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NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Abdul Tejan-Cole's Letter of Resignation to Secretary to President of Sierra Leone

The May 7th 2010 Resignation Letter Speaks for itself just as the FACTS that have been reported by this newspaper about the handling of Haja Afsatu Kabba have been speaking for themselves. May Posterity Judge us all. Amen.


May 12, 2010, 17:17

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Is Afsatu Guilty Until Proven Innocent?
An essential belief in civilised societies is that a person is innocent until proven guilty but it will appear that for some malice-ridden haters, Haja Afsatu Kabba has to be guilty until she is proven innocent. Despite all the anomalies and strangeness around the manner she was investigated, charged and is being prosecuted with some procedures even being unprecedented, persons still wish to insist that she is guilty until proven innocent.
May 12, 2010, 17:16

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
NAG’S CONCERN OVER THE SUDDEN RESIGNATION OF THE ACC BOSS PRESS RELEASE (11TH MAY 2010)
EDITOR’S NOTE: NAG is an organisation formed and operated by Foreign Minister Zainab Hawa Bangura, one of the sacred cows of this current Ernest Koroma regime and also one of the suspected master-planners of the current plight of erstwhile Fisheries Minister Haja Afsatu Kabba. This is why the above Press Release has not taken any clear position but beats neither here nor there!.
May 12, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, MPs Approve SLBC Board
The House of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 11th May 2010 unanimously consented to the appointment of presidential nominees for the positions of members of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) Board.
May 12, 2010, 17:10

FEATURES
Acceptance Speech- By Josephine Saidu- Head of Communications London Mining
Your Excellency the High Commissioner of Sierra Leone H.E Eddie Turay, the Ghanaian High Commissioner H.E. Kwaku Danso-Boafo, the Norwegian and Swedish Consul H.E. Arne Johansen, the Minister of State of the Nigerian Embassy, Professor B. Lynch Consultant Gynaecologist, distinguished personalities, ladies and gentlemen.
May 12, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ZAP Your Tank Now with ZAIN’s Help
Since its launch, ZAP has got a commanding and more convenient way of doing business. This has been evident in the payment of utilities like fuel through virtual money from Zap or topping up your phone. ZAP service represents the most comprehensive mobile banking service and is set to provide millions of people without bank accounts banking services for the very first time. ZAP is a new mobile money service, providing a fast, safe and affordable way to transfer and receive money and also to pay for utilities or purchasing airtime using your phone.
May 12, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Gov’t to School Journalists on HIV Reporting
The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) has disclosed plans to school Journalists from both the print and electronic media on procedures in reporting HIV/AIDS in Sierra Leone. This disclosure was made by the Deputy Director for the Ministry of Information and Communication Dominic Lamin in an exclusive interview with the Awareness Times on Tuesday 11th May 2010 in his office at Youyi Building in Freetown. According to Mr. Lamin, Journalists are the means through which information are passed for the consumption of the public. For this to be achieved, Journalists need to have accurate information on issues they reports on.
May 12, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Lumley Youths Disowns MP and Councilor *2 Librarians Relegated *Free Health Care Drugs Land Women in Prison *Secret Society Detained Police Boss *Paramount Chief Brutalized *16 Health Workers Lay Off.
May 12, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ACC Advisory Chair Speaks on Tejan-Cole
The Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Anti Corruption Commission, Dr. Alfred Fawundu has granted an exclusive interview to this medium in which he strongly emphasised that as of the time of the interview last Saturday May 8th 2010, he had not yet set eyes on the Resignation Letter of the ACC Boss Abdul Tejan-Cole nor had he ever in the past been informed by Mr. Tejan-Cole that he had faced problems whilst carrying out the job. "Just like you, I heard the news of his resignation from the BBC and I think it must be true since the BBC is a very credible news outlet but Mr. Tejan-Cole has not discussed anything with me or with the Advisory Board about his plans to resign," Dr. Alfred Fawundu insisted.
May 11, 2010, 17:24

FEATURES
Sulaiman Banja-Tejansie: Unfit for Purpose
Lawyer Sulaiman Banja Tejansie should think of handing-over his Law Degree back to the University as his words over Radio FM98.1 yesterday morning exposed his ignorance of many aspects of even the most basic element of the investigative powers of the Anti Corruption Commission as granted under the Act of 2008! If Abdul Tejan-Cole was unable to investigate corruption brought under his nose, who is Sulaiman Banja Tejansie blaming for the lack thereof? According to Lawyer(?) Tejansie, Abdul Tejan-Cole prepared a "brilliant report on the Income Electrix issue" to be investigated but no one investigated his fine report!
May 11, 2010, 17:22

NEWS
Another Rising Sierra Leone Born UK politician
Charlie Ojukutu-Macauley commonly known as Charlie O-Macauley has been re-elected for the second time at the closely fought Barnet Local Elections in London. Charlie was first spotted by his local Member of Parliament Andrew Dismore in 2005 who having worked with him for a while, concluded that Charlie is someone the Labour politicians can work with to motivate and educate Black and Ethnic voters about the importance of getting involved in British politics and making a choice of who leads them. Since then, Charlie has been in the thick and thin of Labour politics. He was first elected in the Local elections as the First African Councillor in Barnet Council in 2006.
May 11, 2010, 17:20

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

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Resigned ACC Boss resigned over ‘low’ pay *Police mourns for AIG Tamba Gbekie *Indians held as slaves in Sierra Leone *Kroo Bay Community predicts excessive flooding this year *Reverend Cole calls for Operation Prayer Storm *362 youths leave for employment abroad *FAO, EU catapults farmers’ aspirations *NATCOM urges GSM Operators to register subscribers *Sierra Leoneans in China angry.
May 11, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, IIC Ladies Friendly Golf Tournament Ends In Grand Style
The Freetown Golf Club, Ladies Friendly Tournament, sponsored by International Insurance Company (SL) Limited (IIC), was held successfully last Saturday, at the Freetown Golf Club, despite the early morning rain scare that caused the absence of some of the players. Having defied the deluge of rain in the early hours of the day, the ladies players who participated in the tournament showcased their golfing skills to the admiration of the spectators who were there to cheer them to victory.
May 11, 2010, 17:12

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Is Afsatu Guilty Until Proven Innocent?
An essential belief in civilised societies is that a person is innocent until proven guilty but it will appear that for some malice-ridden haters, Haja Afsatu Kabba has to be guilty until she is proven innocent. Despite all the anomalies and strangeness around the manner she was investigated, charged and is being prosecuted with some procedures even being unprecedented, persons still wish to insist that she is guilty until proven innocent.
May 11, 2010, 17:08

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Embassy of the United States of America Press Release
May 10 - The U.S. Embassy is now using a new online form called the DS-160 for Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) applications. NIVs are visas used to enter the U.S. temporarily, including visits for business, pleasure, study, and official diplomatic work. Effective immediately, all NIV applicants except fiancée visa (K-1) applicants must use the DS-160.
May 11, 2010, 17:06

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
JENKINS-JOHNSTON and CO. BARRISTERS, SOLICITORS, COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS AND NOTARY PUBLIC
We act for and on behalf of Haja Afsatu Kabba, the Accused person in the above matter, which came up for hearing yesterday Wednesday 5thMay 2010, before Hon. Justice S. A. Ademosu, J.A. As you are aware, Section 23 (3) of the Constitution of Sierra Leone Act No.6 of 1991 clearly provides that, "....All proceedings of every Court and proceedings relating to the determination of the existence or the extent of civil rights or obligations before any Court or other authority, including the announcement of the decision of the Court or other authority SHALL BE HELD IN PUBLIC...."
May 11, 2010, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Obituaries
OBITUARY : Mr. Tamba Pujeh Gbekie, Assistant Inspector General of Police
The death is announced of Mr. Tamba Pujeh Gbekie, Assistant Inspector General of Police , in charge of personnel welfare, aged 50 years. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Isatu Gbekie. Children Sia Rebecca Gbekie and Tamba Foa Gbekie in Ghana.
May 11, 2010, 17:02

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Hon. Justice Browne-Marke Begged to be Transferred from Afsatu Kabba's Cases
I know for a fact from impeccable sources that Hon. Justice Nicholas Colin Browne-Marke on Tuesday May 4th 2010 at around 4:00pm personally begged the Hon. Chief Justice Umu-Hawa Tejan-Jalloh in her office, virtually on his bended knees, in the presence of others, to be excused (recused) from continuing to preside over the matters of the State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba. His removal from the matters therefore had nothing to do with political interference but everything to do with patriotic local journalists’ embarrassing revelations of Browne-Marke’s links to a primary prosecutorial antagonist of Afsatu Kabba by the name of Mrs. Lilian Ada Lisk. It was a case of the Fourth Estate helping an arm of Government (the Judiciary) to do the right thing. And for this, For Di People (Paul Kamara), Independent Observer (Jonathan Leigh), Premier News (Theo Nicol) & Awareness Times (yours truly) should be credited.
May 10, 2010, 12:18

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Abdul Tejan-Cole’s Honour & ‘Poetic Justice’ of Effects of his Resignation
Tejan-Cole has showed President Ernest Koroma that although the APC has 99 tactics, he has the 100th and most potent tactic and by the time President Koroma will know what hit him, I.B. Kargbo will find it is too late for him to retract those “great confidence in Tejan-Cole” words. Ha ha ha! The irony is so sweet! Ha ha ha! But still on my speculations; since Tejan-Cole is such a clever character, he might see value in coming to the aid of Mr. President which is why I believe those persons hastily jumping to assert, on his behalf, that he resigned because of frustration with Mr. President’s APC are making a serious mis-calculation. What will they say or do if Tejan-Cole, in a short while down the road, gives out an interview in which he debunks them and says he was never interfered with nor frustrated in his job but that he resigned for personal family & financial benefits? Aha! Step cautiously guys!
May 10, 2010, 12:12

NEWS
Lawyer Jenkins-Johnston Sends Bitter Complaint to High Court
Sequel to the hearing of "The State vs. Afsatu Olayinka Ebishola Kabba" matter past Wednesday 5th May 2010 at the High Court in Freetown, the Defense lead counsel, J.B Jenkins-Johnston Esq. has, in a letter dated 6th May 2010, brought to the attention of the Master and Registrar, pertinent anomalies affecting the interest of his embattled client. In the two paged letter, the legal luminary of Ayotunde Chambers took ease to stress as follows: "Before the trial was adjourned, the issue was raised by me before the Learned Trial Judge Hon. Justice S.A Ademusu J.A, but His Lordship advised that the matter be directed to the Court Administration and the Police, to ensure that the court be made accessible to the public in future".
May 10, 2010, 12:07

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Free health care drugs found on the streets for sale in Sierra Leone
PRESS RELEASE FROM HEALTH FOR ALL COALITION: This is to inform the general public that on Tuesday 04/05/10 at about 7:30PM, the Western Area Regional Supervisor of the Health For All Coalition found large quantities of drugs meant for the Free Health Care on sale along the Fourahbay Road, Freetown. The Western Area Supervisor was able to apprehend some of the drugs with UNICEF labels and one 15 year old boy Abdulai Sesay. The matter was reported to Ross Road Police Station with the exhibits while other traders ran away with the other drugs and Cottons.
May 10, 2010, 11:45

NEWS : Local News
Terror Inflicted in Sanda Magbolotor Chiefdom in Sierra Leone
90 years old Paramount Chief of Sanda Magbolotor Chiefdom, P.C. Brima Sanda Sorie III has informed the Awareness Times that, the Chiefdom Administrator(C.A.) and the Local Unit Commander of the District’s Police Operations recently terrorized his chiefdom. According to the Paramount Chief, his subjects and some of his chiefs were seriously manhandled, molested, and disgraced by the Police and Chiefdoms Administrator.
May 10, 2010, 11:36

NEWS : Local News
FDID Compliments Freetown City Council
As part of their contribution towards national development, the Foundation for Democratic Initiative and Development (FDID) over the weekend engaged youths of Constituency 106 Ward 136 in Central Freetown in an excessive cleaning exercise. The cleaning exercise which witnessed the full participation of several youth groups in the locality was described by Councilor Abu Bakarr A. Kargbo as an indication that, youths are now shying away from drug abuse, thievery, and prostitution for developmentally oriented ventures. He said this is a sign of hope for the area and the country at large.
May 10, 2010, 11:34

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs for Monday May 10th 2010
*Salone gets new notes May 14 *Man jumps overboard to commit suicide * US Citizen pleads not guilty to fraud charge *Child abuse hightens * 2 Liberian trawlers nabbed by Navy * OGI Officials fight at State House
May 10, 2010, 11:29

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
WE TODAY REPRODUCE OUR APRIL 13 ARTICLE ON HOW ABDUL TEJAN-COLE & ZAINAB BANGURA PLOT TO MISLEAD THE WORLD THAT UNDER PRESIDENT KOROMA, CORRUPTION IS BEING FOUGHT IN AN UNPRECEDENTED MANNER.
Schulenburg might also be ignorant of the contents of certain select files hiding safely away at the Abdul Tejan Cole led ACC such as the file with document reference DOC/IF/2008/006 (more on this if need be!!!). This can be the only reason why Schulenburg teamed up with Zainab Bangura to heap such UNDESERVED praises on President Koroma in New York few days ago as if the conviction and/or indictment of Cabinet Ministers are unprecedented developments in this country. Shame; Shame; Shame on you Mr. Schulenburg!! ...However, one of the main problems facing this country for now is that between Zainab Bangura’s intertwined relationship with Transparency International through her National Accountability Group (NAG) and with International Center for Transitional Justice through her protégé, the ACC’s Abdul Tejan Cole, we have data highly suspected of being skewed, now sent out to the world about how corruption & transitional justice indices are improving in the country. Hogwash!!... Read full details by clicking the link below:
http://awarenesstimes.com/drwebsite/publish/article_200515104.shtml
May 10, 2010, 11:23

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Obituaries
Sierra Leone Mourns AIG of Police Tamba Pujeh Gbekie


Tamba Pujeh Gbekie
Assistant Inspector-General of Police
who shockingly passed away in the morning hours of Friday May 7, 2010. His Body will be conveyed to his hometown in Kono District on Saturday May 15th 2010 and he will be laid to rest on Sunday May 16th 2010.

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE.


May 8, 2010, 22:55

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

NEWS
Sierra Leoneans Decry their Anti Graft Commissioner Abdul Tejan-Cole
Government Information Minister Alhaji I.B. Kargbo has reflected that Tejan-Cole and the APC Government might well be on the same page when he told the BBC yesterday that the APC Government, “continued to have great confidence” in Abdul Tejan-Cole.   "Quite clearly, we have and we will continue to have great confidence in Mr. Tejan Cole. He has brought new life into the Anti Corruption Commission but of course, if on his own volition, he wants to have a go at some other thing elsewhere, there is no way by which we can stop him," the Government Information Minister said. Whilst I.B. Kargbo was effusively heaping laurels on Tejan-Cole, the opposition SLPP Leader John Benjamin in contrast told the BBC that Tejan-Cole was a disappointment who only used the country’s prominent ACC Boss job to position himself for a bigger international assignment of greater benefit to him. In so doing, Benjamin said Tejan-Cole placed “his interests above that of the country”.
May 8, 2010, 21:24

NEWS
In Sierra Leone, VP Opens Condolence Book for Late Nigerian President
The Honourable Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Chief Sahr Sam-Sumana has yesterday opened a condolence book at the Nigerian High Commission in Freetown so as to allow Sierra Leoneans to sign in words of condolence on the death of the late President of Nigeria, Umaru Musa Ya’Adua. Sierra Leone’s President Koroma is on an official visit to China so he was absent from the country when news broke that his Nigerian brother and colleague Head of State had passed away in the night of Wednesday 5th May 2010. However, Vice President Sam-Sumana capably stepped in to provide the leadership that was needed as Sierra Leoneans joined Nigeria to mourn the loss of the 58 year old late President.
May 7, 2010, 18:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Finish Journalist Lectures WIMSAL
The Editor for one of Finland’s leading Newspaper Etelä-Suomen Sanomat Erja Vainikka-Howard has on Thursday 6th May 22010 presented a 35 minutes lecture to members of Women in the Media Sierra Leone (WIMSAL) at the headquarter of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ). According to Mrs. Vainikka-Howard, Finland is said to be the dreamland of Newspapers, adding that they have the world’s third most readers of newspapers in relation to their population.
May 7, 2010, 17:44

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Rachel Horner Goes Unopposed for SLAJ Organizing Secretary
Prominent female journalist Rachel Horner attached to the Concord Times Newspaper in Freetown has been elected unopposed for the post of National Organizing Secretary in the Umaru Fofanah led executive of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalist (SLAJ). During an election held on Thursday 6th May 2010, at the Headquarters of SLAJ on Campbell Street in Freetown, the female Journalist went unopposed after being nominated by another senior female reporter, Abibatu Kamara of the Awoko Newspaper, seconded by Zainab Jokie Bangura. Madam Horner was automatically crowned as the newly elected Organizing Secretary for the association.
May 7, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain gives 2nd winner ticket to South Africa
Zain, the leading GSM operator in Sierra Leone has given another air ticket to the second winner to watch the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The lucky winner, Abu Bakarr Barrie a local trader at 17 Kissy Road in Freetown on past Saturday emerged as the second winner of the Watch Football in South Africa promotion held monthly.
May 7, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Landlady tenant *Kampala Mayor to visit Freetown *APC denies sending Liberian thugs to Pujehun *SLPP Chairman denounces violence *Taakor runs away with $ 2.3 Million *Opposition Parties oppose retaining NEC Boss *Police Tribunal to rule on Journalist.
May 7, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Nigerians in Sierra Leone Pays Tribute to Late Yar' Adua
Nigerians residing in Sierra Leone have expressed their sadness and sympathies for the loss of the President Umaru Musa Yar' Adua who passed away Wednesday 5th May 2010 at the age of 58, after suffering a long illness that had left him unable to govern for months. Sounding the opinions of Nigerian nationals living and trading in Sierra Leone, on Thursday 6th May 2010, Awareness Times succeeded in getting the views of some Nigerians in Freetown.
May 7, 2010, 17:06

FEATURES
How Not to Help Abdul Tejan-Cole
Abdul Tejan-Cole, Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone has admirers in the media; many of whom have acted as ventriloquist’s puppets for him. However, whilst some are still blinded to Tejan-Cole’s arrogant and conceited manner of carrying out his functions, others are now pausing and asking questions about his suitability to wield the tremendous powers conferred upon him. Not just his erstwhile media admirers but all around the country, amongst ordinary citizens, the reaction has been one of abhorrence for unscrupulous tactics like the early morning raid by armed policemen on the residence of Haja Afsatu Kabba to pick up her husband and sons and the arrant refusal to correct from Day 1, the erroneous BBC broadcast concerning the embattled woman. We all know who started the Bullying via Press in this matter and it was not Haja Afsatu Kabba. We all know who started to use the media to demonise another person and it was not Haja Afsatu Kabba.
May 7, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Breaking News
Abdul Tejan Cole Resigns from Anti Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone
As we went to press last night, numerous credible sources have indicated that both the Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission(ACC), Abdul Tejan-Cole and his lead prosecutor, the Zimbabwean Calvin Mantsebo have written their Letters of Resignation from the ACC. Various reasons were given for why the two gentlemen might be resigning but without any doubt, the malicious mal-handling of the Haja Afsatu Kabba issue by ACC is the primary reason...
May 7, 2010, 17:05

FROM OUR TEAM
Hon. Justice Browne-Marke is surely a Honourable Judge in Sierra Leone!
Honourable Justice Nicholas Colin Browne-Marke of the Appeals Court of Sierra Leone is a honourable Judge so he will certainly make effort to distance himself from the erroneous allegations that have been levied purportedly on his behalf against the Honourable Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh in a yesterday tabloid edition. Awareness Times Newspaper really hopes Hon. Browne-Marke will not allow us to set the records straight to the public. A word to the wise...
May 7, 2010, 17:05

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
The Late President Umaru Musu Yar' Adua Our Condolences
The Late President Umaru Musu Yar' Adua Our Condolences
May 7, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Government of Sierra Leone Ministry of Finance & Economic Develeopment
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION YOUTH AND SPORTS announces for the information of the general public that the government of sierra leone WISH TO MAKE PAYMENTS IN RESPECT OF SCHOOL FEES SUBSIDY FOR THIRD TERM OF THE 2009/2010 ACADEMIC YEAR BUT CONSTRAINed TO DO SO BECAUSE LOCAL COUNCILS AND SCHOOL AUTHORITIES haVE NOT SUBMITTED RETURNS FOR PAYMENTS THAT WERE MADE FOR school fees subsidy for SECOND term of the 2009/2010 school year.
May 7, 2010, 17:00

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Scenes from Law Courts at Yesterday's Trial of Haja Afsatu Kabba in Sierra Leone
Scenes from the Law Courts at yesterday's commencement of trial of Haja Afsatu Kabba. They depict State operatives within the Judiciary and Police, breaching the indicted woman's constitutional rights to a free, fair and open trial. Even the worst Treason trials in Sierra Leone have been held in Public. The cocaine trial never saw this amount of security presence and sheer brute force as was displayed yesterday at the Law Courts. The persistent harassment of supporters of the indicted woman did not affect the turn-out of her supporters at the Law Courts. If anything, yesterday recorded an even bigger crowd of Afsatu Kabba supporters at the Law Courts than the previous hearing. The supporters, like numerous journalists were blocked from entering the Law Court Building. However, Awareness Times Publisher and her able, well-trained, skilled reporter, Bampia James Bundu Jnr. were savvy enough to by-pass the barricades, enter the Law Courts right into the well of the Courtroom from where we bring you some of the photos.... CLICK ABOVE LINK TO VIEW THE PHOTOS.
May 6, 2010, 17:10

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, ‘Afsatu Kabba’s Support is Phenomenal’ –Finish Journalist
The former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Haja Afsatu Kabba has received accolade from a senior Finish journalist, Mrs. Erja Vainikka-Howard who is currently in Sierra Leone on an exchange visit between the Awareness Times and the Etela Suomen Sanomat (ESS) Newspaper of Finland jointly organized by Plan Finland and Sierra Leone. The senior Editor of ESS, one of Finland’s leading Newspapers on Wednesday 5th May 2010 gave her "positive impressions" of Haja Afsatu Kabba’s large loyal following, after witnessing what she described as "an unbelievable passion" in support of Afsatu Kabba from the huge crowd of loyalists and sympathizers for the politician who spread over Siaka Stevens Street and State Avenue.
May 6, 2010, 17:08

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Justice Ademusu replaces Justice Browne-Marke in Afsatu Kabba Trial in Sierra Leone
The Honourable Chief Justice yesterday May 5th 2010, in her wisdom, decided to re-assign the matter of the State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba away from Hon. Justice Browne-Marke to Hon. Justice Samuel Ademusu. This move saw the matter being restarted de-novo with Haja Afsatu Kabba taking a fresh plea once again on the seven counts. She pled Not Guilty to all of them.
May 6, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, FBC Principal determined to solve Water Crisis
The principal of Fourah Bay College, Professor Thomas B. R. Yormah is presently engaged in mapping out strategies for a possible solution to the persistent water scarcity affecting the college, the Awareness Times has reliably learnt. According to our college sources, the foresighted principal on Tuesday 4th May, 2010 took a conducted tour of the college’s water facilities which consists of campus dam, the pumping station including the main pipes and other natural water sources.
May 6, 2010, 17:04

SATIRE
Tejan Cole worships at Osai Owai's Sacred Cow Shrine
Tejan Cole worships at Osai Owai's Sacred Cow Shrine
May 6, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Zain Advances ZAC In Sierra Leone
The leading telecommunication company in Sierra Leone, Zain keeps empowering its subscribers since the commencement of the ‘Zain Africa Challenge’ (ZAC). In their normal gesture for subscribers to be part of the ongoing competition, the company has accorded them the opportunity to view the ZAC quize contest taking place in the Uganda City of Kampala live on SLBC TV every Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
May 6, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Police Beat Journalists in Court
Even as the president of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Mr. Umaru Fofana in his recent speech to mark World’s Press Freedom Day entreated on the general public, not least the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) to respect journalists in the discharge of their duties, personnel of the SLP have become even more unbridled in attacking and molesting colleagues. A glaring and recent one was perpetrated on Wednesday 5th instant on the precincts of the Law Courts in Freetown when two reporters, Abibatu Kamara of Awoko newspaper and Ibrahim Samura of the New Age newspaper and Jerry Tryson of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC) were brutalized by personnel of the Operations Support Division (OSD) attached to courts.
May 6, 2010, 16:57

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, “We Are Here In Solidarity with Our Mother” – APC Students
Senior executive members of the National Union of APC Students led by their President, Alie Conteh, yesterday told Awareness Times that they were at the Courts to show solidarity with a woman they all looked upon as "our mother". The students stated that no-one had the ability to stop them from being by the side of the indicted minister and indeed they proved their versatility at doing just that when although hundreds of women and other APC youths could not enter the Courts because of the Police barricade, they managed to not only enter the building but go right into the well of the courtroom itself where they took turns at hugging and shaking the hands of Haja Afsatu Kabba before the trial started.
May 6, 2010, 16:55

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Umaru Fofana Complains Alleged “Afsatu Supporters”
The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has strongly condemned an alleged threat against the life of its president, Umaru Fofana, by persons suspected to be supporters of erstwhile Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Haja Afsatu Kabba whilst the former minister has distanced herself completely from such actions. The alleged threat followed Mrs Kabba’s appearance in a Freetown court on May 5th 2010 on corruption allegations when her alleged supporters, rained insults on Umaru’s mother and threatened to burn his house and kill him.
May 6, 2010, 16:53

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Police IG Acha Kamara to replace Christiana Thorpe? *CID Boss suspended *Lymphatic Filaraisis invades Freetown *Security beefed up in Pujehun *Police fight over Le6million drugs money *Bumbuna shut down - Ogunlade *Lawyer wins Le5,000,000.
May 6, 2010, 16:51

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Elvis Kargbo Joins Afsatu Kabba’s Defence Team
Prominent Freetown lawyer and younger brother of the National Organising Secretary of the ruling All People’s Congress, yesterday joined the Defence Team acting on behalf of Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba. Kabba faces a 7-Count indictment by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on corruption related offences. Lawyer Elvis Kargbo now joins Messrs Blyden Jenkins-Johnston, Sulaiman Tejan-Jalloh, Foday Dabor, Yada Hashim Williams, Melron Nicol-Wilson, Leon Jenkins Johnston and Cassandra Labour to defend the embattled popular female politician.
May 6, 2010, 16:49

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Zainab Bangura Wants Afsatu to plead Guilty?
Many citizens have continued to contact this newspaper house to express amazement at the words from Foreign Minister Zainab Hawa Bangura past Monday in which she insinuated over a radio broadcast quite clearly that she would have begged the ACC on behalf of her indicted colleague Haja Afsatu Kabba if Kabba had confessed to guilt of the allegations. This happened Monday when Sierra Leoneans had the experience of listening to their Foreign Minister Zainab Hawa Bangura as she vehemently denied any links to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) seemingly forgetting her position as the current National Chair of the ACC’s Anti-Corruption Strategy Steering Committee which committee plays a very pivotal role in ensuring the ACC is smoothly operated according to its strategy.
May 6, 2010, 16:47

PROFILES : Role Models
Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba: A Muslim Woman of Excellence!
Haja Afsatu Olayinka Ebishola Kabba is a 57 years old successful mother, grandmother and wife as well as a highly successful Sierra Leonean politician with the knack to effectively engage with even Kings whilst still maintaining her ability to relate to her common grassroots supporters. Story of Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba is fascinating and it has only just begun in Sierra Leone. On assuming office, His Excellency the President of Sierra Leone Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma proclaimed that the provision of electricity countrywide is his government’s cardinal priority and then he made a declaration that he would restore reliable electricity supply to the capital city within 100 days! The Head of State’s declaration was greeted with mixed feelings and great expectations.
May 6, 2010, 16:45

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Law Reform Commission Speaks to Public via the Press
The Law Reform Commission (LRC) is an autonomous agency of the Government of Sierra Leone set up to review the laws of the Country for the purpose of reform, consolidation and codification. It has the vision to create an accessible legal system with modern institutions creating an environment of sustainable economic development that ensures Security and Justice for all. Past Friday 30 April 2010, it used the opportunity of a Press Briefing to engage Journalists with the ultimate aim of informing the nation on how the Commission has been working.
May 5, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Parliament Ratifies Energy Protocols
The House of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone has approved the ECOWAS Energy Protocol and the International Renewable Energy Agency Statute (IRENA). These motions were earlier on brought before the Honorable House on Thursday 15th April 2010 by the Minister of Energy and Water Resources Professor Ogulande Davison
May 5, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain is Still NO. 1
At Zain we are very proud to have sponsored this biggest ever concert in Sierra Leone – AKON CONCERT. This is a natural follow on from our sponsorship of several group and local musical initiatives. Over the years music has formed a big part of the magnificent Zain Brand, says Keith Tukei, Zain’s Commercial Director. AS for AKON, local artists and subscribers from Sierra Leone witnessed his sensational performance at the Zain sponsored MAMA’s 2009 Awards in Nairobi, Kenya. From his sensational performance at the Zain sponsored MAMA’s 2009 Awards in Nairobi, Akon, who co-hosted the show together with Wyclef, set the stage alight at the National Stadium. Akon is no stranger to the Zain family as he has performed in several of the countries we operate, under Zain’s auspices.
May 5, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Finish Journalist Visits Awareness Times
The Editor for one of the leading Newspapers in Finland ‘Etela-Suomen Sanomat’ (ESS) Madam Erja Vainikka-Howard has landed on the shores of Sierra Leone on a two weeks journalists exchange programme organized by Plan Finland in collaboration with Plan Sierra Leone for both Finnish and African Journalists. As part of her programme, Madam Vainikka-Howard who jetted into Sierra Leone in the late hours Monday 3rd May 2010, will be working with the Awareness Times Newspaper editorial team for four days commencing Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th May 2010. During this period, she will be assigned to some senior journalists of the Awareness Times on various attending coverages.
May 5, 2010, 17:12

NEWS
BROAD BASE INTERVIEW WITH AMBASSADOR SUMAH IN GUINEA
RK - Our eyes on arrival as we pass through Belview where the Sierra Leone Embassy is located first caught the splendid infrastructural transformation of the Embassy. What is attributed to such development? SUMAH--The transformation has been the talk of Conakry in fact Bellview in particular that has extended up to Freetown. What has happened to the Embassy is a positive change syndrome to engulf me and my deputy in addition my administrative staff.
May 5, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Embraces SAVE Message as a Comprehensive IEC/BCC Message to Respond to HIV & AIDS
Partners in HIV Work (PHW) in collaboration with Christian Aid and the National AIDS Secretariat (NAS) were joined by other Civil Society Organizations to officially launch the SAVE message in Freetown and all Regional Headquarter towns from Monday 12th to Friday 16th April, 2010. The SAVE message is a comprehensive approach to HIV & AIDS response, helps to eradicate stigmatization of persons living with HIV and encourages them to take the necessary precautions to protect their health. S = Safer practices which includes the ABC, PMTCT, Universal Precautions, etc. A = Available medication, V = VCCT and E = Empowerment through education.
May 5, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Amputees Bag 29 Scholarships
A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in the United States of America (USA) Leone Community Organization has donated scholarships to 29 (twenty-nine) amputees residing in Jui Amputee Camp in east end Freetown. Presenting the donations the Head of Delegation, Leone Community Organization Yusufu Sesay commended parents of the amputees for their courage and effort in sending their children to school despite several financial constraints they faced in supporting their education.
May 5, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*King George’s Home Cries for Help *Wilberforce Water Supply under Threat *Teachers Threaten to Quite Classroom *Tiger Generators Resurface in the City *Soldier Laments on Armed Robbery *Ambassador Kargbo grabs Awards * Amnesty International Hail President Koroma * Pharmacy Board conducts massive raid * Government to Boost Entrepreneurship.
May 5, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SLP Launch Anti-Violence Movement in FBC Today
As a strong step to help combat the uncontrollable increase in acts of violence, cultism, and ‘gangstarism’, the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) would today 5th May 2010 launch the Anti-Violence Movement in Sierra Leone’s top university college, the Fourah Bay College. In an interview with the Head of Communication of the Sierra Leone Police Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ibrahim Samura in his office on George Street in Freetown on Tuesday 4th May 2010, he revealed that the rationale behind the launch of the Anti-Violence Movement in the college is to help combat the increasing rate in acts of cultism, gangstarism and violence among students of the university.
May 5, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone Association of Journalists
Good morning colleague journalists and members of the public. On this World Press Freedom Day on the 3rd of May 2010, I wish to thank all those who have made journalism easy for us in Sierra Leone in the last one year. We may not have been the most pampered, but have certainly not been the most persecuted in a world where while some see us as friends and heroes, others see us as enemies and villains. I hope those who have unnecessarily perceived Sierra Leonean journalists as enemies and intimidated, harassed and even attacked us will come to realise that we are only performing a cardinal responsibility to inform our people and speak on their behalf, no matter the odds that are stacked against us.
May 5, 2010, 17:00

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

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Journalists Take Over City Streets
Scores of the country’s journalists have walked all around the capital city led by the dynamic President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) as part of celebrations of World Press Freedom day yesterday May 3rd 2010. Earlier, the SLAJ President had made an appeal to public officials, stakeholders and the general public to respect as he put it ‘the respect of Journalists’ in Sierra Leone.
May 4, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zainab Bangura Forgets her ACC Chair Position
Yesterday evening, Sierra Leoneans had the experience of listening to their Foreign Minister Zainab Hawa Bangura as she vehemently denied any links to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) seemingly forgetting her position as the current National Chair of the ACC’s Anti-Corruption Strategy Steering Committee which committee plays a very pivotal role in ensuring the ACC is smoothly operated according to its strategy. This is not the first time that the Foreign Minister is forgetting positions she once held. She almost was rejected by Parliament in 2007 when she forgot to mention to Parliament that she had served as a controversial member of the Board of State Lottery.
May 4, 2010, 17:14

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu Kabba’s Lawyers Raise Alarm
Defence Lawyers for Haja Afsatu Kabba currently facing a 7-count indictment for corruption at the Law Courts have yesterday expressed "serious dismay" to Awareness Times that the Bundle of Evidence and Witness Statements that were finally delivered yesterday May 3rd 2010 to the Law Offices of Tejan-Jalloh & Dabor were delivered unsealed and unprotected by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). The materials were hand-delivered by a messenger who physically moved himself on the streets, from the ACC offices at Gloucester Street to the Walpole Street offices of Tejan-Jalloh & Dabor.
May 4, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*APC imports Liberian thugs *RUFP asks for its own share *Iran donates medical equipments to Sierra Leone *Modern High School gets Boarding Facilities * Driver escapes with State vehicle *President Koroma sacks two Ambassadors *Kambui Eagles humbles Port Authority.
May 4, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, MACOSA Celebrates World Press Freedom Day
The Mass Communication Students Association (MACOSA), in Collaboration with the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), with sponsorship from the BBC World Trust Fund on Monday 3rd May 2010 celebrated the ‘Word Press Freedom Day’ with a symposium held on Fourah College campus in Freetown. The ceremony attracted many important personalities, including lecturers, senior journalists and University students. SLAJ president, Mr. Umaru Fofana and the publisher of Awareness Times Newspaper, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden capably acted as the two panelists for the event that was efficiently chaired by Mr. Gibril Mohamed Sesay, a close aide to President Koroma at State House.
May 4, 2010, 17:08

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Tony Blair Debacle: How Not to Discuss Issues
It is becoming increasingly clear that whenever Awareness Times publishes an article critical of the APC government, journalists supporting the government emerge from the wood works not to refute the criticisms with facts, but to attack the publisher of the newspaper whether or not she wrote the articles. Almost all APC leaning journalists are guilty of making up stories about Dr Blyden’s personal life, casting aspersions on her qualifications or attacking her family. What is more nauseating, these journalists accuse Dr Blyden as pseudo-journalist, yellow journalist or what have you. What is clear in my opinion is that these folks are guilty of the very accusation they make about Dr Blyden.
May 4, 2010, 17:06

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
IN THE INDEPENDENT PROCUREMENT REVIEW PANEL (IPRP)
The appellant appeals against the undue disadvantage which he claims he has suffered of assorted medical drugs and laboratory reagents to the Ministry of Defence in the evaluation and awarding of the contract. . He further complained about the responsiveness of his bid and being dissatisfied with the bidding and evaluation process carried out by the respondent, the Manager of the appellant firm, one Mr Yahyah S Fofanah wrote a letter of complaint to the Independent Procurement Review Panel, hereinafter referred to as the IPRP, against the decision.
May 4, 2010, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
INDEPENDENT MEDIA COMMISSION NEWS RELEASE
The Chairperson of the Independent Media Commission (IMC), Mrs. Bernadette Cole has admonished the management of Radio Bintumani not to allow anyone to use the radio station to make derogatory remarks that are likely to infuriate a section of the community and lead to chaos and unrest. Mrs. Cole was at the head of a three- member delegation from the IMC to Kabala, Koinadugu district to investigate the cause of the recent unrest in Kabala, with a view to discussing the way forward to avoid a repeat.
May 4, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
BOOK REVIEW! BOOK REVIEW!
When western television screens began to show women and children with amputated limbs, and other devastating evidence emerged of the descent into violence in Sierra Leone’s civil war in the late 1990s, the crude explanation was that a generation of drug-fuelled youths had been incited by diamond-hungry Lebanese and Liberians to rebel against the corrupt and incompetent status quo. Aminatta Forna’s story of her father’s execution on trumped-up treason charges, 25 years before anyone had heard of the Revolutionary United Front, gives a more personal framework for understanding the horror of the 1990s in the linked wars of Sierra Leone...
May 4, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma Dedicates International Award to Amputees
His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in showing his concern for those who innocently suffered from Sierra Leone’s twelve-years senseless war has officially dedicated the Africa Peace Award he was honored with at the Accord African Peace Award that took place in Durban, South Africa on Friday April 30th 2010 to the amputees. President Koroma during his acceptance speech publicly informed his audience that he is dedicating the award to amputee compatriots who have paid the worst price for the decade long war in Sierra Leone.
May 3, 2010, 19:12

FEATURES
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation
Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine is a published author, computer scientist, lecturer, mathematician, historian, columnist, preservationist, and "The Art-ivist." In August 2008, Queen Quet was one of the first of seven inductees to the Gullah/Geechee Nation Hall of Fame. She received the "Anointed Spirit Award" for her leadership and for being a visionary.
May 3, 2010, 19:10

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
A SENATE RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR MARQUETTA L. "QUEEN QUET" GOODWINE
Whereas, Marquetta L. "Queen Quet" Goodwine, acknowledged representative of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, has distinguished herself as published author, computer scientist, lecturer, mathematician, historian, columnist, and preservationist; and Whereas, as she grew up on St. Helena Island in Beaufort, part of Sea Island Gullah/Geechee territory that stretches from North Carolina south to Amelia Island, Florida, she learned the art of transmitting stories and folklore from the elders of her family, and she has made it her mission to teach and pass on the traditions of the Gullah/Geechee people; and ... CLICK ABOVE LINK TO READ THE FULL RESOLUTION
May 3, 2010, 19:08

NEWS
Gordon Brown urged to investigate Tony Blair over web of companies
Gordon Brown has been urged to investigate whether his predecessor Tony Blair breached the Ministerial Code by failing to declare a complex network of multi-million pound companies and partnerships. Tony Blair is under fire over his complex web of companies. Opponents want to know why Mr Blair did not register the series of companies and partnerships with the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA), the watchdog set up to vet ex-ministers’ appointments to avoid "any suspicion of impropriety". Sir Malcolm Rifkind, a former Tory Cabinet minister and still an MP, said Mr Blair should show "maximum transparency". He said: "When you are in high profile public life it is always most sensible to show complete transparency. Even if he is reluctant to give information for entirely genuine reasons the outside world doesn’t know that and he should show maximum transparency." The money that has poured into it comes from a variety of sources, including a $2.4 million (£1.4 million) grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, intended for Sierra Leone and a further £1.5 million for Rwanda from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation set up by Lord Sainsbury, a former minister in Mr Blair’s Government. [ Visit Website ]
May 3, 2010, 19:06

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, President’s Sister threatens students against Afsatu Kabba
Impeccable sources have revealed to Awareness Times newspaper that Mrs. Admire Sesay, the elder sister of His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Leader and Chairman of the ruling All People’s Congress party has threatened student members of the ruling APC with untold repercussions should they seek to repeat what they did on April 19th 2010 at the Law Courts in solidarity with the former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba currently facing charges of alleged corruption at the Law Courts.
May 3, 2010, 19:04

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

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NETHIPS Starts Solidarity Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS
The umbrella crusade organization against HIV/AIDS in this country, Network of HIV/AIDS Positive in Sierra Leone (NETHIPS) in collaboration with the Network of African People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA) and other partners on Friday 30 April 2010 formally started another marvelous program call the National Solidarity Fund for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS and Vulnerable Children. The auspicious ceremony which happened at the NETHIPS Victoria Street in Freetown, attracted hundreds of people who have concern over threats the malaise is posing to global development.
May 3, 2010, 19:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Deputy Chief of Defense Staff gives Media Report
The Deputy Chief of Defense Staff, Brigadier Yerah Koroma has on Friday 30th April 2010 at a press briefing at Defence Ministry, Tower Hill in Freetown briefed journalists about their joint operation with the Sierra Leone Police in a bid to secure lives and properties.
May 3, 2010, 18:58

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Alpha Timbo joins Presidential Race *SLPP celebrated Independence Anniversary in grand style *Female Chief calls for sensitization on Free Health Care *Chief of Immigration warns against lawlessness *Kemoh Sesay back home able-bodied *Special Court bags 7.5 Million Dollars *“Witch Plane” crashes in Bo *Fake drugs flood markets again *Red Cross hosts 6th West Coast Meeting.
May 3, 2010, 18:56

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Africell dishes 15 Million Leones to Miss University.
The Best GSM Company in Sierra Leone for two consecutive years for reliability and role in national development, Africell on Friday April 30th this year at their Wilberforce Headquarter in Freetown made a sponsorship donation of Fifteen Million Leones (Le.15, 000,000) to the Miss University of Sierra Leone, Madam Stella Bangura for her Miss University Africa 2010 preparations. At the presentation ceremony Mr Arthur Kallon said Africell is pleased to tell the public that they are undertaking another sponsorship stride to sell Sierra Leone high overseas.
May 3, 2010, 18:54

NEWS
Tony Blair’s Operatives Fail to Attend Complaint Hearing in Sierra Leone
An eleven paragraphed complaint dated 23rd April 2010 against the Awareness Times newspaper that was supposed to have held its First Hearing last Friday April 30th 2010 at the Independent Media Commission in Freetown was abandoned to its own devices by the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative which made absolutely no-show at the Hearing that they themselves called for. The Project Leader, Paul Skidmore, who signed the complaint did not show up so also did not a single one of the young graduates sent here by Mr. Tony Blair, show up in person to even explain their absence.
May 3, 2010, 18:51

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Sierra Leone Judiciary Press Release
28th April 2010: The Judiciary continues to forge ahead with its reform, restructuring process and access to justice programme. Recognising the importance of its human resource and the need to build the capacity of the justice sector, in line with the sectoral approach, the Judiciary has embarked on the establishment of the National Judicial and Legal Training Institute in Freetown. The Institute will provide continuous judicial education for judicial, justice sector staff and paralegals with the aim of enhancing service delivery, improve access to justice, and promote good governance.
May 3, 2010, 18:49

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
INVITATION FOR BIDS BANK OF SIERRA LEONE
The Bank of Sierra Leone has allocated funds for the Procurement, Installation and Commissioning of Lifts at the Sam Bangura and Main Bank Buildings and now invites sealed bids from credible suppliers. Interested Bidders may obtain further information and inspect the bidding document at the address given below between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from Thursday 29th April, 2010, through Tuesday 4th May, 2010, or visit the Bank of Sierra Leone, Government of Sierra Leone or National Public Procurement Authority websites on the addresses given below.
May 3, 2010, 18:47

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
German Financial Cooperation with Sierra Leone Notices
The Government of Sierra Leone has received a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW towards the cost of financing the Pro-Poor Growth for Peace Consolidation (GPC) Programme. The GPC Programme concerns the economic recovery and sustainable employment creation in targeted districts in order to contribute to the consolidation of peace in Sierra Leone. The Programme executing Agency, National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) in collaboration with GTZ intend to apply part of the grant to cover eligible payments for consultancy services to conduct a Value Chain Study on Small Ruminants and Cattle in the Koinadugu District.
May 3, 2010, 18:45

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May 3, 2010, 18:43

NEWS : Local News
[PHOTO CAPTIONS CORRECTED] - Mr. President, Serious Problem with the Free Medical in Sierra Leone
The team also visited other Government hospitals in the east end of the city which are facing the same problem of acute shortage of drugs and other logistical constraints and no salaries. These included Moeba Community Health Centre, Ross Road Community Health Centre and the Cottage hospital. Many of these locations, especially in the East of Freetown, were poorly staffed and the staff on duty could be seen to be straining under the burden of the free medical care and no salaries.
Apr 30, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, FSSG Principal Madam Monica Sesay fires back
The principal of the Freetown Secondary School for Girls, Madam Monica E. Bobson Sesay has reacted to news that she is to account for Le. 28,456,200.00 (twenty eight million four hundred and fifty six thousand and two hundred Leones) In a press briefing, she informed of how she had been advised by the School’s Board of Trustees to avoid commenting on the issue just as was published on Thursday 29th April 2010 by a local newspaper.
Apr 30, 2010, 17:10

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Dr. Sylvia O. Blyden Has Too Much Self-Confidence To Be Intimidated!
Contrary to the claim in a recent obscure attack on my character in the media, my two grandfathers are both still very much alive. My paternal grandfather, Professor Edward Wilmot Blyden III is still alive and residing at his residence at Smart Farm, Off Wilkinson Road here in Freetown. My maternal grandfather, Professor Solomon Athanasius James Pratt (commonly known as SAJ Pratt) is also still alive. I spoke to him yesterday in London where he resides and he had just flown back into London from attending an important Masonic Lodge meeting in Paris, France.
Apr 30, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Sierra Leone Music Lovers Upset with Akon’s Organisers *Alhaji Umaru Sillah Bah resigns *Wife murders husband in Moyamba *More training for City Council Police *Alhaji Osman Boie Kamara boosts Fourah Bay *Madina Students Association boost up education *Parliamentarians to visit mining sites.
Apr 30, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone. Zain to give World Cup ticket to Second Winner
Zain will tomorrow, Saturday 1st May 2010 officially handover a world cup ticket of the ‘Watch Football in South Africa’ promotions to a second winner. This was disclosed to the Awareness Times by the Head of Corporate Affairs and Communication, Kelvin Kellie who said the auspicious ceremony is scheduled to take place in the Southern City of Bo.
Apr 30, 2010, 17:04

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Mr. Blair, Let’s Just Tell Sierra Leone It is a Charitable Business!
...we have decided to make life simpler for Mr. Tony Blair and try to explain on his behalf that now he is out of office as Prime Minister, he is engaging in the business of charity. After all, there are many ways to make money even within the business of charity! Mr. Tony Blair is currently engaged in the profit-making business of charity. This is why the money from Bill Gates' charity meant "to prevent and relieve poverty in Sierra Leone" as well as "to promote peace, economic growth and sustainable growth" in Sierra Leone, was paid into Tony Blair’s for-profit Windrush No. 3 Ltd company and not to the non-profit African Governance Initiative. We truly hope that perplexed Sierra Leoneans will now understand that it is all just a very charitable business! Period!
Apr 30, 2010, 17:02

FROM OUR TEAM
Tony Blair’s Mystery Thieves in Sierra Leone - A Rejoinder to Blair/State House!
...whilst the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative might be a registered charity in the United Kingdom, contrary to the implied statement on the Blair/State House Release, Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative was NOT the recipient of that Ten Billion Leones OPP50878 Grant from the Gates' Foundation. The almost ten billion leones cash was paid by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation into Tony Blair's private limited liability company named Windrush Ventures No.3 and which initial investigations by Awareness Times at the Companies House of the United Kingdom show to have entries as follows... CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE FULL DETAILS.
Apr 30, 2010, 17:00

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, An Afsatu Kabba Dream for Fishing Sector Comes True
Erstwhile Fisheries Minister Haja Afsatu Kabba had many visions and dreams for Sierra Leone to benefit from its coastal waters and marine resources. One of these was an often-stated strong vision for transparency to be the way forward with regards all Agreements signed concerning our country’s Fishing Sector. This latter great vision of Haja Afsatu Kabba insofar as the China National Fishing Corporation (CNFC) dealings was concerned, has finally come to fruition as State Television (SLBC-TV) has broadcast that the great vision of Haja Afsatu Kabba to have the Government and People of Sierra Leone benefit the most out of our Coastal Waters via transparent dealings with China has now come true.
Apr 29, 2010, 18:26

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Abdul Tejan Cole & Bashiru Savage Fly to Gambia
The Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission Abdul Tejan-Cole and Alhaji Bashiru Savage, the Business Partner of Fish Magnate Lilian Lisk yesterday April 28th 2010, both flew out of Lungi Airport on board an Air Arik flight bound for Banjul, The Gambia. The two gentlemen were ushered into the private V.I.P. Lounge at the Airport following which no-one else was allowed to enter the Lounge but our correspondents who could monitor the two gentlemen from the glass doors of the Lounge, report that the two gentlemen sat together in the Lounge, playfully chatting with each other amidst smiles and sipping drinks before their flight arrived and they both boarded the plane which took off the ground a few minutes before 11:00am.
Apr 29, 2010, 18:24

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Standard Chartered Boosts King George's Home
One of Sierra Leone's leading Banks, the Standard Chartered has donated a huge consignment of food stuffs and use clothing to the King Georges V1 Home for the Aged in a ceremony held at the King Georges V1 Home for the Aged compound at Kissy in Freetown. The donation ceremony, held on 27th April 2010, is part of the bank's activities lined up to mark Sierra Leone's 49th independent anniversary celebration.
Apr 29, 2010, 18:22

NEWS : Politics
April 29th 2010 : 18th Anniversary of the NPRC Coup
Today April 29th 2010 marks 18th Anniversary of the NPRC Coup that removed the APC from Power. Today is the anniversary of the day (April 29th 1992) that only M.L. Bangura was left to secure the APC Party Headquarters along Siaka Stevens Street; everyone else had abandoned it & fled away...
Apr 29, 2010, 18:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Mayor George-Williams Support “GREEN MAY 8”
The Mayor of Freetown, His Worship, Herbert A. George-Williams, in his Mayor’s Parlor in Freetown today said he would “identify” himself with the aims of Youth Arise!!! in the development of their “GREEN MAY 8” concept, and that Youth Arise!!! should consider him one of their “patrons”. Mayor George-Williams made the pledge when a delegation of Youth Arise!!! executives, led by their “Guru”, Oswald Hanciles - and their National Coordinator, Ishmael Abu Kamara (a.k.a, Van Damm), National President, Ahmed Ramadan Jalloh, National Secretary General, M. Sheriff - went to seek his support for their GREEN MAY 8 programme .
Apr 29, 2010, 18:16


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Reproduced by Popular Demand: No Junior Secondary School Built at Tondola Junction
Sierra Leone's NPRC’s Tom Nyuma, Sierra Rutile, Vimetco, John Sisay & the Inquest for late Bambay Kamara
ENTERTAINMENT
Sierra Leone's Video-Journalist Abdulai Jalloh marries his Sweetheart, Cecilia
‘Nor Look En Face’ Takes Over the Airwaves in Sierra Leone
PROFILES
A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MRS. HANNAH BABY NELLIE GADD - A Role Model
Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba: A Muslim Woman of Excellence!
THE ECONOMY
Sierra Leone Government in Serious Embarrassment as Businesses Shut Down over New Tax
NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Josephine, Widow of late Brigadier Hassan Conteh passes away in London
Two Respected Journalists complain Former Military Ruler aspiring for Sierra Leone Presidency
Office of the Administrator and Registrar General
PAID SUPPLEMENTS
Marampa Can Achieve Late 2012 Start-Up With Maiden 200mt Jorc Resource Representing Only 20% Of The Mineralised Strike
Koidu Holdings Explains Blasting Incident at Koidu Kimberlite Project Mine Site
Presenting Professor Dr. Ritchard Tamba M’Bayo
ADVERTISEMENTS
NASSIT and HFC offers 28 Newly Built Houses for immediate Sale in Sierra Leone
African Minerals (SL) Ltd Job Vacancy
JOLLIBOY! - Solomon Pratt's Book is now available for Purchase Online
SATIRE
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Letter To Tech: The Political ‘Dombolo’ in Kono
President Koroma Fires One: Maybe the Cabinet Reshuffle Has Commenced?
FROM OUR TEAM
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Schulenburg Should Behave Himself

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