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Sierra Leone:Third Term Rumour Gains Momentum

2014-04-22 20:05:42

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 (...)Read the full story »

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 referred (...)

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 (...)

Emmerson Hits Winnipeg, Canada, June 16

27 May 2007
By David Koroma, Winnipeg. He has brought the heat to the airwaves and dance halls in Sierra Leone, The Gambia, England, USA, Holland, Australia and Canada with his ground breaking singles Tutu Party, Borbor Belleh and Gi Am Bench. And now Sierra Leone’s multi-platinum artist Emmerson plans to heat up the road and rock his fans with guest artist Ghanaian music sensation Steve Kodjo Kelly for a headlining North American tour in support of his second smash album " "Tu Fut Arata" (...)

Bo: SLPP Doles out Party Symbols

26 May 2007
By Edie Vandy. It seems all is now set for the August 11, 2007 Parliamentary battle, following the ruling party’s move to dole out party symbols across the length and breadth of the country. The fan fare that followed in Bo district in particular was euphoric, in the wake of the young and dynamic Foday Rado Yokie’s victory over that of challengers Matina Foray, and Edwin Boima, for the high profiled parliamentary seat of Bo Town 2. The PMDC has played it smart by matching up (...)

Political Parties to Attend Media Training Workshop

26 May 2007
According to a UNIOSIL press release, representatives of the eight registered Political Parties will benefit from a media training workshop jointly organized by the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The event, which will take place on Tuesday 29 May at the UNIOSIL headquarters Mammy Yoko Hotel Freetown, aims at enabling participants to effectively communicate their messages through the news media, and to (...)

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EDITORIAL

Sundry Matters

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

The Law School Imbroglio I have been watching and observing the Law School mess developing and escalating with some amusement. It shows that some members of the so-called "noble" profession are (...)

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 (...)