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NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NCTVA Accredits ICECS
The National Council for Technical, Vocational and other Academic Awards (NCTVA) on 6th July 2010 accredited the Institute for Continuing Education and Consultancy Services (ICECS) at the institute’s 78 Dundas Street facility in Freetown. Presenting the certificate to the institution NCTVA Director Mr. Mohamed Jalloh gave a brief background of the establishment of the council by an Act of Parliament in 2001, saying it was deemed expedient to replace the Institute of Higher Education for emerging opportunities. He said NCTVA has a council of 37 members in which makes them more credible, adding that they accredit only for diplomas and other certificates to students.
Jul 7, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Free medical queried as… : Pregnant woman wriggles in pain with neglect
The true storey about the Free Health Care Service is that it cannot provide drugs or services for certain sicknesses for beneficiaries. Musu Kondoh a six-month old pregnant woman is a victim of a sadistic scenario. Musu is a resident of Four Mile within the Fofo Water Community at Newton, Western Rural District. She is on the verge of dying as she has been rejected and referred to and sent forth from one hospital to another without receiving treatment.
Jul 7, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Presidential Affairs Ministry Abolished *Bo District Elects New Female Chief *NEC Boss Takes Presidential Oath of Office *President Appoints New Ambassador to Russia *Weather Forecast Predicts Heavy Storms & Rains for 3 months *Reproductive Health Seminar ends in Port Loko *Mabella Receives pipe borne water.
Jul 7, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, City Council spends Le 5m a week on Cotton Tree
The Mayor of Freetown, Herbert George Williams has on Tuesday 6th July disclosed to the press that City Council is spending Le 5m every week to maintain electricity supply and the fountain at the Cotton Tree. He made this mention at the National Stadium Car Wash during a commissioning ceremony of a public toilet for the community people. He also disclosed to journalists that FCC is spending three hundred million leones per month to clean the city.
Jul 7, 2010, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Attention: SUSAN COOPER, C/O SCAN DRIVE, OLD RAIL WAY LINE, OFF SPUR ROAD, WILBERFORCE
UPON READING THE NOTICE OF MOTION dated 5th September 2007 and the affidavit in support of the application sworn to on the 5th day of September 2007 AND UNPON HEARING JAMES M FORNAH-Esq. of the Counsel for the Plaintiff/Applicant.
Jul 7, 2010, 17:02

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 People’s 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
Sierra Leonean Students in Norway Boost Cheshire Home
Sierra Leonean students enrolled in the Red Cross Nordic United World College based in Norway who are also members of a student organization ‘Save the Future Generation (SAFUGE) have on Monday 5th July 2010 commissioned a newly constructed kitchen with a donation of dozens of cooking utensils worth thousands of dollars to the Freetown Cheshire Home in Freetown. Donating the items, head of delegation, Alimamy Lahai Kalokoh informed that with student strength of 87 nationalities, SAFUGE’s aim is to unite students of the college from various cultural backgrounds and beliefs in a bid to help rescue needy children back home in their respective countries.
Jul 6, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NPA Set to Distribute Bumbuna Power GM Confirmed
The National Power Authority (NPA) is all set to distribute electricity power supply from Bumbuna Hydro Electricity Project which was shut down some months back due to some technical problems. This was revealed to this press in an exclusive interview with NPA General Manager, Mr. Zubiru Ahmed Kaloko at his Siaka Stevens Street Office. He said NPA has already installed brand new transformers in many areas in the country with more to be installed in the shortest possible time.
Jul 6, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Photo News
The newly commissioned city store at King Jimmy
The newly commissioned city store at King Jimmy
Jul 6, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Kabala hosts MPs on political tolerance campaign
Koinadugu District headquarter town of Kabala past weekend played host to a across section of Members of Parliament from the various political parties on a campaign trail to promote peace, tolerance and democracy. The project is being sponsored by the International Parliamentary Union (IPU), and the two-day session which took place at the Kabala District Council Hall was a replication of similar outreach sessions previously conducted in Kailahun, Port Loko, Moyamba and Kono Districts.
Jul 6, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, MPs re-assure local artists on Piracy Act enactment
Following series of concerns raised by local artists to protect their trade against pirates with the enactment of law to that effect; and with the concomitant threat to get hard on government for reneging on an earlier promise made by His Excellency President Koroma, the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Youths and Sports on 3rd July 2010 re-assured them of the political will and government’s commitment to not only expedite the enactment of the Piracy Act but improve on the music industry in the country.
Jul 6, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Cotton Tree kills three in Kono *Issa Sesay starts testifying in defence of Taylor *Comium takes 5 winners to world cup finals *New Airport Bo appeals for Unity *SLAJ Postpones Reporters’ Union Elections *284 Cartons of Free Health Care drugs arrested *Notorious Armed Robber arrested *Kroobay Residents Appeal for Help* US Embassy Celebrates Independence Day In Freetown.
Jul 6, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Health/WHO launch ‘Step Survey’ report on NCDS
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with the World Health Organization on Monday 5th July, 2010 jointly launched the ‘Step Survey’ report on the Prevalence of the common risk factors of Non- Communicable Diseases in Sierra Leone. The auspicious ceremony which took place at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown attracted many stakeholders, including cabinet ministers, Members of Parliament, representatives from both local and international Non-Governmental Organisations.
Jul 6, 2010, 17:04

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
WHY SOUTH AFRICA CAN WIN NATIONS CUP 2012
I am dedicating this article to all my friends in the Windy Friendly City of Port Elizabeth for the persistent reminder given to them of South Africa’s historic achievement of being the first Nation to fail in the group stages. It’s my final day and will be moving to the Summer Summer City of Durban (derived from the wonderful weather they have through the year…summer always. I will miss Port Elizabeth and in particular Nelson Mandela Bay where the Great Madiba was born. It’s been good fun and the stadium is arguably the best design of all World Cup stadiums.
Jul 6, 2010, 17:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
WHY BLATTER MUST BE CAREFUL
Since the woeful and embarrassing performance of some teams in the World Cup, notably France and Nigeria, their Government have been quick to order an investigation into the causes and in the case of Nigeria, the team has been suspended for two years from International Competition which implies out of the 2012 and 2013 African Nations Cup. As a Football Administrator since 1986 in Sierra Leone, and a contender for the next FA Presidency in 2012, I must categorically state that I am opposed to Government’s interference in most cases but unlike FIFA, I do not believe Zero Tolerance is practicable, and support Government’s involvement, not necessarily interference in certain scenarios.
Jul 6, 2010, 17:00

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
An Intriguing Tale Involving One Week of Afsatu Kabba's Life (February 9th - 16th 2010)

As you are aware, we agreed that the correct approach to the issuance of license should be handled in such a way that yourself, the permanent secretary and myself will approve all the pre-licensing work before starting to write up the license in the license book. This was not done and I am quite surprised. Some inconsistencies of information have been identified, but the circumstances surrounding them have not been reported to me. This occurrence has led me to make a close examination of the documents you submitted to my office. I have identified the following:... CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR MORE
Jul 5, 2010, 13:22

FEATURES
John Benjamin’s Scorn of Alpha Kanu is Saluted!
The charismatic leader and Chairman of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party, John Oponjo Benjamin (JOB) has continued to receive salutory reviews from Awareness Times readers all over Sierra Leone and the Diaspora for the effective way in which he last Friday scorned and debunked the misguided position of the ruling APC party’s Spokesman, Hon. Alhaji Alpha Kanu.
Jul 5, 2010, 13:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, City Council Commissions King Jimmy Multipurpose Store
The Mayor of Freetown City Council His Lordship Herbert George Williams on Thursday 1st June 2010 commissioned the newly constructed city store at King Jimmy in central Freetown. In his short address before the cutting of the tape, the city father said they have started actualizing their promises to traders within the municipality with the construction of market structures as manifested by the construction of a compartmentalizes storage facility.
Jul 5, 2010, 13:15

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Legal Matters
Attention: MR MANU KANIOUS KARGBO of 56 PAMURONKOH TOWN, CALABA TOWN
UPON READING the Ex-Parte Notice of Motion dated 26th day of April, 2010 and Affidavit in Support sworn to on the 26th day of April. 2010 together with the Exhibits attached thereto AND UPON HEARING JAMES M. FORNAH-SESAY ESQ. of Counsel for the Plaintiff/Applicant,
Jul 5, 2010, 13:13

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Recharge cards cost soars again
Prices for mobile phone recharge cards have over the weekend been increased yet again by the various service providers in Sierra Leone. At least this information has already been relayed by the Comium mobile company to subscribers through SMS message. The increase took effect on Thursday 1st July, 2010. The text message sent on Friday reads that the retail price for 100 units recharge card should now be Le3, 600 (Three thousand six hundred Leones), an addition of Le200,00 made. The increase came in the wake of rush by subscribers to register their Sim cards to meet government’s deadline for registration.
Jul 5, 2010, 13:11

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Teacher Beats Student to Coma *Bombs Discovered in Port Loko *Heavy storm causes power outages. *Parliamentary Committee Meets Petroleum Resources Unit *Foreign Investors Condemn poor state of Freetown Airport *Teachers Attacks Union Office *Mines Monitoring Officers go without pay.
Jul 5, 2010, 13:09

NEWS : Local News
Zain Boosts University of Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone’s leading telecommunication provider-Zain on Friday 2nd July 2010 made another remarkable history with the award of a scholarship, trophy, grants and cash to students of the University of Sierra Leone for their participation in the Zain Africa Challenge (ZAC) International Quiz competition for 2010 held in Kampala Uganda. The auspicious awards ceremony took place at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) USL Library, Tower Hill Campus in central Freetown.
Jul 5, 2010, 13:07

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Lawyers Annual Meet Goes to Makeni
The Sierra Leone Bar Association will this morning of July 2nd 2010 at 9:30am be holding its Annual Conference for what is widely believed to be the very first time that the Lawyers’ Professional association, will be meeting out of the capital city of Freetown. According to the charismatic President of the Bar, Joseph F. Kamara Esq., who gave a snap interview to this press-house, the decision was taken to hold the Annual Meeting out of the capital city as a means of having lawyers interact with the local populace and vice versa in provincial areas of Sierra Leone. The Bar President revealed that after the decision was made to hold the meeting out of Freetown, a ballot was held to have lawyers choose between Makeni, Bo and Kono and it resulted in most lawyers voting for the meeting to be held in Makeni; ostensibly because it was the nearest city to the capital.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:24

NEWS : Politics
As APC Spokesman condemns SLPP monthly briefings : JOB Questions Alpha Kanu’s 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 Kanu’s opinion that National Leaders of Political parties should only engage in political briefings through their party’s 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

FEATURES
Peep Editor Granted Le10Million Bail In His Criminal Libel Matter
The acting Editor of Peep, Mr. Christopher Koker was yesterday granted bail in sum of Le10Million on his own recognizance by Magistrate Davies-Cole of Court No. 11 where Koker is facing initial two-count charges for criminal and defamatory libel against Sylvia Blyden, Publisher of this newspaper. Taking the Witness Stand yesterday, Dr. Sylvia O. Blyden was led in evidence by her lawyers James Fornah Sesay Esq. and Sulaiman Kabba Koroma Esq. as she recounted how she never knew Koker in person before he published against her what she is alleging to be highly defamatory materials.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Politics
SLPP MP endorses JOB’s Criticisms of APC
On SLPP Chairman, John Oponjo Benjamin’s 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 Queen’s 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 party’s Wallace Johnson Street headquarters condemned APC government’s 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 People’s Congress Party’s hype of reintroducing District Officers without due consideration for constitutional implications.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Minister appeals for Local Tax Payments
The Deputy Minister 2 in the Ministry of Local Government, Internal Affairs and Rural Development, Hon. Raymond I Kabia has pleaded with residents within the municipality to pay their local taxes as a way to push development in Freetown. He was speaking at a press brief convened by the Freetown City Council at their Wallace Johnson Street head office on Thursday July 1. He said without people paying their local taxes and other dues, FCC would not undertake any meaningful development in Freetown to make it an attractive and modern city.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, STEWARD/ MRU partner to protect Upper Guinea forest
To enhance the protection of the upper Guinea forest, the Sustainable and Thriving Environment for West Africa Regional Development (STEWARD) in collaboration with the Mano River Union and the Government of Sierra Leone are now working on plans to promote biodiversity conservation, peace building, knowledge sharing, policy harmonization and sustainable livelihood in the West Africa trans boundary protected areas of the upper Guinea forest ecosystem. This was disclosed to the press at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Agriculture, Youyi Building in Freetown on Thursday 1 2010.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Heavy storm leaves dozens homeless
Following the heavy down pour of rain propelled by windy storm in the early hours of Thursday 1st July 2010 dozens of residents were rendered homeless in the capital of Freetown. Several houses were destroyed and properties worth millions of Leones damaged as a result. The problem was compounded by the uncontrolled chopping of trees that has caused deforestation over the years, coupled with poor drainage system on major streets of Freetown.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Albert Academy pupil on the run for rape *Kasunko Chiefdom sensitized on Local Tax collection *Forecast says July rains cats and dogs *‘Okada’ rider runs into a pregnant woman *SLTU to introduce peace education *International community piles pressure on APC *Queen Elizabeth II to visit Sierra Leone *World Bank chief bids farewell.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SOS Trust Sierra Leone initiates FSP
At last the Family Strengthening Programme (FSP), the means by which SOS Children’s Villages improves on the quality of lives of neighbouring families has been launched in Sierra Leone. The launching ceremony took place at Kerraggran Hall in Bo on Monday 28th June 2010. SOS Trust Sierra Leone National Director, Mr. Olatungi Woode informed that it was in a bid to attain the organization’s objective to support 1,000,000.00 (One Million) dire needy children globally by 2016. "Since the inception of SOS in Sierra Leone, Towama Village which is three miles from Bo City became our second locality for operations," he informed.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:08

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Mr President Please Protect My Citizenship Rights
In the last several months, those of us that are Sierra Leoneans of Caucasian (white) Skin have been shocked, embarrassed and discouraged by an Immigration Policy demanding we seek clearance as Sierra Leoneans before traveling with our Passports. I have been forced to write this article by virtue of the embarrassment I faced on my way to South Africa to watch the World Cup matches in the company of Mr Sanusi Bruski Kargbo, Lions Vice Chairman, on Sunday 20th June 2010.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:06

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Reflecting On South Africa 2010 World Cup
It is by now public knowledge that South Africa 2010 is the first time Sierra Leone has been officially represented by Sports Writers. It is also a truism that it is the first time we have been allocated World Cup tickets officially that has been available for Sierra Leoneans to witness the World Cup. Regrettably, many of our brothers intending to travel to the Competition struggled with either Visa or flight/accommodation difficulties from home to The Rainbow Nation. It has not been all doom and gloom because at least three sports journalists have had the opportunities to watch the best footballers in the world, observe how press conferences are held and learn from others from a more advance world how efficient and professional Sports Writers and Photographers can be.
Jul 2, 2010, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
Happy Birthday Greetings to you Donald L. Coker
Happy Birthday Greetings to you Donald L. Coker
Jul 2, 2010, 17:02

ADVERTISEMENTS
United Nations Advert : Consultant, Judiciary Capacity Needs Assessment
After 11 years of civil war, Sierra Leone’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommended that true reconciliation would require "promoting a culture of good governance" with a "well-functioning Judiciary." Many justice sector actors echoed the findings of the TRC and the need to support the Judiciary as a mitigating factor to future conflict. To this end, in July 2007, UNDP began implementing the Peace Building Fund’s (PBF) Justice Sector Reform Project. In collaboration with United Nations Integrated
Jul 2, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Photo News
SLPP MP Condemns Re-introduction of District Officers in Sierra Leone
“I worked as a District Officer so I know what I am talking about when I say any re-introduction of District Officers now we have de-centralised, will be a recipe for chaos!!”
Jul 1, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
Bharti CEO for Africa to Visit Zain-Sierra Leone
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Africa who is also the Senior Managing Director of Bharti Airtel, an international mobile telecommunications company that has bought over Zain-Africa, Mr. Manoj Kholi is expected to arrive in Sierra Leone on the 5th July 2010. The CEO’s visit is a sequel to the purchase of the leading Africa Mobile Company operating in 15 countries on the continent, Zain-Africa by Bharti Airtel. This was disclosed to the press by the Head of Corporate Affairs and Communication, Mr. Kelvin Kellie who told journalists that Mr. Kholi will be heartily welcomed by Zain staff and other important stakeholders on his arrival at the Lungi International Airport on the 5th July 2010. He also disclosed that series of activities have been outlined by Zain management for the two-day visit of Bharti Airtel CEO.
Jul 1, 2010, 17:20

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
ACC’s Last Major Witness Enhances Afsatu Kabba’s Defence & Reveals how the Alleged ‘abuse of office’ Pre-dated the ACC 2008 Act
The final Major witness in the matter of the State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba has told the Court that his employment of Abdul Malik Jobe at Bumbuna Project was procedurally correct and that at absolutely no point was he put under pressure by Haja Afsatu Kabba to employ Abdul Malik Jobe, the APC’s Youth Leader for the South. His relationship with Afsatu Kabba was “excellent” said witness. Of note is ACC’s very own document tendered in Court as “evidence” yesterday has confirmed that the Employment of Malik Jobe occurred on May 1st 2008 which is several months before the ACC 2008 Act was passed in September 2008. The 2008 Anti Corruption Act is not retroactive.
Jul 1, 2010, 17:18

FEATURES
Peep Editor Koker in Criminal Court today
The acting Editor of Peep Magazine, Christopher Koker will appear in a Freetown Court this morning to answer to an initial two count charge for criminal and defamatory libel. The editor is to defend his last Friday’s front page article against the country’s only female newspaper Publisher, Dr. Sylvia Blyden. "I have been too busy with the Haja Afsatu matter but since it is now coming to a close, it is time for me to turn attention to the highly defamatory articles that had been published against me but which I had been ignoring because I had needed to stay focused and had not wanted to be distracted," Blyden said.
Jul 1, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
SLPP pleads with Sylvia Blyden to be gracing their Press Briefings
The Chairman and National Leader of opposition Sierra Leone People’s 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

FEATURES
Detractors Decry But Patriotic Citizens Work Harder: Leave Deputy Health Minister Koroma Alone
Detractors of the present government of Ernest Bai Koroma will go to all extent in portraying a negative image of the administration by using any means at their disposal, and this spate of unjustified and false allegations which is machinated by people closely linked with the opposition has now targeted Mr. Mohamed Daudis Koroma, the hardworking Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister.
Jul 1, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Mobile phone fraudster to serve two years jail term
A middle aged man identified in court as Desmond Williams was on Wednesday 30th June 2010 convicted for mobile theft and fined Le 300,000 (Three hundred thousand leones) or risk being sent to jail for two years by Magistrate Bankole Shyllon of the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 3 The particulars of offence stated that on the 15th March 2010 at Black-Field off PWD in the western area of Freetown, Desmond Williams fraudulently converted four mobile phones belonging to one Issa Jabbie to his own use. Desmond purportedly collected the mobile phones valued at Le1.8m from complainant for the purpose of selling.
Jul 1, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Another 60 Days Extension for Sim Registration
Concerned that all subscribers of the various mobile operating companies in the country in line with government regulations, and as genuinely also expressed by the service providers to extend registration period for subscribers, the National Telecommunication Company (NATCOM) has again given 60 (sixty) days for all SIMs to be regidtered nationwide. In an SLBC television talk show ‘We Yus’ last evening, Mr. Kuyateh who represented the regulatory body said the decision to extend the deadline was in response to numerous calls made by subscribers across the country, coupled by similar demands by the service providers, for the commission to reconsider extending the June 30 deadline.
Jul 1, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Subscribers demand extension of SIM registration date *Power Tiller operators schooled at Makali and Lambayama *AIG warns student officers to seek permission *Lodge Mount Aureol Donates to King Georges Home *PPRC Ready for 2012 elections *Kono Youth indict APC& SLPP *Lunsar Police detain 9 pupils on African Child’s Day *32 Tourist Guards certified.
Jul 1, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Jenkins-Johnston cautions AG against abuse of executive powers
In the on ongoing matter between complainant, Lara E.M Taylor–Pearce and Mr. O.F. Cline-Cole and defendants, Dr Dennis Sandy, the Minister of Lands and two others for various offences allegedly committed between February and March 2010 before Freetown, Magistrates Court No.11 presided by Magistrate Herbert Davies-Cole, J.B.,Jekins- Johnston Esq of Ayotunde Chambers has in an open letter to His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on 25th June this year stoutly protesting against the misuse/abuse of executive powers by the Attorney-General’s Office. In that letter which was copied to thirteen other vital government functionaries, the doyen of law questioned why Dr Sandy, Joe Tommy and Mr. Vandi failed to appear for hearing before Magistrate Herbert Davies- Cole after been duly served.
Jul 1, 2010, 17:00

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 one’s innocence in Ojukokoro allegations. This is why many eyebrows have been raised when it is learnt that Professor Alfred Kandeh, Chief Executive of Sierra Leone’s National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) has evaded a request for him to comment on a US$9.6 million National Revenue Authority’s topical ‘Ojukokoro’ mucky deal with Jospong Printing Company in Ghana for the printing of GST tax receipt books. Kandeh’s 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

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu Kabba’s Son Went Through Due Processes
Count 6 of the latest seven counts that the embattled former Fisheries Minister was dragged to Court for by the Anti Corruption Commission states that Haja Afsatu Kabba abused her office by "instructing for and causing the irregular and unlawful employment" of her son Ibrahim Kabba at the Radiation Protection Unit. Well, past Monday 28th June 2010, it was revealed by the ACC’s very own prosecution witness that Ibrahim Kabba, the son of Haja Afsatu Kabba, was duly employed and went through all the required processes starting from filling in an application, being interviewed, taking practical tests, passing competence tests, all the way to seeking for Board Approval following which due process that took a lengthy period of three months, Ibrahim Kabba was employed not as a "Radiation Protection Technician" as erroneously stated on the indictment but duly employed as a "Technician-in-Training" by the Radiation Board.
Jun 30, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Health Minister Denies Security Racket
Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Mr. Mohamed Daudis Koroma has denied knowledge of any link with any security racket as erroneously published in a local tabloid of Tuesday June 29, 2010. In a short interview with this medium, Minister Koroma asserted having no knowledge of the recruitment of Mr. Moses L. Khoda, the security officer the publication claimed was ‘imposed’ on the ministry by the Deputy Minister to be the ministry’s Chief Security Officer.
Jun 30, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Acha Kamara Frowns at Bad Press
The Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police, Brima Acha Kamara has on Tuesday 29th June 2010 condemned what he referred to as a misquoted and misleading a banner head line article that appeared in a local tabloid captioned, ‘Promotion causes Rancor and Dissatisfaction within Police Force… Acha lies to the Nation, - Wake up call for VP to take Action’. Taking great exception to the said article, IG Acha Kamara expressed how he is being victimized by some papers operating in Sierra Leone following the recent promotion of over ninety Police Constables to the rank of Sergeants.
Jun 30, 2010, 17:08

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 : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Commission on Small Arms & Light Weapons Soon
The Directorate of Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Office of the President is soon to be known as the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SLeNCSA). According to a press release issued on June 24 2010, the Directorate will become a full fledged Commission immediately President Koroma assents into law the recently enacted SLeNCSA Act of 2010. The Act was enacted by the Sierra Leone Parliament on Tuesday June 22, 2010. The Secretariat of the Commission would be housed on the ground floor of the old Ministry of Defence Building, State Avenue in Freetown.
Jun 30, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Residents commends Lungi Police *Two Nigerians Arrested with Cocaine *Africell Donates 50 Motor Bikes to Retailers *Chief suspended for misappropriation *An aged sent to Prison for fraud *Plan Sierra Leone trains 140 Youth in Bombali.
Jun 30, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
MPs Inspect London Mining Facilities in Sierra Leone
The parliamentary oversight committee on Mines and Mineral on the 28th June 2010 inspected London Mining Company’s Lunsar facilities in the Port Loko District where they are scheduled to mine ore. Chairman of Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Mines and Minerals, Hon Chernor Maju Bah said he hoped it was not a surprise to London Mining Company for the site visit as they had long being notified them as part of their constitutional responsibilities to know what the mining companies are doing in the country.
Jun 30, 2010, 17:00

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

FEATURES
Cross-Examination of ACC’s 6th Witness by Yada Williams
Cross-Examination of the ACC’s Sixth Prosecution Witness in the matter of the State versus Haja Afsatu Olayinka Ebishola Kabba (nee Savage) on Monday 28th June 2010
Jun 29, 2010, 17:06

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu Kabba Trial Judge pardons News Editors
The Managing Editor of the Independent Observer newspaper, Jonathan Leigh and his deputy, Bai Bai Sesay were on Monday 28th June 2010 acquitted and discharged by High Court Judge, Justice Samuel Ademusu on grounds that the publication for which they were issued bench warrant to appear before the honourable court was published out of ignorance. This was after cautioning that without strong reasons, the duo deserved being sent to the maximum prison at Pademba Road for such a crime. Led in defense was Lawyer Yada Williams who made the application of mercy on their behalf.
Jun 29, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*US police arrests two for Sierra Leonean murder *UNIDO/Russia to revive Marine Training *Dead baby discovered in drainage *1,016 Police Officers promoted *Private securities nab armed robbers *Drunken teacher manhandles pupils *Central Bank attacker demands ECOBANK exit *Fares remain stagnant despite pump price hike.
Jun 29, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Ernest Koroma assures Leone Lodge of investment protection
In line with his re-branding efforts to put the country on development track, the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday made another commitment to support the private sector, this time with a strong assurance to an indigenous company, Leone Lodge PLC of his government’s fullest cooperation in auspicious ceremonies at Rogbere in the Port Loko and Makeni in the Bombali Districts respectively to turn the sods for the construction of two other hotels by Leone Lodge PLC.
Jun 29, 2010, 17:00

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Witness Drives Off Leaving Afsatu and Her Jeep at Parliament, Heads Straight for State House and upon Arrival He Meets Afsatu’s Jeep Already Parked at State House!!!
Sixth Prosecution Witness (PW6) in the matter of the State versus Afsatu Kabba has described to the Court a scenario reflective of James Bond 007 movies where James Bond’s vehicles will develop wings and fly across the skies at high speed. According to PW6 upon him, PW2 and PW3 arriving at Parliament on 27 October 2009, they met a black Jeep which he identified to be that of the Haja Afsatu Kabba’s Prado Jeep tinted black. He said PW3 went into parliament building to tell Afsatu Kabba that they had arrived with the money.
Jun 28, 2010, 13:18

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 : Local News
In Sierra Leone, CSP Lahai Rebrands Central Police Division
The newly assigned Local Unit Commander (LUC) for the Central Police Division (A Division), Chief Superintendent of Police Thomas M. Lahai on Friday 25th June 2010 briefed Journalists on some of his strategic plans towards improving and maintaining the good name of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) in his area of operations. LUC Lahai made this disclosure while addressing a team of Journalists inside his Wallace Johnson Street offices in Freetown.
Jun 28, 2010, 13:13

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ActionAid Inaugurates General Assembly
ActionAid International Sierra Leone (AAI-SL) has inaugurated its General Assembly during a ceremony held at the Hotel Barmoi, Aberdeen in Freetown. In his remarks on Friday 25th June 2010, the International Director West and Central Africa Region, Mr. Tennyson Williams, said ActionAid started operations in Sierra Leone in 1988 in the Kambia District and has now extended to seven Districts. He went on that AAI-SL has now grown from one that is purely service delivery to that of a development participatory organization over the years. "To attain this growth, accountability, and transparency was of great necessity," Mr. Williams said.
Jun 28, 2010, 13:10

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

FEATURES
Interview with Dr. Fredanna M’Cormack: ‘Bele Uman Project’
Healthcare in Sierra Leone, West Africa, faces enduring maternal mortality rate among pregnant women and lactating mothers and their infant kids. I conducted an exclusive interview with Dr. Fredanna M’Cormack, who’s conducting a research in SL, and providing data that would help reverse the current trend. Here’s an excerpt of the interview: Roland: Welcome professor, or may I call you Fredanna? It’s my pleasure to interview you. How and why was the ‘Bele Uman project: Saving mother, saving lives’, conceived?
Jun 28, 2010, 13:05

NEWS : Local News
Zain Helping The Sierra Leone Police To Combat Crime in Sierra Leone
Zain Sierra Leone, the fastest-growing mobile telecommunications provider in Sierra Leone, announced that its Toll-Free lines, launched in partnership with the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), is helping to combat crime in Sierra Leone and quickly becoming a viable option for people seeking immediate emergency assistance from the police. Leading law enforcement agencies like The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) are using enhanced communication technology now to obtain the right information at the right time, even before a crime may have been committed, to inform police officers so they can stay on top of and prevent criminal activities, identify crime "hot spots," and ultimately reduce crime rates. This is clearly the case of the SLP being recipients of Toll Free lines donated by Zain Sierra Leone.
Jun 28, 2010, 13:04

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Red Cross Schools FBC Students on IHL
The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) has collaborated with the SLRCS-FBC branch to sensitize students on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Peace Support Operations (PSO). The public session was held over the weekend at the college’s Mary Kinsley Auditorium and was aimed at increasing the knowledge of students on IHL, the organizers disclosed. The students were educated on the historic aspect, objectives, mandates, and activities of the Red Cross Movement. The forum was also used as a wake up call to the government for the domestication of the IHL in the country.
Jun 28, 2010, 13:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ACC Witness Says he’s a Computer Engineer
Sixth Prosecution Witness in the matter of State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba has told the Court a little about himself last Friday 25 June 2010. In opening of his testimony, although he did not reveal his identity as he testified from behind a screen, he described himself as a Computer Engineer and a former employee of the AITH Computer Company.
Jun 28, 2010, 12:59

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, ACC’s Witness Stayed for 18 Months with Afsatu’s Security
Sixth Prosecution Witness in the matter of State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba has told the Courts last Friday June 25th 2010 that he could readily identify the OSD Police Security personnel of Haja Afsatu Kabba whom he allegedly handed the embezzled cash to because he stayed for one and half years in the same compound with him. He said the security’s real name was Mr. Massaquoi but he used to refer to him as “Uncle”.
Jun 28, 2010, 12:57

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Witness Says it took 7 days to prepare 20th October Minute
The fifth Prosecution Witness in the matter of the State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba has on Thursday June 24th 2010 told the Court that it took him a total of seven days from the time he was first asked by Haja Afsatu Kabba to withdraw the money until the time he allegedly finally gave in to the alleged pressure and prepared the minute on October 20, 2009.
Jun 28, 2010, 12:54

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*$244M for Salone Farmers and Others *Police Beat Bike Rider to Coma *Woman Arrested for Child Poisoning *Youth Commission to Benefit from $12m Loan Agreement *Reverend Rejects Corpse *SLPP Complains Cabinet Makeup *ACC Witness Prepared Fictitious Docs.
Jun 28, 2010, 12:48

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu’s Defence alleges Ill Motive of 5th Witness
Lawyer Blyden Jenkins Johnston Esq., Lead Defence Counsel for Haja Afsatu Kabba has alleged to the Courts that there was an ill motive behind the testimony of some of the ACC’s Witnesses. According to documents tendered in Court, the fifth prosecuting witness, who was also the Technical head of the Ministry, had been seriously queried by Haja Afsatu Kabba on 12th February 2010 which was why the Defense is alleging the Anti Corruption Commission was used as a tool by conspirators to remove Haja Afsatu Kabba with an Invitation Letter dated as soon as Haja Afsatu Kabba uncovered a serious fraudulent activity in the office involving the boats of Madam Lilian Lisk.
Jun 28, 2010, 12:45

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Afsatu Olayinka Kabba Celebrates 57th Birthday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba Celebrates 57th Birthday
Jun 28, 2010, 12:40

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Belated Birthday Greetings! YOU BOTH CELEBRATED YOUR BIRTHDAYS ON SUNDAY JUNE 27TH 2010 Mama Alice Koroma (Mother of the President) and Haja Afsatu O. E. Kabba(A Woman of Substance)
Belated Birthday Greetings! YOU BOTH CELEBRATED YOUR BIRTHDAYS ON SUNDAY JUNE 27TH 2010 Mama Alice Koroma (Mother of the President) and Haja Afsatu O. E. Kabba(A Woman of Substance)
Jun 28, 2010, 12:37

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
SIERRA LEONE PEOPLE’S PARTY NATIONAL YOUNG GENERATION WING
We acknowledge receipt of your letter addressed to the National Chairman on the above subject. We find it rather outlandish for you to write to us as a citizen of Sierra Leone who intends to contribute to the processes designed to safeguard our collective welfare on a London Mining Company Limited letterhead. We are also perturbed at your unfettered interest in this matter as you signed the said correspondence as Managing Director of the said institution; hence your futile attempt to defend the indefensible.
Jun 28, 2010, 12:34

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 : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Peninsular Road cut off as Two Goderich Bridges collapse
Following the heavy down pour of rain that lasted for four hours in the early hours of Thursday 24th June 2010 in Freetown, the main bridge linking Goderich to the rest of Freetown and forming part of the Peninsular Road network collapsed, resulting to a total cut-off for commuters, especially vehicular traffic. To make matters even worse, the other smaller bridge just after Marjay Town also collapsed. The main Goderich bridge in question has been a death trap with numerous cracks for years now.
Jun 25, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Soldiers Regain ‘One Bag Rice’ Monthly Supply
In keeping with his promise made past February that government will reintroduce the rice quota system, President Koroma has informed the military that with effect from this month, each serving personnel of the RSLAF will start taking home a bag of rice in addition to his/her monthly salary take home. This disclosure was made by the Honorable Minister of Defense, Major (Rtd) Alfred Paolo Conteh during his address to personnel of the Western Area Troops in the early hours of Thursday 24th June 2010 at the Hockey Pitch, Wilberforce Barracks in Freetown.
Jun 25, 2010, 17:14

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Ignorance & Rubbish from ACC towards Afsatu Kabba
Without going into the merits or demerits of the numerous allegations that has poured into Law Court from the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) against leading female Sierra Leone politician, Haja Afsatu Kabba, this press-house can categorically state, without reservation, that the ACC has been engaged in a lot of nonsense, rubbish and proclaimed ignorance of our laws insofar as the Haja Afsatu Kabba saga is concerned. We will give just two examples:
Jun 25, 2010, 17:12

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 : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ACC’s Witness Damns ACC Investigators
Anti Corruption Commission’s fourth protected witness (PW5) in the matter of the State versus Afsatu Kabba, has yesterday June 24th 2010, answered Defence Lawyer Jenkins-Johnston’s question whether if the ACC produced a Statement supposedly made by him, in which it did not clearly state that he had said the embezzled 300 million leones funds were for State House, then the Statement would be a falsified Statement. He also denied ever stating to the ACC that the funds were for the personal use of Haja Afsatu Kabba.
Jun 25, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ACC Summons Former Minister’s Security Detail
Awareness Times has learnt that the ACC Prosecutor Calvin Mantsebo, in a Letter dated past Friday June 18th 2010, summoned in for questioning, Police Constable 7311 Teddy Massaquoi, who was the Security Detail assigned to the former Minister Haja Afsatu Kabba during her tenure as minister. Haja Afsatu Kabba is currently facing trial at the Law Courts on allegation she embezzled Government funds. Two of the ACC procecution witnesses have told the court that part of the embezzled funds was handed over to the former minister’s Security Detail.
Jun 25, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*8 year-old girl escapes circumcision *Commercial bike rider steals goat *Teenage Boys remanded for stealing Mobile Phone *SLPP Candidates makes wave in the US *ECOWAS Supports GST Implementation *British National Trapped in Salone *Fullahs complain Police *Mines officer kills illegal Miner.
Jun 25, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Ombudsman’s Office Releases 2009-2013 Strategic Plan
Sierra Leone’s Office of Ombudsman has released its strategic plan for 2009 to 2013. Ombudsman Edmond Cowan said in the presentation that it was in keeping with the mission, vision and core values of the Ombudsman’s office as it is necessary to develop a strategic plan to provide for an appropriate structure, develop its capacity and seek financial support for its activities.
Jun 25, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
The 40th day ceremony of the Late Haja Isatu Sesay
Ina Lillahi wa inna Lllahi Rajihun The 40th day ceremony of the Late Haja Isatu Sesay
Jun 25, 2010, 17:00

NEWS
John Ben Blasts ‘Fraudulent’ GST Receipt Printing
The National Chairman and leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party who was also the country’s highly acclaimed, award-winning Finance Minister in the erstwhile SLPP Government, has in a strong reaction added his voice of condemnation to that made by the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Finance on the issue of the printing of receipt books for the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The printing was undertaken by the National Revenue Authority through the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Dr. Richard Konteh but has been termed as fraudulent with calls for Government to urgently investigate the transaction.
Jun 24, 2010, 17:20

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Meet Police Constable 7311 Teddy Massaquoi (Afsatu Kabba's Bodyguard)
On 27th May 2010, Sierra Leone Anti Corruption Commission(ACC)’s first protected witness (PW2) in the case of State vs. Afsatu Kabba alleged to the Court that Afsatu Kabba instructed him to hand over the sum of Le230million embezzled funds to her official driver and her OSD police security officer up at Parliament. Awareness Times’ investigative team then launched an effort to locate the driver and the security which we successfully did on that same 27 May 2010.
Jun 24, 2010, 17:18

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

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Sheka Tarawallie has no regrets for embarrassing President Koroma & Sierra Leone
The utterances of the Press Secretary of President Ernest Bai Koroma clearly indicate that Sheka Tarawallie has no regrets for embarrassing President Koroma and the Government of Sierra Leone to the international community. After subjecting President Koroma to ridicule in the eyes of the world, especially the United Nations, the Presidential Press Secretary sees nothing wrong in what he has done and has embarked on adding more salt to the injury he had earlier caused.
Jun 24, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma to turn sod for Leone Lodge
As part of the re-branding process for constructive development in the tourism sector, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma will on Friday 25th June 2010 turn the sod for the construction of new hotels by Leone Lodge PLC at Rogbere and Makeni respectively in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. This was disclosed to the press by the Chief Finance Officer of Leone Lodge, Joe Demby at the Taia Resort Hotel in western Freetown on Wednesday evening.
Jun 24, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Parents Make Call to save their dying child
The parents of eighteen months old Marion Bangura of No. 7 Pipe Line off Wilkinson Road in Freetown are calling on child advocacy organizations/ministries and agencies across the world to help save the life of their poor daughter from meeting her untimely death. Mr. and Mrs. Bangura on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 held an in-door discussion with our senior reporter on possible ways to solicit assistance from well wishers and charity organizations for the little suffering girl.
Jun 24, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Minister urges engineers to join infrastructural Development
The Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure, Hon. Alimamy Philip Koroma has expressed dissatisfaction over what he referred to as the poor response by engineers towards what is supposed to be their responsibility in Sierra Leone’s development. The Minister made this expression while addressing executives and members of the Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers (SLIE) during the official launch of a three-day Biennial Conference of their association at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex, Kingtom in Freetown on Wednesday 23rd June 2010.
Jun 24, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Milton Margai Student remanded for Larceny
Jeff Kanu Student of Milton Margai, Congo Cross Campus appeared before Magistrate Bankole Shyllon of Court No.3 on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 at for Larceny. According to the particulars of offence the accused on Saturday 29th May 2010 at Henry Street in Kingtom stole one Solar Panel valued at Le 600,000 and a Samsung mobile phone valued Le 300,000 all property belonging to Mariama Jalloh.
Jun 24, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Goes International With Its Data Roaming Service
Day after day, Zain Sierra Leone marks significant steps forward in enhancing telecom mobile communication in Sierra Leone. As part of it expansion strategy and in response to the needs of its growing subscriber base, Zain, the leading GSM and Data services operator in Sierra Leone since 2000, launched a new "Data Roaming" service for its postpaid roaming lines’ owners. Responding to the growing challenges of mobile communication and as the need to stay connected "anytime and anywhere" is becoming a necessity, Zain is providing its postpaid residential and business roaming subscribers the possibility to access Mobile Internet, WAP, and BlackBerry® services, in addition to sending MMS from their handsets while they are abroad.
Jun 24, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
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Jun 24, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone. New Police Promotion to be released next Week
The Inspector General of Police, Brima Acha Kamara has on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 disclosed to journalists at Police Headquarters in Freetown that new promotions for serving personnel will be out by next week. He said the promotion starting from the rank of Sergeant is a process that started from 7 to 8 Month back to ensure its transparency. I.G Kamara went on to say that they did not want to disadvantage anybody that was why they instituted rigorous procedures such as interview and other set criteria. The decision reached for promotion is not unilateral, but with senior colleagues represented on the board," he informed," though he said at times he uses his discretion.
Jun 24, 2010, 17:00

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


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