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NEWS : Politics
APC MP Commissions New Primary School
The Honorable Member of Parliament for Constituency 103, Alieu Badara Turay on Monday 13th September 2010 commissioned a newly constructed private school within the Moyiba Community in the east end of Freetown. In his statement Hon. Turay said the construction of the Grace Community High School was in fulfillment of the call by government on private entities to bring investment to the door steps of their communities. “This is part of government’s commitment to help improve the educational system in Sierra Leone,” he said, while calling on parents and guardians to make use of the opportunity.
Sep 16, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
As Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbie Declares… Kailahun Calls for an Easterner to Lead SLPP
Residents and indigenes of Kailahun District have unequivocally called for an Easterner to this time lead the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) as flag bearer for the upcoming Presidential election in 2012. This call was made by supporters of the party during a two- day Consultative political tour over the weekend by one of the twenty-three aspirants for the flag bearer position of the party, Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbie during which time he declared his intention for the SLPP flag bearer to the people. Dr. Jabbie was welcomed with pomp and fanfare by SLPP supporters of Constituency 08 which comprises Peje West, Peje Bonga, Yawai and Pengowa chiefdoms all in the Kailahun District, eastern Sierra Leone.
Sep 15, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
President Koroma says he is committed to transforming Sierra Leone
President Ernest Bai Koroma has reiterated his commitment and determination to transform Sierra Leone through his ‘Agenda for Change’ programmes with the assurance that relationship between Ministers and Civil Servants will not slow down his transformation drive. He was speaking yesterday at the official opening of the Forum of Ministers and Permanent Secretaries on ‘Strengthening Political Administrative Relations’ launching of the Management and Functional Review of the Public Service Commission at the Miatta Conference hall.
Sep 14, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
SLPP ‘Small Borbor’ to Represent Youth at Special Advisory Committee
In recognition of his progressive role in promoting the ideals of the party as the youngest and only SLPP Councilor in the Western Rural District Council, Councilor Ibrahim Kabba, aka ‘Small Borbor’ has been selected to join a team of elders on the Special Advisory Committee set up by the SLPP hierarchy to screen the twenty-three intending aspirants for the flag bearer position of the party. This was revealed by the party’s National Secretary General, Jacob Jusu Saffa in an exclusive chat with our reporter at the close of last week. Mr. Saffa said the party hierarchy holds Councilor Kabba in high esteem owing to his good natured approach and progressive strides in flying the party’s flag high.
Sep 13, 2010, 18:02

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Executive Hands Over Flagbearer Applications to Peter Tucker, Sama Banya etc.
As a sign of honor and respect for clauses in the Rules and Regulations for the election of Presidential Candidate for the 2012 election, the Secretariat and Executive of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) on Wednesday 8th September 2010 handed over the declaration forms of the twenty-three (23) aspirants for the party, a week after close of deadline for declaration of intent to the Special Advisory Committee at the party’s National Headquarters in Freetown. Handing over the documents to the Committee, the National Chairman John Oponjo Benjamin said the Sierra Leone People’s Party recognizes the proximity of the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections for which the Party shall be nominating Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates.
Sep 9, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
Hon. Elizabeth Lavalie Commences Lecture Series
Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie, one of the leading aspirants for opposition SLPP Flagbearer position informs that she is to commence a series of four lectures at the British Council at 10am today. Today’s Lecture, she informs, will argue against the ruling APC Government’s proposed re-introduction of District Officers in Sierra Leone’s hinterland.
Sep 8, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Flagbearer Application Dr. Bu-Buakei JABBI (GRAND CHIEF PATRON, SLPP: Membership No. 0005)
Supporters of Lawyer Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbi Esq. say he is the only Hope for the SLPP to ‘Bounce Back to Service’ in 2012. They insist that only ‘Bu-Buakei’ is synonymous with ‘SLPP-2012-Sharp12’. Please see below for his Political & other Profile.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Politics
APC Councilor awards Scholarships to Eleven(11) Pupils
The All Peoples Congress Party (APC) Councilor for Ward 333 in the Western Rural District, Councilor Ayo Olu-Jones on Sunday 5th September 2010 awarded a year’s scholarship each to eleven (11) pupils within the Goderich Community that excelled in this year’s National Primary Schools Examinations (NPSE) in their respective schools. In an auspicious ceremony held at the village Community Centre Councilor Olu-Jones hastened to say that the donation was not politically motivated but a mere humanitarian gesture to under privileged children in his ward.
Sep 7, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Politics
Over the Spirit & Letter of Section 32(3) SLPP Undresses APC’s Claims
The main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has laid bare, claims by the ruling All People’s Congress functionaries that the President did not have to sit with and consult with political party leaders in order to appoint Electoral Commissioners. The Spirit and Letter of Section 32(3) of the National Constitution has been the subject of much debate culminating in the official position of the Government being that the President could hire and fire as & how he felt.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:58

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Councilor Funds Le.60m Project in Goderich
In his usual strive to attend to the needs of his Goderich Community coupled by ready support from the village headman and community people, the only opposition SLPP councilor in the Western Rural District Council on Saturday 4th September 2010 launched the construction project of a community bridge he singularly funded that links Funkia to the rest of Freetown. Now a household name in Funkia, Councilor Ibrahim Kabba aka ‘Small Borbor’ of Ward 331 in Constituency 92 actualized a long awaited dream of the locals when he decided to provide Le.60, 000, 000 (Sixty Million Leones) funding for the project.
Sep 6, 2010, 13:45

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Flagbearer Application Dr. Bu-Buakei JABBI (GRAND CHIEF PATRON, SLPP: Membership No. 0005) STATEMENT OF FLAGBEARER FITNESS (As per Clauses 1 & 2 of the Rules and Regulations, 2010)
The Rules and Regulations of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) for the election of its Presidential candidate for the national Presidential elections of 2012 stipulate the submission of prescribed documents and compliance with certain basic criteria by an Aspirant/Applicant. They include a sealed letter of declaration of intent, a profile of the Aspirant’s life and history of membership of the Party, and a statement of his/her Flagbearer fitness and contribution to the Party.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Politics
“I’m trustworthy, capable and mature”-Dauda Tombo Bangura
Sierra Leonean politician Dauda Tombo Bangura has two new assignments. He has been mandated by the leadership of the ruling All People’s Congress(APC) to unite all members of the party in North America. The other assignment is to be in charge of fundraising as the party heads towards the 2012 elections. DTB, as he is popularly known, is a founding member of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), who, like many of his colleagues, decided to join the APC a couple of months ago. PMDC was an APC ally in the 2007 elections.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Politics
New People Online to Utilize New Technology
In what has now become a unique fixture in the New People Online style of journalism, “the double tag approach” the Editor and CEO interviewed SLPP Flag bearer candidates Alhaji Usman Boie-Kamara at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 17th 2010, Lawyer Alpha O. Timbo at 10:00 pm on the same date and Dr. Kadie Sesay on Thursday August 19th at 8:30 pm. We will feature the interviews from these candidates over the next three weeks in our series “Meet The Candidates For SLPP Flagbearers”.
Sep 2, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
Relief for APC as Koinadugu Chiefs Forgive Party Strongman
Yesterday ended the month of August but it also saw what could possibly be the end of a longstanding problem that had been giving the ruling APC party some quiet headaches. It is reported that when his Minister of Internal Affairs & Local Government reported that the brou-ha-ha that had threatened to split the APC party’s support within Koinadugu District has now been resolved, President Koroma, who also doubles as APC Leader, heaved a sigh of relief. The resolution of the Koinadugu impasse was done with the intervention of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Local Government & Rural Development, Hon. Dauda Kamara and his ministry officials and resulted in district stakeholders in the largest district in Sierra Leone yesterday publicly burying the hatchet following the APC Strongman and Local Council District Chairman, Councillor Bayuku Conteh going down on his knees to beg for forgiveness from the Koinadugu Paramount Chiefs.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
As they pay Le230,000,000 in cash... SLPP Aspirants thank Awareness Times
A significant number of the 23 successful aspirants for the SLPP Flagbearer position have told Awareness Times yesterday that they were very grateful to this newspaper for our independent coverage of their party’s activities over the past few years. However what also came out very clearly from many of those who had been formerly recalcitrant to pay a non-refundable deposit to the party, was the fact that one of our recent news articles jolted them into realising they had been on the wrong path. Many aspirants now report that our last month’s article on how the failed SLPP Freetown Mayoral candidate for 2008 Elections had published a pamphlet calling for the party to take steps to avoid nominating men and women of straw (i.e: penniless) to contest elections, had made them realise the importance of what the party’s Executive had been trying to do with their laid-down Rule for non-refundable deposits.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
Kadi Sesay & Alpha Timbo Resign to Contest Presidency
The erudite and charming erstwhile Deputy Leader of the Sierra Leone People’s Party, Dr. Kadi Sesay and the smart and eloquent erstwhile SLPP Assistant Secretary-General, Lawyer Alpha Timbo, yesterday August 31st 2010 have both tendered their resignations from the SLPP National Executive in order for them to qualify for the position of Flagbearer/Presidential Candidate for the party in the 2012 Elections. They will be contesting against each other in a contest slated for next March 2011 for which a total of 23 aspirants have now passed the preliminary stage for contesting. Both of them are amongst the leading candidates so far who have a well-structured Campaign team in place advocating for them.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
Lawyer Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbi Assures SLPP
What their recent exercise in Declaration of Intent has proven is that the main opposition party in Sierra Leone has men and women of ‘timber & calibre’ as they say in neighbouring Nigeria. Lawyers, Engineers, Medical Doctors, University Lecturers, former Cabinet Ministers, Religious Leaders, a Paramount Chief, Ph.D Chemists, Administrators and other professionals have been lining up to pay the mandatory, non-refundable fee to lead the party as Presidential Candidate for the 2012 Elections. One of these great Sierra Leoneans is a Ph.D holder in Law, Dr. Bu-Buakei Jabbi, Esq. who in his Letter of Declaration of Intent issued yesterday stated, “In all the present circumstances of the national political situation in Sierra Leone, I assure the Party that my candidature will surely reap overall victory for it in the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2012”.
Sep 1, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Politics
SLPP's John Benjamin Commends Hon. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie
Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin, National Leader of the Sierra Leone People’s Party, has yesterday commended sitting parliamentarian, Hon. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie for the position she publicly took against the woman slated to conduct the 2012 Elections, Dr. Christiana Thorpe. Benjamin said as National Leader, it was gratifying to him that a party member could so eloquently put the precise position of the party across.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:26

NEWS : Politics
Dr. Alpha T. Wurie Declares for SLPP Flag Bearer
The former Minister of Education, Science and Technology in the erstwhile SLPP government, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie on Monday 30th August 2010 made public his intention to contest for flag bear position of the party ahead of the National Delegates’ Convention slated for 2011. The auspicious ceremony took place at the Harry Yansaneh Hall of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists [SLAJ] Headquarters, Campbell Street in Freetown. Taking the podium to make his formal declaration, Dr. Wurie revealed that the name Alpha Tejan Wurie rings a bell in both the SLPP and national circles, a household name he said that reverberates in every corner of the country whenever it is mentioned.
Aug 31, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Complains Over Northernisation
The main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) is continuing to lament what they see as continuation of a Northern Agenda in the operation of the country. SLPP Leader John Benjamin is complaining that the SLBC Board seems to be repeating the ‘Northernisation’ agenda of President Koroma by first recommending as Director-General, a man who grew up in Bombali, up North and then appointing an indigene of Koinadugu, up North as Deputy Director-General. According to John Benjamin, he had “nothing personal” against Sana Samura whom he said “might be fully qualified”. He however asked “why should appointments now in this country come only from the North, the North, the North?”
Aug 30, 2010, 17:30


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