I have ever endorsed in Sierra Leone. The first was late president TejanKabbah during the campaigns in the 1996 general elections, which he won. I was then publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Expo Times, which won the best-selling newspaper award from the National Vendors Association that year. At the time, my newspaper was the largest circulation and most widely read newspaper in the country and my nearest competitors were For Di People and Concord Times. When the presidential election campaigns became heated and the battle lines were clearly drawn with the three front-runners, TejanKabbah of the SLPP, Karefa-Smart of the UNPP, and Thaimu Bangura of PDP (SORBEH), For Di People declared for and endorsed Karefa-Smart and the UNPP while Concord Times declared for and endorsed Thaimu Bangura and the PDP. Dr Prince Harding and Banda-Thomas then approached me to endorse and help TejanKabbah of the SLPP, who was then the clear frontrunner according to Opinion polls, to win the elections. 

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News - Press Release

EU Election Exploratory Mission meets Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

(MFAIC Press Office, 18th October, 2017). The European Union Election Exploratory Mission to Sierra Leone led by Head of European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone, H.E. Tom Vens has paid a working visit to the Minister, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara and Senior Management Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at the Ministry’s office in Tower Hill, Freetown.

Ambassador Tom Vens stated that the EU Election Exploratory Mission is in Sierra Leone following an invitation by the Government of Sierra Leone for EU Electoral assistance, and to further discuss the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in facilitating EU Observer Mission for the March 2018 elections in the country. The EU Election Exploratory Missionas part of its mandate is in the country to draft and finalise the MOU with the Government of Sierra Leone through the Foreign Ministry.

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Society -Local News

ACC SPEAKS TO MAFFS ON THE PAY NO BRIBE CAMPAIGN

'A nation cannot progress when its citizens allow bribery to prevail over their sense of patriotism', says Simeon D. Sam Crop Officer, Tonkolili Agriculture Office. He made this statement at an awareness raising engagement organized by the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday 4th October 2017.  

Addressing staff of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) at their Post Office Road Office in Magburaka, ACC Public Education Officer Abdulai Saccoh said, the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign is a sustained approach which gives opportunity to ministries, departments and agencies to deal with bribery issues from within their institutions.

Mr. Saccoh stated that the PNB has enabled citizens to interact with the reporting platform, report incidents of bribery using the PNB channels. Saccoh noted that though Tonkolili is not a PNB district, citizens in that part of the country should be aware of the campaign and could use the platform equally.

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Development

U.S. Ambassador launches National Early Warning Systems Project, funded by USAID

On Wednesday, October 18, U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer, announced the official launch of the USAID West Africa-funded “Mitigating Election Violence through National Early Warning Systems” (NEWS) project and the inauguration of the National Elections Response Group in Sierra Leone.

Supported by $500,000 from USAID, NEWS is implemented by the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) in Sierra Leone. The focus is to monitor and identify potential electoral violence triggers and assist government and non-government organizations in Sierra Leone to better mitigate them.
The National Elections Response Group (NERG) is a partnership under the NEWS project, between WANEP, the Inter-Religious Council, the Campaign for Good Governance, government stakeholders, representatives from the National Electoral Commission, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Office of National Security (ONS) and a number of civil society organizations.

The primary objective of the National Elections Response Group (NERG) is to monitor the elections environment, develop, and recommend strategies and actions to relevant stakeholders with authority to implement necessary response actions to prevent escalation of tensions or incidence of violence for a peaceful 2018 election. Members of the NERG will work closely with WANEP, the Integrated Election Security Planning Committee under the ONS, Provincial and District Election Security Committees – PROSEC and DISEC with an extensive network of civil society organizations and with 60 community monitors across the country to identify potential risks of electoral violence.

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Politics

PRESIDENT KOROMA SAYS… “I am very proud of Ansumana Usman Koroma”

President Dr Ernest BaiKoroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”

Whilst speaking at his Presidential office in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”

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