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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 »

UNDP Launches Poverty Eradication Projects in Bo and Kenema

24 May 2007
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a series of mini-projects in Freetown, Port Loko, Kenema and Bo in October 2006 to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP). The first of these projects, the Rehabilitation of Kissy Library, was completed and handed-over in March 2007. Saturday, 19 May 2007 saw the handing-over ceremony for the rehabilitation of the Kotugbuma Spring Water Project in Bo(photo) and the Gbongbontor Market Water Well Project (...)

PMDC Offers Assistance to Indictees’ Families

23 May 2007
The North American branch of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC -USA) is pleased to offer financial assistance to the families of the indicted leaders of the CDF in accordance with the Indianapolis accord of November 2006. The national PMDC as well as its various international branches will continue to stand by the families of the CDF with financial and moral support despite the untimely death of Chief Sam Hinga Norman. We appeal to all our members at home and abroad (...)

Voting in the Rain: A Ruse or an Incompetent Execution of Election Laws?

22 May 2007
Commentary By John Lansana Musa,USA. The decision by the ruling party - the SLPP administration, to conduct elections in the middle of the rainy season has drawn complaints and speculations over the prudence of that decision. Prof. Jonathan Peters in particular has stirred us to think of the constitutional implications. The present essay examines the factor of voting in the rain as detrimental to voter turnout. The Kabbah administration may assume criticism or doubts about its (...)

UNDP to host National Forum on Microfinance

21 May 2007
The National Microfinance Forum takes place from Tuesday, 22nd to Wednesday 23rd May 2007 at Kimbima Hotel, Freetown. Hosted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the workshop is being organized in collaboration with KFW, UNCDF, Cord Aid and the Government of Sierra Leone. The forum meets to evaluate the Microfinance Project ‘Development of Sustainable Pro-Poor Financial Sector in Sierra Leone 2004-2009,’ which was developed by the Government of Sierra Leone and (...)

SLMWA Launches ADR Handbook

21 May 2007
The Sierra Leone Market Women’s Association (SLMWA) has launched the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Handbook on Monday 21st May 2007 at the British Council Hall Tower hill in Freetown, with support from the Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP). Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to the availability of mechanisms outside of the more formalised state structures that have been established to dispense justice. The Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) (...)

A Reply from Toegondoe Sagba aka Morie Mussafa

21 May 2007
Mr. Taylor-Kamara, I have to be honest with you in saying that I have always respected your approach to issues. But for the first time, I have to say that you have surprised me by many factors regarding your theses. I can only conclude that you "jumped" on all my postings withourt really undrstanding either the specific objects of each posting, or you failed to understand the overall objective in my writings about the running mate issue. I shouldn’t be surprised, though, since it (...)

Sierra Leone: Kabbah Speaks on Food Security

20 May 2007
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT, ALHAJI DR AHMAD TEJAN KABBAH ON THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION OF HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT’S FOOD SECURITY PLEDGE AT THE BO TOWN HALL ON SATURDAY, 19 MAY 2007 Mr/Madam Chairman Your Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps Ministers of Government Members of Parliament Members of the Donor Community Traditional Rulers Civil Servants Noble Farmers Ladies and Gentlemen: I am delighted to (...)

NASSIT, Kabbah and Berewa

19 May 2007
Commentary. By Mohamed A. Jalloh,USA. Regarding the recent opening of the NASSIT office in Makeni by President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, it is heartening to learn of the rare apparent good news of the SLPP government’s action to bring relief to the victims of its incompetence and corruption over the past decade — the long suffering people of SL. However, in the interest of accuracy, I am obliged to point out a fatal error in President Kabbah’s following argument for the (...)

Special Court: George Gelega-King Re-elected

18 May 2007
Justice George Gelaga King of Sierra Leone has been unanimously re-elected Presiding Judge of the Appeals Chamber, a post which makes him President of the Special Court for a period of an additional one-year term. Justice George Gelaga King has been President of the Sierra Leone Court of Appeal and of Court of Appeal of the Gambia. He served as Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to France, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland from 1974 to 1978, and was at the same time Sierra Leone’s (...)

Sierra Leonean Excels at US College

17 May 2007
Six faculty members have earned tenure at Franklin & Marshall College, effective July 1, 2007. They are Patrick Bernard, English; David Brennan, economics; Peter Fields, biology; Stephen Medvic, government, Shawn O’Bryhim, classics; and Amelia Rauser, art and art history. These faculty members will all hold the rank of associate professor as of July 1. O’Bryhim and Rauser have held that rank since joining the faculty. Bernard(photo) joined the Franklin & Marshall (...)

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Welcome to the Free Town

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

The mountainous city of Freetown is not only the capital of the coastal West African State of Sierra Leone but is also the seat of government. It is a common saying among the residents that the (...)


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 (...)