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.
Following recent misunderstanding among landowners in Sella Limba Chiefdom, Bombali District, Northern Sierra Leone, family heads have visited the leadership of the National Minerals Agency (NMA) to commend and update them on their peace initiative for peaceful co-existence in their communities.
The delegation for the Samura, Bangura, Dumbuya and Conteh families was led by the Chief of Kathanta who is also the Chairman of the Landowners-Pa Bunduka Conteh.
Giving an overview of the symbolic peace initiative, the Chairman of the Landowners said the fundamental reason for their visit was to thank NMA leadership under the stewardship of Sahr Wondeh and his Deputy Mr. Mathieu Tarawallie for their untiring roles to ensure that the Mines and Minerals Act of 2009 is fully adhered to by all and sundry. He said it was a daunting challenge especially when many who engaged in artisanal mining are illiterates and because they were landowners they thought their action was permissible by law.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2015 – The attention of the Executive of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has been drawn to a group calling itself the 'Media Alliance for Development', which is purportedly going around presenting awards to institutions and individuals and in the process allegedly demanding monies.
SLAJ wishes to make it abundantly clear for the benefit of the general public that its membership does not include ANY of the individuals involved with the so-called Media Alliance for Development.
SLAJ has no relationship whatsoever with this purported group. Media Alliance for Development is NOT and has NEVER been an affiliate or associate of SLAJ, and neither has any of its members.
Prior to the advent of our current two dominant religions in Sierra Leone, Islam and Christianity, the country’s, inhabitants rested their faith on the African Traditional Religion which is also monotheistic and embraces the omnipresence of God that gives the cause for worshipers to use intermediaries in glorifying the Almighty, God but which was misconstrued by the White man as idolatry because of lack of understanding of the Blackman’s concept of divinity.
Islam gained a foothold in the North of the country prior to the advent of Christianity in the 17th century and it became entrenched during the jihadist period in West Africa. Christianity first gained a foot hold in the West and South of the country and later made inroads into the North where it had been resisted for so long according to my research and investigation or Radar.
According to my Radar today, Islam stands to be the most dominant religion in the country winning over 80 % of the population but in contemporary times it is slowly losing members to the muscular churches characteristic with their singing and dancing which became popular through the advent of Nigerian pastors who introduced the concept of “miracles” that sounds so enticing to the poverty stricken society.
I love Sierra Leone for being a place where people are good at drawing up plans and agendas but are often poor in implementation.
It’s high time we change to the acceptable fashion of being good implementers. Otherwise we will continue to be the remarkable bunglers that we are, merely wasting our lives and our resources.
After our ten-year war, a lot of money poured in towards our disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration program – all of which ended being poorly managed. Turn around if you can and see the sorry state our former combatants are in, including the war wounded, orphans, and widows. They have become a liability to the state and to our conscience.
After several adjournments, a senior secondary school pupil of the Government Rokel Secondary School, Hassan Bangura, has yesterday 27 August been discharged for lack of prosecution.
The accused person was before Magistrate Moody of court No. 2 on one court charge of sexual penetration contrary to the Laws of Sierra Leone.
The prosecution alleged that between 1 February 2015 and 2 May 2015, at Morgan Street, the accused sexually penetrated a girl below the age of 18, to wit 16 years. He was denied making plea to the charge.
The sitting judge on the matter between the state and Mamoud Tarawally, former Deputy Minister of Education II, Justice Abdulai Charm, has yesterday in his verdict stated that the defendant is not guilty on all four count charges levied against him.
The defendant (Mamoud Tarawally) was arraigned before him on the 11th February 2013, on four count charges of rape, wounding, wounding with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
Delivering his judgment shortly after the matter was mentioned by the court clerk, Justice Charm at the time the defendant was arraigned before him, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Freetown, Sept. 2 (SLENA) - Vice President Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh has said in Freetown that the e-Passports are the latest generation of passports that combine printing and digital technology and that it is a revamp of the current Machine Readable passport that Sierra Leoneans are using.
The Vice President made this statement on behalf of His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma while launching the e-passport (Biometric) at the Ministry of Internal Affairs Conference Hall at Gloucester Street, Freetown, earlier this week.
VP Foh recalled that his government through the leadership of His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in 2009 changed the old fashion handwritten passport to ECOWAS Machine readable passport system. The budge, he said, guaranteed the country’s conformity with international best practices, adding that it also made passport management more effectual and improved national and international security systems.
SLPP aspirant Dr Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella on 26 August 2015 met with the eastern districts members of the party at Paddys at Kissy Old Road in the eastern part of the capital Freetown.
In his address Dr Yumkella explained the purpose of visiting the largest districts in the Western Area which constitute 10 constituencies. He thanked supporters and members for the big welcome accorded him on past Monday at the party secretariat in Freetown.
He informed the gathering that the attack on him and his mother, Haja Binta Yumkella was a baptism by fire and stressed that he and his mother has forgiven all those who resorted to violence on that particular day.