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CARL Welcomes Latest Acc Indictments; Urges More Action Against Corruption
Written by PRESS STATEMENT   
Friday, 19 December 2014 19:39

Friday 19th December 2014: The Center for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) commends the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for its efforts at combating corruption in Sierra Leone. In particular, CARL welcomes the recent indictments by the Commission of some public officials for various acts of corruption.

On December 12, the Commission announced the indictment of seven persons, including public officials and employees of non-government organisations (NGOs) for various offences ranging from improperly conferring an advantage, obtaining an advantage to conspiracy to commit a corruption offences, and misappropriation of donor property (meant for Ebola quarantined homes in Kenema).

 
EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---December 19, 2014
Written by press release   
Friday, 19 December 2014 19:08

? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 1264
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 47 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0
Bombali = 5, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 5, Tonkolili = 3
Bo = 1, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 3, Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 26, Western Area Rural = 3
? CUMULATIVE CASES
? Cumulative confirmed cases = 6,903 as follows:
Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 496, Kono = 135
Bombali = 922, Kambia = 103, Koinadugu = 90, Port Loko = 1,085, Tonkolili = 403
Bo = 298, Bonthe = 4, Moyamba = 177, Pujehun = 31
Western Area Urban = 1,626, Western Area Rural = 968
? CUMULATIVE DEATHS
? Total cumulative confirmed death is 2,136
? Probable cases = 287
? Probable deaths = 208
? Suspected cases = 1,642
? Suspected deaths = 158
National Ebola Response Centre (NERC)
Media and Communications Office
Block 1 Former Special Court Complex
Jomo Kenyatta Road
FREETOWN
Sierra Leone

 
Investigator Tenders Exhibits in Rape Case
Written by UPDATE Newspaper   
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:41

As preliminaries take its peak on the matter between the state and Osman Bangura, the investigator detective police constable Susan Mamaka Mosey has tendered the pant of the victim and the cloth which the accused person used to tie the mouth of the viticm.

The investigator who was led in her examination in chief by the prosecutor John Dumbuya yesterday told the sitting magistrate Komba Kamanda of court No.2 that on 26 of August 2014 she was on duty at the Goderich police post when the victim accompanied by her mother made a report of sexual penetration.

 
New Director General for NASSIT
Written by Elias L. Bangura - +23278326422/elbangura@gmail.com   
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:35

Parliament has yesterday 18 December 2014 approved a new director general for the national insurance trust.

  The new Director General, Joseph Sedu Mans was unanimously approved by the whole House, amidst applause and due regard.

  DG Mans was one of the brain-child in the formation of the trust in 2002, and since then he has contributed a lot to the success story that is Nassit today.

 
ACC Grab Kenema Mayor!
Written by UPDATE Newspaper   
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:27

The Anti-Corruption Commission presently has a big fish in its mouth – Mayor JS Kelfala, of Kenema City Council!

  The matter relating to the Mayor being in ACC’s hands has to do with his utterances early this week regarding Parliament’s refusal to approve their 2015 budget.

  Mayor Kelfala said over Radio Democracy 98.1 on Tuesday morning of this week that their budget wasn’t approved because they refused to bribe Parliament Le20 million.

 
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Editorial

2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul

 

The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in  Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of  the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th  IPRA conference in Turkey,  at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th  IPRA  conference in Istanbul  to serve a second term of two years.

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Business News

Mines minister briefs parliament on the status of mining sector

Freetown, Dec. 15 (SLENA) -The Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Alhaji Mr. Minkailu Mansaray last week briefed members of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Mines and Mineral Resources on the general status and the operations of the mining sector in the country especially that of the African Minerals Limited and the London Mining Company.

Speaking to the committee at the new administrative building in parliament, the minister informed the committee that before the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, the mining sector was at its peak and most of the companies constructed schools, bridges, offered scholarships to children in the community as part of their corporate social responsibility.

“They also contributed immensely to the country’s Growth Domestic Product (GDP),’ the minister added.

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Media News

IMC to be quarantined

Following the death of JPK Lamin, the executive secretary of the independent media commission, of Ebola last weekend, concerned citizens are asking whether it is not appropriate to quarantine workers there for the next 21 days?

  JPK Lamin who got the disease from his wife who had earlier died of it has been buried by the Ebola burial team over the weekend.

  Colleagues at the IMC say JPK Lamin was a dedicated worker, and the same testimony has been made by his former colleagues who knew him while he was secretary to the Cabinet of former President Kabba.

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Commentary

New Director General for NASSIT

Parliament has yesterday 18 December 2014 approved a new director general for the national insurance trust.

  The new Director General, Joseph Sedu Mans was unanimously approved by the whole House, amidst applause and due regard.

  DG Mans was one of the brain-child in the formation of the trust in 2002, and since then he has contributed a lot to the success story that is Nassit today.

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View Point

John Benjamin and His Metro Newspaper Henchment

 Past Wednesday, I was standing with my friend by the Commercial Bank along Siaka Stevens Street discussing about the current shocking ebola figures for Western Area when my friend showed me a piece in John Benjamin’s Metro Newspaper titled “London Paopa Brigade in turmoil”. It was one of the usual pieces by John Benjamin’s newspaper to create mischief and spread lies to blackmail Julius Maada Bio. And my friend knows me now that I don’t tolerate mischief makers especially those few henchmen at Metro Newspaper who through lazy journalism sit in their offices and make up fanciful stories for entertainment.

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News - Press Release

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---December 19, 2014

? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 1264
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 47 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0
Bombali = 5, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 5, Tonkolili = 3
Bo = 1, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 3, Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 26, Western Area Rural = 3
? CUMULATIVE CASES
? Cumulative confirmed cases = 6,903 as follows:
Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 496, Kono = 135
Bombali = 922, Kambia = 103, Koinadugu = 90, Port Loko = 1,085, Tonkolili = 403
Bo = 298, Bonthe = 4, Moyamba = 177, Pujehun = 31
Western Area Urban = 1,626, Western Area Rural = 968
? CUMULATIVE DEATHS
? Total cumulative confirmed death is 2,136
? Probable cases = 287
? Probable deaths = 208
? Suspected cases = 1,642
? Suspected deaths = 158
National Ebola Response Centre (NERC)
Media and Communications Office
Block 1 Former Special Court Complex
Jomo Kenyatta Road
FREETOWN
Sierra Leone

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Society -Local News

APC MP engages villages along Guinea/ Sierra Leone border on ebola

Koinadugu, Dec. 15 (SLENA) – Over the weekend, Member of Parliament representing constituency 044 in the Koinadugu District, Hon. Alusine Marrah together with stakeholders in the constituency engaged constituents living along the villages bordering the Guinea/Sierra Leone border on the challenges in the fight against the ebola virus.

Speaking to constituents at Mansadu, Mongo Chiefdom, the member of parliament advised that border crossing be tightened between the two countries while mounting checkpoints at strategic crossing points.

He presented various items such as thermometers, hand sanitizers, rice and cash to members of the community.

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Development

CARL Welcomes Latest Acc Indictments; Urges More Action Against Corruption

Friday 19th December 2014: The Center for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) commends the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for its efforts at combating corruption in Sierra Leone. In particular, CARL welcomes the recent indictments by the Commission of some public officials for various acts of corruption.

On December 12, the Commission announced the indictment of seven persons, including public officials and employees of non-government organisations (NGOs) for various offences ranging from improperly conferring an advantage, obtaining an advantage to conspiracy to commit a corruption offences, and misappropriation of donor property (meant for Ebola quarantined homes in Kenema).

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Politics

Eddie Turay warns APC leadership aspirants

Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom has warned politicians engaging in politics instead of concentrating on Ebola.

In a press release issued from his London office this afternoon, His Excellency Edward Mohamed Turay, who is also a senior member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC), said this is not a time for politics and called on all Sierra Leoneans to rally around President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in the fight against Ebola.

The full text of the press release reads below...

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