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PPRC Warns Political Parties
Written by YEABU SESAY   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 18:28

The chairman of Political Parties Registration Commission has warned political parties to wait for the verdict of the Supreme Court instead of going ahead to demonstrate.

  Justice Tolla Thompson gave this warning at a press conference held at their Tower Hill office yesterday, where he stated PPRC’s position on the All People’s Congress Party (APC) saga which has turned into a national issue of constitutionalism vis-à-vis removing the elected Vice President of the Republic from office, a matter which is presently before the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone.

The PPRC chair warned political parties not to turn the issue into a personal political matter as it requires national attention.

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Gambia fails to heed UN warnings on deteriorating human rights
Written by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 18:18

Gambia has effectively thumbed its nose to the international community after it failed to accept a raft of recommendations to address its deteriorating human rights situation, Amnesty International said today.

The government of Gambia only accepted 93 of the 171 recommendations at the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva.

“The significant number of rejections on key human rights issues demonstrates the government’s weak commitment to addressing its deplorable human rights situation - including unjustified restrictions on the right to freedom of expression, enforced disappearances and the use of torture to stifle dissent,” said Sabrina Mahtani, Amnesty International’s West Africa Researcher.

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Lawyers & Politicians, Who’s Worse?
Written by Elias L. Bangura - +23278326422/elbangura@gmail.com   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 12:32

We are living in fascinating times, something the quick-witted will dub as troubling or the time we made history in Sierra Leone regarding the replacement of vice president Sam Sumana.

  I care less about it but as I am made to care more for it, I wonder about how Time will adjudge us on this matter, and whether we will rejoice or be sorry for it.

  But it is really a sad affair, all of it, including the divisive position it has placed us in – those who support the vice president’s replacement, and those who didn’t. What’s now the remedy to all of that?

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Trial Chamber Denies Taylor Motion to Serve His Sentence in Rwanda
Written by PRESS STATEMENT   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:02

An RSCSL Trial Chamber has denied in its entirety a motion by convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor requesting that the RSCSL terminate the enforcement of his sentence in the UK and transfer him to Rwanda to serve the remainder of his 50-year prison sentence.

Following his unsuccessful appeal in September 2013, Mr. Taylor was incarcerated at Frankland Prison in Durham under an agreement with the UK. Eight Special Court convicts who were tried in Freetown are serving their sentences at Mpanga Prison in Rwanda.

The Trial Chamber, consisting of Justice Teresa Doherty (presiding), Justice Richard Lussick and Justice Emmanuel Roberts, was convened by RSCSL President Justice Philip Waki last July to rule on the motion.

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LIVING IN POVERTY WITH PEACE AND HARMONY AND LIVING IN WAR WITH RICHES WHICH ONE IS BETTER?
Written by Tony Bee, Sydney, Australia   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 12:49

The above question is a question that I would like every individual or group of Sierra Leoneans, including cleaners, messengers, secretaries, clerks, students, nurses, doctors, civil societies, youth groups, politicians, journalists, lawyers, magistrate or judges should ponder upon. I would like them to think about this question very seriously before they will make up their minds to jump into the Streets of the country in the name of demonstration, if they have toleap. Any one of the alternative above that they will decide to choose the destiny of their precious lives, the country’s progress and development are in their hands. Therefore, I would like them to carefully and wiselylook before they will leap if they have to.

I decided to ask the question because it seems as if many Sierra Leoneans are still sleeping in their wings because of their political egos. Therefore, they don’t want to know about our past and present predicament that the poor people are facing in the country. The poor innocent and defenceless masses were been subjected to uncivilized brutal war for the past 11 years through the causes of some of these same selfish unpatriotic sycophant politicians and their blind tribaiist and regionalist supporters in the count. Now Ebola is destroying thousands of our poor brothers and sisters’ lives in the country. Power hungry wicked politicians and their aides do not just want to know about that. Their business is to get power by any means possible at the expense of the poor masses valuable lives.

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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

Glimmer of Hope for the Mining Industry...As Shandong, AML Recommence Mining Operations

As government is putting together a robust post-Ebola recovery plan, the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources together with Shandong Steel and Mining Company have expressed strong commitment and willingness to recommence mining operations in the country by mid-April, 2015.

This expressed commitment was made during a meeting with Executives of Shandong Steel Company, the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources and representatives of the Tonkolili Iron Ore Mines at State House, Freetown.

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Media News

Press Release on Political Tension in the Country

The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) is aware of the political tension arising out of the All People’s Congress (APC) party dismissing Alhaji Sam Sumana and President Koroma consequently “relieving” his Vice President (Alhaji Sam Sumana) off his duties.

SLAJ is concerned about the serious and fundamental issues raised about the constitutionality or non-constitutionality of the actions being taken by the President, which has provoked widespread public disaffection.

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Commentary

LIVING IN POVERTY WITH PEACE AND HARMONY AND LIVING IN WAR WITH RICHES WHICH ONE IS BETTER?

The above question is a question that I would like every individual or group of Sierra Leoneans, including cleaners, messengers, secretaries, clerks, students, nurses, doctors, civil societies, youth groups, politicians, journalists, lawyers, magistrate or judges should ponder upon. I would like them to think about this question very seriously before they will make up their minds to jump into the Streets of the country in the name of demonstration, if they have toleap. Any one of the alternative above that they will decide to choose the destiny of their precious lives, the country’s progress and development are in their hands. Therefore, I would like them to carefully and wiselylook before they will leap if they have to.

I decided to ask the question because it seems as if many Sierra Leoneans are still sleeping in their wings because of their political egos. Therefore, they don’t want to know about our past and present predicament that the poor people are facing in the country. The poor innocent and defenceless masses were been subjected to uncivilized brutal war for the past 11 years through the causes of some of these same selfish unpatriotic sycophant politicians and their blind tribaiist and regionalist supporters in the count. Now Ebola is destroying thousands of our poor brothers and sisters’ lives in the country. Power hungry wicked politicians and their aides do not just want to know about that. Their business is to get power by any means possible at the expense of the poor masses valuable lives.

Read more...

View Point

Lawyers & Politicians, Who’s Worse?

We are living in fascinating times, something the quick-witted will dub as troubling or the time we made history in Sierra Leone regarding the replacement of vice president Sam Sumana.

  I care less about it but as I am made to care more for it, I wonder about how Time will adjudge us on this matter, and whether we will rejoice or be sorry for it.

  But it is really a sad affair, all of it, including the divisive position it has placed us in – those who support the vice president’s replacement, and those who didn’t. What’s now the remedy to all of that?

Read more...

News - Press Release

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---March 23, 2015

? DISCHARGED CASES
? Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 3,316
? NEW CASES
? New Confirmed cases = 2 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0
Bombali = 0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 1, Tonkolili = 0
Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0 Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 1, Western Area Rural = 0, Missing = 0
Hot Spots:
Port Loko-Kaffu Bullom - Mbaumbaya (1)
Western Area-Western Area Urban - Upper Consider Lane (1
)

Society -Local News

1 Armed Robber Killed, 3 Arrested

The police at the Blama police station in the Small-Bo Chiefdom, in a concerted effort with the police in Kenema have killed one criminal, arrested three, and captured their vehicle with registration number AIO 977 during an exchange of firing while others took to their heels.

In an interview with Michael Mark Dauda Bangura the officer in charge of Blama police station at his office in Blama recently to know the security situation in that part of the country, he said the security situation is relatively calm.

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Development

100 Buses to arrive in Sierra Leone soon

Sierra Leone Government, (Ministry of Transport and Aviation) is finalizing arrangement for the shipment of 100 Buses to Sierra Leone, following last year’s signing of a contract between the ministry and China Poly Group Corporation for the supply of the said buses.

The (100) one hundred Buses, which have been manufactured by Zhongtong Buses, in the People’s Republic of China, are expected in Sierra Leone at anytime from now, as arrangements are now being made by China Poly Group Corporation, with shipping agencies for possible shipment to Sierra Leone.

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Politics

PPRC Warns Political Parties

The chairman of Political Parties Registration Commission has warned political parties to wait for the verdict of the Supreme Court instead of going ahead to demonstrate.

  Justice Tolla Thompson gave this warning at a press conference held at their Tower Hill office yesterday, where he stated PPRC’s position on the All People’s Congress Party (APC) saga which has turned into a national issue of constitutionalism vis-à-vis removing the elected Vice President of the Republic from office, a matter which is presently before the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone.

The PPRC chair warned political parties not to turn the issue into a personal political matter as it requires national attention.

Read more...
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