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Ernest’s Ebola War Shouldn’t be like ‘Kabbah’s RUF War

2014-07-23 17:53:07

Opinion By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leonean-oriented FACEBOOK cyber pages are lively social media spaces where people post photos of their social and family life (how beautiful or handsome they are; how rich, academically and professionally successful...or widely travelled they are...); but, sometimes, they can be SLPP-vs-APC partisan ‘war zones’. With the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia recently, and fear that the Ebola virus could filter into (...)Read the full story »

Freetown: Irate youths demand Victor Reider’s departure

7 June 2007
By Sorie Sudan Sesay, Freetown. Wednesday, 6th June turned out to be a nightmare for the Propaganda Secretary of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Victor Ibiyemi Reider(photo), when desperate youths from his constituency in central Freetown demanded that he must no longer represent them in Parliament. “Tem don don, Victor Reider yu for go nar doe” meaning, “Time is up, Victor Reider you must leave,” the irate youths sang and chanted repeatedly (...)

Journalists organize debate for political leaders

7 June 2007
By Sorie Sudan Sesay, Freetown. Sierra Leone Journalists Association is bringing together aspirants vying for the Presidency and their running mates in a political debate ahead of the August 11, 2007, Presidential and Parliamentary elections. SLAJ President, Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, who is also Managing Editor of the New Citizen newspaper, while making the disclosure at a press conference at the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), on Wallace Johnson Street, last Wednesday, said the two (...)

Seven Firemen in court for murder of Manager

7 June 2007
By Jonathan Leigh. Preliminary court proceedings into the death of John Samuel Ojeah, Distribution Manager of the Guma Valley Water Company started Tuesday at the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 with seven employees of the National Fire Force appearing on charges of assault and murder. Thaimu Sesay is charged with assault whilst Gibrilla Dumbuya , Mohamed Tarawalie, Mohamed Kamara, Philip Thomas, Ibrahim Garba and George Smith are charged with murder. Director of Public Prosecution, (...)

PMDC, SLPP matter adjourned indefinitely

7 June 2007
By Jonathan Leigh, Freetown. A five man panel of Judges sitting at the Supreme Court in Freetown on Tuesday adjourned sine die the matter in which the opposition People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) is challenging the eligibility of Vice President Solomon Berewa as leader of the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP). Charles Margai, Leader of the PMDC opened the legal argument on behalf of the appellant maintaining that the election of Mr. Berewa as leader of the SLPP (...)

Mano River Bridge Opens Thursday

7 June 2007
By Jonathan Leigh,Freetown. The Mano River Bridge, a vital trade link between Liberia and Sierra Leone will be officially re-opened on Thursday at Jendema, Pujehun District. It serves as a link for economic activities between the two countries. Created in 1973 following an agreement signed by then Presidents Siaka Stevens of Sierra Leone, Sekou Toure of Guinea and William Tolbert of Liberia, it was aimed at establishing closer economic cooperation in the Mano River Union Basin, by (...)

Kingtom Dumpsite Upgraded

7 June 2007
The handing-over ceremony of the Kingtom Dumpsite and Sewage Pond Rehabilitation(photo) to contractors took place at Kingtom, Freetown on Tuesday, 5 June 2007. Stakeholders responsible for the project who attended the ceremony included the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UK Department for International Development (DfID), Freetown City Council and GTZ. UNDP, who is responsible for managing the ‘Transitional Solid Waste Disposal Scheme’, has received 150,000 (...)

SA media group meets Sierra Leone business leaders

6 June 2007
By Sorie Sudan Sesay. Officials of South African based media group, Business in Africa, arrived Tuesday this week in Freetown to invite Sierra Leonean business leaders to the 5th African Business Leaders forum. According to a press release, this year’s forum which, takes place outside South Africa for the first time will be hosted in Ghana from October 17-19, 2007 in collaboration with the government of Ghana and Business & Financial Times, a local business newspaper. The forum (...)

APC secures SLPP big fish

6 June 2007
By Sorie Sudan Sesay,Freetown. Two big names in the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) last Tuesday declared for the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) at an impressive ceremony at the party’s headquarters, Marine House, Hannah Benka Coker Street. SLPP Member of Parliament, Niniyama, Kono District, Hon. Augustine Torto and former Public Relations Officer, SLPP Kono Branch, Bockarie Kondeh, were both decorated with party ID cards by the party’s leader, (...)

PMDC Goes To Supreme Court

6 June 2007
By Theophilus S. Gbenda, Freetown The long awaited court hearing involving the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) and the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), came up this morning (Tuesday) at the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone. It could be recalled that sometime last year, the PMDC filed a Petition to the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), questioning the eligibility of Solomon Ekuma Berewa to be elected Leader and Presidential Candidate of the SLPP (...)

Prince Harding, Two Others Suspended

5 June 2007
By Jonathan Leigh, Freetown. Sierra Leone’s Transport minister Prince Harding, the Director of Civil Aviation and his deputy have been suspended from duty by president Kabbah pending investigations into last Sunday’s helicopter crash incident. President Kabbah took the decision few hours after returning home from Libya. His arrival back home coincided with the arrival also here of the Togolese government delegation which accompanied the rest of their delegation back home. (...)

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Let’s Consider ICT in tackling Ebola

By Mariama Kandeh, Guest Writer, UK. Sierra Leone is at the helm of a serious and very challenging public health issue that has the propensity to reverse the gains already made in the public (...)


Solidarity is a Pillar for Press Freedom

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them. The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and (...)