Nurses and Midwives from Kambia, Port Loko, Lunsar, Makeni, Koinadugu and Kono have commenced a five-day training on “Making Pregnancy Safer” Maternal Health Updates on Monday June 25, 2018 at the Women of Hope Hall in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone.
The training was organized by the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Nurses Association (SLNA).
The third prosecution witness, Saibatu Bangura has concluded her testimony before Hon. Justice Monfred Sesay presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone in the murder trial of five accused persons who allegedly murdered her son, Tom Davies on 30 March 2017 at Tengbeh Town in Freetown.
The Particulars of Offence state that the first accused Sinneh Sesay and four co-accused persons conspired with other persons unknown to murder Tom Davies on the above-mentioned date.
According to Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL), revenue for government was not deposited into the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.
This is according to the recently released Audit Report which also highlighted that from review of revenue records presented to the auditors, it was discovered that the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) assessed and recorded revenue in respect of licenses and other fees totaling Le56,774,996,318 (fifty six billion, seven hundred and seventy four million, nine hundred and ninety six thousand, three hundred and eighteen leones).
The erstwhile All People’s Congress (APC) Deputy Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Madam Kadie Huliamatu Sesay has been granted bail in the form of Le700 million and two sureties when she appeared before Magistrate Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1. She is accused of stealing a Toyota Jeep valued at over USD $75,000.
The accused person was dragged to court on three counts charges ranging from Conspiracy, to Larceny to Fraudulent Conversion.
The Director General of the Petroleum Directorate Sierra Leone Limited, Raymond Kargbo is among World Personalities to be conferred with the African Leadership Oil and Gas Government Institution of the year Award. The Award is for the Petroleum Directorate's unpatrolled commitment in the Development of the Oil and Gas Sector in Sierra Leone.
Abdul Sheriff presiding over Magistrate Court No.7 at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown has remanded Pastor Alfred Allieu Badara Koroma, attached to the New Era Harvest Ministry International at Brookfields in Freetown at the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown for allegedly raping a teenage girl (name withheld).
He is charged with the offence of rape, contrary to Section (6) of the Offences against the Person Act No.12 of 2012. He is also said to be a member of the Glory Oasis Church at Goderich in the far west of Freetown.
One of Sierra Leone’s finest investigative and broadcast Journalist Michael Sambola of Radio Democracy (98.1FM) has been awarded by Search for Common Ground in London, United Kingdom for his contribution towards conflict resolution and community building in the country.
Station Manager, Asmaa James who collected the prize on behalf of Sambola said Common Ground Awards are presented annually to honor outstanding accomplishment in conflict resolution, negotiation, community and peace building.
ACC staff pose with Magburaka Correctional Service personnel
Sustained public sector engagement is one of the key strategies employed in combating bribery and petty corruption. It against this background that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Northern Region Office on Wednesday 13th June 2018 dialogued with personnel of the Magburaka Correctional Service to heighten their awareness on the Pay No Bribe (PNB) Campaign.
The Network of HIV Positives in Sierra Leone (NETHIPS) has held an awareness-raising session for schools in the Western Rural Area of Waterloo. The topic was on menstrual hygiene management with support from AHF.
The dialogue which was geared towards raising awareness in menstrual hygiene for girls was held at the Waterloo Community Health Centre and graced by parents, representatives from National Aids Secretariat, and Happy Kids organization among others. Cultural performances and a quiz competition climaxed the event.
A combined team of local and international lawyers led by Karim Khan QC, Dato Shyamala Alagendra and Mr. Ibrahim Sorie Yillah have filed a case in the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone, seeking redress and compensation of $100,000 each to nine Sierra Leoneans who suffered violation and human abuse by forces of ECOWAS Community Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) between 1998 to 1999.
This was disclosed yesterday to a cross-section of the press by Mr. Ibrahim Tommy, Executive Director Center for Rule of Law and Accountability (CARL).
A notorious armed robber, Foday Kamara (alias Young King) has been incarcerated at the country’s maximum detention centre on Pademba in Freetown, for allegedly committing felonious offences, contrary to law.
The accused person is charged with multiple offences, ranging from Conspiracy to committing a felony, Robbery with Aggravation to Robbery, contrary to section (23) sub section (1a) of the Larceny Act No.16 of 1916, as repealed and replaced by section (2) of Act No.16 of 1971.
In its sustained efforts to foster and solicit public interest and support in the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign, the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday 21st June 2018 held an outreach meeting with the people of Batkanu and enlisted them in the PNB campaign.
Addressing people at the Batkanu Community Centre, Libeisaygahun Chiefdom, Karene District, ACC Regional Manager North, Abu Bakarr Kamara said it was an interactive forum and assured all that the PNB programme catered for the poor in rural communities.
One of Sierra Leone’s key international partners, International Monitory Fund (IMF) is all pleased with the leadership of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio (Brigadier Retired) so far.
An IMF delegation recently visited Sierra Leone in June this year. The main purpose of the mission, according to our sources, was to conduct an assessment of the economy inherited by President Bio’s government.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board (LAB), Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has said that the empowerment of women can be realized through changes in the law, new polices and initiatives such as the Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA) scheme which seeks to empower women economically through access to soft loans.
In a bid to complement government’s effort in providing quality health care in Sierra Leone, Dr. Salim Shuman on Saturday 23rd June, 2018 opened an ultra-modern hospital (Shuman Hospital) on 17 Poultney Street in Freetown.
Cutting the tape of the new hospital, the Lebanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Brigitta Al – Ojeil expressed great delight for the opportunity and highlighted that this is a step in right direction in helping the government of Sierra Leone to address the major challenges facing the health sector.
The United Methodist Church (UMC) Sierra Leone Annual Conference on Friday 22nd June 2018 donated school bags, shoes, exercise books, geometry sets, sharpeners, pens and pencils worth over Le75 million to 500 pupils of the Hope Primary School, Bethel Nursery and Preparatory Primary School and the Faith International School at Kamayama, Pentagon and Kondie Farm all in the Lumley community, West of Freetown.
During the campaign leading to the March 2018 Presidential elections in Sierra Leone, the then Flagbearer for the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, made a specific pronouncement on his plans for education in the country; which is Free Quality Education for all pupils in Pre-primary right through Senior Secondary School. Continuing on this path, he also made sure this pronouncement is contained in Chapter III Page 38 of the SLPP Manifesto called the "New Direction" or "The People's Manifesto.
General Manager of Bollore, Captain Fabigan Kokan, has informed the Chairman of National Commission on Privatization (NCP) that over 70% of the workforce is Sierra Leonean, adding that his company is about to train over 30 locals on the operations and maintenance of the new equipment that arrived recently at the new quay.
It could be recalled that last week was a busy one for head of National Commission for Privatization Mr. Umaru Napoleon Koroma who visited the Freetown International Airport and the Queen Elizabeth II Quay in Freetown, to gain full insight into how they are both being run.
Chief Minister Professor David J. Francis making a point
By Prince C. Kamara
President Bio has told his ministers and deputy ministers: “As you all know, I have been at the helm of affairs before and I know that to deliver in governance we must always conduct ourselves in a professional manner. We must lead by example and I will always be there to provide you with the disciplined leadership and support.”
President Bio and his ministers over the weekend – Friday 22nd –Saturday 23rd June 2018 were at the popular Freetown tourist resort village of Tokeh, for a strategy delivery planning meeting.
The erstwhile All People’s Congress (APC) Deputy Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Madam Kadie Huliamatu Sesay, was on Wednesday 20th June, 2018 granted bail in the form of Le700 million and two sureties when she appeared before Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1. She is accused of stealing a Toyota Jeep valued at over USD $75,000.
The accused person was dragged to court on three counts charges ranging from Conspiracy, to Larceny to Fraudulent Conversion.
In a bid to increase and broaden public understanding and knowledge on the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)on Wednesday 20th June, 2018 held community sensitization meeting with the people of Kamayama-Lumley, in the Western Area Urban District.
Articulating the purpose of the outreach, Communications Consultant, ACC Olabisi Olu-Garrick said, the engagement was to enlist the people of Kamayama into the PNB campaign. She stated that, PNB focuses on improvement of service delivery for the benefit of the poor, whose meager resources go into bribes quite often. Accessing basic social services is challenged with the demand for bribes and the absence of service delivery charters that would guide clients on the service, cost and duration to be provided the service, Olabisi furthered.
Quoting Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, H.E Wu Peng said during a Public Health Reception over the weekend, that as far as diplomatic and other ties with Sierra Leone are concerned “the Chinese government is always willing and will always be ready to help Sierra Leone.”
Ambassador Wu Peng was speaking during the Public Health Reception held at the Chinese Embassy at Spur Road in honor of the 19th Chinese Medical Team which has completed its one year tour of duty and would be leaving the shores of Sierra Leone shortly.
“The rejection of the majority of constitutional review recommendations by the previous government is described by human rights organizations and civil society as a missed opportunity to strengthen human rights protection in the country and to uphold the rights enshrined in the international treaties it has ratified.”
The above is an excerpt in the European Union Election Observer Mission Sierra Leone (EU EOM-SL) 2018 Report. It adds that human rights in Sierra Leone and specifically rights pertinent to elections, such as the rights to freedom of expression, of peaceful assembly as well as prolonged pre-trial detention periods, fall below international standards.
West African Operations Management Company (WAOMC) has donated food and non-food items worth over $3,000 (three thousand United States Dollars) to residents of Hastings community in the far east of Freetown.
Xing Chuan Wang Chief Engineer CRSG in addressing the beneficiaries at a well-attended donation ceremony recently said the CRSG has always focused on infrastructure construction in Sierra Leone and has completed many high quality road engineering projects since the company started operations in 2008.
Auditor General Lara Taylor-Pearce, exposing fiscal malpractices in MDAs
Physical verification of staff from a total of 70 staff of the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources stationed in Freetown, revealed that 32 personnel were unverified (they failed to avail themselves for physical verification exercise) even though letters were issued for them to avail themselves.
This is according to the Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL) 2016 report on the management of public finances and assets by ministries, departments and agencies for the period under review.
A serving member of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) Hassan Kamara has been docked before Santigie Bangura presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown for stealing one female donkey valued at sixteen million Leones.
The accused person is facing one count charge of Larceny Cattle. The Particulars of Offence states that the accused committed the said offence at Jorpoh Farm, Parloko Road at Waterloo on 8 December 2017.
The Inclusive District Committee (IDC) in Moyamba on Tuesday June 19, 2018 called a meeting inviting all Paramount Chiefs, Councilors and community representatives to look at successes, challenges and way forward for the next one year.
Explaining the purpose of such gathering, Development and Planning Officer of the Moyamba District Council who is Secretary to the Inclusive District Committee, Alhaji Ansumana Tarawallie said the meeting was to discuss issues surrounding revenue mobilization and progress made so far since Council and Paramount Chiefs signed the MOU last year. He said since it was agreed for traditional leaders to work with Local Council to jointly collect revenue with the percentage of 60% to Council and 40% to Chiefdoms, they need to retrospect the commitment so far.
His Excellency Wolfgang Wiethoff and Dr. Alie Kabba
His Excellency Wolfgang Wiethoff, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Sierra Leone resident in Freetown, has taken formal leave of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba, at the Ministry’s office, Tower Hill, Freetown.
In his farewell statement to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, His Excellency Wolfgang Wiethoff, on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany conveyed sincere gratitude to the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio and the people of Sierra Leone for the hospitality accorded him during his tenure of office. Ambassador Wiethoff also thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the warm reception given to all German personalities, nationals and organizations that are resident, visiting or on special working assignments.