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Commentary By Jarrah Kawusu-Konte, Freetown. I did state back in November 2014 that there was a concerted and well-orchestrated ploy by certain opposition politicians that are dead set on undermining the gains this government is making and trying to use Ebola as a campaign weapon against the ruling party. Now they have upped their game to decry the painstaking efforts of Statistics Sierra Leone in their attempt to conduct a national housing and population census as is mandated after (...)

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Charles Taylor Goes On Trial Monday

1 June 2007

By Jonathan Leigh in Freetown and Teddy Foday-Musa at the Hague.
Special Court for Sierra Leone said on Thursday it shall be screening live in Freetown the trial of Charles Taylor which opens at The Hague on Monday. A statement from The Hague says his trial will provide an important opportunity for victims to see justice done.
Two weeks ago, Justice El Hadji Malick Sow, a Senegalese, was sworn in as alternate Judge of the Court’s trial Chamber. In accordance with article 12(4) of (...)

NDA struggles for national identity

1 June 2007

By Alpha Jalloh.
Like northerners in Ivory Coast or Tutsis in Rwanda or Bayamulange in DR Congo or Tuaregs in Mali or Blacks in Mauritania , Fullahs have never been recognised as citizens of Sierra Leone, but the National Democratic Alliance(NDA) leader Alhaji Mohamed Boye Jalloh says those days are over. The NDA is a mainly Fullah dominated but he insists that it aims not only to assert the right of Fullahs to their citizenship in Sierra Leone but to strive for an ideal state for (...)

SL Government official killed over water.

1 June 2007

By Alpha R. Jalloh, Vanguard Freetown Bureau Chief.
A senior engineer of the Guma Valley Water Company has lost his life today after a scuffle with fire fighters for water drawn from a street hydrant which he suspected was about to be sold to homes in the west of the capital Freetown. Guma valley is the water supplying agency of the government and has been unable to provide water to the growing population of Freetown which has caused many homes to be buying water from either (...)

Indian Doctors Provide Free Surgical Treatment

31 May 2007

A team of 12 Indian doctors from the Rotary Club of
India are currently in Freetown providing free
surgical treatment to those patients who deserve it.
They will be here for two weeks and in the last 72
hours, close to 250 patients have visited the
Choithram Memorial hospital at Hill Station, where
they are based, for observation and possible
treatment.
Firstly, patients will have to undergo screening and
if their case is serious, are either admitted at the
Choithram Hospital or (...)

USAID Rehabilitates Kennedy Building at FBC

31 May 2007

By Jonathan Leigh, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Ambassador Thomas N. Hull, has launched the rehabilitation exercise of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Building commonly called the JFK Building, at Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone.
The rehabilitation project, costing $220,000 (approximately Le660,000,000), is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). “As a result of this grant,” the (...)

Sierra Leone: Workshop for Army Officers

31 May 2007

UNIOSIL, in collaboration with UNDP, UNIFEM and UNICEF will be holding a sensitization workshop to strengthen the capacity of middle career officers in the Republic of Sierra Leone armed Forces(RSLAF) with a view to consolidating peace and security in the country, consistent with resolution 1325 (2000)of the United Nations Security Council.
The workshop which will be held from 30 May to 1 June, is geared towards acquainting middle level personnel of the Armed Forces with human rights (...)

Vanguard General Editor Bereaved

30 May 2007

The Patriotic Vanguard has received the sad news of the passing away of Mr. Theophilus,Jonathan,Abayomi Roberts, father of General Editor Abayomi Charles Roberts, on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 in Freetown at 4: 00 p.m. (local time). He was 79 years old and a former employee of what was known as the Sierra Leone Electricity Corporation (now NPA)and was district manager in Kabala, Magburaka, Kenema and Kono.He retired in 1988.
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Ngadi (Kadiatu) Roberts and several (...)

National Micro-Finance Forum---Recommendations

28 May 2007

BACKGROUND TO THE MICROFINANCE PROJECT
In 2004, development partners (UNDP, UNCDF, KFW and Cord Aid) in collaboration with GoSL developed a Microfinance project named, ‘Development of Sustainable Pro-Poor Financial Sector in Sierra Leone 2004-2009’
The goal of the project is to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by reducing poverty by half by 2015 through the provision of increased access to competitive and sustainable financial services to (...)

Vanguard Man to Cover Taylor Trial

28 May 2007

Teddy Foday Musa, a Patriotic Vanguard special correspondent in Holland, will cover the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor at the Hague, Holland. The trial will kick off on Monday, June 4.
Teddy(photo) holds a BA in Politcal Science from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone and recently graduated, with honours, from the prestigious London School of Journalism.
He will be among scores of journalists from all over the world to listen to Special Court Prosecutor (...)

Political Violence in Sierra Leone

27 May 2007

Commentary
By Abdulai Bayraytay in Toronto, Canada
Large scale rebel wars in the history of post-colonial Africa have usually started on a low scale until they blossom into some uncontrollable proportions. Such scenarios are particularly akin to the rebel onslaughts of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone in 1989 and 1991 respectively.
It is against this backdrop that the current violence of arson, looting, rapes and (...)

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EDITORIAL

Re-opening of schools in Sierra Leone: Another big challenge

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

I know a lot of people will be apprehensive about the re-opening of schools in our country just when we are beginning to witness the death throes of the dreaded ebola virus disease. I am one of (...)

OPINION

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 (...)