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NEWS : Politics
In Sierra Leone, UNDP Trains PPRC on Election Management
United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) on the 29th June 2010 concluded five days training session for staff of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Election Management Bodies (EMB) at Taia Resort Hotel, Lumley Beach Road in Freetown. Addressing the trainees at the close of the session, UNDP Technical Adviser Mr. Kofi Duodu said the training imparted fresh insight into the newly recruited staff of the commission in building their capacity to carry out their mandate. He described the training as standard with internationally accepted methodology applied to train them.
Jun 30, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Politics
APC Shamed as Fish Mafia turns Computer Engineer!!!
Senior stalwarts of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) party have confessed to this newspaper that the party hierarchy was "in a state of shame" as to how they had abandoned former Fisheries Minister Haja Afsatu Kabba during her ongoing bout with the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) in court leaving only grassroots supporters behind her in her ongoing ordeal. This follows yesterday’s session in court where a witness who had confidently described himself to the Courts past Friday June 25th 2010 as a Computer Engineer whose only links to the Ministry of Fisheries was to repair their computers and supply them with stationary and sundries was exposed during powerful cross-examination yesterday June 28th 2010 by ace Defense Lawyer Yada Hashim Williams Esq.
Jun 29, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Councilor Flies High in Goderich
The only Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Councilor in the Western Area, Councilor Ibrahim Kabba aka Small Borbor, has again lifted the SLPP flag sky high in the Goderich Community and its environs. On Saturday 26th June 2010, Councilor Small Borbor solely sponsored an Inter-Area Marathon Athletic Competition for residents of Constituency 93 as a whole. The competition attracted youths, children and matured adults residing within the Constituency. The participants were divided into categories and zones to take part in the marathon which ended at the end point of Funkia in Goderich.
Jun 28, 2010, 13:16

NEWS : Politics
APC Leader pays Tribute to Makalay Koroma
H.E. President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, who also doubles as Leader of the All People’s Congress (APC) party, on Friday 25th June 2010, joined throngs of Sierra Leoneans from all walks of life at the Brookfields Headquarters of the APC, who braved the pouring rains to pay their last respects to the late Vice President of APC Women’s Congress, the late Mrs. Makalay Lovan Koroma. At the laying out ceremony at APC Headquarters, President Koroma described the late Mrs. Makalay Koroma as a woman of substance, who selflessly worked towards the progress of the APC party from the days when they were in the wilderness of opposition many, many years ago and who continued to strengthen the party even more after they won the 2007 Elections.
Jun 28, 2010, 13:07

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Bids Farewell to APC’s Makalay
Sierra Leoneans from all walks of life have traveled in from the Provinces and also from beyond the country’s shores to give a fitting farewell today, June 25th 2010 to the Late Mrs. Makalay Lovan Koroma, Vice President of APC’s Women’s Congress who, very suddenly, passed away on June 16th 2010 at age 44 years only.
Jun 25, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
High Court Judge throws PMDC Case out of Court
Justice Nicholas Browne-Marke yesterday threw out of court the matter brought against the National Leader of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change, Charles Francis Margai by the suspended Chairman Mohamed Bangura. Reasons given by the learned Judge was that the document was not properly filed.
Jun 25, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Politics
PPRC outlines structural challenges to MPs
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 dialogued with the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Defence and Political Affairs at their State Avenue Head Office in Freetown on diverse issues ranging from achievements to challenges faced by the institution after a recent restructuring process in preparation for the 2012 general elections. In his presentation, the Acting Chairperson of the commission Mr. Roland Ade Caesar catalogued past achievements made by the PPRC such as the development of a strong track record in mediating and mitigating intra and inter-party disputes since it was set up by an Act of Parliament in 2005.
Jun 24, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone’s Ruling & Opposition parties both support ABG Bauxite Investment
Sierra Leone’s opposition SLPP leader, has informed that as long as a proposed ABG/SLEMCO Bauxite Mining Venture did not break current mining laws, their SLPP party was as excited as the ruling APC, to welcome the Bauxite Investors to this country.
Jun 23, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Politics
Suspended PMDC chair’s court matter deferred
High Court yesterday informed PMDC’s suspended national chairman that paper works were yet to be completed for proceedings to commence a matter he brought before the honourable court against the leadership of the party. Mohamed was flanked by a dozen of supporters and sympathizers on Tuesday 22nd June 2010 when he elegantly walked into the court room in preparedness for the hearing.
Jun 23, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
Citizens blast APC for fuel price increase
Opinion survey conducted by this medium last evening in central Freetown shows that the recent increment in the pump price of petroleum products from Le.15, 500 to Le.16, 500 came as a shock to the average Sierra Leonean. A taxi cab driver who identified himself as Mohamed Conteh said the brunt will surely be felt by commuters as they have no choice but to increase transport fares to commensurate the increase. "This will tell greatly on our daily expenditure because everything will soar up in prices," he said.
Jun 22, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
Suspended PMDC chair takes party to court
Executive of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) makes their first appearance today in the High Court in a constitutional row between them and the suspended national chairman, Mohamed Bangura who filed a court suit against the party executive following a decision reached by the National Council to suspend him for the period of three years for unethical behaviour against the leadership of the PMDC. The beleaguered politician on several occasions and on diverse dates through correspondences and verbal expressions demanded the resignation of the party leader, Mr. Francis Charles Margai for what he termed the latter’s taking of unilateral decisions, and for losing all bye-elections conducted so far under his watchful eyes.
Jun 22, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Politics
PMDC MP arraigned for slapping female SDI staff
Hon. Malcolm Banister of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) was on Friday 18th June 2010 arraigned before Magistrate Wellington of Court No. 6 to answer to 5 count charges of Gender Based Violence. The charges include trespass, assault occasioning in actual bodily harm, use of abusive language, public insult and provocation. According to the particulars of offence the accused on Monday the 1st day of March, 2010 allegedly twice stormed the premises of the complainant, Mrs. Regina Marah, SDI’s Gender and Child Rights director at No. 4A Conton Street, peacock Farm in Wellington and rained invectives against her and members of her family.
Jun 22, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Politics
Difference between APC & SLPP
The SLPP, during the last 2002-2007 Parliament, had a huge majority of some 70% however the SLPP’s President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, being the true democrat that he was, always consulted with the minority APC party despite such a huge majority. Not only did he involve deeply alloyed APC stalwarts like current President Koroma in his Governance of the country (e.g: NASSIT) but he showed immense sensitivity to their views. For President Kabbah as leader of the then ruling SLPP, it was not a case of ‘Minority will have their say whilst Majority will have their way’ but always one of respectful consultations.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:30

NEWS : Politics
SLPP MPs Walk Out of Thorpe’s APC Re-appointment
The Members of Parliament (MPs) representing the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in Parliament on Thursday 17th June 2010 unanimously staged a peaceful walk-out from the well of Parliament following the re-appointment of the former Chief Electoral Commissioner Dr. Christiana Thorpe with votes from the ruling All Peoples Party (APC) and the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC). The SLPP MPs made this decision, during a debate on the motion to approve five Presidential Nominees including Dr. Christiana Thorpe who was to be re-appointed as the Chief Electoral Commissioner for the forthcoming 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
Jun 18, 2010, 13:38

NEWS : Politics
APC to ‘Gba Nya Fakei’ Ban Ki Moon
Indications reaching this newspaper are that the United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, currently visiting Sierra Leone, might be all set to be given a ‘Gba Nya Fakei’ (i.e: have the wool pulled over his eyes) this morning of June 15th 2010 at the premises of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) when he would be given the impression by the APC-led Government of President Ernest Koroma that the much important Board of the SLBC has been fully constituted and functional. The reality is as of last night, only five out of the nine proposed members as mandated by the SLBC Act, have been approved by Parliament. A last ditch attempt yesterday to have the extra four persons approved was fruitless with some reports even emerging that the nominated member to represent the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, Dr. Julius Spencer, has been turned down by the ruling party dominated Parliamentary Appointments Committee.
Jun 15, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Politics
SLPP boycotts Christiana Thorpe’s re-appointment
Opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Members of Parliament, including those serving on the Committee on Appointments on Monday 14th June 2010 walked out from Committee Room No. 1 in protest over the re- appointment of the controversial Chief Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Christiana Thorpe for another term of office. The SLPP Members of Parliament made a walkout following what they described as a despotic overrule by the Majority Leader of Parliament who is also the chairman of the Appointment Committee, Hon. Sheku B. B. Dumbuya.
Jun 15, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
APC’s Leader Lavished with Praises by SLPP’s Parliamentary Leader
The substantive Minority Leader representing the Sierra Leone People Party (SLPP) in Parliament, Hon. Momoh Pujeh who had been out of the country for several months receiving medical attention only to return home sick in a wheelchair, was yesterday Thursday 10th June 2010 presented once again to the House of Parliament by the Honourable Speaker of Parliament Justice Abel Stronge. Speaking to colleagues with high enthusiasm in the house, Hon Momoh Pujeh, the Opposition Parliamentary Leader started his words of enthusiasm by giving deep heartfelt thanks to the Ruling Party’s Leader, His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma for what he said was a tremendous support to him throughout his illness and for facilitating for him to be given assistance whilst he was out of the country seeking medical care.
Jun 11, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
Famed Opposition Strongman Turns 80 Years
A gentleman who is easily one of the most famous and cherished members of the country’s opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has turned a grand age of 80 years today June 10th 2010. Dr. Sama S. Banya, fondly known as PUAWUI, will be toasted to a grand celebration today by his family and friends which will commence at the College Chapel Church this late afternoon and continue at the Bank Complex with a birthday party. Dr. Banya, a trained medical doctor turned political legend, has served this country in various capacities and even at his advanced age in life, he still continues to serve the country; mostly in the form of dispatching regular words of wisdom on news pages and outlets.
Jun 10, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
Alpha Timbo Concludes Regional Consultation
One of the aspirants for the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) for the presidential election slated for 2012, Lawyer Alpha O. Timbo Esq. over the weekend concluded his regional consultations in Bo and Kenema respectively. Addressing mammoth crowds in Bo and Kenema, Lawyer Alpha Timbo revealed that he commenced consultation on 1st May 2010 in the Northern Region and has been very much pleased to meet with the regional executives in both regions. He named disunity as been one of the factors that was greatly responsible for the downfall of the SLPP in the 2007 general elections as a result causing them lose the seat of power to the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC).
Jun 9, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Politics
Francess Marke Scores 48%; Minkailu Scores 52%
At precisely 22:22GMT last night of Monday June 7th 2010, the results for the Fourah Bay College Students Elections were announced to the shock of many supporters of the woman who had been largely touted to be the college’s first female President, Miss Francess Marke. The signed copies of the validated results are below of this edition and show Francess as scoring 48% of the votes with her opponent from the ruling APC party faction on campus scoring 52% of the votes. Miss Marke, who lost by a slim margin of just 123 votes, has already conceded defeat last night though not without pointing out some of the abnormal developments that preceded her loss.
Jun 8, 2010, 17:18

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