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World Vision to take up Management of Dead Bodies

2014-11-19 20:29:27

By Mabel Whenzle, Freetown.
The Chief Executive Officer of the National Ebola Response Centre NERC Major (Rtd) Palo Conteh (pictured) has disclosed that World Vision UK has signed up a partnership agreement that will involve it becoming responsible for the management of dead bodies across the country.
Addressing journalists at a weekly press briefing recently organised by the National Ebola Response Centre, he said the five million pounds sterling DFID funded project will be used for the (...)

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ACC Presents Monies Recovered in 2013

15 January

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on Tuesday 14th January 2014 formally presented to the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kelfala Marrah, the sum of One Billion Three Hundred and Twenty Four Million, Four Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty One Leones (Le 1,324,467,281) as monies recovered from individuals and institutions in 2013, according to an ACC press release signed by Shollay Davies, Director of Public Education and Outreach.
The money (...)

Another APC Giant Falls

14 January

Another APC giant, the Honourable Dr. Idriss Fofanah who held several positions including Minister of Trade and Industry in the 80s, has passed away.
Quiet and unassuming but very loyal, the late Dr. Fofanah hailed from the Tonkolili district, the same district the late Mohamed Suffian Kargbo who also passed away a few days ago, hailed from.
The ruling APC thus has two big funerals to deal with this week. We shall bring you details of Dr. Fofanah’s funeral arrangements when we (...)

State Funeral for the late Honourable Suffian Kargbo

12 January

There will be a State Funeral for the late APC strong man Honourable Mohamed Suffian Kargbo according to his son Claude Meama-Cajue, the administrator of the famous Leonenet-UMBC, a forum for the discussion on Sierra Leonean issues.
Here are the details from Claude:
Open book of condolence APC Secretariat Tuesday - The family will be there.
Lay in state at the APC secretariat on Thursday morning. Family members may speak.
Civic Service at Miatta Conference Hall Thursday afternoon. (...)

What Now, Sierra Leone?

12 January

By Granville Jones, Virginia, USA.
What Now, Sierra Leone? What is in Store for 2014 and Beyond?
State Of Hardship
My first visit to Sierra Leone after almost twenty-six years abroad was filled with a lot of surprises, to say the least. I was very fortunate not to have witnessed the Rebel War in person, for which I will be forever thankful. I also sympathize with those who did. When one talks to people, invariably they attribute the current conditions in Sierra Leone to the (...)

Honourable Suffian Kargbo Passes On

9 January

By Joseph Sherman, Editor, Salone Monitor newspaper, USA.
Reports reaching the Salone Monitor from APC Headquarters in Freetown confirmed this morning that former Minister of Agriculture, Food and Security until 2012 and a Member of Parliament representing Tonkilili district, Hon. Alhaji Mohamed Sufian Kargbo has died.
Honorable Mohamed Suffian Kargbo (photo) was Chairperson, Agriculture and Food Security. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (Hons.) and MSC in soil fertility and plant (...)

Musician Emmerson Bockarie and Tribalism

6 January

Culled from the Torchlight newspaper, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
By Mohamed Sankoh (One Drop), Freetown.
My comment on Emmerson Bockarie’s new album and its theme song—“Kokobeh”—will take the form of a mini-skirt: very short but it will cover the essentials.
If Emmerson Bockarie (photo) is inferring that President Ernest Bai Koroma is only employing Temnes and also subtly implying that the President is sacking Mendes (which he undertones in his song (...)

Freetown: Beltship Should Compensate Victims

6 January

By PV Staff.
A speedboat belonging to a company in Sierra Leone called Belstship recently collided with a passenger boat causing the death of several people (we do not have the correct number of casualties yet).
There has been a lot discussions on this issue but our take is that Beltship is clearly responsible for this mishap which is not intentional. Beltship could have avoided this accident as their own press release suggests. But this is not the time to analyze the issue (...)

President Ernest Bai Koroma’s New Year Message

1 January

New Year Message to the Nation
By His Excellency
Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma
President of the Republic of Sierra Leone,
January 1, 2014.
Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
This is the season of goodwill; the season for resolutions, and the season for leaving behind old habits that hinder growth. It is the season for continuing with and embracing habits that move us forward with grace, with success, with positive changes in our lives, our communities and our nation.
Let us then, not only wish (...)

SLPP Convention/Election Results: PPRC Calls for Reconciliation

31 December 2013

Report-Sierra Leone Peoples Party Convention/Election of Officers-16th-18th August 2013.
Over the years political Parties in Sierra Leone have had there own fair share of bad and incompetent party officials who had brought untold and unpleasant conflict on members and supporters of Political Parties. Some officials before assuming office will have the best of intentions for their Parties; however, once they assumed office their efforts were frustrated by infighting and (...)

The Sierra Leone Scorecard: MCC Control of Corruption Challenge

29 December 2013

By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
On December 10, 2013, nearly a year after announcing its eligibility to apply for a compact, the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) delivered the bad news to the government: it did not reselect Sierra Leone (along with Benin) to continue developing a compact with the agency because it did not pass the critical control of corruption indicator.
In a press release to that effect, the (...)

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Government Should Investigate Ebola Surge

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

It is sad and very unfortunate that while the Ebola scourge seems to be receding in the neighbouring countries of Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is facing a dramatic increase with hundreds of (...)


The Truth About Reporting Corruption

By Abdulai Saccoh, Anti-Corruption Commission, Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a specialized anti-graft agency, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been (...)