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Ebola: President Koroma Issues Stern Warning

2014-10-28 23:16:01

On a working visit to Port Loko, Bombali and Tonkolili districts over the weekend, President Ernest Bai Koroma issued a stern warning to traditional and religious leaders to take responsibility to halt the spread of the virus in their chiefdoms and districts.
According to a State House report the President said the country has a crisis that should be handled with all the seriousness it deserves and added that government in its efforts to improve the efficiency of handling the outbreak (...)

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On Violence Against Women in Sierra Leone

12 May

Commentary
By Mariama Kandeh, London, UK.*
I grew up in a society wherein women are allowed to be seen, not heard. It was the case in every corner of Sierra Leone. I grew up asking myself, what’s wrong with our society? Why are women so badly treated? I was worried that I would grow up only to be treated the same way as all the women I knew. The country’s decade-old conflict only deepened my pessimism about the future. Before the war, what was considered the normal was the (...)

Bio Joins "Afta U Na V" Chorus

8 May

H. E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma
The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone
State House
FREETOWN
6th May, 2014.
Dear Mr. President,
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF SIERRA LEONE ON THE EXTENSION OF THE PRESIDENTIAL TERM LIMIT
On January 27, 2014, I wrote you an open letter on the amendment of Section 79 (1) of the National Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991 in which your Government introduced entirely new qualifications for the position of Speaker of Parliament. I also dealt with (...)

BAM to Build Petroleum Jetty in Sierra Leone

6 May

BAM International and its South African joint-venture partner Stefanutti Stocks have been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a petroleum jetty at the Kissy Oil Terminal of Freetown in Sierra Leone. It will take the joint venture approximately one year to design and complete the project for PetroJetty Ltd.
The new petroleum jetty comprises a 240 metres steel trestle on steel piles, including a concrete offloading platform of 12 x 25 metres, four (...)

Court of Appeal Rules Against Haja Afsatu Kabba

5 May

By Alimamy Lahai Kamara, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) should not refund the sum of Three Hundred Million Leones (Le300, 000,000) to the former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources (and senior member of the ruling All People’s Congress party), Haja Afsatu Kabba, as restitution. The Appellate Court on Wednesday 30th April 2014 made this ruling when Mrs. Kabba sought an order directing the ACC to refund the said (...)

53 Years of Independence: State House Insignia and Awards Ceremony

29 April

By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Introduction
Sierra Leone celebrated its fifty-third independence anniversary on Sunday April 27 in exquisite circumstances. The celebrations occurred as one former and one current Pope canonized two of their predecessors, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, and South Africa marked “Freedom Day,” that is twenty years since the country’s majority African population first voted in non-racial, multi-party elections in which (...)

Kamaraimba Should Stay Within the APC

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher - 25 April

Commentary
I have never met or spoken to the young APC politician Mohamed Kamaraimba Mansaray (photo) who has been in the news for some time now. Neither am I one of his numerous supporters.
But I would like to offer him some pieces of advice from my experience as a journalist that has reported on and commented on Sierra Leone politics for almost three decades. Mohamed, who I think is a very intelligent and ambitious young man, a "Youth Man", as they say in Sierra Leone, seems to lack one (...)

Sierra Leone:Third Term Rumour Gains Momentum

by Gibril Koroma - 22 April

When current Transport Minister Balogun (Logus) Koroma floated the idea of a third term for President Koroma not too long ago, a lot of people did not take him seriously although it caused some uproar within and outside the government. Indeed the office of the President sent out a press release vehemently denying the rumour. Sierra Leone’s 1991 Constitution stipulates only two terms for a President.
But the rumour has refused to go away; in fact it has become more strident lately (...)

IMF Mission Statement on Sierra Leone

17 April

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission visited Freetown during March 17-April 1, 2014 for the first review of Sierra Leone’s program supported by the IMF through the Extended Credit Facility (ECF).
The mission met with the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah; the Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, Mr. Sheku Sesay (photo); other senior officials of the government and the central bank, representatives of the business community and civil society, and (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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EDITORIAL

Sex in the Time of Ebola

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Ebola-stricken nation of Sierra Leone is employing whatever means possible, from individual to state level, in response to (...)

OPINION

Television and Learning

By Arthur Ramo, Madrid, Spain. Television is a technological medium of great importance in the lives of people, because it provides information and entertainment, among other things. However, (...)