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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 »

Sierra Leone:Psychiatric Teaching Hospital Planned

23 January
By Angelo Georgiou, International Reporter on African Affairs. His Excellency C. Vassili, Ambassador of the International Council of Professional Therapists (ICPT) and its sister organisation the ICPT International Human Rights Council, has entered into talks with Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to the UK His Excellency Edward Turay to help find a solution to Sierra Leone’s mental health crisis. The talks have led to an understanding that the ICPT plans to build a teaching (...)

APC-USA Statement of Condolence

22 January
APC-USA Branch Official Statement of Condolence to the Family of the Late Honourable Abdul Serry-Kamal, All APC Supporters around the World and to the Leadership of the Party in Freetown. APC-USA on behalf of its interim chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Kamara, branch presidents and all its members in America, is sorry to hear the death of Honorable Abdul Serry-Kamal who passed away in Maryland, USA, Saturday January 18, 2014 at the age of 70 years. The general membership of APC-USA extend our (...)

Parliament: SBB Dumbuya Replaces Abel Stronge

21 January
By Our Correspondent In what can be described as a masterful Machiavellian move, the former Speaker of the Sierra Leone parliament Abel Stronge, has been replaced by the former ruling party Majority Leader Sheku Badara Bashiru Dumbuya (photo). Stronge had resigned a couple of days ago in order not to sit through the humiliation of having his successor elected in his presence after what many people view as a manipulation of the Constitution to pave the way for his removal. Stronge had not (...)

PV Writer Mourns Benefactor on Convocation Day

20 January
We published the following article in September last year, long before the graduation or convocation ceremony of Ahmed Ojulla Bangura (seen in photo taken on Convocation Day), one of our Special Correspondents in the United Kingdom who had just got his PhD in Human Geography (many of our staff members and contributors have done well in academia and other fields including Journalism with post-graduate degrees). At the time (September), the man who helped Ahmed in his educational journey, (...)

World Bank Approves $52m for Sierra Leone

18 January
Following the approval in December by the World Bank Board of Directors of the USD 40m Energy and USD12m for the Public Finance Management Improvement and consolidation Projects, the Sierra Leone Government through the Minister of Finance- Dr Kaifala Marah (photo), and the World Bank Country Director for Sierra Leone- Mr. Yusupha Babatunde Crookes recently signed the two agreements taking the final steps in making the projects effective. “Electricity reaches less than 10 percent of (...)

Sierra Leonean Academic Excels in Canada

16 January
By Abdulai Bayraytay, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leonean born-academic, Zubairu Wai (aka Zuba) has again made history in the field of academia. Merely four years after completing his doctoral studies and joining the Department of Political Science at one of Canada’s prestigious tertiary institutions, Lakehead University located in Thunder Bay, Northern Ontario, he has been tenured and promoted to Associate Professor. Dr Wai’s tenure and promotion is the result of his (...)

ACC Presents Monies Recovered in 2013

15 January
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on Tuesday 14th January 2014 formally presented to the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kelfala Marrah, the sum of One Billion Three Hundred and Twenty Four Million, Four Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty One Leones (Le 1,324,467,281) as monies recovered from individuals and institutions in 2013, according to an ACC press release signed by Shollay Davies, Director of Public Education and Outreach. The money (...)

Another APC Giant Falls

14 January
Another APC giant, the Honourable Dr. Idriss Fofanah who held several positions including Minister of Trade and Industry in the 80s, has passed away. Quiet and unassuming but very loyal, the late Dr. Fofanah hailed from the Tonkolili district, the same district the late Mohamed Suffian Kargbo who also passed away a few days ago, hailed from. The ruling APC thus has two big funerals to deal with this week. We shall bring you details of Dr. Fofanah’s funeral arrangements when we (...)

State Funeral for the late Honourable Suffian Kargbo

12 January
There will be a State Funeral for the late APC strong man Honourable Mohamed Suffian Kargbo according to his son Claude Meama-Cajue, the administrator of the famous Leonenet-UMBC, a forum for the discussion on Sierra Leonean issues. Here are the details from Claude: Open book of condolence APC Secretariat Tuesday - The family will be there. Lay in state at the APC secretariat on Thursday morning. Family members may speak. Civic Service at Miatta Conference Hall Thursday afternoon. (...)

What Now, Sierra Leone?

12 January
Opinion By Granville Jones, Virginia, USA. What Now, Sierra Leone? What is in Store for 2014 and Beyond? State Of Hardship My first visit to Sierra Leone after almost twenty-six years abroad was filled with a lot of surprises, to say the least. I was very fortunate not to have witnessed the Rebel War in person, for which I will be forever thankful. I also sympathize with those who did. When one talks to people, invariably they attribute the current conditions in Sierra Leone to the (...)

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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 (...)