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NEWS : Politics
APC Parliamentarians Worried Over Hardship : Things are Too Tough, Hard & Strong [TIN TRONG]
Owing to the unprecedented hike in prices of basic commodities and other goods and services alongside the high exchange rate in foreign currencies especially the US dollar which has been confounding many citizens, Members of Parliament on Friday summoned both the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Samura Kamara and the Trade and Industry Minister David Carew to answer to questions on the country’s current economic situation. To the expressed surprise of many observers, ruling party MPs from the All People’s Congress (APC) were very hard on the ministerial duo.
Jun 7, 2010, 19:02

NEWS : Politics
APC’s Rebranding affected by SALPOST’s Ineptitude
Management Authorities of the Sierra Leone Postal Services (SALPOST) have had to grapple with being plagued for years now with reports of bare-faced thievery by SALPOST workers of valuable items of valued customers but the latest scandal to hit the management has left many citizens furious at the level of complicit recklessness with which the entity has been handling its sacred national duties and in the process affecting the ruling APC’s efforts to rebrand the country as investor-friendly. One Mr. Murana Janneh of 12 Bai Bureh Road in Freetown is the latest victim of the shenanigans that SALPOST has relentlessly been engaged in with impunity and for which the country’s authorities whilst claiming to be rebranding the land as ‘investor-friendly’, seem not to understand the implications of regular reports of missing postal items hence the continuous practise of the shameful act of looting customers valuables posted through the country’s postal services.
Jun 3, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Politics
APC Hon. Empowers women’s organization
Ruling APC Member of Parliament for Constituency 104 in the Western Area, Hon. Nuru Deen Sankoh Yillah over the weekend presented the sum of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Leones to the Mount Aureol Women’s Development Organization, and a Two Hundred Thousand Leones token to the community football Club in a well attended ceremony. Presenting the money, Hon. Sankoh Yillah noted that the gesture was in fulfillment of a promise made few weeks ago to empower them, adding that with passion for the wellbeing of his constituents, he would continue to strive hard to solicit funds in order to develop the community.
Jun 2, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Councilor boosts sports in Constituency 93
SLPP Councilor Ibrahim Kabba aka Small Borbor representing Ward 331 in Constituency 93 is now a house hood name for philanthropy and sports promotion in that west-west constituency. He has over the period successfully organized community boxing contexts and other sporting activities. In similar of his tireless strives to reunite youths of his constituency through sports, Small Borbor on Sunday 30th May donated sets of football vests and standard size footballs worth millions of Leones to youths in the Goderich, Marjay Town, Gbandubu, Borbor Community, No.2, Mile 13 and Success communities respectively.
Jun 2, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Politics
SLPP presents new MP to Parliament
Opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) on Thursday presented yet another Member of Parliament in an auspicious and colourful ceremony. Hon. Solomon W Feika will be representing Constituency 91, previously held by PMDC’s Sylvester Koroma, whose demise created the vacuum for which a bye-election was held on the 8th of May this year. In conspicuous attendance were the party echelon, comprising the charismatic national chairman and leader of party, John Oponjo Benjamin, his able charming lieutenant Dr. Kadie Sesay and a host of other executive members, party patrons, ordinary members and supporters that saw a dominant green covering the entire Gallery.
May 28, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Politics
SLPP tasks APC for Corruption & Bad Governance
The opposition Sierra Leone People Party (SLPP) in their usual monthly press briefing have on 27th May 2010 in Freetown exposed the ineptitude of President Ernest Bai Koroma’s All People Congress (APC) government in several areas not limited to corruption and bad governance. In a no nonsense stance, the SLPP chairman John Oponjo Benjamin reiterated that the APC still remains to respond to issues raised over the National Constitutional Review process, the incongruous London Mining Agreement and existing legislations, the petroleum industry and corruption among others.
May 28, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Politics
Pro-APC Students’ Union Aspirant walks off FBC Debate
What was described as a blatant show of disrespect for authority and for fellow students was the walk-out from a political debate by one of the presidential aspirants for the FBC Students’ Union presidency who makes no secret of his camp’s alignment to the ruling APC party. Mr. Alfred Minkailu Koroma and his supporters, many of them APC members, walk-out yesterday at the Amphi Theatre was seen to be very ironical because Minkailu vanished in a show of intolerance from the platform just after his delivery calling for students’ unionism, political tolerance and development. The ugly development virtually took everybody aback, especially lecturers who formed part of the high table. No reason was given for their unwarranted departure as the two other candidates remained in their seats. Members of the high table comprised the outgoing SU President, Mohamed A. Timbo, Prof. J. A.D. Allie, Prof. Ishmael Rashid, Mr. Charles Silver, Miss. Lena Thompson, Mrs. Memunatu Pratt and other lecturers.
May 27, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Politics
APC vs. APC Intra-Party Political Violence at Goderich
Women of the Taysapeneh Women’s Development Organization within the Metchem Community in Goderich have accused Hon. Dauda Kondeh Yapo and Hon. Conteh Dumbuya of ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party of sending thugs to intimidate and molest them while conducting an open weekly meeting on Monday 24th May 2010. Ironically, the Taysapaneh Organisation claiming to have been brutalised by APC parliamentarians is a pro-APC unit in support of the ruling APC party with the aim of galvanising support for the APC’s 2012 chances.
May 27, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
As Female S.U. Presidential Aspirant’s Popularity Soars... :SLPP Debunks ‘Hands in FBC Campaign’
Senior members of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) have told Awareness Times that their party has no hands in ongoing students’ political campaigning for position of President of Fourah Bay College Students’ Union(S.U). They were reacting to a ruling party aligned tabloid’s assertion that SLPP was secretly sponsoring the emergence of a growing popularity of Francess Marke, the woman who was highly likely to become FBC’s first female Student’s Union President.
May 24, 2010, 13:54

NEWS : Politics
In Sierra Leone, FBC Presidential Hopeful Speaks Out
First ever female candidate for the presidency of the Fourah Bay College Students’ Union, Ms Frances Marke has spoken out, saying she is just a popular choice of students of FBC, in spite of political insinuations by detractors that she is being sponsored by the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP). "I am neither SLPP nor APC. I represent the interests of majority of the students on Fourah Bay College campus, especially female colleagues who are in full support of me. Recognising my formidable support on campus is what may have sent chilling waves through blood streams of my detractors," Miss Marke confidently opined.
May 24, 2010, 13:52

NEWS : Politics
Alpha Timbo To Bridge Political Gap
One of the leading aspiring contenders for opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) flag bearer for the political race in 2012, Mr. Alpha Timbo has revealed that his mission is to bridge the political divide existing amongst political parties in the country. Optimistic that the SLPP would bounce back in 2012, the trade unionist cum politician said that topmost on his agenda if given the chance would be to unify Sierra Leone. Hon Alpha Timbo gave these impressions in a declaration ceremony at the party’s Western Region Office, Short Street in Freetown last week.
May 21, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Politics
Leicester Road Blame APC for their plight
Residents of the Leicester Road Community in Freetown blame the APC government of Ernest Bai Koroma for the underdevelopment of their community as they remain in dire straits for basic services such as portable water and good road network. This was disclosed to our reporter on Friday 14th May 2010 by the community chief, who doubles as the deputy Susu tribal headman for the Western Area, Pa Foday M. Kamara at his residence. The chief disclosed that during the last days of the SLPP, he came together with some community elders and wrote a project that was forwarded to NACSA to afford them portable water. "But as the SLPP lost power and the APC took over, the project died down even as we have made several representations to the MP and councilor to revive it," he lamented.
May 21, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Politics
John Benjamin is best SLPP Leader of Modern Times - say SLPP stalwarts
Sheriff insisted that "if John Benjamin had been the Party Leader following the 2005 Makeni Convention, there is no way the PMDC would have been formed as John Benjamin displayed astute leadership skills when I felt marginalised after I was denied the SLPP symbol for Constituency 91 and left the party. The way and manner JOB galvanised forces to bring me back into the party’s fold was simply spectacular. The SLPP currently has their best ever Leader of modern times in John Benjamin and the fact that he has held the party together in the wilderness of opposition with all the treachery and subterfuges is a big feather to his cap. We should all be thanking JOB for being the spectacular leader he is."
May 19, 2010, 11:56

NEWS : Politics
National Executive to Suspend J.B.S. Tucker (aka J.T.) from Sierra Leone People's Party
The reaction has been swift and harsh against one J.B.S. Tucker (aka J.T.)who insulted the SLPP Chairman John Benjamin. Scores of senior party stalwarts spoke on issue of his "insulting conduct" as exemplified in a Monday 17th May 2010 interview published in Concord Times newspaper in which he exhibited not only his ignorance of the SLPP Party Constitution but his lack of respect for the party’s leadership. The SLPP’s National Organising Secretary Alex Kargbo described Tucker as "saying arrant nonsense and if it is proved that he indeed said those insulting words, he should be suspended immediately pending disciplinary hearings"... CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR MORE
May 19, 2010, 11:53

NEWS : Politics
APC video clip vindicates SLPP, nails Alpha Khan
Video clip monitored yesterday at the weekly government press briefing at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information and Communication, Youyi Building in Freetown has vindicated opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) of any riotous conduct and the brandishing of machetes contrary to bogus and unfounded claims made by the APC and the Minister of Mineral Resources and Presidential Affairs, Alpha Khanu. After the May 8 elections in Constituency 91 that gave the SLPP a landslide victory, the minister in several interviews claimed that a set of SLPP youths on that day gathered holding cutlasses and sticks to intimidate APC voters from casting their votes.
May 14, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Politics
APC Disables are Upset with Victor Foh’s ‘Nonsense’
Accompanying Disabled Sulaiman Kallon and the other Disables to the Awareness Times offices yesterday May 12th 2010 were members of the APC Disabled Youth Wing who said the alleged Statement from APC Party Scribe Victor Foh that supporters of Haja Afsatu Kabba going to the Law Courts were not genuine APC members is to be considered as, "the most nonsense utterance ever from the mouth of the APC party scribe who already has a reputation for saying a lot of nonsense anyway".
May 13, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Politics
Exclusive Details of ACC Tejan Cole’s Resignation ...An Interview with SLPP Leader John Benjamin
Sunday, 09 May 2010 9:43pm: In a Skype interview with the Chairman of the Sierra Leone People’s Party, John Oponjo Benjamin, the New People sought clarifications from statements he made in a BBC interview surrounding the ACC boss Abdul Tejan Cole’s resignation. The Chairman was quite clear that Abdul Tejan Cole has let down the nation in the fight against corruption. Chairman Benjamin opined that there were high expectations of the ACC in bringing corruption under control especially given the fact that the ACC over the past two years was given the power to indict corrupt officials without going through the Attorney General.
May 11, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Leaders Announce Two More Elections Victory in Pujehun and Kenema
Over in Pujehun in the South, the SLPP Secretary General Jacob Saffa reported that despite intense intimidation and fear tactics deployed by the ruling APC party including the use of thugs, his party emerged victorious and took the seat away from the PMDC. The seat was previously held by a PMDC candidate who passed away. The SLPP won with just over 50% of the votes cast whilst the APC got around 20% of the votes and the PMDC got around 30% of the votes... CLICK ABOVE FOR FULL REPORT
May 8, 2010, 21:45

NEWS : Politics
Alpha Timbo declares for SLPP Flag bearer
The former Minister of Labour and Industrial Relations in the erstwhile SLPP government of Alhaji Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, Hon. Alpha O Timbo has made his intentions known for the coveted position of flag bearer of the party. Mr. Timbo made this formal declaration in Port Loko in a well attended SLPP Northern Regional Meeting on Saturday the 1st March 2010. The Northern Province being the strong hold of ruling APC, the former minister in his opening speech did not fail to commend the party’s Regional Executive for their relentless efforts in maintaining the status quo of the party in that region in the midst of daunting challenges as an opposition.
May 4, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
APC Organizing Secretary Remanded in Makeni
The Organizing Secretary for the ruling All People’s Congress Party (APC) for Bombali District in the Northern Province, Francis Thomas Tarawalie a.k.a. Mr.Tee who resides in Makeni City the Awareness Times has reliably learnt has been remanded at the Makeni Central Prisons last week. His incarceration adds to scores of unethical practices bigwigs of the ruling party are on record to be perpetrating both at home and abroad.
May 3, 2010, 19:02

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