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Two Security Chiefs Visit the North

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By Hassan Bruz, Sierra Leone. The fight against Ebola is winnable if people are obedient and disciplined enough. This was the message of the Inspector General of Police, Francis Allieu Munu (photo) to the people of Sierra Leone during a recent tour of the various regions in the country. It was a joint tour with the Chief of Defence Staff, S O Williams to have an on the spot assessment of what obtains in the different localities with regards the spread of the Ebola virus disease. In the (...)Read the full story »

ACC on the Warpath: Minister, 3 Others Refused Bail

16 June 2007
By Jonathan Leigh, Freetown. Dr. Prince Alex Harding(photo), suspended as Minister of Transport and Communications in the aftermath of the helicopter crash, his Permanent Secretary Ahmed Wurie, the Director of Civil Aviation and his deputy Messrs Gbongor and Tarawalie respectively spent the weekend in detention at the Aberdeen Police Station after the Anti Corruption Commission refused giving orders for bail to be granted following their arrest on Friday. Reports say ACC boss, Dr. Henry (...)

Freetown Media Reports

16 June 2007
50/50 urges for female vice president According to the New Citizen of today, Dr. Nemata Eshun-Baiden, Founder of the 50/50 Group that seeks to promote the welfare of women by agitating for more female participation in state administration, has intimated the New Citizen that Dr. Kadi Sesay of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party and Minister for Trade and Industry possesses all the qualities of a presidential running mate and that the womenfolk of Sierra Leone would appreciate immensely any move (...)

ACC Orders Arrest of Top Govt Official

16 June 2007
By Jonathan Leigh,Freetown. Ahmed Wurie, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications was on Friday arrested on the orders of the Anti-Corruption Commission investigating illicit payments by Paramount Airline whose helicopter crashed at the Freetown International airport on June 3 killing some 20 Togolese and Gabonese nationals. Both the Permanent Secretary, who was one time State Chief of Protocol in the office of the President, and the suspended Minister of (...)

Update on Funeral Ceremonies of the late Mrs. Mariatu Foday-Musa

15 June 2007
By Zubairu Wai, Toronto. The late Mrs. Mariatu Foday-Musa, mother of Vanguard Holland correspondent Teddy Foday-Musa was laid to rest at at 4pm GMT on Tuesday June 12 (the very day that she died, in line with Islamic principles) in Bo. As per tradition, the 3rd Day memorial ceremony will be on Friday 15th June in Bo and the 7th Day ceremony will be on Tuesday June 19. We shall inform all and sundry accordingly, when arrangements for the 40th Day ceremonies have been finalised. Those (...)

FIB breaks new ground

15 June 2007
By Sorie Sudan Sesay, Freetown. In a major breakthrough in the banking sector, one of the country’s most successful banks, First International Bank (FIB), recently commissioned another branch on ECOWAS Street in central Freetown, to extend its operations. The opening ceremony, which marked the bank’s fifth year anniversary, was also graced by eminent personalities and members of the diplomatic corps, and officially launched by Vice President Solomon Berewa. While declaring (...)

Le 150,000 For UNPP Symbol

15 June 2007
By Sorie Sudan Sesay, Freetown. With nominations for aspirants vying for Parliamentary seats set for July 2, 2007, the executive of the United National People Party (UNPP) have requested aspirants intending to vie for party symbols to pay the sum of Le 150,000 (one hundred and fifty thousand), an equivalent of US$50. UNPP is perhaps the fourth largest political party in the country after the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) (...)

Reports from Freetown

14 June 2007
Government approves new conditions of service for the army Following decades of demanding improved conditions of service, the Sierra Leone Government has reportedly approved new terms of service for the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF). Awoko reports the disclosure made by the Forces’ spokesman at a press briefing held at the Ministry of Defence in Freetown. Brigadier Nelson-Williams told the press that due to harsh financial reality facing the government only certain (...)

65 SLPP Parliamentarians Voted Out

13 June 2007
By Jonathan Leigh. Sixty-five out of the 83 current sitting members of Parliament of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party will not contest the forthcoming Parliamentary elections having been unable to secure party symbols in the recently conducted primary election of their party. An electoral college made up of sectional/zonal executives, chiefdom executives, constituency executives, representatives of women, youths and councillors across the country has the mandate under laid (...)

Pilot Heads Helicopter Crash Probe

13 June 2007
By Jonathan Leigh. John Tambi, a pilot and Aeronautics Engineer has been appointed to head the Commission set up by Government to investigate the June 3 Paramount Helicopter Crash at the Freetown International Airport killing 18 Togolese and Gabonese nationals. Tambi, aged 52, studied Aviation at Oxford and holds Master of Science degrees from Indiana State University and Florida State. Those who died in the crash were Togolese football officials who were in Freetown for an African (...)

Fake Diamonds: Three Americans duped

13 June 2007
By Sorie Sudan Sesay. Police last week arrested three American citizens at the Lungi International Airport with parcels containing stones suspected to be diamonds, Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), JPJ Conteh last Tuesday confirmed to journalists at the weekly police press briefing. According to Conteh, the suspects: Banik Babad Janov, Albert Babad Zhanov and Abo Mordukhayov, claimed that the said parcels were sold to them by one Mohamed Barkwe, believed (...)

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Dispelling the Ebola Myths and Misinformation: Citizens’ Responsibilities

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Ebola can be best described as an ‘exterminator’, a disease that is wasting away families and decimating communities. Because of its (...)


Sierra Leonean Women and the Ebola Pandemc

By Zainab Tunkara Clarkson.* As the dreaded ebola virus disease (EVD) ravages across West Africa with a vengeance, afflicting young and old with merciless impunity, it is unfortunate to note that (...)