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Ebola Hits Moyamba Junction

2014-09-22 20:50:05

By Alfred Sam Foray, USA.
The tiny town of Moyamba Junction (part of which is shown in photo) about 100 miles from Freetown and 60 miles from Bo, where I spent a few months doing business during my recent visit to Sierra Leone is on the verge of total annihilation from the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. We are told by a resident of the town that about two weeks ago a resident physician, one Dr. Blango, who runs a private hospital in the town, recently treated an Ebola patient. Shortly (...)

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Honourable Suffian Kargbo Passes On

9 January

By Joseph Sherman, Editor, Salone Monitor newspaper, USA.
Reports reaching the Salone Monitor from APC Headquarters in Freetown confirmed this morning that former Minister of Agriculture, Food and Security until 2012 and a Member of Parliament representing Tonkilili district, Hon. Alhaji Mohamed Sufian Kargbo has died.
Honorable Mohamed Suffian Kargbo (photo) was Chairperson, Agriculture and Food Security. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (Hons.) and MSC in soil fertility and plant (...)

Musician Emmerson Bockarie and Tribalism

6 January

Culled from the Torchlight newspaper, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
By Mohamed Sankoh (One Drop), Freetown.
My comment on Emmerson Bockarie’s new album and its theme song—“Kokobeh”—will take the form of a mini-skirt: very short but it will cover the essentials.
If Emmerson Bockarie (photo) is inferring that President Ernest Bai Koroma is only employing Temnes and also subtly implying that the President is sacking Mendes (which he undertones in his song (...)

Freetown: Beltship Should Compensate Victims

6 January

Commentary
By PV Staff.
A speedboat belonging to a company in Sierra Leone called Belstship recently collided with a passenger boat causing the death of several people (we do not have the correct number of casualties yet).
There has been a lot discussions on this issue but our take is that Beltship is clearly responsible for this mishap which is not intentional. Beltship could have avoided this accident as their own press release suggests. But this is not the time to analyze the issue (...)

President Ernest Bai Koroma’s New Year Message

1 January

New Year Message to the Nation
By His Excellency
Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma
President of the Republic of Sierra Leone,
January 1, 2014.
Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
This is the season of goodwill; the season for resolutions, and the season for leaving behind old habits that hinder growth. It is the season for continuing with and embracing habits that move us forward with grace, with success, with positive changes in our lives, our communities and our nation.
Let us then, not only wish (...)

SLPP Convention/Election Results: PPRC Calls for Reconciliation

31 December 2013

Report-Sierra Leone Peoples Party Convention/Election of Officers-16th-18th August 2013.
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Introduction
Over the years political Parties in Sierra Leone have had there own fair share of bad and incompetent party officials who had brought untold and unpleasant conflict on members and supporters of Political Parties. Some officials before assuming office will have the best of intentions for their Parties; however, once they assumed office their efforts were frustrated by infighting and (...)

The Sierra Leone Scorecard: MCC Control of Corruption Challenge

29 December 2013

Essay
By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Introduction
On December 10, 2013, nearly a year after announcing its eligibility to apply for a compact, the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) delivered the bad news to the government: it did not reselect Sierra Leone (along with Benin) to continue developing a compact with the agency because it did not pass the critical control of corruption indicator.
In a press release to that effect, the (...)

Freetown: Beltship Comments on Boat Accident

29 December 2013

According to a press release signed by John McMillan, director of Belship in Sierra Leone, at approximately seven pm on the evening of the 28 December, a Beltship Management (SL) Ltd support craft returning to port with three crew members on board reported a collision with a small passenger boat close to Tagrin point.
The vessel, a 15 passenger slow speed crew boat, was in normal operations returning after deploying local workers. Beltship Management (SL) Ltd immediately mobilised rescue (...)

Message from APC-USA Interim Chairman

25 December 2013

All People’s Congress
United States of America (USA) Branch
From the Office of the Chairman
Comrades:
As we embark on the celebrations of the holidays, I want to, on behalf of myself and my team (APC-USA Interim Executive), wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2014. As it has been proven through studies, Sierra Leone is considered a beacon of religious tolerance in that the love and acceptance of one another transcends religion. Hence, we are not afraid to wish one (...)

Lunsar: London Mining and GIZ Donate Furniture

23 December 2013

On 10 December 2013, London Mining Company (LMC) in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) donated 50 sets of chairs and tables and Le 10 million bonus to teachers at the St. Joseph Vocational Institute in Lunsar as part of a joint support to the “Mines to Minds” project. The “Mines to Minds” project is a vocational and technical skills training programme funded by London Mining, GIZ and St. Joseph Institute in Lunsar.
In a (...)

Sierra Leone: World Bank Approves US$40m to Expand Electricity Distribution

23 December 2013

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors last Wednesday approved a US$40 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) to help Sierra Leone reduce poverty and expand economic growth by establishing a strong national electricity distribution utility with better technical performance, financial viability, and improved electricity delivery to the country’s 6 million residents.
Electricity reaches less than 10 percent of the population in Sierra Leone. (...)

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EDITORIAL

The Ebolarization of Every Death in Sierra Leone

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The magnitude and spread of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone requires enormous commitment of resources and robust sustained (...)

OPINION

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 (...)