By Prince C. KamaraIn a tense session which started approximately at 10:30am yesterday Monday 25th February, 2019 inside Commission of Inquiry Room 1, presided over by Justice Biobele George-Will, a former Managing Director of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) Crispin Bishop Deigh, testified that during his tenure there were no concrete procedures or processes in giving unsecured loans to politically exposed persons (PEPs)
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba, has concluded a four-day working visit to the United Kingdom, hosted by the Sierra Leone High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland, Mr. Tamba Lamina.
ACC Manager addressing the technical working group
Bo District is making progress in combating bribery in schools as PNB index on bribery for January returned a single complaint on I Paid a Bribe. This is the first time in three years the Ministry of Basic and Senior School Education (MBSSE) is receiving this discomfortingly comforting figure – one. Initially, the MBSSE had been getting scolding figures spanning above one hundred.
High Court Judge, Hon. Justice John Bosco Allieu has remanded Mohamed Lamin Kamara alias Coke N. Gin and Paul Corn at the Sierra Leone maximum detention center at Pademba Road in Freetown for allegedly committing very grave criminal offences, contrary to law.
Both accused persons are charged with multiple offences ranging from Conspiracy, Murder and Rape, which negate certain core sections of the Criminal Procedure Act of 1965.
The Cuban Charge d’ Affairs in Sierra Leone, Mr. Felix Raul Rojas Cruz has met with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Alie Kabba, at his Tower Hill office in Freetown to discuss and strengthen bilateral ties between Sierra Leone and Cuba.
Mr. Cruz underscored the fact that Sierra Leone is the first country in Africa to have established diplomatic relations with Cuba several decades ago.
As the Sierra Leonean community in Texas consciously comes into their realization that God Almighty has done so much for them, including healthcare improvement, strength, mercies, sustaining peace in their country, living together in harmony in the United States, they have conducted an interfaith prayer and thanksgiving service to celebrate and thank God Almighty. This year’s theme is: “Gratitude and Celebration”.
Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Dr. Dennis Sandy, over the weekend said he was appointed by his boss, President Julius Maada Bio to work in the interest of the people of Sierra Leone.
In his own words, the no-nonsense minister said: “I am ready to do the job I was entrusted to do and during executing my duties and responsibilities, anyone who stands in my way will be crushed”.
Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone in and out of the country have expressed disappointment over what they described as: “A very poor public relations” at the ongoing Commissions of Inquiry (COIs) hosted at the Special Court facilities in Freetown.
Many people who spoke to this writer are not satisfied with the manner in which happenings in the 3 COIs are being put out for public consumption.
Sierra Leone will welcome Dr. Jane Goodall (DBE, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace), the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, during her three-day visit to the country, February 27 to March 1st where, 27 years ago, she was instrumental in the founding of the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
The three-day visit highlights the emerging conservation movement in Sierra Leone as well as the country’s re-emergence on the world stage as a sustainable tourism destination.
Seawright Mining Company in Kono has handed over a Fisheries Cold Room to the Nimiyama Chiefdom in Kono District. The cold room is to salvage the constraints of market women who normally go to Freetown to buy ice blocks to preserve fish they sell for a living.
The company started operation in the country five years ago in Kono District. Seawright Mining Company is geared towards mining exploration, among other interests.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has told President Adama Barrow of the Republic of The Gambia that his government hopes to strengthen, widen and deepen the friendly relationship between the two sister-countries.
He made the disclosure during a State Banquet organised in his honour by the host President and people of The Gambia, who were celebrating their fifty-fourth Independence Day on February 18 this year.
Welcoming his colleague, His Excellency President Adama Barrow expressed happiness for having President Bio and his entourage in his beautiful city of Banjul for the first time since he was voted president of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
This Sunday, 24th February, 2019, all roads will lead to the Paradise Garden Entertainment Complex on Beach Road in Freetown, where the first eviction (Week One) will be held for the ongoing widely watched TV reality show, AYV/Africell Housemates Salone 2019.
The event which is set to start at exactly 7:00pm at the complex, will see the first set of evicted Housemates with low vote counts being thrown out of the House.
The Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone (PBSL) has informed journalists that it is investigating the possible presence of a fake brand of the cough syrup named Menthodex that is reported to be flooding the market.
The PBSL move was prompted following information circulated on social media about a sample of the syrup in question with a wrong production date of April 2019. Those who circulated it on social media claimed it is now flooding the Sierra Leone market.
In the resplendent realm of international diplomatic pomp and pageantry there is hardly another place on earth more infused with glitz and glamour than inside “the court of Saint James” in Buckingham Palace in London.
On Wednesday 20th February 2019, the Sierra Leone High Commissioner to the United Kingdom & Ireland –
Westminster Group is a fully owned British company operating in 50 countries around the world, including Sierra Leone and they are responsible for the security of the Airport that has been a success for the past years now.
Talking to the Admin Director of Westminster Musayeroh Barrie said there has been rumoursthat Westminster is a Sierra Leone company, owned by some members of the former government.
Rape is disgusting. Abuse and exploitation of children is particularly repugnant. I have been on the forefront of those fighting the scourge of what I have called the “culture of rape” in Sierra Leone. So naturally, President Julius Maada Bio’s historic declaration of rape and sexual violence as a national emergency in Sierra Leone made me ecstatic. Here’s a president who’s listened, consulted and made a bold declaration that will elevate this critical issue and hopefully lead to concrete steps that will help us defeat this malaise. I therefore fully support the declaration and I am indeed very proud of our President for this move.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio and First Lady Fatima Bio are thrilling residents of The Gambia as they are in the country on a three-day state visit on the invitation of His Excellency President Adama Barrow and his First Lady, Madam Fatoumatta Bah Barrow.
At the Banjul International Airport, President Bio and Madam Fatima Bio were received by President Barrow and Mrs. Barrow with pomp and pageantry. The colourful atmosphere at the airport demonstrated that His Excellency President Adama Barrow was receiving his brother and a great ally not just in the sub-region but also in the continent.
Irate residents who are fed up with the horrid smell of burning waste from the Kingtom Bomeh dumpsite are calling on the Freetown City Council and the government to relocate the dumpsite.
Over the years, the Kingtom Bomeh dumpsite has been plagued with fires that cause a thick blanket of smoke and pollution and ash that engulf the communities around the dumpsite sometimes for several days.
The second prosecution witness in the murder trial of one John Kanu has been cross-examined before the newly-appointed Magistrate of Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Stevens Street, Hannah Bonnie. The accused is facing trial for the offence of Murder, contrary to law.
The state alleged that the accused person murdered his girlfriend, Isata Sankoh at Mountain Cut on Wednesday 26th December 2018 within the Freetown Judicial District of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Justice Biobele George Will presiding over the Commission of Inquiry sitting at Room No. 1, former Special Court facility, Jomo Kenyatta Road, New England in Freetown, announced yesterday that, managers and policy makers at the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) need to face the commission to explain exactly how a bank can loan public money to individuals without any guarantee of getting the loan repaid.
A press release from the Native Consortium & Research Center (NCRC) says it has noted the grave effect of the scarcity of bread to consumers in Freetown.
The release reads: “We have observed that bakers and their unions are calling for strike action over the hike in the price of flour. This has affected Sierra Leoneans who regard bread as their staple food. We call on the ministry of finance to speedily solve this issue with minimum delay.”
The desire of management and staff of the China Railway Seventh Group (CRSG) to complement government’s effort in promoting socio-economic development in the localities they are operating has always been a top priority on the company’s development agenda since it started operating in Sierra Leone.
The New Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Easmon Nathanael Ngakui, while taking oath of office at State House, assured His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio that he is well prepared for the task ahead of him in his new office.
Mr. Ngakui said he will do all he can to not disappoint the President for the fact that he has already had hindsight of the problems he will be facing.
The newly-appointed Managing Director, Ahmed Saybom Kanu is taking the Sierra Leone Shipping Company (SLNSC) to a new direction after he successfully held his first meeting with the management and staff.
According to a number of staff who attended the well-attended meeting, Mr. Kanu thanked them for the reception and promised to work together with each and every staff to bring positive reform and restore profitability to what he described as an institution that was floundering before now.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), an agency of the World Bank Group, has held a forum at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown with the objective to facilitate the matching of commercial investors with mid-size, scalable companies seeking investment.
The event, dubbed – ‘Investor CONNECT Sierra Leone’ – brought together private investors to discuss options to address solutions to difficulties facing private sector growth, from both investors’ and business owners’ perspective.
The ruling Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) has been confronted with a lot of heinous challenges that are shaking the fundamental Unity of the party like a pendulum.
I have kept sealed lips, but it is always good to speak truth to power so that corresponding solutions are promptly brought to the altar.
The SLPP came to power amidst competitive, but one of the most controversial elections since independence. And its presidential candidate was the most scorned Sierra Leonean to sail through and occupy the most sacred seat of the land, Presidency.