Almost two years since he left office, former President Ernest Bai Koroma on Thursday 13th September, 2019 met with his successor, President Julius Maada Bio at State House.
This is the second closed door meeting between the two men. But it is the first that was made public. The first closed door meeting between the two men that was not made public was the one prior to the start of the ongoing Commissions of Inquiry (COIs).
Reports about a proposed protest by a group referring to itself as Concerned Sierra Leoneans have been making the rounds on social media over the past couple of weeks.
In addressing this rumor, the management of the Sierra Leone Police called a press conference to advice members of the general public and particularly members of the All People’s Congress party to distance and disassociate their party from such a protest because part of the reason for the protest according to Concerned Sierra Leoneans was to demonstrate for alleged wrongs done to the APC.
Past weekend, President Julius Maada Bio who doubles as Commander-In-Chief of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, (RSLAF) warned newly-recruited female soldiers at the Benguema Barracks congratulated them but warned them to stay out of politics.
The President was attending the passing-out parade and commissioning ceremony of over 300 combined women officer cadets and recruits at the Armed Forces Training Centre at Benguema, Waterloo east of Freetown.
Addressing the new recruits, President Bio commended them for their resilience and tenacity, but urged them not to be involved in partisan politicking or engaged in partisan political discussions.
According to recent revelation from the Justice William Annan Atuguba Commission of Inquiry 67, former President Ernest Bai Koroma intervened several times between NASSIT and the contractor for the Sewa Grounds Market popularly known as Victoria Park.
Led in evidence by state Counsel Mr. Musa Mewa, Director of Investment at NASSIT Dr. Brima IbrahimBaimba Kargbo delved into the structure of the Sewa Grounds Market project and how constant intervention by former President Ernest Bai of forced NASSIT into making unjustifiable payments to the contractor even though the trust was unwilling to do such. Dr. Kargbo said the contract was separated into various components; $15.5m for the market, $12m for the school and park, $3.7m for the consultant engineer, and $3.3m for Freetown City Council.
The Office of the Clerk of Parliament has issued a statement informing all Members of Parliament and the general public, that parliamentary sittings will resume after its annual recess, today Thursday 29th August 2019 at 10:00 am the Chamber of Parliament, at Tower Hill, Freetown.
The Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) has in a strong worded press release condemned the violence perpetrated by the main opposition All Peoples Congress (APC) party to disrupt the just concluded bye-election in Constituency 110, Saturday 24th August, 2019.
The press release issued today by the National Secretary General, Lawyer Napoleon Koroma, states that, "the election started peacefully, until elements of the main opposition APC, allegedly led by Honorable Abdul Kargbo, attempted to disrupt the smooth flow of proceedings at or around Angola Town."
According to the release, Honorable Abdul Kargbo and his thugs were arrested with offensive weapons and illegal ballot boxes and whisked to the Lumley Police Station.
Stakeholders from Bombali district, one of the main opposition, All People’s Congress (APC) Party’s major political strongholds, have met with His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio to commend him for his government’s impressive performance since his election in April last year.
Endeavoring to mitigate election tensions and violence, the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) has said that even though the All People’s Congress (APC) party was not part of the three political parties that signed the Memorandum of Understanding, the institution is however grateful for the party’s commitment to abide to all the standards required by the MoU to ensure a free, fair and violent free election.