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Chief Medical Officer unveiled newly refurbished Centre for Infectious Disease Chest Clinic
Written by Kadrie Koroma   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 09:04

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. BrimaKargbo has officially unveiled the plague of the newly refurbished Centre for Excellence for Infectious Disease Chest Clinic on Friday December 1, 2017 at the University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospital Complex, Connaught Hospital in Freetown.

Unveiling the Plague, Dr. BrimaKargbo described the event as another milestone in the history of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the country as a whole.

He disclosed that the role of the Ministry of Health is to ensure that they provide services that are accessible, affordable and suitable to the people of Sierra Leone, adding that the vision is to ensure that they prevent, detect and respond to any infectious diseases that may occur in the country.

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Maada Bio Woos UK Parliament
Written by SLPP Information, Media and Communications Committee   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 08:56
The Chairperson of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption, Hon. Rupa Aisha Huq was very assertive as she introduced Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio as the next President of Sierra Leone to her fellow Members of Parliament including former ministers of government at the cross-party group session on Anti-Corruption at the Westminster Parliament on Monday 4th December 2017.
 
As a special guest at the cross-party group session on Anti-Corruption, the charming and smartly dressed former Head of State has always pointed out that corruption is one of the major reasons for the poverty which has pervaded Sierra Leone. 
 
In his short remarks to the session, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio called on the United Kingdom government to support Sierra Leone in strengthen financial integrity systems so that the United Kingdom is not used as a safe haven for politicians and others to hide corrupt and stolen wealth from Sierra Leone. 
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Africa benefits 30m Euro from European Union to counter the illegal killing and trafficking of wildlife
Written by Bai-Bai Sesay in Nairobi, Kenya   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:44

NAIROBI, KENYA (5TH DECEMBER 2017)-The European Union has on Tuesday, 5th December 2017 signed a 17.2m Euro agreement, as part of a 30m Euro intervention to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of wildlife products throughout Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean respectively. The ceremony took place during the 3rd United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya

The new project aims at tackling the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of wildlife products at national and regional levels. The new ‘cross-regional wildlife programme will focus its activities in the regions’ most important protected areas, national transit points, and in some of Africa’s most important transboundary ecosystems.

 

 

 

Mr. Stefano A. Dejak, the European Union ambassador to Kenya told delegates after signing the agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in Africa that illegal killing and trafficking of wildlife now runs into billions of dollars.

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Sierra Leone’s constitutional review up in smoke- the people lose again
Written by Sonkita Conteh, Director, Namati Sierra Leone   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:36

After three years of arduous work collecting, deliberating and collating views across the country for a new constitution, it looks like Sierra Leone may end up not having one- yet again.The government published its official response to the recommendations of the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) in a White Paper dated 10th November 2017 and made short work of the 680 page recommendation-laden report of the 80 person committee.

 

 

 

According to the White Paper the committee was mandated to ascertain “from the people of Sierra Leone, their views on the operation of the 1991 Constitution…, in particular the strengths and weaknesses… and articulate the concerns of the people ….on amendments that may be required for a comprehensive review of the 1991constitution.” The committee claimed to have done exactly that when it submitted a final report to the President in 2016. It reportedly received several thousand suggestions from the publicthrough submission forms and dozens of position papers from institutions and individuals within and outside the country.

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Mini Cabinet Reshuffle
Written by Expotimes   
Monday, 04 December 2017 19:20
In a mini cabinet reshuffle, SierraLeone’s president Ernest Bai Koroma has appointed new ministers of foreign affairs and information. Former central bank governor Dr Kelfala Marah is the country’s new chief diplomat and Alpha Kanu is back as the government’s chief spokesman.
 
Both men ran to succeed the president but were left in the cold during the process of selecting the ruling party’s standard bearer. Two other presidential aspirants have also been brought in as presidential advisers, Dr Joseph Sam Sesay and Alimamy P Koroma. So has the former information minister Mohamed Bangura. Alfred Palo Conteh is back as defense minister.
 
Former defense minister Abdul Rahman Kamara is now deputy minister of internal affairs. Rtd Major Sengu Koroma - a former deputy - is the new internal affairs minister. Many have reacted to the reshuffle dismissively calling it an old wine in a new bottle. Some others say it’s an attempt to calm the choppy political waters following the controversial national delegates’ conference of the ruling party which left a groundswell of discontent.
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Editorial

26th IPRA Conference in Sierra Leone Ends on a High Note

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) successfully held its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate’ in collaboration with the 10TH Dealing With Disasters Series, Northumbria University (UK)and Sakarya University (Turkey) and  the University of  Sierra Leone at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016.

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Business News

PARLIAMENT RATIFIES TWO AGREEMENTS TO IMPROVE ON PORTS FACILITIES

The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Monday 04th December 2017 debated and ratified two additional agreements aimed at improving and expanding Ports facilities in Sierra Leone to be at par with international best practices.

Presenting both Agreements prior to ratification, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Balogun Koroma said that the additional Agreements are geared towards addressing some of the concerns raised by MPs, in respect of expanding our Ports facilities to accommodate larger vessels, and the issuance of license with the view of combating money laundering, contra-band goods, and attracting more funds for Government.

Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House, also supported the ratification of the two Agreements, saying if our Ports are not developed, we would not be able to attract huge vessels; thus the need for the continuous improvement of our Ports facilities.

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Media News

"President Koroma is a big disappointment to press freedom" - SLAJ

Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Ahmed Sahid Nasralla, has said that President Ernest Bai Koroma has disappointed the media on press freedom in the country. 

“Successive governments have given us false hopes on the repeal of the criminal libel law. The politicians have lied to us. They have taken us to be big fools. President Koroma is our biggest disappointment. We had high hopes in him but he failed us woefully. So we will not trust any politician again, because when they get into office they forget about their promises,” said Nasralla.
 
Nasralla was speaking last Friday while formally launching a report on criminal defamation laws in Africa by PEN Sierra Leone at the SLAJ Harry Yansaneh Memorial Hall, Campbell Street, Freetown. 
 
He recalled that before he was first elected President of the Republic in 2007, President Koroma was a staunch campaigner against criminal libel law in Sierra Leone, but when he became President he suddenly had a different view.
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Commentary

WHO PAYS THE NOVEMBER 2017 ECOWAS COURT / V.P. SAMUEL S. SAM-SUMANA’S COURT RULING CHARGES/FINES??

Your Excellency Sir,

For over a month now, since the ECOWAS Regional Court in Abuja, Nigeria handed down their landmark opinion on the Vice President, Samuel Sam-Sumana’s appeal law suit against his “unconstitutional removal” from power by your APC government, having been legally sanctioned by the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone, I have been taken, both by extreme trepidation and satisfaction, as I continue my reflection. In their ruling, (in resume,) the ECOWAS Courtoverturned” the Sierra Leone Supreme Court’s seemingly “compromised” opinion that saw Mr. Sam Sumana arbitrarily or constitutionally deposed from his position as the duly elected Vice President of Sierra Leone (alongside you,) midway your second presidential tenure in 2015; just after the infamous Ebola viral epidemic devastating scourge on Sierra Leone. The ECOWAS Court ruling therefore “ordered” the immediate reinstatement of the vice president, furthering that all backlog of his remunerations and emoluments be accorded him, from the time he was sacked, to date; along with his claim for damages of U. S. $ 250 million.

Upon the ruling by this higher regional court, I have had to do some very sober reflections and musing over the “political manoeuvres” and intrigues that originally erupted from an internal APC party wrangling that proceeded to the Sierra Leone parliament, and had to eventually culminate into what most objective and independent legal minds considered a “blatant travesty of justice and breach of our constitution.” This ruling also brought a legal embarrassment to the Sierra Leone justice system in the sub region, continent and world over. And whereas I would not want to meddle with the political ramifications and implications of that higher regional court’s “legal opinion,” I would like to briefly examine the moral and economic considerations, as I objectively see them. This then obviously takes me back to my caption question that I would summarize as “Who Pays the ECOWAS Court’s Ruling Charges??”

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View Point

MR. PRESIDENT: SIERRA LEONEANS ARE DYING OF STRESS

Dear Mr. President, events leading to, including the horrible aftermath of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, the twin disasters of mudslide and flooding convey unarguably a fatalistic dose of stress. Worsening is the inflation of basic food stuff and the devaluation of our Leones which has made life very difficult for the average citizens.

Mr. President,stress is increasingly becoming visible in the conduct of most Sierra Leoneans; hence stress is a pressure or worry caused by the problems in somebody's life.

Before 2007 elections, protestation songs by Emmerson Bockarie, Innocent and "Dry yai crew" assumed the role of the opposition parties against the Tejan Kabbah-led SLPP government. Today, public transport cabs/buses, ghettos and the ‘Ataya base’ have now assumed that position in venting out frustrations against your APC led government.

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News - Press Release

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation presents AWOL Awards to outgone Minister

(MFAIC Press Office, 4th January, 2018). The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Kaifala Marah has presented the All Walks Of Life (AWOL) prestigious award of ‘Best Ministry of the Year 2017’  to the outgone Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara at a press conference held at the Ministry’s conference Hall, Tower Hill, Freetown.

In his brief statement before officially handing over the award to the outgone Minister, Dr. Marah gave a brief overview of the introduction of performance contracts in 2014 by His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma that set in motion the process of enhancing and operational mandates in various MDAs. It is against this background that the Ministry was among the five best performing Ministries based on the outcome of the Ministry’s Performance Contract Assessment Report for 2016/17 (Performance Tracking Table – PTT) in the country.

Dr. Kaifala Marah lauded the relentless efforts of Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara, during whose tenure the Ministrydeveloped and articulated, for the first time ever, a comprehensive strategy to guide and re-invigorate the national approach to foreign policy and international cooperation in a rapidly changing global environment.

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Society -Local News

FOREIGN ENVOYS PAY COURTESY CALL ON THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

(MFAIC Press Office, 5thJanuary, 2018). Five Foreign Envoys including the Head of Delegation of the European Union, Amb. Tom Vens; the Honourary Consul of the Arab Republic of Syria, Hussein Jawad; Charge D’ Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Nadali Heydari; Charge D’ Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Xinming; and the Honourary Consul of India, Harish Agnani; have paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Kaifala Marah at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.

According to the foreign envoys during their separate meetings with the Minister, their visit to the newly appointed Minister is to enhance and deepen the existing partnerships and bilateral relations between their respective countries and the Republic of Sierra Leone. They extended fraternal salutations and congratulatory messages from their Government and people of their respectively countries to the Government and people of Sierra Leone.

The foreign envoys underscored their Governments’ continuous assistance and support to Sierra Leone. Thecurrent electoral climate in the countrywas discussed within the perspectives of bilateral and multilateral relations, underlining the common interests in developing political, cultural and economic relations, as well as the interpersonal relations between the EU, the Arab Republic of Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran,the People’s Republic of China, India and Sierra Leone.

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Development

SIERRA LEONE AND ISRAEL ADVANCE DIPLOMATIC TIES IN SEOUL

The Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Ambassador Chaim Choshen today 4th January 2018 paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Ambassador Omrie Michael Golley, at the Sierra Leone Mission in Seoul, the South Korean Capital. 

Ambassador Choshen, who was appointed as Ambassador of Israel to South Korea in August 2016, expressed his appreciation for being warmly received by his Sierra Leonean host and counterpart, and stated that his Government was very keen to expand its relations with Africa, citing the examples of Official Visits in recent months by the Israeli Prime Minister Mr Benjamin Netanyahu to various countries in Africa.

Recounting the recent Official Visit of His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma to Israel, Ambassador Omrie Golley stated that the recent visit of President Koroma underscored the importance that his Government was attaching to expanding Sierra Leone's ties with Israel, particularly in the economic sphere.

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Politics

It will not be business as usual – Bio assures diaspora

He was passionate, confident and assuring as he addressed hundreds of Sierra Leoneans at the prestigious Royal Regency Hall in London on Saturday 9th December 2017 with a very simple message that as the next President it will not be business as usual.

For a man who has a solid track record as a disciplinarian, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio continues to attract many voters who feel the country needs a strong and disciplined leadership.

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