Injured back of AYV’s Makeni female reporter Augusta Ethel Turay
By Aruna Turay
Native rebels in Makeni, who claimed to be supporters and loyalists of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party, yesterday 16th January 2019 barbarically attacked and rudely manhandled five staff of the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire attached to the Empire’s Makeni Bureau, Northern Sierra Leone.
Some members of parliament in the country’s main opposition, All People’s Congress (APC) and in the Coalition for Change (C4C) party have expressed dissatisfaction against the Chief Whip of Parliament Hon. Dixon Rogers for standing down and failing to accommodate their questions for the Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police Dr. Richard Moigbe when the latter appeared before the House.
New Chief Justice Desmond Babatunde taking the oath of office
Confirmed reports have revealed that the SLPP Commission of Inquiry, slated to kick off this month, will rope nearly 300 APC/SLPP suspects.
President Julius Maada Bio's New Direction SLPP administration, in its determination to enforce transparency and accountability in the country’s public sector, has announced that the Commissions of Inquiry will look into the performance of former All People’s Congress (APC) Government officials as well as some SLPP officials suspected of corruption.
Honorable Dr. Kandeh KollehYumkella leader of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) and a Member of Parliament representing one of the constituencies in the northern Kambia District said on FM 98.1 Radio News & Current Affairs programme Good Morning Salone early this week: "do it right so that tomorrow it will not be done wrong with you."
The body representing Barristers in Sierra Leone – the Sierra Leone Bar Association, has filed a 20-page Supreme Court action, seeking an interpretation of the country’s constitution with regards the rules governing the establishment of commissions of inquiry in Sierra Leone.
The Sierra Leone Police has invited the Executive Members of the main Opposition All Peoples Congress (APC), of which former President Ernest Bai Koroma is the Leader and National Chairman, to the Criminal Investigations Department headquarters of the Sierra Leone Police in Freetown to answer to charges of "Conspiracy and Seditious " publication which the CID personnel are currently investigating under Section 33 (1a) and (1c) of the Public Order Act of 1965, the National Secretary General of the APC Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh confirmed to this Writer on the cellphone early Monday afternoon January 7, 2019.
“In recent times, we have seen a spate of violent incidents many of them associated with post-election tensions. There is also strong evidence that democracy itself may be under serious threat given the growing polarization of our society and the incessant pandering to tribalism.
“We are very concerned about this and the emerging risks to fundamental human rights (guaranteed under our constitution and in international treaties we have ratified) due to a series of arrests/detentions without recourse to Hebeaus Corpus.
Santigie Bangura adjudicating over the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 at Siaka Steven Street has slammed a total of one hundred billion, four hundred thousand Leones (Le140, 000,400,000) for all fourteen accused persons docked for breaching certain sections of the Public Order Act of the laws of Sierra Leone.
The bail condition further indicated that each accused person should produce one surety who should be a residential citizen within the Freetown Judicial District of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Sureties should also surrender their passports and national identity cards and bail must be approved by the Master and Registrar of the court.