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NEWS : Politics
SLPP Aspirants Pay One Hundred Million Leones
The race for the well coveted SLPP Flagbearer position has really heated up with aspirants falling in line to pay the stipulated initial deposit of Ten Million Leones each to a Special Bank Account before the candidate will be recognised as an aspirant. As of the close of Banking Business yesterday, August 26th 2010, Dr. Kadi Sesay, Lawyer Alpha Timbo, Engineer Usman Boie Kamara, Engineer Andrew Keili, Brigadier (rtd) Maada Bio, former Foreign Minister Momodu Koroma, former Energy Minister Emmanuel Grant, Paramount Chief Somanen Kapen II, Retired American Civil Servant Umaru Dumbuya and one other unidentified person had all paid the sum of ten million leones thus automatically swelling the Special Bank Account to the tune of Le100,000,000.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
Tayyib Bah, SLPP’s Publicity Secretary Resigns
A long-expected resignation of the National Publicity Secretary of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) occured yesterday when he penned down a letter stating his resignation. The Letter, as shown to Awareness Times by a source within APC Government circles, was addressed to the SLPP Chairman John Benjamin but when this paper contacted Benjamin last evening, he expressed surprise over the issue saying he had not received any such letter even though he was at the SLPP Party offices until late last evening.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
Judiciary says Journalist was in Contempt
The Master of the Law Courts, Elwyn Bailor, has yesterday August 26th 2010, told this writer that the August 18th FOR DI PEOPLE newspaper article misrepresenting the age of an 18 years old convict to be a 15 years old juvenile was contemptuous of the court as it made Magistrate Shyllon appear as having jailed a mere juvenile when the person jailed was considered to be an adult at the age of 18 years. He however confessed that, Judiciary “would have preferred for the Contempt matter to have been tried by another member of the Bench rather than by Magistrate Shyllon himself”.
Aug 27, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Politics
APC Has Failed PMDC & Sierra Leone Women
The Women’s Leader of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Madam Rosalyn McCarthy has told the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation’s Women’s Programme hosted by Haja Kadi Johnson yesterday August 25th 2010 that “the APC has disappointed us”. Pressed further as to what she meant, she explained that when the PMDC was signing the alliance with the ruling All People’s Congress three years ago, they outlined certain policies that it was expected the APC-led Government would strictly abide with and one of these, she said concerned Women’s issues.
Aug 26, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
Solomon Berewa ‘Arises from the Dead’
It was a scene of sorrow at the funeral of the late SLPP strongman Alfred Sallia Fawundu last Sunday August 22nd 2010 in Bo City as thousands of SLPP members thronged up to Bo from various parts of the country to pay their last respects to one of their party’s greatest activists of recent times. However, their sorrow was partially assuaged when suddenly emerging in the crowd was the man who had been strongly rumoured all over the country as having passed away, Solomon Ekuma Berewa.
Aug 24, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
APC Develops Technical Problems as SLPP Newspaper makes I.B. Kargbo look funny
An allegation that Sylvia Blyden has been earmarked by opposition SLPP as Runningmate in 2012 Elections which was confidently spoken yesterday August 16th 2010 on a popular ‘Tea Break’ Radio Programme by Information Minister, Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, ended up making the poor Alhaji look funny in the eyes of many listeners especially as he claimed the allegation emanated from “Government Intelligence”.
Aug 17, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
Constituency 106 Gets SLPP “Saviour”
A young Sierra Leonean based in the United Kingdom who is currently has expressed his determination to alleviate the plight of his community in central Freetown. Edward Ernest Coker has become a household name in his community for his philanthropic gestures, the recent being the construction of 20 stand pipes to ease the perennial water crisis. In an exclusive interview with our reporter at his 15 Ball Street residence, off Circular Road in Central Freetown over the weekend, Mr. Coker said he was currently working with his community people to solve water supply problems which was very acute in that community with dug out water wells, stand pipes and the creation of job and vocational training facilities for the youth.
Aug 16, 2010, 12:13

NEWS : Politics
APC’s Editorial Team to “Debunk” Awareness Times
The Constitutional & Legal Section of the Editorial Team of the ruling APC party’s We Yone newspaper has yesterday stated their intention to “thoroughly debunk” the published assertion of Awareness Times’ Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden that APC Leader President Koroma was behaving like a Dictator insofar as his handling of the hiring and firing of the country’s Electoral Commissioners.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:26

NEWS : Politics
Alpha Timbo ‘Campaign Team’ Bails out SLPP Executive
A campaign team already formed ahead of formal declaration of intent for the flag bearer position of opposition SLPP for Hon. Alpha O Timbo on Tuesday 10th August 2010 donated to SLPP Executive members of Constituency 93 in Godrich as part of a goodwill gesture for the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan. Presenting the gifts on the group’s behalf, the Secretary to the team, Mr. Tony Moiforay noted that they were making such handsome donation to assist party Muslim members within the constituency for this blessed month.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Councilor Feeds the Aged at Goderich
The only SLPP councilor in the western rural district representing Ward 331 in Constituency 93, Goderich Village, Ibrahim Kabba aka ‘Small Borbor’ on Tuesday 10th August 2010 donated Ten 25 kg bags of imported rice and bails of used clothing to over two hundred aged people in that community. Receiving the donated items on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Village Headman, Mr. Mustapha Papa Kamara showered praises on Councilor Small Borbor for his continuous assistance and generosity towards his subjects. He called on them to rally round the councilor who he said had indicated adequately that he would represent them at all levels.
Aug 12, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Politics
Armed Robbers Attack PMDC Nat. Women’s Leader
The National Women’s Leader of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Madam Roselyn Macarthy was in the early hours of Monday 9tth August 2010 at about 2:00am attacked by unidentified armed robbers on their way to her Sawi Drive residence, Brookfields in western Freetown. Speaking of her ordeal to the Awareness Times at dawn on Monday, the PMDC Women’s leader explained how she was heading home with three other people when about six armed men materialized from nowhere and demanded them to disembark from the vehicle.
Aug 10, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Politics
Sequel to Ban Ki Moon’s Call for TRC Recommendations to be implemented : SLPP stuns with Unexpected Apology to Victims of Rights Violations
“We cannot erase all the hurts with one apology but with continuous efforts to look back at where we made mistakes and reach out to those whom the party hurt in the process of not only bringing the war to an end but in other areas, we will be able to bring our party back to being seen as the only vehicle that can move Sierra Leone forward as a united country,” Benjamin insisted. “This apology is just the beginning. The SLPP is on the road to ensure we are once again fully seen as the Party that represents the true values that Sierra Leone stood for when Sir Milton Margai led this Nation to independence, 50 years ago. We have a lot of reconciliation to do but, by the grace of God, we will succeed to reconcile with many citizens in the days, weeks and months ahead,” the popular party leader promised.
Aug 9, 2010, 12:28

NEWS : Politics
APC appoints NPRC Spokesman to Senior Government Position in Sierra Leone
As a sequel to the recent Call by the United Nations’ Secretary General for Sierra Leoneans to reconcile within the recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission report, the Office of the President, late last week appointed the NPRC Junta Secretary-General and Spokesman at the time of the December 29, 1992 executions, to be the new Petroleum Resources Finance Director. The NPRC was the Military Government in Sierra Leone at the time of the executions and Captain Karefa Kargbo was the NPRC Secretary-General and Government Spokesman.
Aug 9, 2010, 12:26

NEWS : Politics
Kadi Sesay & Alpha Timbo Commence Le50M Payments in Sierra Leone
SLPP sources have confirmed over the weekend that two of the leading contestants for the SLPP Flagbearer position, Dr. Kadi Sesay and Lawyer Alpha Timbo, have both made their mandatory advance cash deposits of Le10Million of the required non-refundable Fifty Million Leones that all flagbearer aspirants should pay to the party’s coffers before they would be considered by the hierarchy as possible aspirant.
Aug 9, 2010, 12:16

NEWS : Politics
Today on behalf of all our membership now and leadership at that time, I publicly apologise for any suffering encountered by the people of Sierra Leone in terms of violations and abuses of their rights during the period of the war when the SLPP was in Governance. More specifically as Leader of the SLPP, I want to acknowledge the harm suffered by Women and Girls during the conflict and on behalf of the SLPP, I want to unequivocally apologise to Women and Girls who suffered any act of violence during the 11 years of conflict. - It now gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the immense positive role that was played during the conflict and which continues to be played by our noble journalists as members of the Fourth Estate. I also once again thank and acknowledge all members of the opposition; the international community, the Government of Sierra Leone and all Sierra Leoneans for their support in the actualization of our dreams as the country’s oldest political party; the most nationalistic political party and the most patriotic political party with an enviable record of achievements that we will continue to build upon come 2012 when we are re-elected back into service.
Aug 6, 2010, 17:17

NEWS : Politics
APC Spills Palmoil on APC’s Rice in Sierra Leone
In the local Krio parlance, when two entities with similar goals and high commonality find themselves hurting each other and creating a messy situation that inadvertently damages their common goal, a phrase is used to describe such a scenario. It goes thus: John Palmine throw-way na John res which translated into English reads as “John’s palmoil has spilled on to John’s Rice”. Normally, rice is white and clean in appearance but if Palm-oil spills on to white rice, it makes it messy and an otherwise clean situation becomes truly messed up.
Aug 6, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Politics
Kenema Paramount Chief Vangahun Warns; APC Gov’t Should not be Sabotaged
After suffering months of humiliation at hands of State operatives, the physically incapacitated and ailing Paramount Chief A. B. Vangahun of Nongowa Chiefdom in Kenema District has seemingly succumbed to the pressures of being repeatedly hurled from home for questioning by Police, Anti Corruption or any other State agents on allegedly flimsy allegations; which were seen as a bid to intimidate the opposition stronghold Kenema Chief into supporting the ruling APC party. This is now exhibited with his recent call for his subjects to support APC. P.C. Vangahun made the call during the recent visit of President Koroma to his District.
Aug 4, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Leader John Ben is not Eyeing Presidency
The Chairman and Leader of Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) John Oponjo Benjamin has dropped into the Awareness Times offices last night immediately on his arrival from the Provinces to ask this media house to clarify to the Public that though he was already the elected Leader of the SLPP, he currently had “no ambitions” to run for President of Sierra Leone. “Yes, there was a time when I had a dream of serving my people as their President but I shelved it in March 2009. Since then, I have never looked back,” Benjamin assured.
Aug 3, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
SLPP former MPs sell birthright for ‘Coco-Ebbeh’
The famous biblical story about Esau selling his birthright for a bowl of porridge is reflected in a local Krio parlance which reference greedy person(s) who sell bonafide rights for financial pittance to satisfy immediate human urges. In Krio, a bowl of porridge is known as "coco-ebbeh". This scenario played out last weekend when former Parliamentarians of the opposition SLPP party offered their services to President Koroma with attendant financial rewards.
Aug 2, 2010, 13:24

NEWS : Politics
Christiana Thorpe Promises Impartial Elections but SLPP Reacts Very Furiously
The Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Dr. Christiana Thorpe on 29th July 2010 assured the nation that the commission was going to conduct impartial elections in 2012 regardless of the differences they were facing with people who had no confidence in her or the Commission. She made this statement during the official launching of NEC Strategic Plan 2010-2014 at the Ministry of Information’s weekly press briefing held at Miata Conference Hall in Freetown.
Jul 30, 2010, 17:18

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