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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 »

Freetown: US Ambassador Michael Owen Bids Farewell

1 October 2013
The outgoing United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Michael Owen has on Monday 30th September paid a farewell courtesy call on President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, Freetown. President Koroma described the occasion as an opportunity to thank the United States’ Government for the great contribution to Sierra Leone’s development strides. He said that owing to the good work the outgoing US diplomat has been doing in the country, ties between the two countries have become (...)

London Mining and GIZ Support Education in Sierra Leone

23 September 2013
London Mining Company in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and St. Joseph Vocational Training Institute on 19 September officially launched the “From Mines to Minds” Project at the Peace Hall at St. Joseph Institute in Lunsar. The “From Mines to Minds” Project is a vocational and technical skills training programme funded by London Mining and GIZ and implemented by the St. (...)

Syrian Rebels Execute Sierra Leonean Immigrant

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 19 September 2013
Amidst reports of use of chemical weapons and atrocities committed by the warring factions, one Sierra Leonean, Sheikh Mohamed Canan Bah (photo) has been captured and tortured to death by the Free Syria Army that has staged a rebellion against the government of President Assad. Even though no reason has been proffered by the rebel faction for the capture and execution of the Sierra Leonean, reports generally indicate that such dispositions have been usually manifested against (...)

LUKOIL Commissions Eirik Raude Drilling Rig

17 September 2013
LUKOIL has kicked off its exploration drilling campaign 50 miles offshore Sierra Leone. Making a short statement at the launching ceremony, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma said he has been left with the impression that within sixty to eighty days, LUKOIL’s scientists working at the rig would be in a better position to tell government if they strike oil, whether it will be in commercially viable quantities. He made this statement soon after he returned from a conducted tour of (...)

DWLEF 2013 Mission to Sierra Leone

17 September 2013
Once again, Sierra Leonean academic institutions benefited from the annual missions outreach services and academic donations from Dr. Lauretta Will through her foundation, the Dr. Lauretta Will Educational Foundation Inc. (DLWEF). DLWEF is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Atlanta. The DLWEF Mission statement is to “Gather, distribute and disseminate educational materials, professional expertise and technological resources to poverty-stricken, inner-cities and war-devastated (...)

Freetown: 20 New Sierra Leoneans Take Oath of Allegiance

12 September 2013
20 new Sierra Leoneans who acquired citizenship status through Naturalization as provided for in the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone (photo) have subscribed to the oath of allegiance at the Presidential Lodge, Hill Station on Tuesday 10th September, instant. In a brief congratulatory statement shortly after administering the oath, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma admonished them to be good citizens, saying a good citizen is one who pays his/her taxes, law abiding, and works within the (...)

Freetown Chief Imam Hosts President Koroma, Others

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 9 September 2013
The Chief Imam of the Freetown Central Mosque and also Spiritual Leader of the United Council of Imams in Sierra Leone, Sheikh Ahmad Tejan Sillah was host of President Ernest Bai Koroma , Vice President Chief Alhaji Sam Sumana , the Chief Justice Haja Umu Hawa Tejan –Jalloh and the entire judiciary on September 6. The President, Vice President and members of the judiciary were there to offer prayers for the beginning of the judicial year of 2013/2014. Addressing the jam-packed mosque (...)

Open Letter to Ambassador Bockarie Stevens

5 September 2013
Association of Sierra Leonean Lawyers in the United States (ALLUS). 19635 Meekland Avenue Hayward CA 94541 Telephone: 510 229 8920 Facsimile: 510 722 2241 9/4/2013 H.E. Bockari Stevens Ambassador to the United States of America 1701 19th Street Northwest Washington D.C., 20009-1605 (202) 939-9261 Your Excellency Bockari Stevens: The Association of Sierra Leonean Lawyers in the United States (ALLUS) is respectfully requesting a meeting with the President of Sierra Leone His (...)

DLWEF Director Returns from Successful Tour

29 August 2013
Well known philanthropist and educationist Dr. Lauretta Will has returned home to Atlanta, Georgia, USA after another successful tour in her home country, Sierra Leone, where she had continued, as Director of the Dr. Lauretta Will Educational Foundation (DLWEF) to help promote education and other social ventures. In a recent email message she told PV publisher Gibril Koroma the following: "I was able to guide Engineers Without Borders to complete solar powered water pumps, toilet and (...)

Ministry of Health Indictments: Bernard Dugba Acquitted

27 August 2013
Ugandan-born Honorable Justice J.B. Katutsi of the High Court of Sierra Leone Monday August 26th acquitted and discharged Mr. Bernard T.M. Dugba on corruption charges brought against him by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). According to a press release signed by the ACC’s Shollay Davies, Mr. Dugba, who is the Planning Coordinator of the Directorate of Planning and Information at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, was indicted on a 15-count charge bordering on Misappropriation (...)

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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 (...)

OPINION

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 (...)