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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 »

Saudi Arabia: First Batch of Pilgrims Return November 7

by Gibril Koroma - 24 October 2013
I had a snap interview earlier today with Social Welfare and Gender Affairs Minister Moijue Kaikai who is in Mecca with Sierra Leonean pilgrims performing the Hajj. He told me the first batch of pilgrims will return home November 7 to be followed by the second batch November 8. Hon. Kaikai, who is himself a devout Muslim, is head of the Hajj committee this year and has so far impressed the Saudi authorities and others. He expressed satisfaction over how things had gone so far and has (...)

When the Sun refuses to Shine

22 October 2013
Commentary By Mariama Kandeh, UK It was 6 am on 29th April 1992. I’ve just been woken up by the normal cock-a-doodle-doo of one of our cocks that slept in our pantry but I’ve refused to wake up. I just lay still pretending I’m sleeping. The pantry is a very small square storeroom that is positioned at one of the four edges of our squared parlour. It housed some old household and building materials. Mama was ambitious enough to have been buying building materials even (...)

President Koroma Assures Heineken

19 October 2013
President Ernest Bai Koroma has on Wednesday 16th October, assured Heineken Africa of government’s continued support. During discussions with the President of Heineken, Africa and the Middle East in Freetown, he registered deep satisfaction with strides being made by government in encouraging the private sector, with clear indications of good prospects, as the country is on the right track. President Koroma said government has created the enabling environment for the private sector (...)

Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella: The Diplomat versus the Candidate

17 October 2013
Opinion By Donald Roberts, KKY Movement. A month ago, I went to Sierra Leone for several weeks, traveling to different parts of the country. Hanging out with the political elite and grassroots alike. I was particularly amazed by one thing, "KANDEHMANIA" (will Kandeh run for president in 2017/18, if so, under which party?). Never has one person dominated the imagination of supporters in both leading parties (and independents), and intensely challenge the entrenched political (...)

President Ernest Koroma Honoured in America

15 October 2013
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday received honours and praises from the legislatures of four states in the United States of America in a presentation ceremony pioneered by Hon. Alhaji Alpha Kanu, Minister of Information and Communication who jointly with Dr Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation led the delegation to the US in September. President Koroma said that Sierra Leone is enjoying a considerable amount of importance in the international (...)

Problems with NASSIT Ferries

13 October 2013
Culled from Standard Times newspaper, Freetown. A meeting was scheduled to have taken place (recently) at NASSIT to discuss issues relating the dilapidated and troubled NASSIT Ferries was called off. It never took place because of the current scenario that has left many individuals both at the top Management Level and Board in a state of disappointment. The Director General of the Trust Mr. Samuel Bangura Jnr (photo) now has his job hanging on a thin thread. His salary, reports alleged (...)

Freetown: UK-based Doctor Donates to Cottage, Connaught Hospitals

12 October 2013
By Elias Bangura, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Dr. Idriss Sesay, a Sierra Leonean doctor based in the United Kingdom has donated medical equipment to Cottage and Conaught Hospitals, a gesture which both hospitals greatly appreciated and called timely. Professor Tamira Runswe-Abiodun, Head of Department, Pediatrics, at Cottage Hospital (seen in photo with Dr. Sesay) who received the donation said they were grateful and happy for the equipment because "most of it is not available here - like the (...)

UN to wrap up its mission in Sierra Leone

8 October 2013
By Dennis Kabatto, New York. While, Sierra Leone Minister of Information and Communications Alhaji Alpha Kanu and Senior Government officials were engaged at a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Town Hall Meeting recently in Maryland, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mr. Samura Kamara was briefing the Security Council on Peace building and development agenda 217 miles away at the UN Headquarters in New York. The Security Council, in unanimous resolution (...)

Message from London Mining Interim Managing Director

5 October 2013
Hello all, Welcome to the fifth edition of London Mining’s quarterly newsletter which hopefully coincides with an easing off in the rain. This year we have had more rain in every month since May, making it very difficult for the operation- the August rainfall alone was 665mm over a 40-year average of 559mm for the same month. As the Interim Managing Director coming into the business, it has been like walking into a whirlwind (or more appropriately a thunderstorm) but I have been (...)

PV CEO Invited to Media Conference by African Union

4 October 2013
By PV Staff Writers Mr. Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO and Publisher of the Patriotic Vanguard, one of Sierra Leone’s leading newspapers, has been invited by the African Union to attend a conference for the media in Arusha, Tanzania, November 21-22. The conference will bring together legal and media experts from the continent of Africa and beyond. Titled Continental Conference for the Media, the event will specifically focus on the African Court on Human and People’s Rights and (...)

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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 (...)


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 (...)