The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London has announced that the British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Guy Warrington, will be replaced in September 2019 by Simon Mustard.
Guy Warrington, who succeeded Peter West as British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, took up post in Freetown in August 2016, after an illustrious career which began in 1986 when he joined the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Counsellor Zhang Xueqian has told Journalists that since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Sierra Leone 48 years ago, the bilateral relations have been constantly strengthened and enhanced. China-Sierra Leone relations are based on friendliness, sincerity, equality and mutual benefit. China attaches great importance to developing trade and economic cooperation with Sierra Leone.
The Chinese companies coming to explore mutual beneficial and win-win cooperation with their Sierra Leonean counterparts in accordance with business principles and market laws is not a sin and should not be maliciously attacked.
Hundreds of family members, friends, medical practitioners and friends, on Tuesday 16th April, 2019 lay to rest the remains of renowned pediatrician Dr. Daniel Josephus Olubunmi Robbin-Coker, after a well-attended funeral ceremony at the Holy Trinity Curch, Kissy Road in Freetown. He was laid to rest at the Kissy Road Cemetery.
The late Dr. Robbin-Coker who died at the age of 84 years was born in Freetown on the 15th July, 1934. His early education began at the Holy Trinity Infant School, from where he continued onto the Holy Trinity Boys’ School before progressing to the Prince of Wales School, where he received his secondary education from 1947-1953.
ICAP in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation officially launched the 2017 Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) Report, which was followed by a two-day workshop on data use for decision making. The event held at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown on the 16th and 17th April 2019, and was attended by key stakeholders from the district and national levels.This event provided a unique opportunity to lunch the SARA report, and also strengthen the capacity of managers and senior MoHS and District Council staffs on using data to make strategic decision.
By Ibrahim Sorie Koroma Health Education Officer – HED/MoHS
The Director at the Directorate of Non communicable Diseases and Mental Health in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Santigie Sesay has stated that the proportion of Mortality and disability due to Non Communicable Diseases in Sierra Leone are on the increase. He made the statement at a meeting held on Tuesday 16 April at the MoHS Conference Hall, Youyi Building.
In the wake of court hearings at the Sierra Leone Law Court, where sixteen All People’s Congress (APC) Members of Parliament were petitioned after the March 2018 elections for several alleged cases, some bad personnel of the Sierra Leone Police have brutally manhandled people leaving six injured.
High Court Judge, Hon. Justice Komba Kamanda adjudicating over petition cases has said in Freetown that petition cases before the court are very important and needed to be expedited in the name of justice and fair play.
He informed the well-attended court that the court has given equal opportunity to both Counsels representing the Sierra Leone People’s Party and the All Peoples Congress parliamentarians to make their submissions on behalf of their Clients, but that the court is not bound by those submissions.
As part of effort to reduce lawlessness in the Road Transport Sector to enhance Road safety in the county, the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority SLRSA on Friday 12th April 2019 launched a major operation along the Freetown Waterloo - Masiaka highway. The operation which was designed to restore law and other in the transport sector, succeeded in apprehending 77 vehicles which were in contravention of both Road Traffic Act of 2007 and the Road Traffic Regulation 2011.
Following the frequent fire outbreaks in the country, the leading Sierra Leone Gas dealer National Petroleum Sierra Leone Limited (NP) has trained over 40 residents of Kissy Dock Yard on community basic fire prevention and safety awareness in the Freetown. The training according to Health and Safety Officer NP Sierra Leone Limited Saffea Thomas Gbamanja is new phases they are embarking on to help prevent fire disasters in the country.
After two days of frenzied reaction from all sides of Sierra Leone’s political spectrum, to the revelation by the Auditor General of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Lara Taylor-Pearce’s response to a question as to whether she can corroborate the alleged misappropriated $1.6 Billion cited in the Minister of Finance report, calm has been restored to the legislative house and in other quarters.
Speaking on radio and TV, the Auditor General could not corroborate the Finance Minister’s figures presented to the media. She said she does not recognize nor seen anything like $1.6 Billion of public funds missing in her technical audit report which she handed to the Minister of finance.
The Chief Minister has noted that “one of the good things coming out of the country is Fambul Tok”. Prof. David Francis was delivering a keynote address during a five-day conference on Constellating Peace from the Inside Out that brought peace practitioners from over ten countries together. He said Fambul Tok created space for open dialogue and took the lead in post war healing and reconciliation. He said Fambul Tok pioneered indigenous restorative justice and today most communities have been healed.
EU Ambassador with President Bio and other dignitaries
The European Union Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Ambassador Tom Vens has warned the government of Sierra Leone and the general public that money laundering and terrorist financing threatens a country’s social, political and economic stability, and that therefore, its attractiveness to credible investors and its prospects for sustainable growth and job creation are slim.
The leading mobile operator in Sierra Leone, Africell Mobile Company has extended their magnanimity towards the successful outcome of this year’s 90th anniversary of the Old Bo Boys Association (OBBA), the fraternity of former pupils of the Bo Government Secondary School for Boys.
Auditor General and Finance Minister who is lying?
Sierra Leoneans in and out of the country and friends of Sierra Leone have been left with no option but to ask questions including: “Auditor General Lara Taylor Pierce and Minister of Finance Jacob Jusu Saffa who is blatantly lying to the world?”
Questions as to whether it is Jacob that has lied or deliberately misled the people and the media, when he said in a press conference held last week that a forensic audit investigation carried out by a group of international auditors found that over a Billion Dollars was misappropriated by former All People’s Congress (APC) led government officials or is Lara who lied when she said on radio and television the same week that she has gone through all the 523 pages report Jacob was referring to and found no evidence of the reported missing One Billion Dollars have been left plying on the lips of countrymen and women.
The Deputy Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Emily Gogra has said that parents, principals, teachers, pupils and students are responsible for examination malpractices in the country. She debunked earlier rumor doing the round that the WAEC officials are the ones responsible for the malpractice.
Emily Gogra made this statement during the introduction of Public Exam Monitors at Ahamadiyya Muslim Secondary School in Freetown.
Domestic Helpers Organization (DHO) Sierra Leone has held an engagement dialogue with legal institutions to update them on issues facing domestic workers.
The dialogue featured law makers and key stakeholders in government. The engagement was geared towards protecting the lives of domestic workers and took place at the Buxton Memorial Hall, Charles Street, Freetown.
The organization aims at promoting awareness on the violations of the rights of domestic workers in Sierra Leone and by strengthening the capacity of persons who are domestic helps to be able to deliver efficient and quality service and at the same time possess the ability to negotiate for improved wages and working condition.
The new Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Zhangliang has told President Bio that it is an honor and privilege to present his credentials to the president and to represent his country in Sierra Leone. The new ambassador stated that China has high respect for the Government of Sierra Leone because of the devoted efforts of President Bio to the well-being of the people, adding that under his leadership in one year, he embarked on a new historical path with fresh vitality.