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Happy Holidays, Sierra Leone!

2014-12-25 03:23:20

On behalf of the staff and numerous contributors of the Patriotic Vanguard, I would like to extend to the Government and People of Sierra Leone a Merry Christmas and an Ebola-free New Year.
Indeed we have suffered enormously this year, a year that will die out soon. We have suffered before during the civil war, but Ebola, being invisible, has taken us beyond suffering this time, into the realm of the apocalyptic unknown. Yet, we continue to fight and will soon conquer the invisible enemy. (...)

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Moijue and the Freetown Street Traders

by Gibril Koroma - 21 July

In the current ruling APC government you have what are known as "grassroots politicians." These are politicians that have a close connection with the masses; they know them and have the ability to go into their minds and connect with them because they themselves were part of the masses before they rose to prominence. One such politician is Honourable Alhaji Moijue Kai-Kai (photo)
In fact the APC has always been a party of the masses, a reaction to the other major Sierra Leonean political (...)

Update: Our House of Parliament in a Democracy

21 July

Editor’s Note: This is an update of an earlier version of the same article.
Opinion
By Hassan Baraka, Businessman and Writer, Maryland, USA.
Parliament is one of the three pillars of government and it plays a crucial role in nurturing democracy and strengthening good governance. Parliament makes laws, amends exiting laws that have become outdated, and repeals those laws that are no longer useful in building democratic institutions, that are the corner stone for the promotion of (...)

Issa Catco Leads Muslims in Fight against Ebola

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 18 July

As the Ebola epidemic takes a deadly toll within what is called the Mano River basin, that is, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, Muslims led by popular business magnate Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara have joined the government and other organizations in curbing its spread within the country.
The initiative came out of a meeting organized on June 28 at the office of Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara (photo) , the National President of the Forum of Islamic Organizations, which is an umbrella organization (...)

Sierra Leone: Supplementary Budget and the Economy

16 July

Essay
By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Introduction
Section 112 (1) of the Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991 authorizes the Minister responsible for finance to prepare and lay “before Parliament in each financial year estimates of the revenues and expenditures of Sierra Leone for the next following financial year.” In addition, sub-section 3 provides for the Minister to lay before Parliament a supplementary estimate when “the amount of moneys (...)

SLPP’s Andrew Keili on Appointment

15 July

Dear All,
I must apologise to some of you for not having updated you on my appointment to the Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission. This is not an oversight as I really did not feel this would be a problem for various reasons which I will proffer below, However, it seems I was wrong as the Paopas are trying to portray it as “taking a job from Ernest Koroma”. I am not particularly bothered as this will blow over. Let me however explain a few things that will help clarify (...)

Consolidating the Values of Change, Continuity, Diversity and Innovation

15 July

Commentary
By Dr Michael N Wundah (Senior Lecturer, College- Community Coordinator Lambeth College, London, UK) and Dr Lauretta Will (Principal, IAMTECH, Sierra Leone).
Significant Transition Rests on Faith, Sincerity, Meaningful Innovation, Change and Reform:
When it comes to the very important matter of ‘‘innovation’’ in the world of education, in post-modern times, the concept is reduced to nothing other than mere nuances. Why? Sometimes, the concept rests (...)

Book Review: Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine in Sierra Leone

by Roland Bankole, Marke, Deputy Editor, Florida, USA. - 8 July

Title: Medicinal Plants and Traditional Medicine in Sierra Leone
ISBN: 978-4917—0609-1: 978-1-4917-0610-7: 978-14917-0611-4
Publisher: iUniverse LLC
Date published: November 2013
Author: Dr. Cyrus Macfoy
Reviewer: Roland Bankole Marke
I’m hopeful, if not delighted, when writing reviews of books written by Sierra Leonean authors that are increasingly making encouraging and steady progress, though the culture of reading and appreciation of books is yet to grow deep (...)

Ebola: President Koroma’s Address to the Nation

3 July

Address to the Nation
By His Excellency the President
Dr Ernest Bai Koroma
On the Ebola Disease
July 2014.
Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
As we commence the Holy Month of Ramadan, let me, on behalf of the Government and people of Sierra Leone, and in my own name, wish our brothers and sisters in Islam Ramadan Kareem, and I pray that Allah will accept our fasting.
And let us, in this holy month, remember in our prayers our brothers and sisters that have fallen victim to the Ebola Disease. (...)

Accra: Special Ministerial Meeting on Ebola

2 July

From July 2-3, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will join other partners in Accra, Ghana, for a special ministerial meeting on Ebola virus disease. The meeting was called by the World Health Organization (WHO) in an attempt to interrupt the further spread of the deadly disease.
Ministers of health from eleven West African countries will discuss with partners, including the Red Cross, WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières, the best ways of collectively (...)

SLPP Should Join the Fight Against Ebola

30 June

Opinion
By Tejan Mansaray, Freetown.
While the Ministry of Health and Sanitation is currently undertaking investigation into the burning of the medical stores at Sandaeyallu, Constituency 001 in Luawa Chiefdom, nine miles from Kailahun, where drugs meant for the suppression and containment of the deadly Ebola outbreak were stored, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday 25th June 2014, announced a reduction in Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone.
A very positive piece of news indeed (...)

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EDITORIAL

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 (...)

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 (...)