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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 »

AJA Returns to Sierra Leone

5 May 2007
The UNDP Spokesperson on War and Poverty for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, AJA(photo) arrives in Freetown on Monday, 7 May for a one week visit to Sierra Leone. AJA, a Barbadian poet, musician and humanitarian activist returns to Sierra Leone to work with youth, artist and musician groups in the country. During his visit, he will host creative workshops with the National Association of Sierra Leone Artists (NASLA) and the National Union of Sierra Leone Students of Fourah Bay College. (...)

Sierra Leone: JHR Begins Full Scale Operations

4 May 2007
Journalists for Human Rights. PRESS RELEASE. Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is pleased to announce the commencement of full scale operations in Sierra Leone as of April 2007. As well as establishing an office at 47 John Street, Central Freetown, JHR has appointed Elvis Gbanabom Hallowell, a respected writer and activist, to serve as Country Director. Among his accomplishments, Elvis Gbanabom Hallowell(photo) is a recipient of the 2006 Young Global Leadership Award (YGL) from the (...)

Sierra Leone: Government Shocked by Political Violence

3 May 2007
We have received the following press release from the office of the Vice President of Sierra Leone, Mr. Solomon Berewa(photo): Press Release from the Office of the Vice President On the Disturbances in Freetown On Saturday 28 April. Government has now received an official report from the police on the events of Saturday 28 April. It will be recalled that two weeks earlier, Saturday April 14, the APC had requested and had received a permit to organize a peace rally. This event took place (...)

GOSL and Diplomatic Community Meet in Bonthe

2 May 2007
As part of the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), the Executive Representative of the Secretary-General (ERSG) and UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Victor Angelo(photo), is facilitating today, Wednesday, 2 May, a retreat of the UN Country Team, diplomats and senior officials of the Sierra Leone Government. According to a UNIOSIL press statement, the event aims at leveraging the impact of international assistance and improving aid coordination between the (...)

PEACE Clubs Launch Report

2 May 2007
By Amadu Massallay. The launching of the PEACE Clubs initiative on April 14 was a modest event but will very likely be seen in history as a great milestone. A Sierra Leonean-owned company was making an appeal to Sierra Leoneans here in North America and worldwide for ordinary Sierra Leoneans to join forces with it. It chose to go the long route instead of asking a few well-heeled investors to put up some money and then ask the National Social Security Insurance Trust (NASSIT) to put in (...)

Bush to Nominate New US Envoy to Sierra Leone

2 May 2007
According to a White House press release issued yesterday,President George W. Bush has announced his intention to nominate six individuals, appoint eight individuals, and designate one individual to serve in his Administration. The President intends to nominate Maurice S. Parker, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Mr. Parker, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as (...)

Special Court Advisory

1 May 2007
FREETOWN The Prosecutor vs. Issa Hassan Sesay, Morris Kallon and Augustine Gbao (the RUF accused). 2 May: A Status Conference will take place on Wednesday, 2 May at 10:00 in Courtroom 1. 3 May: The Defence will open their case on Thursday, 3 May at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1. Following opening arguments, First Accused Issa Sesay will testify on his own behalf. THE HAGUE The Prosecutor vs. Charles Ghankay Taylor. 7 May: A Pre-Trial Conference will take place on Monday, 7 May in (...)

Press Release-New Website

29 April 2007
It is with a spirit of pride, nationalism, seasoned in a fusion of Divinity and humanity that I’m launching my new website: www.Rolandmarke.com. It is the home where everyone can experience a melancholy of peace and bliss and feel the release of that entrapped soul by the mundane and often unpredictable occurrences that humanity has to weather on a daily basis. Regain your spirit, and live life again to its fullest when you visit my site. Take time to sign my guest book before you say (...)

40th Day Memorial Services for Hinga Norman Held

26 April 2007
A press release from Alfred SamForay of the Hinga Norman Defence Fund states that 40th Day memorial services for former Regent Chief and National Coordinator of the Sierra Leone Civil Defence Forces, Chief Sam Hinga Norman(photo), took place in London and at his ancestral home of Nguala, Vulunya Chiefdom in the Bo District on Sunday 15 April 2007. The Norman family in Sierra Leone and abroad, the release went on, wish to thank Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad for the overwhelming support (...)

Special Court Outreach Mission to Liberia

24 April 2007
According to a Special Court press alert issued yesterday, a high-level mission from the Special Court will visit the Liberian capital Monrovia on April 25-26. The mission will be led by Acting Registrar Herman von Hebel(photo) and will include Prosecutor Stephen Rapp, Principal Defender Vincent O. Nmehielle, and other Special Court officials. The mission, which is being arranged with the assistance of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) pursuant to Security Council Res. 1750, (...)

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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 (...)