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NEWS : Politics
SLPP may Impeach President Koroma for Unfitness
The Leader of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples party Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin has intimated that president Ernest Bai Koroma is unfit to rule, and hence does not deserve a second term because of numerous issues including his tribal tendencies that might even result in his impeachment before the end of his first term in office. Speaking at the monthly party press briefing on Wednesday at their Wallace Johnson Street Headquarters, Mr. Benjanim opined that the Opposition might commence impeachment proceedings against the president for what he called the APC and governments usurpation of the functions and authority of the Judiciary.
Jul 29, 2010, 17:26

NEWS : Politics
Emmanuel Grant Declares for SLPP Flag Bearer
As the race for opposition SLPPs flag bearer position intensifies, one time Energy Minister in the former Tejan Kabbah led Government who briefly defected to the PMDC in the 2007 national elections, Emanuel O. Grant aka Toes Man over the weekend made his intension for the contest known to supporters at his Syke Street residence in western Freetown. He informed his audience of his strong intention to contest the coveted position ahead of 2012. At present, the SLPP needs seasoned and courageous politicians to successfully take the party to the seat of power in 2012, he disclosed.
Jul 28, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
I Have No Preferred SLPP Candidate - Dr Blyden
Publisher of Awareness Times has last weekend made it categorically clear that she has neither preference nor abhorrence for any of the respected aspirants for the Sierra Leone Peoples Party Flag-bearer contest. Dr. Sylvia Blyden, who wields significant influence within Sierra Leone, was addressing a group of supporters of female aspirant Dr. Kadi Sesay, who had paid a visit to her to lobby for her support especially in light of recent negative news publication about a suspect Poll placing Dr. Kadi in the lead.
Jul 26, 2010, 12:55

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone's former Anti Corruption Boss Hails Ruling Party Leader
Whilst apparently blaming the entire political society for the glaring failure to fight corruption in Sierra Leone, Tejan-Cole does not hesitate to clarify further his singular admiration for Koroma by lecturing that Political Will was not limited to only President Koromas will but that of all political actors. Continuing still on the issue, Tejan-Cole reportedly said without the wide political will, Governments statements against corruption will be empty rhetoric but then, he went on to commend the APC-led Parliament and the APC Leader, President Koroma for their courage in enacting the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008 and National Anti-Corruption Strategy.
Jul 21, 2010, 18:08

NEWS : Politics
APC Honorable Sets His Development Pace
Honorable for the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) Party representing constituency 33 in the Bombali District, North of Sierra Leone Honorable Sulaiman Sesay, has over the weekend called his constituents to a developmental meeting in a bid to develop their Chiefdoms. It could be recalled that, the said constituency was represented in Parliament by Eddie Turay, now High Commissioner to Britain. In less than three months in parliament, the Honorable has for the first time in the history of constituency 33, called all the three chiefdoms in the constituency to engage them on how best they can develop their chiefdoms collaboratively.
Jul 19, 2010, 12:30

NEWS : Politics
Lawyers Urge APC to respect Separation of Powers
Sierra Leone Bar Association has issued a call for the ruling APC led Government to respect the doctrine of separation of powers that dictates for the Judiciary to be independent in its operations from the Executive arm of Government. "We note with utter dismay certain misapprehension of the basic principles of governance by government functionaries and feel compelled to alert a seemingly unsuspecting and complacent public of the lurking danger.
Jul 14, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Councilor Donates to Flood Victims
SLPP Councilor Ibrahim Kabbah aka Small Borbor representing the Goderich community in the west end of Freetown has donated items worth millions of Leones to victims of flood that occurred following a heavy downpour of rain a couple of weeks ago along the peninsula road. This hospitable ceremony was took place at the Goderich Community Centre on Monday 12th July 2010 in the presence of victims. The donated items comprised of eight 50kg bags of imported rice, two bails of used clothing each costing Le 500,000 (five hundred thousand Leones) and various toiletries.
Jul 14, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Leader Breaks Silence on NPRC Issues
Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin, the Leader & Chairman of the main opposition SLPP party in Sierra Leone, has broken his silence on the issue of the NPRC Coup of April 29th 1992, the executions of December 29th of that same year of 1992 whilst issuing an assurance that he will continue to provide strong opposition leadership and at the same time issuing "a very strong warning" to his former NPRC colleagues currently within the SLPP, to "desist from any compromise with the ruling APC that might derail the important role of an effective opposition voice in a multi-party democratic plurality".
Jul 14, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Politics
APC Assured of Winning 2012 Elections Says VP in Kabala Town.
The Honourable Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and his beautiful wife, Kadia Sam-Sumana have been given a rousing, warm welcome last weekend during their two-days visit to the political indicator district of Koinadugu in the far North of Sierra Leone. The Vice Presidents entourage included Government Ministers including the Resident Minister North, the Deputy Minister of Fisheries & Marine Resources Jenneh Kandeh, the Deputy Minister of Works & Infrastructure Babagaleh Barrie and numerous Government functionaries.
Jul 12, 2010, 12:22

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Womens Wing Starts Nationwide Workshops on Gender Policy
In collaboration with the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) and the United Nations Peace Building Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL), the Womens Wing of main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) on Friday 9th July 2010 started a two-day Action Plan workshop on Gender Policy. In her opening statement, the National Womens leader, Mrs. Isata Kabba pointed that the primary aim of the workshop was to sensitize women on the contents of the new Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) Gender policy for proper dissemination, and also to develop gender action plan in the country in order to stop impunity and to increase womens participations in national politics.
Jul 12, 2010, 12:18

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Opposition Leader Breaks Silence on NPRC Coup & Executions
John Benjamin was only 39 years old when he risked his life and that of his young family to succeed in doing what numerous others had fruitlessly tried but though he was relatively young in age, he was already the Managing Director of an international Computer company with oversight for a significant chunk of the West African subregion. He was well traveled internationally and experienced in worldly matters and thus able to effectively analyse and debunk shady projects and proposals that his youthful colleague NPRC soldiers might have otherwise endorsed. As a result, he stepped on a lot of powerful toes and a plan was developed to have John Benjamin not only removed as Chief Secretary of State but relegated to a non-Cabinet status and with practically no say in any of the running of the affairs of State. So it was that at the time of the December 1992 executions, Benjamin had been sacked several weeks before; ostensibly over an incident at Njala University campus which had been blown out of proportions in order to have his detractors succeed in removing him as Chief Secretary.
Jul 9, 2010, 17:17

NEWS : Politics
Dr. Fawundu declares for SLPP flag bearer in Pujehun
Delegates in Pujehun District and other parts of the country on Saturday 26th June 2010 endorsed Dr. Alfred Sallia Fawundu as their choice for opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) flag bearer position in a meeting held in Pujehun Town. Addressing the jam-packed SLPP hall the chairman of the ceremony Mr. Dixon Momoh Rogers said he feels very much happy to see thousands of SLPP members converge together to witness the official declaration ceremony of Dr. Fawundu in the District, adding that members should be ready and determined to work as one people in one country.
Jul 7, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Launches FBC Branch for 2012; Sharp-12
Alhaji Marah, the newly elected Public Relations Officer for launched and revamped branch of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party at the Fourah Bay College has last evening told the Awareness Times that, in one day alone, they registered 800 students who all have vowed to turn themselves into a power machine that will see their beloved SLPP shoot back into power come 2012 Elections.
Jul 6, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
As APC Spokesman condemns SLPP monthly briefings : JOB Questions Alpha Kanus Political IQ
John Oponjo Benjamin (JOB), National Leader and Chairman of the main SLPP opposition party in Sierra Leone has yesterday July 1st 2010, scorned the Political Intelligence Quotient of Hon. Alhaji Alpha Kanu, the Spokesman for ruling APC party who doubles as the Minister of Mines and Minerals Resource. Benjamin ridiculed Alpha Kanus opinion that National Leaders of Political parties should only engage in political briefings through their partys elected MPs. JOB asked if Alpha Kanu really understood what political plurality was all about as against the limited role of legislators in parliament.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Politics
SLPP MP endorses JOBs Criticisms of APC
On SLPP Chairman, John Oponjo Benjamins recent reference to His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma as a dictator, erudite SLPP parliamentarian Hon. Jobson Momoh has told this presshouse that he fully consented that the Queens Language Creates room for "such an apt and on-target description". "The dictatorship classification of President Koroma is damn right because foremost he violated the Banking Act 2000 to sack former Bank Governor Dr. J.D Rogers who still had several months contractual rights and then he proceeded to nominate Dr. Samura Kamara regardless of opposition SLPP MPs disapproval of the nomination.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:19

NEWS : Politics
Hon. Jobson Momoh against reintroducing District Officers
SLPP Member of Parliament for Constituency 90 in the Pujehun District, Hon. Jobson Momoh, who is also a member of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Local Government in an exclusive chat at the partys Wallace Johnson Street headquarters condemned APC governments intention to reinstitute District Officers throughout the country. Hon. Momoh, a seasoned civil servant who had held various senior administrative positions in the past, including serving as a District Officer in Moyamba, Port Loko, Kambia and Pujehun respectively, in no uncertain terms damned ruling All Peoples Congress Partys hype of reintroducing District Officers without due consideration for constitutional implications.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
SLPP pleads with Sylvia Blyden to be gracing their Press Briefings
The Chairman and National Leader of opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin in the third monthly press briefing held at their Wallace Johnson Street headquarters on Wednesday 30th June 2010 pleaded with the proprietress and publisher of the most widely circulated newspaper in the country, Awareness Times Newspaper not to discontinue to be in attendance in subsequent party press briefings now that she had started so as to be affording her first hand information on issues discussed by the party. "I appeal to you, Madam Sylvia Blyden to continue visiting the office and to be attending the SLPP monthly press conferences," he iterated.
Jul 1, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Spent Le10b on Bumbuna per Year- Joe Kallon
The former Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Joe Kallon on Wednesday 30th June revealed that the former Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) led government was spending Le10 billion yearly on the Bumbuna Hydro Project since 2001, in addition to what ADB was giving to the government. He made this revelation in an exclusive interview with Awareness Times at the SLPP Party Headquarters after the monthly press briefing. Mr. Kallon noted that they inherited old and dysfunctional machines from the former APC government which they fought hard to maintenance in order to restore electricity to the capital of Freetown. "Spare parts to restore those scraps were difficult to get as we had to search for them elsewhere but we tightened our belt just to satisfy our people", he informed.
Jul 1, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Politics
We do not have confidence in Christina Thorpe - SLPP Chair
The Chairman of opposition Sierra Leone People Party, Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin in a press briefing on Wednesday 30th June 2010 at party headquarters in Freetown said the SLPP has no confidence in the reappointment of Dr. Christian Thorpe as NEC chairperson. The chairman said the party remains aggrieved by the cancellation of most of SLPP strongholds polling stations in the 2007 presidential run-off election across the country. "Christian Thorpe cancelled most of the SLPP votes in there strongholds with the excuse that there were over voting," Chairman Benjamin said.
Jul 1, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Condemns NPPA Silence Over Ojukokoro GST Receipt Deal
An Ojukokoro in the local Sierra Leone parlance, is a shameless thief so much so that no-one likes to be associated with such or to be labeled as such and all efforts are usually made to explain ones innocence in Ojukokoro allegations. This is why many eyebrows have been raised when it is learnt that Professor Alfred Kandeh, Chief Executive of Sierra Leones National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) has evaded a request for him to comment on a US$9.6 million National Revenue Authoritys topical Ojukokoro mucky deal with Jospong Printing Company in Ghana for the printing of GST tax receipt books. Kandehs silence is even as scores of government officials continue to try to launder themselves so as to cease receiving the wrath of Public accusation over the matter.
Jun 30, 2010, 17:14


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