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U.S. Ambassador Hoover calls on VP Sam-Sumana PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alimatu Fofanah   
Monday, 02 February 2015 16:34

Freetown, Feb. 2 (SLENA) - United States of America Ambassador designate to the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency John Hoover today on Monday February 2, 2015 called on Vice President, Alhaji Chief Sam-Sumana at his Tower Hill office in Freetown.

Welcoming the US envoy, Vice President Sam-Sumana said the presence of the ambassador in the country is reaffirmation of the relationship that exists between the two countries and that the bilateral relationship was manifesting itself as the United States is always by the side of Sierra Leone especially in difficult times, such as the eleven year civil war and the current ebola crisis while at the same  accommodating Sierra Leoneans in the USA and other opportunities enjoyed by the country and its people from USAID, etc.

“Your presence in our country, I believe, will make a difference in the lives of the people of this nation,” Hon. VP sam-Sumana reiterated, stressing that the people of Sierra Leone are beneficiaries of America’s good governance system, democratic principles, rule of law, among others.

The VP added that he was confident that the two countries can build on such a relationship and that his presence will continue to enhance it.

Speaking on the present Ebola situation in the country, Hon. Vice President said  he was happy for the low number of reported ebola cases which he said was a manifestation of the intervention of international partners including the USA CDC, volunteers and soldiers to end the scourge in the West African sub-region.

On his recent visit to Kono Vice President Sam-Sumana recalled the culture of acceptance by the people in those areas that ebola was real and it was killing people.

He maintained that the indigenes of the chiefdoms he visited have suspended all traditional and cultural activities, refrained from touching one another, stop washing of the dead and handshaking, in addition to the massive ebola education campaign.

He said among those border chiefdoms, only Soa Chiefdom recorded Ebola cases and that the others, Mafidor, Gbaneh Kandor, Lei, Fiama and Toli had no case.

Efforts, he said, has been made by His Excellency, President Koroma in achieving the decreasing ebola figures and for a zero new infection of the scourge in the country.

These challenges, the VP went on, were to prevent and control any other deadly future outbreak and revamp the country’s health system, including education, improvement on infrastructure, provide employment and transform the country into a middle level income country.

In his remarks, His Excellency Ambassador Hoover emphasized on the issues outlined by the Vice President which, he said, were potentially credible.

He assured the Vice President that as an ambassador to this country, this embassy has put in place strategies to wipe out the deadly Ebola scourge, bring back the Peace Corp volunteers, re-open schools, get the economy back on its feet, create job opportunities while strengthening and building the capacity of the country’s health system.

He went on to assure the Vice President of his continuous good working relationship with the government and people of Sierra Leone and also to strengthen the bilateral relationship that exists between the two countries.

Credit SLENA



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.


Business News

Landowners In Sella Limba Pays Courtesy Visit To NMA

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.


Media News

Suspension of Monologue Program and Democrat Newspaper by IMC

Following the Press Release issued by the Independent Media Commission (IMC) suspending the “Monologue program” broadcast on Citizen Radio and Eagle FM, and also The Democrat Newspaper, the executive of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) notes that the Press Release did not state any provisions in the IMC Act under which they took the decision ‘to suspend while investigating’ the Monologue program.

SLAJ frowns at this decision and is concerned that such procedure is an inappropriate precedent, which must not be condoned.

SLAJ therefore calls for a reversal of this decision forthwith and for the IMC to proceed speedily with a proper investigation.



The Deceptive face of Religion in Sierra Leone

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.


View Point

Ebola Recovery Plan: A Mockery or What?

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.


News - Press Release

SSS Pupil Discharged for Lack of Prosecution

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. 


Society -Local News

RAPE SCANDAL: Former Deputy Education Minister Freed

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.



VP Foh in love with new e-passport

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.

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