In a bid to have value for money on infrastructural contracts, the New Direction government of President Julius Maada Bio is currently revisiting and reviewing all of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) signed and awarded to Contractors by the previous All People’s Congress (APC) government.
This was according to the Deputy Minister of Works and Public Assets, Hon. Philip Tettehma Tondoneh, when on conducted tour in all the district councils of stakeholders’ consultative meetings for the way forward on the roads sector.
The Honourable Chief Minister 'Professor David John Francis' has on Friday 19th July, 2019 visited the Northwestern Region of Sierra Leone in order to inspect some of the development projects undertaken by NACSA but also to sympathize with the Resident Minister of the Region, Haja Isata Abdulai Kamara over the lost of her son few weeks ago.
On his way to Portloko, the delegation went through Kafubulum Chiefdom where they were received by the Paramount Chief, Hon. P.C Sebureh Seba Gbereh (III) and other stakeholders of the Chiefdom.
In a closed door meeting, Chief Sebureh thanked His Excellency President Maada Bio and the New Direction Government through the Chief Minister for the good governance drive in the country with emphasis on the Lungi bridge project. The Chief Minister discussed Series of developmental issues with the people of Kafubulum and encouraged them to support the Government.
Beginning 2011 to date, a total of six (6) people have been killed in their respective capacities as caretakers of a 219 acres land situated at Jorpor Farm in Waterloo, east of Freetown; a property belonging to the Samuel Enitor King family.
The persons killed are: (1) Vandi Kallon aka OC Berrin Gron; (2) Francis Kamara; (3) Amadu Mansaray; (4) Alie Sesay; (5) Abu Bakarr Jalloh; and the latest being Musa Sesay killed on Thursday 18th July, 2019 at Jorpor Farm.
A team from the Airports Council International is in Sierra Leone to start the Airport Excellence in safety programme which is a review on the Freetown International Airport from the 22nd to the 26th July. The declaration of commitment and collaboration was signed and the objective is to lay the ground work for the preparatory stage for the certification of the Freetown International Airport.
Crime busters attached at the Kabala police station reportedly went into action this morning to investigate and established the circumstances leading to the alleged murder of one Foday J. Koroma a native of the township and a final year student of UNIMAK.
A friend of the deceased says he was in night club last night and as the club session ends he engaged in dropping off friends in their homes with a motorbike he had accessed from another friend for use that fateful night.
Just this morning, they woke up the news of the discovery of Foday's remains in a drainage on Gbawuria Rd by one mile area.
The residence of Justice Biobele Georgewill, one of three judges probing the administration of former President Ernest Bai Koroma, was attacked on Sunday night.
Information Minister, Mohamed Rahman Swarray has confirmed the attack but could not give much, emphasizing that “a fact-finding mission is on its way to the residence” in Goderich, just outside Freetown. The Nigerian judge leads one of the three commissions of inquiry.
Investigators attached to Family Support Unit (FSU) Rogbaneh division in Makeni have on Saturday intimated Provincial Times Newspaper that 50 yrs old Foday Kamara is in their custody helping in their investigation in a case of abuse of minor and incest. Police say suspect happened to be the senior brother of the girl's guardian and that they were residing at the same house in a street in Makeni.
The guardian aunty of the 13yrs old pregnant victim Mabinty Conteh told police that herself and her husband are running a small merchandise shop where they normally sleep, whilst the victim and her younger kids sleep in their room in the same building.
Works and Public Assets Minister, Peter Bayuku Konteh has said that after peace, education, good governance, and infrastructural development are the key elements that will contribute to build any nation.
The Minister made this pronouncement during a conducted nationwide tour with stakeholders on the road sector with a consultative meeting held at all the District Councils Head Quarter towns
The Sierra Leone High Commission in Nigeria has repatriated a Sierra Leonean Mother, Isha Kargbo and her five children back to Sierra Leone after been abandoned by husband in an unfinished building for over a year.
Isha said she has been with her husband in Nigeria for fourteen years after her parents gave her into marriage to her husband.
By Joseph S. Margai, Strategic Communications Coordinator (Office of the President)
Sierra Leone Telecommunications Company (Sierratel), has agreed to install 20 landline phones for the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), as part of a pilot phase for the one month free landline phones’ promotion.
Sierratel launched a promotion for the advanced landline phones on 8th July, 2019 and users’ responses have been so far positive.
Sierra Leone’s leading media empire, the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire has disclosed plans to host the four parliamentary candidates for the forthcoming August re-run election in Constituency 110 in Goderich.
The Empire plans a debate scheduled for 18th August, 2019 in Freetown and the parliamentary candidates vying for the re-run election have expressed their commitment towards the debate.
All People’s Congress (APC) party parliamentary candidate, Kadijatu Davies said she will be waiting on the resolution of her party before making her commitment.
Shareholders of the Aureol Insurance Company Limited on Friday 19th July, 2019 converged at the Atlantic Hall, National Stadium in Freetown to hold its 22nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) and to receive the Company’s Annual Report for the financial year ended 31st December, 2018, to declare dividend, to elect Directors and to fix their remuneration and to appoint the Auditor and to authorise the Director to fix their remuneration.
In her opening statement, the Chairperson of the Board, Mrs. Yasmin Fofanah mentioned the slow growth of the country’s economy which she said was largely due to the cessation of iron ore mining operations coupled with other factors such as inflation, the depreciation of the Leone and the fluctuation of the foreign exchange rates.
By Abdul Fonti - Communication Strategist - Office of the President
The Minister of Technical and Higher Higher Education, Prof. Aiah Gbakima has visited the Port Loko, Magburaka and Makeni Campuses of the Ernest Bai Koroma University of Science and Technology (EBKUST) and delivered public lectures to the students.
His tour of the campuses in northern Sierra Leone started on Wednesday July 17 and spans through Friday July 19.
Spanish authorities are looking for two 14-year-olds from Sierra Leone who disappeared after competing in a junior soccer competition in the Basque city of San Sebastián. The two had traveled to the northern city in early July to compete in the 28th Donosti Cup as members of the Diamond Child soccer team from Sierra Leone.
But on July 13, when it came time to fly back to Freetown, they escaped through a window in the middle of the night and disappeared. The minors, who have no money or contacts in the region, have not been seen since, according to the security department of the Basque regional government.
Salimatu N'jai Koroma has said that the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education is very impressed with the positive strides that the Queen Elizabeth 11 Academy is making in the promotion of education in the country.
She made this statement when she represented the Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Mr. Alpha Osman Timbo, at the Tenth Graduation, Certification and Awards Ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth II Academy on First Street in Kissy in the east of Freetown.
President Bio, Blyden, Paolo, Kanja…all victims of ‘Korkor Politics’
The disappointing, discouraging and satanic manner in which some members of Sierra Leone’s two major political parties, the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and All People’s Congress (APC) have reduced politics to in the country has been described as ‘Korkor Politics’.
‘Korkor” in local Sierra Leone parlance is a bird that is deeply engaged in witchcraft and human blood sucking. It flies at night, feeding on human flesh and blood.
Minister of Lands, Housing and Environment, Dr. Denis Sandy has urged members of the Sierra Leone Scouts Association to erect strong and clear pillars showing the demarcation of their land in order to protect and keep out encroachers. Dr. Sandy made this statement while conducting a resurveying and adjustment exercise of lands at Grafton, east of Freetown.
The issue of encroachment and land grabbing over the years have been serious concerns in the country and the Grafton Scouts Camp is not an exception.
Former Director of Fisheries in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Mr. Mohamed Fouad Sheriff been appointed by President Julius Maada Bio to serve as the new Chairman of NATCOM, subject to Parliamentary approval.
Fouad Sheriff is unarguably suitable and fit to head NATCOM and his appointment is no mistake.
The National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) is the statutory institution set up by an Act of Parliament to regulate telecommunication entities operating within the country.
By virtue of its significant roles, NATCOM is a very instrumental appendage for overall national development. At this material time, NATCOM needs a chairman who is a team player and more importantly, someone who can efficiently raise much-needed revenue in line with the two dedicated brains at the helm of affairs at NATCOM in the persons of Maxwell Massaquoi - Director-General and Daniel Kaitibi - Deputy Director General.
Following referral by the Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB) based on a report by the proprietor of Door to Door Enterprise (DDE, on alleged procurement fraud by the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) management, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) carried out investigations into the procurement of accoutrements for the Sierra Leone Police from 2014 to 2017.
The ACC findings confirmed that the procurement of accoutrements by the Sierra Leone Police was contained in their procurement plan for the year prior to the said procurement, and that the Procurement Unit of the SLP conducted the procurement process accordingly.
On 18th July, 2019 the Minister of Works and Public Assets accompanied by representatives of Sierra Leone Roads Authority, Civil Society, Parliamentary Committee on Works and Public Assets and other stakeholders held a consultative meeting with stakeholders at the Bombali District Council.
The meeting was geared towards improving on feeders roads and protecting public assets in the district.
High Court Judge, Hon. Justice Ivan Sesay presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone has remanded six accused persons for allegedly killing Albert Madison Bio, a first year student of Fourh Bay College – University of Sierra Leone in Freetown.
The six alleged murderers are; Francis Mafinda, Dennis Holland, Lawrence Lahai Amara, Mukeh Foh, Abass Sesay and David Ricott Olatunde Williams.
They are charged with the offences of Conspiracy to Murder, which negate Section (4) of the Offences against the Persons Act of 1861 and Murder, contrary to law.
Police alleged that the six accused persons murdered Albert Madison Bio on diverse days between 6th July 2018 and 14th July 2018 within the Freetown Judicial District in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
When the matter was mentioned for hearing, the State Prosecutor V. E. A. Kabbia informed the court that she has no witness or witnesses to testify in the ongoing trial process.
Former British Inspector General of Police (IGP) has sent a message to the Sierra Leone Police to serve the people well and work closely with them.
Keith Biddle was responding to questions in an exclusive interview with Sierra Leone’s former Press Attaché to Saudi Arabia, Alhaji M.B. Jalloh when he was asked about his message to the force he headed as Inspector General of Police under the late President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah from 1999 to 2003. In his words, the former IGP said: “Maintain public peace and tranquility, and follow the rule of law.”
The Chair of the Legal Aid Board, Justice Miatta Maria Samba has said at the panel discussion jointly organized by the Missions of Argentina, Norway, Ecuador, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Senegal, Spain, the Parliamentarians for Global Action and Sierra Leone on ‘The Critical Role of the International Criminal Justice in Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16’ that the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) represents an embodiment of the global resolve to advance International Criminal Justice. The event took place at the United Nations in New York on the International Day of Justice on 16 July 2019.
Justice Samba looked at the broader context of the Rome Statute System, the necessity for domestic implementation (especially in Sierra Leone context) and the link to the legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Counsel for the ex-Deputy Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure in the ongoing Anti Corruption Matter, Durisin Taylor has commenced his cross-examination of a prosecution witness, Shiek Ahmed Kamara before Hon. Justice Fatmata Bintu Ahladi presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone.
The witness had testified that the government white colored Toyota V8 vehicle with Registration Number ANK 889, which the Anti Corruption Commission claimed to have been stolen was sold to him by the ex-Deputy Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure, Kadijatu Sesay for twenty five thousand United States dollars.
Responding to questions posed by Counsel for the accused person, Durusin Taylor, the witness Sheik Ahmed Kamara informed the court that after his arrest, he, the ex-Deputy Minister of Works and one Alusine Fomkoba Fofanah were invited to the office of the ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala at George Street in Freetown.
By Joseph S. Margai, Strategic Communications Coordinator (Office of the President)
Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the Sierra Leone Telecommunications Company (Sierratel), has stated that the recently launched landline phones promotion have dual value propositions: for traditional voice calls and Internet service, which makes this offer different from the traditional landline phones of yesteryears.
Yusiph Bockarie, who was speaking exclusively in his office on Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown, on Thursday, 18th July, 2019, said the landline phones bundled with the Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) offering can be used for voice calls, internet services and media content (viewing of YouTube videos, etc).
Sierratel launched the Landline phones promotion on 8th July, 2019 but some members of the public are of the view that the phones are not needed in this modern age of telecommunications.
The Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman, Yusuf Keketoma Sandi has said that President Julius Maada Bio would not be distracted by fake news following malicious lies and propaganda on his health by members of the opposition.
“We have a President who is very focused to address the challenges his Government inherited from the previous APC administration because of bad leadership. In just slightly over a year, he has restored international economic credibility to the country; Sierra Leone is now a role model in Africa for the fight against corruption; President Bio is now regarded as Champion for Human Capital Development and a pacesetter for innovation, science and technology in governance in Africa,” Keketoma said.