Sierra Leoneans might be adept at discording with one another on many issues not least which is the better premier league team—the dangerously lethal Killers “East End Lions” or the self-declared “Mighty Blackpool” or the seemingly frail Eagles of “Kamboi Hills” or the missing in range “Bo Rangers”. But certainly, one opinion which enjoys trans-regional appeal is the part the judiciary played in fueling the disenchantment which provoked the more-than-a-decade-long civil ire.
President Julius Maada Bio has envisaged a new Sierra Leone, where those with talents and those who work hard will realize the benefit of their full potential as they contribute meaningfully to make our country great again.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has informed the public that it had entered into a settlement agreement with the Managing Director at T S and Company, Architects, Engineers and Builders Consortium, Thomas Koroma, brother to former President Ernest Bai Koroma in respect of investigations into failing to pay tax contrary to Section 48 (1) (d) of the Anti Corruption Act 2008.
Newly-elected Paramount Chief Sadiq Kapuwa of Nonogowa Chiefdom in the Kenema District, southern Sierra Leone, on Tuesday 19th February, 2019 testified as a witness before Justice Biobele William Georgewill presiding over the Commission of Inquiry at Room 1.
Led in evidence by Lead State Counsel Oladipo Robin-Mason Sr. PC Kapuwa informed the commission that in 2014 he became Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) on 1st April, 2014 and that he was “supposed to be the Vote Controller and head of Admin, as things ought to have been.”
The United Bank Africa (UBA), one of the leading financial institutions in Sierra Leone as a way of decongesting the banking halls and make transactions easier for their customers has officially launched and unveiled their Cash-Back Point of Sale (POS) for credit and debit card users at their Charlotte Street office in Freetown.
Speaking during the launching ceremony, the Country Treasurer of UBA Sierra Leone, Clement Yeboah, said the launching of the POS is one of their newest additional services to their many existing products.
38 years old Lebanese national residing in Sierra Leone, Ibrahim Hamoud is currently in police custody at the Bo Central Police Division, helping with investigations on allegations of sexually abusing a fourteen-year old girl in the same city.
The suspect, according to Police Inspector Musa Fofanah, Southern Region Police Spokesperson, has been using his wealth to lure the poor innocent girl into an unethical love and romantic relationship for close to ten months past.
Twenty-five year old Osman Kamara, a fisherman, on Tuesday 19th February 2019 re-appeared before Hon. Justice Monfred Sesay, presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, for the offence of Sexual Penetration of a Child Under eighteen years.
More than 20 students who survived the flood and mudslides in Freetown have been certified by Develop Africa Sierra Leone (DASL), after completing 6 months computer training course in Information Communication Technology (ICT) at Wilkinson Road in Freetown.
Deputy Commissioner of Customs at the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Tennyson Bio has taken the campaign for a fortified revenue collection to the bushes of Kailahun, Pujehun and other part of the country where he made the call for a visible community partnership in revenue collection at the country's various borders.
Bio, during his custom border inspection in Pujehun (Jendema) and Kailahun (Koindu, Baidu and Yenga) over the weekend, appealed to stakeholders to be committed to supporting customs officers so as to enable them achieve an increased revenue generation.
The Tony Elumelu Foundation, the leading African-funded and founded philanthropy committed to empowering African entrepreneurs, has announced its last call for applications into its prestigious 2019 Entrepreneurship Programme. The application portal launched on the 1st of January 2019 to close on the 1st of March, 2019.
Selected beneficiaries will join 4,470 current alumni and will receive $5,000 seed capital, access to mentors, bespoke training and numerous opportunities to impact policies at the local and global level.
The Parliament of Sierra Leone over the weekend debated and unanimously approved the Twenty-Eighth Report of its Committee on Appointments and the Public Service, chaired by the Acting Leader of Government Business, Hon. Mathew S. Nyuma.
Congratulating the nominees after approval, the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu called on them to live by example and work in the best interests of the country. He also wished them well in -pursuits of their new appointments.
Local Council Association of Sierra Leone (LoCASL), has launched a Capacity Building Project that costs 37,000 Euros. The launching took Place at Njala Venue, Aberdeen in Freetown.
The programme attracted the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, the Mayor of Freetown, the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Local Government and representatives from the EU Delegation in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone as a country has been through series of crises and continues to grapple with several community challenges that have the potential to erupt into violent conflicts, but one such organization that is actively involved in making communities safer is the Young Peace Builders. During the organization's
Finance Minister JJ Saffa: More grease to your elbow
By Prince C. Kamara
In a bid to mitigate the challenges facing the National Revenue Authority (NRA), with regard revenue collection at the Gbalamuya Customs Checkpoint in the Kambia District, northern Sierra Leone, modalities are now being put in place to ensure that revenue collection remains an all-time high under the new leadership of Joseph Rogers.
The illustrious legal luminary, who is a dynamic and result-oriented Supervisor of the NRA Gbalamuya Customs Checkpoint, Joseph Rogers has given the checkpoint a huge facelift by putting in place measures to combat crimes like smuggling and bribing of Customs Officers among other crimes Joseph Rogers is battling to curb under his supervision.
Secretary to the Vice President, Barbah Fortune has exonerated the Deputy ACC Commissioner, Shollay Davies from alleged illegal land acquisition.
The land in question which was rumored to have been acquired illegally by Shollay Davies is a plot of land situated at Hill Station. Our investigations reveal that the land in question is State land. Government had initially leased the said land to one Isatu Gbekie (wife of the late Pa Gbekie) but she failed to develop the land within the stipulated period as provided by law.
Community engagement is one of the sustained proactive approaches by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to heighten public awareness on corrupt practices and to forge alliances in fighting corruption.It is in this regard that the Public Education Unit of the ACC in Makeni, on Friday 8th February 2019 held a dialogue forum with the Manonkoh Community at their Court Barry in the Konta Bai Serry Chiefdom, Bombali District.
More than 20 students who survived the flood and mudslides in Freetown have been certified by Develop Africa, Sierra Leone (DASL), after completing 6 months. The graduants, according to the Program Manager of Develop Africa, Sierra Leone, Abu Stephen Conteh are those people that were affected by the flood and mudslide disasters in the country.
The long awaited moment has finally come to pass last evening of Thursday 14th February, 2019 with Twenty young men and women making their way through to the House of the AYV/Africell Housemates Salone TV Reality Show.
The Deputy Commissioner of Customs, National Revenue Authority Tennyson Bio together with senior management staff is currently on a nationwide tour engaging stakeholders at different border crossing point in a bid to mitigate smuggling and explain the importance of tax for development of Sierra Leone.
Commissioner Bio together with his team started the engagement at Moyamba District, Lower Banta Chiefdom, Gbamgbantor. On arrival at Gbamgbantor Tennyson Bio visited the harbour and the military navy base to have a first hand assessment of the different business activities that can possibly generate huge revenue for the government.
Bollore Transport and Logistics is a renowned port handler based in France with branches across the globe.
Recently, the Bollore management updated journalists on, its just-completed work on the construction of two hundred and seventy meters container terminal extension at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay in Freetown.
A high-level delegation from the West African Examination Council, WAEC, headed by its Chairman, Baboucarr Bouy from the Republic of Gambia, has met with His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House.
The sub-Regional organisation was established in 1952 with a mandate to determine the examinations required in the public interest in the English-speaking West African countries, to conduct such examinations and to award certificates of international standard to deserving candidates in the examinations.
Thursday 14 February, 2019 would forever be memorable for Correctional officers attached to the main cell at the law court building. Inmates they brought to court either for trial or preliminary investigation in respect of various offences, descended on the innocent Correctional officers throwing missiles of feaces (toilet) in an effort to cause consternation.
Malie Kamara & Alan Wolstencroft with some of the donated items
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Westminster has donated education and sports materials to Sanaya Memorial Academy in Lungi in support of the Free and Quality Education instituted by the government.
When interviewed The Country Director of Westminster Musayeroh Barrie said since 2015 they have been supporting this school and now that the president has launched the Free and Quality Education they have decided to up the support to the school so that they can benefit more.
As part of his goodwill gesture the Pastor-in-Charge of Victory in Jesus Church at Kuntoloh Community, Apostle Jeremiah Turay has donated food items worth over six million Leones to residents of Kuntoloh community and pupils of Wonders Preparatory School in Kuntoloh. The motivation for the donation according to Apostle Turay, is a result of constraints of some pupils such as not having lunch at school.
Hon. Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards taking the Oath of Office
By Mohamed Kai
Members of the Sierra Leone Court Reporters Association (SLCRA) have paid a courtesy call on the Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards at his Law Court Building office at Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown.
Speaking on behalf of the Association, the President Artwark Maddie disclosed that the cardinal objective of the visit was to interface and enhance a good working relationship with the leadership of the Sierra Leone Judiciary.
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 14th February 2019 debated and unanimously adopted a resolution on women, peace, and security that was laid on the Table of the House on Thursday 07th February, this year.
Presenting the Resolution prior to adoption by the House, the President of the Parliamentary Female Caucus, Hon. Veronica K. Sesay recognized UNDP’s global project on “The Role of Parliaments as Partners in Women, Peace, and Security”, with minimal funding from the government of Norway. As such, she continued that UNDP’s commitment is to work with four legislatures, including the Sierra Leone Parliament which is the only one chosen from Africa, to progress their national identified priorities that are geared towards supporting women, peace, and security in their home countries. The four countries identified for this pilot project are Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka.
As L.A.W.Y.E.R.S (Legal Access through Women Yearning for Equality Rights and Social Justice) clocks 22 on Valentine’s Day 14th February, 2019 the organisation seeks to renew their affection for girls and women by putting their well-being and economic empowerment top of their agenda.
With the rise in news media reports of sexual violence and abuses against women and girls especially minors, the organisation’s President Fatmata Sorie said they would like to mark the first quarter of their anniversary by raising funds for and supporting two girls who have been the most recent victims of sexual violence.