After years of speculation – mainly by the opposition APC, as to whether the newly-elected President of Sierra Leone – Julius Maada Bio is allowed to enter the United States or not, State House Press Secretary – Yusuf Keketoma Sandi announced over the weekend that the president has departed Sierra Leone for the US to attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Sierra Leonean MPs receive training from UK MPs in the Sierra Leone Parliament
Members of Parliament from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association have concluded a weeklong visit to Freetown, Sierra Leone where they conducted a Post-Elections Seminar for new MPs, to help build an effective, accountable and inclusive Parliament of Sierra Leone.
Peace has finally returned to Kailahun and Karene districts, two of Sierra Leone’s worse experienced political violence, intolerance and intimidation districts before, during and after the March 2018 electoral process.
Some of these problems led to displacement of people from one place to the other for fear of their lives.
Immediately after the pronouncement of the final presidential results, President Julius Maada Bio demanded a joint committee composing different political parties to calm down the situation and find a way forward for peace and national cohesion.
Premier Li informed President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio that China and Sierra Leone friendship has taken root in the hearts of the people, and the two countries consistently help and support each other, forging a profound friendship in the fight against Ebola. He added that China will spare no effort in providing support to improve the economic and social development in Sierra Leone to achieve win-win cooperation, said Premier Li.
Honorable Members of the Fifth Parliament of the Second Republic of Sierra Leone on Monday 17th September 2018 at Committee Room One Parliament Building held a one day dialogue on the theme: “Advancing Democracy through Effective Negotiation and Consensus Building in Parliament”, organized by Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
Sacked Independent Media Commission (IMC) boss, Ambassador Alieu Sesay is among lots of other Sierra Leonean senior citizens that have been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) following the execution of arrest of certain persons at the US Embassy in Freetown’
Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Francis Ben Kaifala Esq, has noted that corruption is a dangerous act that has the tendency to attack the foundation of democratic governance and bestow more importance on individuals than the collective.
“Corruption is a dangerous thing. It attacks the very foundation of democratic governance, it makes the individual more important than the collective and when the individual is more important the collective suffers because without the collective there is no stake,” he said.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has completed the verification, updating and registration exercise being conducted by the National Civil Registration Commission (NCRA) for all civil and public servants in the country.
Shortly after the process, Director General NCRA, Mohamed Massaquoi, thanked President Bio for going through the biometric verification exercise. He disclosed that the process was in line with the request by the Ministry of Finance and the Human Resources Management Office to clean up and then set up an accountable government payroll system.
Ministers who returned with His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio from the combined trips of a state visit and the Forum for Africa-China Cooperation Summit (FOCAC) in Beijing have addressed the press on sector specific interests.
Present at the conference hall of the Ministry of Information and Communications at Youyi Building in Freetown were the Finance Minister, Jacob Jusu Saffa, Development and Economic Planning Minister, Nabeela Tunis, Agriculture Minister, Joseph Ndanema, Information and Communications Minister, Mohamed Rhaman Swaray, Trade Minister, Peter Bayuku Conteh, and Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman, Yusuf Keketoma Sandi.