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.
The people of Kathiri Village, Sella Limba Chiefdom in Bombali District have disclosed that they will never forget AMR Gold Exploration Company, for supporting the formation of an Artisanal Mining Cooperative that is currently bettering their lives.
The Cooperative, with a hundred members - comprising mostly young people - is in line with the government’s campaign to properly regulate and manage artisanal mining, as required by the Mines and Minerals Act 2009.
AMR Gold is not only providing technical support, but funding the cooperatives to enable them to pay the salaries of their workers, and teach the artisanal miners effective and efficient mining practices targeting recoveries of 90% of the mineral present.
The revenues from the sale of the Coltan will be distributed according to the agreements entered into between AMR Gold and the Cooperatives and it is hoped that a portion of the funds will be used to support community development programmes.
The Independent Media Commission (IMC) established by an act of Parliament of 2000 and amended in 2006 and 2007 has, as its core mandate to regulate the establishment and operations of the media in Sierra Leone including the Print and electronic.
Media regulation serves as guidance to mass media. These regulations that are enforced via law, rules or procedures, can have various goals, for example intervention to protect a stated public interest, or encouraging competition and an effective media market, or establishing common ethical standards.
Sierra Leone’s vision is to become a stable democracy with a vibrant economy, a united people, progressive nation and attractive country (Vision 2025)
Female circumcision – “women must have the right to choose” ...says Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu
Sierra Leonean-American medical anthropologist, Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, PhD is calling for an end to what she describes as Zero Tolerance Propaganda Campaigns.
Dr. Ahmadu made the pronouncement on Friday, February 5 a day ahead of the United Nations (UN) 13th anniversary of International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
She said a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicating female circumcision in the USA has more than double is spurious.
The UN describes FGM as a procedure that alters or injures the female genitalia for non medical reasons, a practice recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. The UN has a "specific target" in its Sustainable Development Goals to wipe out the practice by 2030.
Alie Kabbah cannot ignore questions around Personality
Imagine a highly educated person who has lived most of his adult life in the United States of American and seen politics at work in that part of the world tells you not to focus on ‘Personality’ but on ‘Issues’ – policies, programmes and manifestos - in choosing your leaders. I take ‘Personality’ to mean the character, private life and also track record.
Well, if you had listened to the Radio Program 101 moderated by veteran Journalist David Tam-Baryoh over the weekend, this was what Alie Kabbah alluded to. It was the most used phrase in his interview. He promised us that his campaign for flag bearer will not focus on personalities.
As the heaven could have it, the closest Tam-Baryoh came to asking a question bothering on Personality was to say he was not going to ask questions relating to the bigamy case against Kabbah so as not to prejudice justice.
On 25th February, President Koroma will lead his Government to London, for the UK-Sierra LeoneTrade & Investment Forum: the country’s most significant investment outreach in recent years. Organised by DMA in partnership with SLIEPA and supported by UN, ECOWAS, Mano-River Union, FCO,UKTI;the visit will outline the opportunities that exist to foreign investors, as well as the government’s broader economic development.
Since 2001, Sierra Leone has enjoyed peaceful government transitions, some of the highest-ranking GDP growth rates in the world and continues to remain committed to attracting quality international investment into the country.
The UK-Sierra Leone Trade & Investment Forum is an important part of Sierra Leone’s post-Ebola economic recovery plan where HE President Koroma will present his Government’s agenda to restore and strengthen private sector growth and to encourage new inward investment.
As preliminary continue on the matter between Abu Bakar Mansaray and other complainants, on a visa fraud matter, Detective Police Constable Momo Smulu Sesay attached to the Fraud Unit, CID Headquarters, has explained steps he took in investigating the matter.
The accused was in court in order to answer to allegations of obtaining money from one of the complainants Haja Sillah whom he promised to acquire a United States of America Visa for.
Led in evidence by Police Sergeant Fofanah before the presiding Magistrate Abu Bakarr Binneh Kamara of Magistrate Court No.1, the witness said on 12 August 2015, he was in his office when a case of an enquiry file was given to him for further investigations.
State drops state of emergency charge against SLPP supporters
The State on Wednesday dropped the charge under the emergency regulation against 12 SLPP supporters in Kenema and the former Regional Senior Human Rights Officer for the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone .
The 13 are standing trial in the Kenema Magistrate Court after they were arrested on Independence Day in 2015 on allegations of illegal gathering, riotous conduct, incitement and other related matters.
In dropping the count charge, Senior State Counsel Monfred Sesay told the court that he was applying to amend the formation of count 5 which was an offence charged under the Public Emergency Regulation "which we do not want to proceed with so it's left now with 10 counts" .The lead Prosecution lawyer said.
A member of parliament who is also a paramount chief, Hon Bai Kurr Kanagbaro Kasanka III, in his contribution in the ongoing debate of President Koroma’s national address in Parliament, condemned the resurgence of ebola in his native Tonkolili, northern Sierra Leone.
Hon Bai Kurr said the resurgence of ebola is actually an unfortunate situation, something that should be further investigated – to the applause of many in the House.
Hon Bai Kurr also thanked President Koroma for his leadership skills and for being an exemplary president, who has a lot of achievements under his belt.