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Wheelchair users call on LAB for protection
Written by Expotimes   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:49

Disabled persons on wheelchairs have called on the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles for protection against thieves. The disabled persons swamped the vehicle of Ms. Carlton-Hanciles on her way to work on Wednesday morning, September 27 to complain about harassment, intimidation and assault in the hands of thieves at Sawpit on Malama-Thomas Street.

According to the chairlady for the group, KadiatuSillah, the thieves destroy their tents and subject them to abuses because they say their presence is bad for their exploits. ‘They accuse of blocking them from stealing from shops and passersby,’ Ms. Silah said. 'They are afraid we would expose them to the police, shop owners and the authorities.'

According to another member of the group, Adamsay Bangura they had brought their plight to the attention of Lawyer Joseph Sesay of the Law Officers Department.

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ACC COMMISSIONER LAUNCHES PAY NO BRIBE CAMPAIGN IN KONO DISTRICT
Written by Expotimes   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:18

The Commissioner, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Ady Macauley Esq., on Monday 2nd October, 2017 officially launched the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign in Kono District. The PNB in the first phase had targeted, Western Area Urban and Rural, Bombali, Bo and Kenema Districts.

In his keynote address at the District Council Hall, Koidu City, Mr. Macauley  called on all Sierra Leoneans to fight bribery and petty corruption very seriously, stating that their consequences are debilitating. 

He thanked the Department for International Development (DFID) for the support provided to the ACC in the implementation of the PNB and assured that the ACC will play its part to ensuring a successful implementation of the campaign. Commissioner further commended the MDAs implementing the PNB and highlighted the astute and formidable leadership demonstrated by the Inspector General of Police (IG) Francis Munu as the SLP has dismissed and terminated police officers for various acts of corruption and malfeasance and instructed the dismantling of 23 illegal checkpoints nationwide.

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PPRC Hands Over Certificates to C4C And NDPM
Written by press releaase   
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 19:00

Pursuant to Section 11 (3) of the Political Parties Act of 2002, the Chairman  of the  of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), Hon. Justice Patrick O. Hamilton on Tuesday 3rd October, 2017 handed over provisional certificates of registration as political parties to the Coalition for Change Movement (C4C) and the New Democratic People’s Movement (NDPM).

In his statement before the handing over ceremony Justice Hamilton reminded representatives of the movements of the provisions stated in section 12(5) which states, “No political party shall organise or hold any public meeting unless it has been issued with the final certificate of registration by the Commission under subsection(4)”.

Justice Hamilton also informed the meeting that the Commission will forward the applications to the Government Printer who will publish them in a Government notice, inviting objections for sixty days.

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PARLIAMENT HAS THROWN OUT THE NOMINATION FEES FOR THE 2018 ELECTIONS
Written by press releaase   
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 18:52
03/10/17: Having listened to the reasons advanced by both sides of the political divide, the Rt. Hon. Speaker of the Parliament of Sierra Leone, Ambassador SBB Dumbuya has ruled in Parliament on Tuesday 03rd October 2017, “that Statutory Instrument No. 115 of 2017 was not properly before the House, because it lacks memorandum of objects and reasons and also fails to include nomination fee for Paramount Chief Members of Parliament”.
 
Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ansumana J. Kaikai disclaimed the motion he had earlier moved on the grounds that he did not sign it on submission to the Clerk of Parliament.
 
Hon. Karifala Sheku Conteh of Constituency 098 under the relevant rules of procedures of the House moved for an amendment to the said motion for debate. In effect, the motion was now effectively owned by Hon. Karifala Sheku Conteh for debate, having regard for Hon. Kaikai’s withdrawal.
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LAB train staff on how to contribute to credible elections
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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 18:18

One hundred and forty-two (142) Legal Aid Board staff and partners - WANPOT Comedians, Campaign for Human Rights and Development International, Local Police Partnership Board and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) - have benefited from a two-day United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funded capacity-building training on ensuring free, fair and credible elections.

The training was conducted at the Civil Service Training College on State Avenue, Tower Hill from 29 to 30 September 2017. It is meant to equip and prepare the Board’s staff and partners to address challenges which have the potential of undermining the peace and credibility of the elections.

With this training the Board’s staff across the country will be able to identify and mediate disputes which in the past have erupted into violence during the electioneering period because of political differences. Also, community outreach events on elections will be organized to counter divisive messages by political parties and their agents.

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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

Freedom of Expression Violations Rise Sharply in West Africa

The incidents of freedom of expression rights violations in West Africa more than tripled in the first quarter (January-March) of 2017.

Over the three-month period, a total of 47 violations were recorded as against 14 violations for the last quarter (October-December) of 2016. The violations recorded in the quarter under review range from arrests and detentions to physical attacks, online violations, shutdown of media houses, censorship, seizure and destruction of property and killings. The 47 violations occurred in 10 out of the 16 countries in West Africa.

 

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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

CrPcEPd Life-saving jingle hits the airwaves

Freetown- 9 October 2017 – A new jingle that forewarns Sierra Leonean about the dangers of residing in disaster-prone communities will be released on 10 October 2017.

The 1:30-second radio jingle, aired twice daily for 70 days will be aired on seven major radio stations across the country.

The radio announcement is in Krio, the country’s Lingua Franca, and Mende, Themne and Kono- the widely spoken languages in Sierra Leone.

When radio-lovers tune in on Tuesday morning and evening for the next 70 days they will be informed about the changes in the weather.

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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

THE CASE FOR REFORM OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL
  1. In recent years many UN member States have begun urging a change of the Security Council more so by demands of African states led by Sierra Leone.
  2. The main argument for reform is that change is necessary to make the Security Council more reflective of today’s International realities.
  3. Since the Council was created in 1945 more than a hundred and ninety two nations have come into existence and former defeated states in the last World War such as Germany, Japan and Italy have rejoined the World Community. While many developing states have become economic and trade dynamos yet the Security Council still operates on the same basic principles and with the same P5 (permanent Five) UK, USA, CHINA, FRANCE and USSR.

 

Sierra Leone has consistently and with farvour put the case for Africa at every fora upto some weeks ago in New York but it is difficult to assess the response of the UN or the P 5 respectively.

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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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