IMC Chair Reading the IMC Code Of Conduct to Journalists
The newly appointed Chairman of the Independent Media Commission (IMC), Ambassador Allieu Ibrahim Kanu (Esq) has in a meeting with Station Managers of various Radio Stations stated that he is prepared for any court action taken by the Sierra Leone Association (SLAJ) of Journalist over his appointment as the new IMC Chairman.
By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk) Country Director of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in Sierra Leone, Joe H. Pemagbie, has encouraged staff of Radio Democracy to continue to be independent and objective in their work.
The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation has ended a five days training conducted to capacitate broadcast journalists from different media outlets in Sierra Leone.
The training which started on Monday, 26th January, 2015 was held at the corporation’s broadcasting house, New England Ville in Freetown.
Deputy Director of Media and Public Affairs at the SLBC, Samuel Valcacel said the purpose of the training was to ensure that broadcast journalists were capacitated with new and modern broadcasting skills, which he noted most of them lack.
He said the objective of the training was to ensure that broadcast journalists in Sierra Leone where up to international standards of journalism. This, Valcacel said would greatly help the country’s media landscape
Also, Valcarcel went on to state that capacitating media practitioners and the media landscapes is part of the SLBCs mandate, assuring that such trainings would continue in future.
The Deputy Director of Media and Public Affairs hoped that participants had learnt new skills and techniques of broadcast journalism, having completed the training exercise.
He revealed that the training was the beginning of several trainings that would be conducted by the corporation for journalists in the country.
At the end of the training, participants expressed thanks and appreciation to the SLBC for conducting the training and asked that the corporation continues such trainings in future.
By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk) Journalists in Sierra Leone have launched a Yellow Ribbon campaign nationwide, re-committing their energies and resources to eradicate the Ebola Virus Disease from their country and even beyond.
Bus drivers at the Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation (SLRTC) yesterday, Monday, 31st August, 2015 staged a sit-down strike action. This unfortunate action of bus drivers coincided with the first day of the reopening of schools following a six week break.
Past Health and Sanitation Minister in the Sierra Leone government and now Special Representative of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Dr. Zainab Hawa Bangura for what I know about her interest in the girl child and womanhood in general must have had rainy tears of sorrow over the ISIS abduction of pretty young girls, and for deflowering them irrationally.
The announcement of Dr Jengo Stevens as adviser to the Vice President has numerous ramifications, the crux of it being that this must have been a master stroke by His Excellency the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma. He has with one fell swoop taken the rug from under the erstwhile elected Vice President whilst shoring up the legitimacy of the appointed plenipotentiary. How masterful this move is, is yet to be seen but the immediate repercussions of this in the camp of the erstwhile VEEP is the feeling of a massive shakedown of confidence by the loss of a major ally with unquestionable clout in the All Peoples Congress (APC) Party.
How did we get from there to here would be the question in the minds of major supporters of VEEP Sam Sumana at this point in time. Firstly, they should note that the sidelining of Harriet Turay is much more than collateral damage in the attempt to reduce the functional operability of Konos in such close proximity to the executive. This circumstance has been of their own making and the presumption that a Kono primacy would necessarily ensue as an overriding factor in key decisions in the future by the demise of Sam Sumana is not only puerile but at most futile. The conspiracy to oust Sam Sumana came from within his own circle, his main constituency and community of equals. The presumption here is that whatever blame is attempted on President Koroma, due consideration must first be given to the fact that his work was cut out by those who were to all intents and purposes supposed to have been closer to the situation than most. That these people deemed fit to act in the way they did presupposes that they may have suffered from that proximity in some respects and enough for them to turn so violently against their man. What is now left to be determined is the President’s temperament, which under certain circumstances could be seen as perfunctorily necessary to reduce the damage to the office of Vice President when others so close to its incumbent start a campaign of vilification and angst. There is therefore a case to be made outside the other more presumptive context of constitutionality. Incidentally, it was the very same Sam Sumana who was quoted a while back as being reliant on the constitutionality of his position for the safety of his tenure. His actions to test that foundation of democracy must be respected and he ought to be able to access the best legal minds on the matter. Sadly, he choose to opt for a choice upon which his primordial bias is predicated.
What has not been put in the public domain thus far has been the machinations hammered in the back rooms of the APC Party, that gave rise to the rapid loss of confidence in the VEEP which ultimately has led to his expulsion. The circumstances of his removal from office as Vice President must have had its own ramifications that have thus far not been taken to a logical trajectory. The move in the party is against him and this appointment of Dr Stevens to the Office of The Vice President as Adviser is intrinsically signaling the dissipation of the VEEP’s significance in the APC. The question people asked at the height of this imbroglio is why the party had turned on its own in such a forceful and determinable manner. Nothing can be taken for granted here and in some ways, those who were acceptably moral guarantors of Sam Sumana have nailed his coffin so determinedly. When the question is asked, it should be considered alongside the thesis that he Sam Sumana, had unwittingly turned the party against himself by his inaction rather than by any single deed he may have done.
Alternatively, It may be an ignominious truth, that Sam Sumana is suffering from some dastardly deed to have warranted such dispersal of his own base within the party hierarchy. Having said that, the other matter which is the cause for grave concern amongst Sierra Leoneans, especially those in the Diaspora, is the allegations of constitutional perversion that his removal from office raised up.
Whilst the adherence to constitutionality brings into light another character flaw in the case being made by Sam Sumana but to an extent detrimental to his cause, he is known to be a forceful person with an astute disposition, well versed in what may be referred to as “street tactics.” An enfant terrible amongst his business associates, Sam Sumana is a shrewd businessman in a way that his tactics may not be feasible in politics and it is that shrewdness that may cause his undoing, if he loses sight of the big picture. The matter now in the courts would not necessarily hand him back his authority. No matter what, that authority is gone and it may be construed as poignant that those who gave him that authority or who were instrumental in his attaining that power threshold are now leading the charge against him.
At a time like this, the Executive must continue to show steadfast leadership to leverage all battalions of support around him. Dr Stevens may have done well to accept a position that stalks his previous position but his ascendancy to that office could tell more of a story of what is to unfold than not. The party is in need for coalescing that spirit of consideration for all its talents, a trait so well displayed by the firmness of purpose with which the party is now moving towards protecting its Executive, the Chairman and leader. The extant call to party loyalty exhorts that closeness but the suspicion that only a particular section of the party are privy to the spoils would cause some to break ranks. Leadership is more about readily accepting than entrenching differences that result in exclusion.
There is no doubt that there are those with skills and talents to move this process forwards, their interests should not be left to fallow on a blanket call or expectation for party unity to their own detriment. The call for a shakeup of the Government is urgent and immediate. It is time for the Government echelons to reverberate that vibrancy that only a reshuffle could bring to it because as it is now, there has been a loss of creativity and lack of direction. The distraction caused by the Ebola crises is not to be disregarded and therefore the energy required to rebuild from that shambles cannot be found in a Government embattled with infighting and malaise. When all is well considered, the distension of Sam Sumana from the party structure should be the catalyst for a wider reorganization of governance. The promises on which some stood are being eroded by inertia, the expectations of others are subject to depletion and the dismantling of support structures do not augur well for the party unity that is required at these times. The struggle to be heard among the clamor of those who have contributed nothing to the survival of the party drown out the very credible pleas of those who work hard at night as others sleep to stay the calm and to hold at bay the antagonists. A cabinet reshuffle will not be acceptable if it is merely an exercise of musical chairs but a demonstration that all those who are constantly striving to muster support for party aspirations hitherto without recompense, must be addressed. No one should be left to feel as if they are being sidelined when their contribution and input is of such significant value. The loss to the party would in some way be identified by the moment in time, when disenchantment sets in and become rampant as those who make valuable contribution see themselves being deliberately excluded. This should stop.
‘Lappa lappa lappa, on da shoulder...in da master blackie dudas…aaaa in da masssta.’ Do you recall this song?! Oh yes! I know that all humans in Sierra Leone either sang or heard this song in their childhood days. For some of us that were humans while growing up, before nature converted us to Ariogbos, we actually danced 60s Azonto with this ‘lappa lappa’ song.
Humans are so short and shortsighted. ‘Nor to cuss o’. I am just saying it the Ariogbo way. In the Ariogbo Kingdom, we are used to calling things by their real names so we don’t confuse one thing for another. If an Ariogbo President is behaving like a dictator, we will call him dictator instead of calling him Messiah or World Best. This is simply because there is a vast difference between being a dictator and being Messi (World Best). Don’t ask me for the meaning of what I have just said, because I just meant exactly what I said.
‘Bad nor fine o…bad nor good…bad na bad…bad nor to mortal man’. I am saying this because I am very vexed …‘ar vex bad bad wan back o’. In fact ‘sef’ I am disgruntled. What is happening in this human kingdom has never, and will never happen even in the dreams of common and uncommon Ariogbos. But usual and unusual humans all have the same things in common; as the saying goes: ‘Mortal man na mortal man’.
There has been a huge misconception about the source of the name ‘Sierra Leone’. Everyone who claimed authority on Sierra Leone history had without question attributed this to the Portuguese voyager named Pedro da çintra (the cedilla softens the ‘c’ into an ‘s’ rendition, just as in ‘çapes’, often written as ‘sapes’) This voyager visited the shores of the Sierra Leone peninsula in 1462 and later claimed to another Portuguese functionary, Pacheco Periera, that he ‘saw a land so rough and wild, (he) called it Lyoa ‘ (Kup 1961:6) This claim, which did not include the other half of the name, was believed by Periera and it is the source of what has become embedded in Sierra Leone history, that Pedro da çintra gave the name ‘Sierra Leone’ to the peninsula and the name stuck on to that of the colony and later independent nation bearing that name.
The concept of the rule of law has long been explained by philosophers. It was expressly stated by Aristotle that "law should be the final sovereign; and personal rule, whether it be exercised by a single person or a body of persons, should be sovereign in only those matters which law is unable, owing to the difficulty of framing general rules for all contingencies." Also, during the thirteenth century, Thomas Aquinas argued that the rule of law represents the natural order of God as ascertained through divine inspiration and human reason. In the seventeenth century, the English jurist Sir Edward Coke, asserted that the "king ought to be under no man, but under God and the law." With regards to the legislative power in England, Coke said that "when an act of Parliament is against common right and reason, or repugnant, or impossible to be performed, the Common Law will control it, and adjudge such act to be void."
By a curious conspiracy of both tragic and farcical factors, the nagging and perennial “race question” has again captured the American, indeed global imagination. Just as the debate about whether or not race is rooted in biology— inspired by Rachel Dolezal (the white woman whose long con job landed her a gig as the ostensibly Black president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP) — was getting interesting,America and the world was jolted by the cold-blooded massacre of nine African-American worshipers in Charleston by white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof. Like the recent string of white cops’ killing of largely young African American males, which sparked the Black Lives Matter movement, the Dolezal and Roof incidents expose America’s underbelly of systemic and structural racism. They have once again brought into bold relief America’s disease of White supremacist racism, an ailment that has simply refused to heal.
The story of the pregnant woman Isatu Sankoh, age 22 years formerly of Magazine wharf in the East of Freetown, who later moved to the Mabela community and eventually admitted for labor at the Mabela Community Health Centre where she delivered have raised many questions after declared Ebola positive.
I am a researcher and investigative journalist with special interest in Sierra Leone, my homeland, despite the distance barrier. The ICC radar is focusing on the whole world, including Sierra Leoene for violence inciters who want to grab political power by force.
As long as it's in the interest of our people, we would do what we have to do to address their needs. The procurement processes were followed and we took due consideration to ensure efficient management of the fleet.
Sierra Leone is a country that was founded on ideals. Today those ideals are being challenged by the very people Sierra Leoneans have directly and indirectly entrusted with the affairs of this great country.
It is now trending on social media, especially on Facebook amongst Sierra Leoneans abroad. And this trend has shown, or is showing, that many Sierra Leoneans have starting looking at their country not as a nation-state anymore but as tribal and regional blocks patched together by the inconveniences of national symbols.
President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday 28th August said the role of chiefs in the overall governance of the state is very important. He made this statement on the occasion of the official crowning ceremony of four paramount chiefs in northern Sierra Leone held at the Makeni City Council Hall, Bombali District.
You have to be as powerful as Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio to always make the news headline or that anything you say is scrutinised word after word and sentence after sentence. We accept that with his huge popularity and being a politician vying for the highest office there will always be public scrutiny.
As the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) continues its mandate of collating the views of institutions and groups from all sectors in society for the ongoing constitutional review process, Prisons Watch - Sierra Leone ,a civil society organization that seeks the welfare of Prisoners has also added its voice by presenting it position paper on the justice sector in the country.
………was the day hope died. It was the day that national aspirations for a true and decent society where justice and equity reigns, became less a hope and more a pipe dream. It was the day governance degenerated into a complete disillusionment.