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Conviction for Unexplained Wealth: ACC Charts New Path

2014-04-16 04:17:48

Commentary By Jospeph Fitzgerald Kamara, ACC Commissioner, Freetown, Sierra Leone. In a landmark judgment delivered by the Hon. Justice M.A. Paul, in the case of The State vs. Solomon Katta and Four Others, the Anti Corruption Commission successfully secured conviction for the offence of Unexplained Wealth for the first time in the history of Sierra Leone. Prosecution for the offence of unexplained wealth has been sparingly applied in corruption cases the world over due to difficulties (...)Read the full story »

Musician of the Week: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

2014-04-13 21:29:00

This week we feature, once more, the great Nigerian multi-talented musician, Afro-centric political activist and Pan-Africanist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. This is because the late Fela, who was born in 1938 and passed away in 1997 was no ordinary musician. Through his music he dealt with most of the issues affecting Africans and Black people all over the world. Issues like the African disease of "one-way" thinking encouraged and promoted by most African leaders who are in reality pathetic (...)Read the full story »

Meet Beny Steinmetz of Koidu Holdings

2014-04-15 21:01:09

Editor’s Note: Many Sierra Leoneans know of or have heard of Koidu Holdings, the giant foreign company mining diamonds in Kono district in the east of the country where some of the largest deposits of diamonds in the world can be found. Its owner, Beny Steinmetz, also owned a vast iron ore mine in neighbouring Guinea but lost it when the Guinean government recently investigated him and found him guilty of corruption. Steinmetz was allegedly very close to former Guinean President (...)Read the full story »

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    Conviction for Unexplained Wealth: ACC Charts New Path

    16 April
    Commentary By Jospeph Fitzgerald Kamara, ACC Commissioner, Freetown, Sierra Leone. In a landmark judgment delivered by the Hon. Justice M.A. Paul, in the case of The State vs. Solomon Katta and Four Others, the Anti Corruption Commission successfully secured conviction for the offence of Unexplained Wealth for the first time in the history of Sierra Leone. Prosecution for the offence of unexplained wealth has been sparingly applied in corruption cases the world over due to difficulties (...)

    Meet Beny Steinmetz of Koidu Holdings

    15 April
    Editor’s Note: Many Sierra Leoneans know of or have heard of Koidu Holdings, the giant foreign company mining diamonds in Kono district in the east of the country where some of the largest deposits of diamonds in the world can be found. Its owner, Beny Steinmetz, also owned a vast iron ore mine in neighbouring Guinea but lost it when the Guinean government recently investigated him and found him guilty of corruption. Steinmetz was allegedly very close to former Guinean President (...)

    Freetown: Sofla Declared Best Iranian Diplomat

    by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 15 April
    The outgoing Iranian Cultural Chancellor Mohamed Reza Ghezel Sofla (photo) has been described as the best and most approachable and humble diplomat ever assigned by Iran to Sierra Leone. At a farewell ceremony organized at the International Institute of Islamic Studies on Wilkinson Road west of the capital, Freetown, which attracted people from all walks of life including students from Fourah Bay College, Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, Institute of Public (...)

    Third Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC3), August 20-22, 2014

    14 April
    Third Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC3), August 20-22, 2014. JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY KWANTLEN POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (KUMASI, GHANA), LINCOLN UNIVERSITY (PENNSYLVANIA, USA). VENUE: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Rd., Richmond, (Vancouver) British Columbia, Canada. THEME: “Re-engaging the African Diasporas: Pan-Africanism in the Age of Globalization.”   Kwantlen Polytechnic University, (...)

    Sierra Leone Launches WMC Programme

    14 April
    According to a report by Liana Tepperman of Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), last week marked the launch of the Sierra Leone Weapons Marking and Computerisation Programme, which is managed by the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) and supported by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Hon. Joseph B. Dauda, Minister of Internal Affairs, led the event which showcased a marking demonstration by newly trained members of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) and the (...)

    EDITORIAL

    Tax Incentives and the Suffering Masses of Sierra Leone

    by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

    This week, we look at tax incentives offered to foreign mining and agribusiness companies operating in Sierra Leone. A report, released today by the international NGO, Christian Aid, has bad news (...)

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    Comparing South Africa and Nigeria

    By Mekki Elmograbi, Sudan. It is widely well known that the economy of South Africa is the strongest among African economies but some economists say that Nigeria, "not South Africa", is the (...)

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    Musician of the Week: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

    by Gibril Koroma - 13 April
    This week we feature, once more, the great Nigerian multi-talented musician, Afro-centric political activist and Pan-Africanist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. This is because the late Fela, who was born in 1938 and passed away in 1997 was no ordinary musician. Through his music he dealt with most of the issues affecting Africans and Black people all over the world. Issues like the African disease of "one-way" thinking encouraged and promoted by most African leaders who are in reality pathetic (...)

    KPA Independence Anniversary Annual Dance

    10 April
    Koya Progressive Association Independence Anniversary Annual Fundraising Dance. With DJ Songo Train Grand Chief Patron His Excellency, Deputy Ambassador Ibrahim Conteh, Sierra Leone Embassy, Washington DC, USA. All Proceeds Will Go to Scholarship Funds for School Children in Sierra Leone. April 12, 2014 9.00pm to 4.00am The Mirage Hall, 1401 University Blvd. East Hyattsville, MD 20853 Patrons: Single: $60.00 Double: $100.00 Please Patronize, Help Educate and Keep Our (...)

    Freetown: Ecobank, NRA Officials Convicted

    10 April
    According to a press release signed by Koloneh Sankoh, the Anti-Corruption Commssion’s Deputy Director of Public Education and Outreach, the High Court of Sierra Leone, presided over by the Honourable Mr. Justice M.A. Paul, on 10th April 2014, pronounced sentence in the matter of the STATE VS SOLOMON HINDOLO KATTA and OTHERS; having found them guilty in a judgment delivered on 3rd April 2014. The convicts were officials of National Revenue Authority and Ecobank in Sierra Leone. In a (...)

    Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): The Key is Prevention

    10 April
    By Dr. Angela M. Dumbuya, DNP/Oncology Nurse Practitioner, John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus, Georgia USA. Introduction News of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and the deaths of two Sierra Leoneans from the virus in neighboring Guinea spread like wild fire during the harmattan season. I spoke to relatives in Sierra Leone and they were worried about EVD because they don’t know what causes it or how to prevent its occurrence. EVD is caused by a virus that was first discovered in 1976 (...)

    Malaria: ECOWAS Calls for Regional Sensitization

    7 April
    By Dan Parkinson, reporting from Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. A-two day regional sensitization meeting by the ECOWAS Commission for the extensive use of biolarvicide for the eradication of malaria in Africa, aiming at applying the vector control approach has ended in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. Representing the President of the Commission at the conference, the Commissioner for Micro-Economic Policy, Dr. Ibrahim Bocar Ba emphasized the need for the constant appliance of biolarvicide (...)

    What You Should Know About Ebola

    7 April
    Courtesy of Gary Schulze, USA. • The suspected reservoirs for Ebola are fruit bats. • Transmission to humans is thought to originate from infected bats or primates that have become infected by bats. • Undercooked infected bat and primate (bush) meat transmits the virus to humans. • Human to human transmission is only achieved by physical contact with a person who is acutely and gravely ill from the Ebola virus or their body fluids. • Transmission among (...)

    Sierra Leonean workers called "Bush Pigs" by Expatriates

    7 April
    By PV Staff. Some foreign companies operating in Sierra Leone are allegedly treating their Sierra Leonean workers in a very abusive and inhumane way including poor working conditions, insults and blatant abuse, according to a report from a credible organization called Care2. There have been cases of expatriates referring to Africans as "Black Pigs" and "Black Monkeys", according to the Care2 report. In addition to bad working conditions the companies concerned also displace entire (...)
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    Freetown: Sofla Declared Best Iranian Diplomat

    by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 15 April

    The outgoing Iranian Cultural Chancellor Mohamed Reza Ghezel Sofla (photo) has been described as the best and most approachable and humble diplomat ever assigned by Iran to Sierra Leone. At a farewell ceremony organized at the International Institute of Islamic Studies on Wilkinson Road west (...)

    African News »

    Third Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC3), August 20-22, 2014

    14 April

    Third Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC3), August 20-22, 2014. JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY KWANTLEN POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (KUMASI, GHANA), LINCOLN UNIVERSITY (PENNSYLVANIA, USA). VENUE: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 (...)

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    Ghanaian-Canadian Athletes Honoured at Ghana’s 57th Birthday Anniversary

    3 April

    By Our Reporter Two Ghanaian and Ghanaian-athletes were among this year’s Ghana Canada Association of British Columbia (GCABC)’s Honour Roll Call. Gershon Koffie, a player for the Vancouver White Caps Soccer Club, Ruky Abdulai, a Ghanaian-Canadian athlete, who now runs for Canada. (...)

    Sports »

    Zingalay Wins Player of the Year Award

    13 January

    Sierra Leonean international and Dinamo Minsk defender Umaru ’Zingalay’ Bangura (photo) has been voted the sierraleonefootball.com player of the year 2013 by viewers of the website. The announcement was made during  a live radio sports programme aired worldwide (...)

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    Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): The Key is Prevention

    10 April

    By Dr. Angela M. Dumbuya, DNP/Oncology Nurse Practitioner, John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus, Georgia USA. Introduction News of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and the deaths of two Sierra Leoneans from the virus in neighboring Guinea spread like wild fire during the harmattan season. I spoke (...)

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