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Sierra Leone’s United Nations Permanent Representative Shekou Touray visits ailing Dr. John Karefa-Smart
Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador, Shekou Momodou Touray, on Wednesday, 21st July, 2010, accompanied by the Deputy Permanent Representative for Political Affairs, H.E. Ambassador, Rupert Davies and Counsellor Victoria Sulimani, visited Dr. John Karefa-Smart, former politician and leader of the United National Peoples Party (UNPP) at a hospital facility in Kent, Connecticut where he is currently receiving medical attention for severe abdominal ailment.
Jul 23, 2010, 18:36

THE PUBLIC is hereby informed that by Order of The High Court made on Monday the 22nd day of March 2010, the Land and Property at 4 and 4A ANDREW STREET, FREETOWN IS HEREBY OFFERED FOR SALE by Private Treaty.
Jul 23, 2010, 18:34

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone's former Anti Corruption Boss Hails Ruling Party Leader
Whilst apparently blaming the entire political society for the glaring failure to fight corruption in Sierra Leone, Tejan-Cole does not hesitate to clarify further his singular admiration for Koroma by lecturing that “Political Will” was not limited to only President Koroma’s will but that of all political actors. Continuing still on the issue, Tejan-Cole reportedly said without the wide political will, Governments’ statements against corruption will be empty rhetoric but then, he went on to commend the APC-led Parliament and the APC Leader, President Koroma for their “courage” in enacting the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008 and National Anti-Corruption Strategy.
Jul 21, 2010, 18:08

Over the past ten days the Elect Kadi Sesay Campaign Team has closely followed publications on the internet and in local tabloids regarding an SLPP delegate opinion poll emanating from a controversial source. Particularly, our team woke up to the statement that ... “certain candidates for the SLPP flag–bearer position are getting desperate and have started engaging in unsavory tactics to raise their visibility”. The July 14, 2010 edition of Awareness Times newspaper was categorical that “unscrupulous supporters of Kadi Sesay” were the source of the suspect delegate opinion poll.
Jul 21, 2010, 18:04

An Unfortunate Statement from Kadi Sesay’s Team
“What Kadi Sesay’s team should have done is to issue a big thank you to Rachel Horner for uncovering the fraud and then distanced Kadi Sesay from the unscrupulous actions of her unscrupulous supporters. Instead, she has endorsed her Team to issue an unfortunate press release against journalists which has simply shown she has not the moral backbone to lead Sierra Leone. She will just be locking up journalists if she becomes President,” said Agnes Mansaray, an observer of politics in Sierra Leone who is also a strong SLPP supporter in Central Freetown.
Jul 21, 2010, 18:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Parliament Ratifies Fibre Cable Agreement with Controversy
Controversially the House of Parliament on Tuesday 20th July 2010 ratified government’s motion on the agreement of laying the fibre cables on the following I. (for the membership and participation in the Africa Coast to Europe Telecommunication undersea cable consortium ACE Consortium under the proposed West Africa regional communication infrastructure Program) between the republic of Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leone Cable limited dated 13th July 2010.
Jul 21, 2010, 18:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Subscribers Welcome Zain ‘Fambul Tariff’
Thousands of subscribers of Sierra Leone’s leading Telecommunication Network, Zain have expressed their total appreciation and satisfactory over the Company’s new Promo, ‘Fambul Tariff.’ To substantiate the company values and the subscribers optimism about the Fambul Tarriff Promotion our reporter yesterday conducted a research to find out how subscribers are utilizing this new promotion.
Jul 21, 2010, 17:59

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Vice President Sam Sumana Flies to Chad on Heads of States Summit
The Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Chief Alhaji Samuel Sam Sumana last evening left the shores of Sierra Leone to attend the 12th (Twelfth) Annual Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the African Union in Ndjamena, the Chadian capital. This year’s annual summit is slated to begin on Thursday 22nd July, 2010.
Jul 21, 2010, 17:58

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SLP Holds Restorative Justice Workshop
The Sierra Leone Police in collaboration with the Justice Sector Coordinating Office has concluded a four-day workshop on Informal Resolution and Restorative Justice at the China Friendship Complex, Bo City on Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th July 2010. Welcoming participants, the Assistant Inspector General of Police South, David Sesay expressed his deepest appreciation for such a project to be hosted in the Southern Region. He noted that the dispensation of justice should not be a unilateral venture by the police but to be enforced with collaborative efforts of all stakeholders.
Jul 21, 2010, 17:56

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Madeng Doles 300M to Lumley Beach Residents
A Community Based Organization, Madeng Beach Festival on Sunday 18th July 2010 donated the sum of Le300,000,000 (Three Hundred Million Leones) to residents of the Lumley Beach community. The aim of this donation is to help establish a Culture and Art Education Center within the community. Handing over the cash to residents, the Chairpersonof the charity, Sinkarie Sesay revealed that Madeng is a cultural and art promotional organization operated by Sierra Leoneans at home and in the Diaspora. “The aim of forming this organization is to promote and develop the sense of culture and arts in the minds of Sierra Leoneans, and we especially target youngsters,” she said. She lamented over the neglected in recent times of Sierra Leone’s rich culture and arts by the youth.
Jul 21, 2010, 17:54

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, LUC Damns Irresponsible Reporting
The Local Unit Commander of the Lumley Police Division, Chief Superintendent Alhaji Gibril Kabba-Kamara has damned irresponsible reporting by certain journalists. He said he was totally at dismay over the manner some press men unprofessionally carry out the trade with the tarnishing of the characters of respected individuals and institutions in Sierra Leone through unchecked publications. He made this expression on Tuesday 20th July 2010 in an exclusive interview at the police station in reaction to an article published in one of the local newspapers on Monday 19th July 2010 in which the he said the author of the said article falsely named Lumley Police Division in a matter that has nothing to do with them.
Jul 21, 2010, 17:52

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Heavy storm Unroofs Lungi Police Station *Son remanded for Beating his Father *38 Arrested for Riotous Conduct in Bo *SLPP Praises Deputy Minister of Health *Magistrate Detains School kids *Le 46 Billion for Kenema City Council *Rapist refused bail.
Jul 21, 2010, 17:50

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, HRC Schools Journalists on UPR
The Human Right Commission of Sierra Leone HRCSL on 20th July 2010 schooled members of the fourth estate on the essence of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at their Wellington Street Conference Room in Freetown. In his statement the Chairperson of the Commission Commissioner Edward Sam noted that the Universal Periodic Review was established by the UN General Assembly Resolution 60/251 on the 15th of March 2006, which also established the Human Rights Council (HRC), replacing the Human Rights Commission.
Jul 21, 2010, 17:48

The Sierra Leone Teachers Union (SLTU) wishes to inform its members about developments relating to the ongoing negotiations between the Union and the employers of teachers, including government. On the 20th May 2010, the Union submitted realistic and comprehensive proposals on pay and conditions of service of teachers to the Employers’ Panel.
Jul 21, 2010, 17:46

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Texas University African Programme Director Boosts FBC
Sierra Leonean born founding director for African Programmes at the University of Texas at Arlington, Dr. Alusine Jalloh on Friday 15th July 2010 donated soft ware items to the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone on behalf of Texas University. The philanthropic ceremony took place at the Deputy Vice Chancellor’s Office, FBC Campus, Mount Aureal in Freetown. The donated items included 24 (twenty four) Central Processing Units (CPUs), 5 lap top computers, 30 monitor keyboards, 12 flat screen computer monitors and assorted cables.
Jul 20, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Notorious Burglar Remanded at Pademba Road Prisons
One John Sawilu said to be a notorious robber on Monday 19th July 2010 was dragged before Magistrate Bankole Shyllon of Court No. 3 on charges of burglary and larceny. The particulars of offence read against him stated that the accused on Friday last week at No. 27 Hill Station in Western Freetown broke and entered into the dwelling house of Mr. Phillip James Alieu and stole one lap top computer valued at Le 2m, a pair of foot wear valued at Le 35,000, some DVD plates and other household items all totaling Le2.1m.
Jul 20, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SDI Director Charges MPs on Corruption
The Executive Director of Society for Democratic Initiatives, Mr. Emmanuel Saffa Abdulia Esq. last Thursday 15th July 2010 expressed that certain parliamentarians were involved in pervasive corrupt practices. He brought this charge on parliamentarians while delivering a lecture at the Mamba Point Hotel, Wilberforce in Freetown on the theme ‘Procedures and processes Leading to the Enactment of a statute’ in an orientation meeting on the minimum 30% quota for women’s participation in governance and decision making processes. He advised that if women were opting for 30% representation they must select a vibrant MP like Hon. Elizabeth Lavalie to steer their affairs
Jul 20, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Clergy Man Demands Ban on Masquerades by Gov’t
Reverend Archibold J. Cole on Sunday 18th July 2010 strongly recommended to His Excellency President Koroma to ban the display of masquerade devils in all public holiday celebrations in the city. The man of God made this strong appeal while offering prayers to mark the national day of repentance and thanksgiving that climaxed the 90 days fasting and prayer observance at the National Stadium in Freetown.
Jul 20, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, “Metropolitan Police is a Trained Body”-PRO
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Freetown City Council, Mr. Cyril Mattia has described the Metropolitan Police Force as a disciplined, hard working and loyal group of Sierra Leonean youths who mean well for the City of Freetown and the country as a whole. Mr. Mattia was reacting in a short press briefing to recent remarks by certain local media houses alleging that personnel of the Metropolitan Force were acting in an unbecoming manner, ruthlessly executing their duties.
Jul 20, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Thieves Disarm Security Guard in Kenema *Arms Discovered at Aberdeen *The Physically Challenged to Storm VP’s Office *Hon. Eric Jumu Declares for SLPP Flag Bearer *Mother Arrested For Child Cruelty *Police Detain Child Trafficker *Youths Angry With APC MP *Rape on the increase in Kono.
Jul 20, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Health/WHO Start H1N1 Vaccination
The Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with WHO and other partners will today Tuesday 20th July 2010 launch the Influenza A H1N1 Vaccination campaign for Sierra Leone. This was disclosed to the press by WHO and Health Ministry representatives in an orientation meeting on the epidemic at Nursing School Hall, Light-Foot Boston Street in Freetown past Friday.
Jul 20, 2010, 17:00

35 Years after Ibrahim Bash-Taqi: Lessons Learnt?
Sierra Leone’s Honourable Chief Justice has been out of the country for the past two weeks attending sessions on improving Juvenile Justice and also visiting the Hague where Taylor trials are ongoing. In her absence until she returns back in a day or two, she has assigned the sacred task of running the Judiciary to the most senior Judge of the Supreme Court, Hon. Mrs. Shahineh Bash-Taqi. Hon. Shahineh Bash-Taqi has been acting as Chief Justice now for the last two weeks which makes her the most powerful figure in the Judiciary for the last two weeks and easily the most powerful woman in the country over the last two weeks.
Jul 19, 2010, 12:36

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Women to Move for 30% Quota in Governance
A section of Women in Sierra Leone have decided to hold their President right in the spotlight by taking advantage of his Public Apology to Women, whether the President was sincere or not, to move to actualize worthy dreams for a 30% Quota of Women in the decision making processes of Governance. It is in this light that Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) in collaboration with the Women Solidarity Support Group and the UNDP, last Thursday 15th July 2010 held a one-day orientation meeting at the Mamba Point Hotel in Freetown. The meeting was in fulfillment of a recent report that urged for intervention through advocacy in order to achieve the desired quota of a minimum 30% of Women in all aspects of Governance in Sierra Leone.
Jul 19, 2010, 12:34

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President’s Spontaneous Visit to Lumley Demolition
President Koroma has last Saturday July 17tth 2010 paid an on-the-spot visit to the densely populated Lumley environs in the West of the capital city in order to get a first hand experience of the demolition exercises that were taking place along the highways. The demolition has been much more extensive than initially envisaged because the President now wants the road to no longer be the regular 2-Laned traffic but for it to be a wider, modern 4-Lane Highway. Additionally, there are plans to also extend Wilkinson Road and the Lumley Beach Roads into 4 Laned Highways thus necessitating even larger swathes of demolitions.
Jul 19, 2010, 12:32

NEWS : Politics
APC Honorable Sets His Development Pace
Honorable for the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) Party representing constituency 33 in the Bombali District, North of Sierra Leone Honorable Sulaiman Sesay, has over the weekend called his constituents to a developmental meeting in a bid to develop their Chiefdoms. It could be recalled that, the said constituency was represented in Parliament by Eddie Turay, now High Commissioner to Britain. In less than three months in parliament, the Honorable has for the first time in the history of constituency 33, called all the three chiefdoms in the constituency to engage them on how best they can develop their chiefdoms collaboratively.
Jul 19, 2010, 12:30

35th Anniversary of the Death of a Self-less Journalist & Politician: IBRAHIM BASH-TAQI (1934-1975) : 35 years ago today he fell fighting for freedom, but he’s never dead…
He hailed from Matotoka, in the Tenneh chiefdom, Tonkolili district and started off as a teacher at the Bo School in Bo before taking up a job with the Mobil Oil Company at Kissy, Freetown. But he was soon sacked because of his political tendencies. Consequently Ibrahim Bash-Taqi entered active politics by joining the All Peoples Congress (APC) political party, where a Union man named Siaka Probyn Stevens was already mobilizing.
Jul 19, 2010, 12:28

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, “12,000 Life Jackets soon” -Phillip J. Lukulay
The Eecutive Head of the Maritime Authority in Sierra Leone (SLMA), Phillip J. Lukulay has disclosed to journalists at the Government’s weekly press briefing that there will soon be 12,000 life jackets obtained to secure the lives of sea travelers. He also said SLMA has put in for search and rescue boat to patrol within the territorial waters of Sierra Leone to rescue distressed persons at sea. The said boats will cost 240,000euros for two of them but he assured there would not be any problems similar to the NASSIT ferry brouhaha.
Jul 19, 2010, 12:26

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Lands Minister Flouts Civil Court Orders
When the Attorney-General caused a nolle prosequi to be entered in for a criminal matter brought by bonafide citizens of Sierra Leone against the country’s errant Lands Minister, a few people had believed that instead of a criminal action, a civil action might have sufficed. However, from reports reaching this press, it appears as if the Minister does not respect either civil or criminal courts let alone respect lawful Court Orders. Minister Dennis Sandy is alleged to be continuing to ignore a recent Civil Court Order for the Minister to remove himself and his staff from the habit of encroaching on a piece of land belonging to the descendants of one Dr. John Abayomi Cole, now deceased.
Jul 19, 2010, 12:24

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Land Minister attacks ACC *State House takes over Environment Portfolio *APC MP turns fraudster *Two docked for criminal offences in Kenema *Police call for help *11 Ghost teachers discovered *Traders blast FCC.
Jul 19, 2010, 12:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Free Medical Services for Mountain Rural District
A non governmental organization ‘Hope and New Life Health Care’ based on 3 Sawi drive off King Harman road in Freetown has on Saturday 17th July 2010 provided free and adequate medical services to residents of Mountain Rural District communities including Regent, Charlotte, Gloucester, Mothaim and their surrounding villages. On a day long outreach, doctors, nurse and staff of the organization provided free medication to these residents who were diagnosed with ailments like hypertension, diabetes, heart attacks, malaria, fevers amongst others.
Jul 19, 2010, 12:20

In Sierra Leone, ACC Fails Again in Prosecution of Afsatu Kabba
Prosecutors of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) have once again failed to undertake an expected effort during their ongoing prosecution of one of the country’s most dynamic and highly popular female politicians, Haja Afsatu Olayinka Ebishola Kabba, the former Minister of Fisheries. Last Friday July 9th 2010, the Honourable Justice Samuel Ademusu ordered for the prosecutors of the ACC to prepare a written submission of their Closing Arguments in the corruption trial of Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba by middle of this week, before the adjourned date of today July 16th 2010 when the Prosecution is expected to make their oral submissions as to why their case against Haja Afsatu Kabba should result in a conviction.
Jul 16, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, CORD-SL and partners Launched SSHE Programme in Koya Chiefdom
In an effort to maintain total sanitation through the SSHE programme in schools communities located in the rural areas, a Local Non Governmental Organization, CORD Sierra Leone in partnership with Goal Sierra Leone has launched the School Sanitation and Hygiene Education program (SSHE) Program targeting five primary schools in the Koya chiefdom Kenema district. The programme will benefit schools that lack access to basic water supply and sanitation services in order to reduce incidence of major childhood illnesses among their students. Poor health is an important underlying factor for low school enrolment, absenteeism, poor classroom performance, and early school dropout.
Jul 16, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Gives 18 Acres to ECOWAS!
Shortly before President Ernest Koroma flew out of Sierra Leone past Wednesday July 14th 2010, he officially handed over 18 acres of prime land at Lungi to the regional body of the Economic Community of West African States-ECOWAS. The land was received by Head of ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador James Victor Gbeho at an auspicious ceremony held at the Lungi International Airport. The land in question is to be used to develop a modern Peace Support Operations Facility at Lungi that would serve as an established rapid response depot to assist ECOWAS operations geared towards sustaining peace, democracy and good governance in the West Africa subregion.
Jul 16, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Salone Soldier Dies in Darfur *Bo and Kenema Plan Big Demo *Land Minister Forces Church Service On Staff *Makeni Reviews Development plan *Local Councils Intensify Tax Collection *SLBC forms merger with Cabenda *City Council Staff sent on Remand.
Jul 16, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Parliament Ratifies the MAPE Project
Members of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone on Thursday 15th July 2010 approved the MAPE Project which was table before the House on Friday 9th instant by the Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Dr. Denis Sandy. According to the minister, the project is geared towards the construction of state of the art houses to prove to whole world that an indigenous Sierra Leonean project could as well create employment facilities to its people. The project he went would also create lodging facilities for both local and foreign travelers.
Jul 16, 2010, 17:04

Criminal Libel Laws will stay unless…
In the United Kingdom, technology, educational standards and modernization are far advanced as compared to Sierra Leone. In the United Kingdom, the levels of illiteracy are virtually non-existent and so it would NOT be easy for a journalist to whip up undue or unwarranted public resentment against an individual; resentment that might subject that individual to extreme danger. It will not be easy because the vast majority of the U.K. public are educated enough to analyze their current issues. This has been the case for at least a hundred years now in the United Kingdom.
Jul 16, 2010, 17:03

Sierra Leone Association of Journalists
Freetown – In what has been described by the SLAJ President, Umaru Fofana as “the right call at the right time for the right thing to be done”, the Sierra Leone Bar Association has called on the Government of Sierra Leone to abolish Criminal Libel Law from the country’s law books. The call is contained in a list of resolutions adopted at the 2-day annual congress of the Bar Association, which says the law contained in the 1965 Public Order Act is “outmoded…and copied from the United Kingdom, which…finally abolished the repugnant provisions” in 2009.
Jul 16, 2010, 17:02

“HRCSL Reproduces TRC Report on the Executions and Violations of December 1992
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) was established by an act of Parliament with the object of promoting and protecting human rights in Sierra Leone. The TRC report recommended HRCSL act as the Follow up Committee with responsibility to monitor and facilitate implementation of the TRC recommendations and also to have custody of the TRC Archives. Section 25(1) of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone provides that “….. no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of expression, and for the purpose of this section the said freedom includes the freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference…”
Jul 16, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Eddie Matthews’ Widow might forgive Stepdaughter
Princess Mathews Tholley, a step daughter to Mrs. Josephine Mathews, the widow of the late Eddie Matthews, might receive the forgiveness of her step-mother after she went down and prostrated flat on the ground in front of her step-mother in the presence of Awareness Times reporter, a Law Court official and other eye-witnesses a few days ago. The longstanding debacle between stepmother and stepdaughter might finally come to an end if Mrs. Josephine Matthews decides to forgive her stepdaughter.
Jul 15, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, African Minerals’ $1.5bn Strategic Investment
African Minerals (AML), with significant iron ore and base metal interests in Sierra Leone, has reached an agreement with its Chinese partner Shandong Iron & Steel Group (SISG) Co Limited to hit a strategic investment of $1.5 billion. The business is in respect of AML’s flagship iron ore project at Tonkolili and related infrastructure projects which valued at approximately US$6 billion.
Jul 15, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Subscribers Love Zain’s new Fambul Tariffs
Zain has been identified as the leading subscriber-friendly telecommunication company in Sierra Leone. This was proved by the Awareness Times when our reporter conducted a research in Freetown on how subscribers perceive the company when it comes to cost effectiveness especially with the newly introduced Fambul Tariff. A Zain subscriber Alimamy Kamara said no company will ever claim the position of Zain in terms of quality network and good service delivery apart from its affordability. On another hand the Zain networks one Mr. Kamara underscored is always clear adding that the Fambul Tariff promotion is an excellent delivery that permits subscribers to save income since with it they can talk lengthy for a lesser cost.
Jul 15, 2010, 17:08

Travelogue: A Sierra Leonean’s experience in Haiti.
My fascination with Haiti dates back to 2007, when I read Tracy Kidder’s excellent biography of Paul Farmer, "Mountains beyond Mountains". The book is not only beautifully written, it tells a heart warming story of the efforts of an amazing Harvard trained doctor to provide medical help to poor people in the "first independent black republic" which incidentally is the "poorest country in the hemisphere". That combination and the idiosyncrasies of the Haitian culture described in that book left me with a nagging desire to discover what I considered an enigma. That opportunity would not come until after the country had been further sunk into an even deeper abyss, following the devastating January 2010 earthquake.
Jul 15, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Africell to Beautify President’s Home City of Makeni
The people of Makeni City, in the Northern part of Sierra Leone are presently in a happy mood, as they will soon see their clock tower in a very beautiful shape. In the past, the situation of the clock tower has been an embarrassment to many indigenes who could not understand why cities like Bo and Kenema can boast of very beautiful clock towers while Central Makeni, the birthplace of the President is only decorated by a patch work of concrete regarded as the foundation of an unfinished clock tower.
Jul 15, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*SLPP MP Discusses with Jawei People* Mini Shake-up in Foreign Service *Le 500 Billion spent on printing new money * Prisoners benefit from Free Health Care *Ban on Timber Export still in Force*Health Workers rope Finance Ministry *Philanthropist celebrates Spain ’s victory.
Jul 15, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, For Zain Africa Challenge, Njala University Receives Dollars Windfall
In promoting education in its community, Zain the leading mobile telecommunications company in Sierra Leone, on Tuesday 13th July 2010 donated cash, educations items and a trophy to the Njala University College (NUC) at the college campus in Freetown. The donation was made as a result of the college’s participation in the Zain Africa Challenge Session 4 at Uganda, Kampala. It was revealed that not only did the NUC reach the second rounds but they went on to win the Ultimate Challenge Us Doubles as the ultimate choice which earned another US$500 for each student participant.
Jul 15, 2010, 17:00

5 Years of Awareness Times - A Columnist looks back
Five years ago, a daily publication hit the news stands and was soon to become a force to reckon with in the newspaper industry. It was named Awareness Times and became known more fondly by its initials of ‘AT’. What was one woman’s (Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden’s) means to fight for the voiceless and ash trodden turned out to be a most up to date source of news, information, in depth analysis of issues and means of bringing to light the ills and vices of corrupt public officials alike.
Jul 14, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Politics
Lawyers Urge APC to respect Separation of Powers
Sierra Leone Bar Association has issued a call for the ruling APC led Government to respect the doctrine of separation of powers that dictates for the Judiciary to be independent in its operations from the Executive arm of Government. "We note with utter dismay certain misapprehension of the basic principles of governance by government functionaries and feel compelled to alert a seemingly unsuspecting and complacent public of the lurking danger.
Jul 14, 2010, 17:20

Kadi Sesay’s lead is as Fake as the Poll & the Pollster
It seems certain candidates for the SLPP flag-bearer position are getting desperate and have started engaging in unsavoury tactics to raise their visibility. Why that conclusion? Because it doesn’t take a mathematical genius to know that the so-called “poll” referenced in the article by Alpha Massaquoi (who also goes by Alpha Mansaray – more on this later) titled “As SLPP Flag-bearer contest heats up, Dr. Kadi Sesay takes a commanding lead” is not only a deliberate misrepresentation that is intended to deceive, it belies the reality here on the ground. Politicians and “spin” are no strangers however for spin to be effective; it should be laced with a dose of reality. This unfortunately seems to be an exercise in self-delusion and deceit.
Jul 14, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Councilor Donates to Flood Victims
SLPP Councilor Ibrahim Kabbah aka ‘Small Borbor’ representing the Goderich community in the west end of Freetown has donated items worth millions of Leones to victims of flood that occurred following a heavy downpour of rain a couple of weeks ago along the peninsula road. This hospitable ceremony was took place at the Goderich Community Centre on Monday 12th July 2010 in the presence of victims. The donated items comprised of eight 50kg bags of imported rice, two bails of used clothing each costing Le 500,000 (five hundred thousand Leones) and various toiletries.
Jul 14, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Leader Breaks Silence on NPRC Issues
Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin, the Leader & Chairman of the main opposition SLPP party in Sierra Leone, has broken his silence on the issue of the NPRC Coup of April 29th 1992, the executions of December 29th of that same year of 1992 whilst issuing an assurance that he will continue to provide strong opposition leadership and at the same time issuing "a very strong warning" to his former NPRC colleagues currently within the SLPP, to "desist from any compromise with the ruling APC that might derail the important role of an effective opposition voice in a multi-party democratic plurality".
Jul 14, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Senior Editor Graduates with Distinction from London School of Journalism
One of the Senior Editors of Awareness Times newspaper, Abdul Karim Kabia (aka Abdul Fonti) has even more reasons to celebrate during the Five Years Celebration of the newspaper as he has been awarded a Diploma with High Distinction from the London School of Journalism, following an 18 months course in News Writing and Journalism. According to Ken Ahston, one of the British lecturers, “Abdul Karim Kabia has demonstrated many sound aspects of media work and is well equipped now to consider pursuing a career in journalism. His basic skills are solid. His written work is well produced and his research and presentation are sound”.
Jul 14, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*SLPP member Donates to School *JPC Schools RSLAF on Peace Communication *Kenema Police in Child Right Abuse *Comium to Boosts Kono *Notorious Drug addict Nabbed at Lungi *APC ends Women’s Policy Workshop *Petty Traders may lose out on Micro –Finance *APC MP Detained at Police Station.
Jul 14, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Journalist Boosts Free Health Care
Awareness Times reporter, Aruna Turay has joined the clarion call of His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to uphold and promote the Free Health Care Service for lactating mothers, pregnant women and under five Children. On Tuesday 13th July 2010 Mr. Turay voluntarily donated a liter of his blood to save a dying pregnant woman who was in dire need of blood to save her life as she lay at the Princess Christian Memorial Hospital (PCMH) also known as Cottage sick and exhausted.
Jul 14, 2010, 17:08

WHEREAS the Sierra Leone Bar Association (“the SLBA”) for the first time in history, held its Annual Conference outside of the metropolis of Freetown, at the Wusum Conference Centre, Makeni, Bombali District, in the Northern Province of the Republic of Sierra Leone on 2-3 July 2010. The City of Bo, in the Southern Province of the Republic of Sierra Leone, will be the venue for the 2011 Annual Conference.
Jul 14, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Dr. Dennis Sandy Behind ACC’s Iron Gates
Government Minister of Lands, Country Planning & the Environment who recently boasted over national Radio Democracy FM98.1 that his ministry staff went to the private lands of one Mrs. Lara Taylor-Pearce and her father, Mr. O.J. Cline-Cole to demolish structures thereon simply because his ministry staff felt aggrieved over the manner in which the two bonafide citizens had addressed him as Minister, yesterday July 12th 2010 was spotted entering the Anti Corruption Commission(ACC) offices following which he was observed to have spent several long hours inside there locked away behind the iron gates, until he was spotted leaving the ACC offices after dusk had fallen.
Jul 13, 2010, 17:18

MONKEY NOR BLANT LEF IN BLACK HAND? How many Boutique Items can former Deputy Minister of Fisheries, Madam Orya Sankoh buy with Le35,150,000??
Jul 13, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma Joins Leone Lodge PLC on other historic construction sites identifications in Bo &Kenema;
In line with his determination to encourage private sector development in the country, President Ernest Bai Koroma on Saturday 10th July 2010 formed part of a high level delegation to once again launch the construction project of Leone Lodge’s serial hotel facilities in Bo and Kenema in the South and East of the country respectively. The ground breaking ceremony also attracted thousands of local personalities in the two provincial cities. Addressing the audiences in Bo and Kenema President Koroma expressed his wholehearted elation to have been given the honour and opportunity to lead Leone Lodge’s delegation to grace that historic ceremony.
Jul 13, 2010, 17:14

From ruling State House to the opposition SLPP to Colleague Journalists, Congratulations Pour in for the Awareness Times Newspaper Team as they celebrate Five(5) Years of Service to the Nation & People of Sierra Leone. SEE SUBSEQUENT EDITION!
From ruling State House to the opposition SLPP to Colleague Journalists, Congratulations Pour in for the Awareness Times Newspaper Team as they celebrate Five(5) Years of Service to the Nation & People of Sierra Leone. SEE SUBSEQUENT EDITION!
Jul 13, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Africell /NAKWADUS Host Ghanaian Movie Star
One of the leading GSM service providers in the country, Africell-Lintel over the weekend collaborated with NAKWADUS to host a Ghanaian actress of the year 2010, Jackie Appia (aka) Ciara. She was a guest of honour at a Sierra Leone movie stars’ contest held at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown. In a post contest press briefing held at Africell headquarters, Jackie Appia expressed her happiness for the hospitality accorded her since she set foot on the Sierra Leonean soil by both Africell and NAKWADUS staffs. "I do not regret coming to Sierra Leone.
Jul 13, 2010, 17:10

In Sierra Leone, Closing Arguments in Afsatu’s Corruption Trial
Lawyers for Haja Afsatu Kabba led by Blyden Jenkins-Johnston Esq. have told the High Court of the Hon. Justice Ademusu that based on the "evidence" led during the Prosecution’s case, they had nothing to proffer in the form of witness or evidence, as, in their opinions, the Prosecution had not presented a case against their client that needed to be defended with witnesses or evidence. The Court has now ordered for the prosecuting entity, the Anti Corruption Commission to make their closing arguments in both written and oral form; following which the Defence should reply in like manner. The trial resumes on Friday July 16, 2010 for Closing Arguments.
Jul 13, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, GAFSP Approves $50 million for Agriculture
Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP) has approved US $50 million (Fifty Million Dollars) in support of government’s small Small-Holder Commercialization Programme (SCP). This was revealed to the press at the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) Conference Room, Youyi Building in Freetown on Monday 12th July 2010. In his presentation, Minister Dr. Sam Sesay noted that Small-Holders Commercialization Programme is geared towards supporting small scale farmers to move from subsistence farming to commercial ventures through Farmer Based Organization nationwide by the cultivation of marketable commodities to add value to their farming exercises and to link them to markets.
Jul 13, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*FCC Embarks On More Demolition at Victoria Park *Cholera breaks out in Port Loko*Kono Locals Protest for Lack of Employment * Fire Accident Claims one, Leaves 59 Others Homeless *Six-month-old, Three Others Drown at a River crossing *Govt. to Ban Cinemas for unethical displays *Panguma hospital needs help.
Jul 13, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
‘Sylvia Blyden is Sierra Leone’s Best Journalist’ - Drivers Union Activist
Famous Drivers’ Union activist and member of the Labour Congress, Mr. Aruna Conteh who is one of the Union’s top leaders, has on Friday 9th July 2010 highly commended Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, proprietress and publisher of Awareness Times Newspaper for her work in journalism whilst openly describing her as “Sierra Leone’s Best Journalist for now”. Mr. Aruna Conteh aka ‘Armbush Commander’ made this known to a cross section of Journalists at the Drivers’ Union Head Office in Freetown. He said of all the journalists in the country, the person he admired most was Dr. Sylvia Blyden.
Jul 13, 2010, 17:02

Ghanaian player Asamoah Gyan’s penalty miss in the dying seconds of extra time against Uruguay on Friday cost the African side a place in the World Cup semi-finals and broke hearts across the continent. The event of that day triggered a series of reactions such as an invitation from Nelson Mandela, father of the African continent entertaining Black Stars team to dinner and soccer fans around the globe calling Luis Suarez’s action as unsportsmanlike. But what truly caught my attention and triggered my pen to write was the reaction from African leaders like Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberia), Ernest Bai Koroma (Sierra Leone), John Atta Mills (Ghana), Blaise Campaore (Burkina Faso), Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal) and of course, Jonathan Goodluck of the Great Nigeria as they all mourned such missed golden opportunity for the rest of Africa.
Jul 13, 2010, 17:00

SLPP Women Without Liz Lavalie & Bernadette Lahai?
Last weekend, one of my reporters covered a Sensitisation Workshop on the Gender Policy drafted by the dynamic Women’s Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party, Madam Isatu Jabbie ‘IJ’ Kabbah. From my reporter’s notes submitted, I gather that the United Nations sponsored programme went quite well and many lofty words were spoken by women present like my own dear adopted Aunty, Dr. Kadi Sesay whom I am told was present there not on a cheap publicity stunt to enhance her so-called ‘leading’ SLPP Flagbearer chances but as the ‘Deputy SLPP Chairman’. If you are confused, well ask those who see nothing unethical in Dr. Kadi Sesay’s two hats she wears at the same time! Anyway, more on that later…
Jul 12, 2010, 12:24

NEWS : Politics
APC Assured of Winning 2012 Elections – Says VP in Kabala Town.
The Honourable Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and his beautiful wife, Kadia Sam-Sumana have been given a rousing, warm welcome last weekend during their two-days visit to the political indicator district of Koinadugu in the far North of Sierra Leone. The Vice President’s entourage included Government Ministers including the Resident Minister North, the Deputy Minister of Fisheries & Marine Resources Jenneh Kandeh, the Deputy Minister of Works & Infrastructure Babagaleh Barrie and numerous Government functionaries.
Jul 12, 2010, 12:22

NEC’s Christiana Thorpe & 5 Years of Awareness Times
On this day (July 12th) five years ago in Year 2005, the first edition of this newspaper hit the streets of Freetown. The Staff Association of Awareness Times, led by their Chairman, Bampia James Bundu jnr., is organising a Five Years Celebration bonanza. They tell me they have football matches, T-shirts, Parties and prayers in Mosques and Churches organised. I am just an ordinary invitee to the events. The celebrations are theirs. Awareness Times is an institution much bigger than Sylvia Blyden! For me, today, I reflect on the past five years and how, why and on whose behalf, I was inspired to open a newspaper.
Jul 12, 2010, 12:20

NEWS : Politics
SLPP Women’s Wing Starts Nationwide Workshops on Gender Policy
In collaboration with the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) and the United Nations Peace Building Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL), the Women’s Wing of main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) on Friday 9th July 2010 started a two-day Action Plan workshop on Gender Policy. In her opening statement, the National Women’s leader, Mrs. Isata Kabba pointed that the primary aim of the workshop was to sensitize women on the contents of the new Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Gender policy for proper dissemination, and also to develop gender action plan in the country in order to stop impunity and to increase women’s participations in national politics.
Jul 12, 2010, 12:18

Why John Benjamin Stayed within NPRC
“Why did I not resign from the NPRC following the extra-judicial killings of Bambay Kamara, Salami Coker and others in December 1992? The reason is simple. For the same reason why I did not resign or runaway when I was unfairly disgraced, sacked and replaced with S.A.J. Musa as Chief Secretary of State in November 1992. I owed it to my country to see that the dream I had for Sierra Leone to enjoy multi-party democracy came to fruition. So, I stayed and brought about change from within.
Jul 12, 2010, 12:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, MP Questions Finance Minister for Making Law
The Hon. Foday R. Yokie of the SLPP on Friday subjected the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Momodu Kargbo for using his executive powers to exempt ‘Electricity consumption and financial services provision from the GST without due reference to the legislative organ of government constitutionally charged with the responsibility of making laws. Hon. Yokie queried the minister for such unwarranted action, describing it as a violation of the law of Sierra Leone as prescribed by the constitution. He reminded the minister of the provisions of sub-sections 1 and 2 of Section 110 which state that ‘it is only Parliament that has the right to make laws, and not the executive.’
Jul 12, 2010, 12:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Hon. Cuffie Queries Social Welfare Min. Over Disability Act delay
The Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs, Dr. Soccoh Kabia appeared before Parliament to answer a question asked by the Hon. Julius N Cuffie of the APC on why the Disability Bill remains unattended to since the policy was tabled to mainstream disability issues as required in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper II and the president’s Agenda for Change. In response the minister said that the delay was caused by procedural orders, though he promised that very soon the bill would be brought to Parliament for enactment into an Act. He informed the Honourabale members that his ministry was putting modalities in place to improve the lives of disabled persons in the country as soon as the bill is passed into law.
Jul 12, 2010, 12:12

An Open Letter to Attorney General from Lawyer Blyden Jenkins-Johnston
I write to protest most strongly about what I consider to be the wanton and deliberate misuse/abuse of Executive Power by your office yesterday in the Magistrates Court, in the hope that it will not be repeated in future. On the 25th day of March 2010 a Criminal summons based on a Four (4) Count Charge was issued against DR. DENNIS SANDY [The Minister of Lands] and two (2) Others, for various offences committed by them between February and March 2010 against Mr. O.J. Cline-Cole and Mrs. Lara Taylor-Pearce [two (2) Private Citizens], including Malicious Damage, Trespass, Intimidation and Defamatory Libel, contrary to the Malicious Damage Act 1861, and The Public Order Act No.46 of 1965.
Jul 12, 2010, 12:10

Sierra Leone's Video-Journalist Abdulai Jalloh marries his Sweetheart, Cecilia
Friday July 2nd 2010 was a special day in the lives of Mr. Abdulai Jalloh, one of Sierra Leone's leading video-journalists and his sweetheart, the former Miss Cecilia Smith (now Mrs. Cecilia Jalloh) as they tied the knot for better and for worse till death do them part. Please click the link above to watch some of the beautiful photos taken shortly after the wedding ceremony in Freetown.
Jul 9, 2010, 19:00

NEWS : Politics
Sierra Leone Opposition Leader Breaks Silence on NPRC Coup & Executions
John Benjamin was only 39 years old when he risked his life and that of his young family to succeed in doing what numerous others had fruitlessly tried but though he was relatively young in age, he was already the Managing Director of an international Computer company with oversight for a significant chunk of the West African subregion. He was well traveled internationally and experienced in worldly matters and thus able to effectively analyse and debunk shady projects and proposals that his youthful colleague NPRC soldiers might have otherwise endorsed. As a result, he stepped on a lot of powerful toes and a plan was developed to have John Benjamin not only removed as Chief Secretary of State but relegated to a non-Cabinet status and with practically no say in any of the running of the affairs of State. So it was that at the time of the December 1992 executions, Benjamin had been sacked several weeks before; ostensibly over an incident at Njala University campus which had been blown out of proportions in order to have his detractors succeed in removing him as Chief Secretary.
Jul 9, 2010, 17:17

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Abass M. Tholley Warned to Quit Eddie Matthews’ Building
Magistrate Henry Sandy of Court No. 1A has warned that unless the defendant, Mr. Abass M. Tholley in the ongoing matter brought against him by the wife of late Mr. Edward Matthews, distances himself from the house he is falsely claiming, a court injunction would be made against him to that effect. This pronouncement was made by the magistrate on Wednesday 7th July 2010 against Mr. Abass M. Tholley, said to be a relation of the deceased.
Jul 9, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Radio Democracy FM98.1 is now 13 Years Old
Sunday May 25th 1997, a Military Coup led by a jailed military Major, Johnny Paul Koroma ousted the legitimate elected government of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) led by Alhaji Dr. Ahmed Tejan Kabba. In the process of the take-over, damages to human beings and infrastructures were undertaken by the military and disgruntled people within the rank and file of Johnny Paul Koroma’s Coup who subsequently were to invite in the dreaded RUF rebels into the capital city all in a stated bid to bring peace to the war-torn Nation.
Jul 9, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, US$50M. for Koroma’s Vision
The Office of President Koroma has announced the sum of US$50 million from a reputable Global Organisation which has been allocated towards the boosting of President Koroma’s vision to ensure our subsistence farmers transform themselves into viable commercial farmers. The project which is said to already have a very successful pilot running, will soon be officially launched in Kenema.
Jul 9, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Amnesty Engages Communities on Domestic Violence
In line with the Africa Human Rights Education Project which objective is to enhance Community Based Organizations’ capacity to deliver relevant human rights education and to improve human rights for the disadvantaged through the process of empowering marginalized communities to promote and defend their human rights, the Amnesty International Artist Group (AIAG) is currently breaking grounds in its six operational communities in the Western Area Urban strengthening knowledge of the public about domestic violence through participatory theatres.
Jul 9, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Sends five subscribers to watch World Cup Final
The Sierra Leone Leading telecommunication company Zain, on Thursday sent five subscribers to South Africa to watch the World Cup finals. Few minutes to their departure at the Helipad in Aberdeen, the subscribers were given all allowances including accommodation, coupons traveling tickets and pocket allowances. In a short discussion with press men, the Commercial Director of Zain Sierra Leone, Keith Tukei said preparations for the journey to South Africa gave a very busy time to Zain management as many arrangements had to be undertaken to ensure the success of the subscribers’ departure.
Jul 9, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Police Blame APC MP for aiding ‘Diamba’ pushers*Issa Sesay Exposes UN Support to RUF *Principally arrested for deception and false pretence *Sister-in-law Murder brother’s wife over palm kernel *Navy Arrests timber at Sea *PPASL Schools MPs on Abortion *YAI Takes Kono Youth to Agriculture *Kailahun District Chair warns farmers.
Jul 9, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Bharti CEO Assures Sierra Leone
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) International who doubles as Joint Managing Director for Bharti Airtel International Mobile telecommunications on Wednesday 7th June 2010 assured the Sierra Leone Community of an avalanche of developments underway for the country. Mr. Manoj Kowi was recently in the country to meet with President Koroma and his cabinet ministers, GMS regulators and Zain Staff. His visit to the country was a sequel to the buy over of Zain Africa which encompasses Zain Sierra Leone by the leading telecommunication company, Bharti Airtel.
Jul 9, 2010, 17:00

BIG BOMBSHELL!! - Haja Afsatu Kabba was not even inside Sierra Leone from Oct 9th to Oct 18th 2009!
Yada Williams Esq., Senior Defence Counsel for indicted former Fisheries Minister Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba has yesterday July 7th 2010 told the Court that if Mr. Franklyn Wilfred Ogunlade Campbell, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Investigator in charge of the case had properly investigated the matter, he would have learnt the salient fact that between 9th and 18th October 2009, the accused, Haja Afsatu Kabba, had been out of the country and so, in that period of time, she could not have put pressure on anyone to withdraw 300 million leones from the Fisheries Marine Funds Account. This was after the ACC confessed in Court that they had not taken a single statement from Haja Afsatu Kabba in the matter of the alleged misappropriation of the said funds nor had they posed a single question to her with reference to the issue before they dragged her to court.
Jul 8, 2010, 18:22

NEWS : Local News
Court Drama as Sierra Leone's Corruption Investigator Sprints to Hide
Yesterday July 7th 2010 saw dramatic scenes in the normally sedate corridors of the Law Courts building as the ACC’s Investigator in the Haja Afsatu Kabba corruption trial, Mr. Franklyn Wilfred Ogunlade Campbell took to his heels and ran like a scared rabbit through the corridors of the Courts as court-goers watched in amazement. Panting hard in his smartly tailored, dark suit with his necktie waving to the left and the right as he ran like crazy, the heavily built Franklyn Campbell brusquely brushed passed a stunned Supreme Court Justice Hon. Maitland Emeric Tolla Thompson in the corridors, following which he skipped down steps leading from Master Elwyn Bailor’s offices on the First Floor as he headed for the Ground Floor taking the steps three at a time... CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR MORE DETAILS OF THE DRAMA
Jul 8, 2010, 18:21

Meet Sierra Leone’s New Chief Of Staff
For the first time in Sierra Leone, the position of Chief of Staff is being established and the man just being appointed in that enviable new office is also new to the centre of decision-making. But from his background and experience in addition to the enduring spirit, resilience and passion with which he works will make a difference. Kaifala Marah’s appointment as Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at State House means the abolition of the Ministry of Presidential and Public Affairs, according to a press release from State House, is a strategic move by the leadership.
Jul 8, 2010, 18:20

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone's KPMG Managing Partner Testifies in ‘Communications Warehouse’ Criminal Matter
KPMG Managing Partner, Vidal Tunde Oliver Decker, testifying Tuesday in the preliminary investigation State vs. Adeyemi & others admitted that their review of the Communications Warehouse company’s banking operations, inventory, receivables and general operations was inconclusive. His testimony as PW5 in a case which has so far proven mildly melodramatic, came after PW3 Christopher Lamptey and PW4, Daniel S. Pewah consistently failed to show up to face cross-examination after being led in evidence by the learned Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Robin-Mason.
Jul 8, 2010, 18:18

Possibility that Solomon Musa has been Rejected by Parliament in Sierra Leone
Usually very competent Parliamentary sources have revealed to this newspaper that President Koroma’s nominee for Board Member of Sierra Leone Ports Authority, Mr. Solomon Dominic Musa, who holds a criminal conviction for corruptly trying to sell Sierra Leone passports in Hong Kong, might have been rejected by Sierra Leone’s Parliamentary Appointments Committee yesterday July 7th 2010. Meanwhile, the report on yesterday’s proceedings chaired by Hon. S.B.B. Dumbuya is in this story.
Jul 8, 2010, 18:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Doctor Demands APC MP’s Apology
The Head of Surgery at government’s main referral, Connaught Hospital in Freetown Dr. James Boima has demanded a public apology from APC Hon. Claude Kamanda of Constituency 95 for what he described as the tarnishing of his good image. He was speaking in an exclusive interview with our reporter yesterday in reaction to press reports intimating the honourable as saying that the doctor was sabotaging the Free Health Care Delivery Service. “I am utterly displeased with Hon. Claude Kamanda for using the press and other outlets to blackmail me on an issue he failed to cross check with me,” he expressed yesterday in his Connaught office.
Jul 8, 2010, 18:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Brookfields Records Hike in Rape Reports
Police reports from the Brookfields community in Freetown have disclosed that the community has recorded the highest reports on rape cases for the first half of 2010. This was revealed in an interview with Police Sergeant Hassan Bangura attached to the New England Ville Police Division who confirmed that reported cases of rape within the locality being investigated by them have showed the incidence has reached an alarming proportion. Sergeant Bangura gave some of the reasons for such an increase to be associated with acute poverty, drug abuse, and indecent mode of dressing and moral breakdown among young girls within the community.
Jul 8, 2010, 18:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 7 Presidential Nominees face Parliament
Members of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Appointment on Wednesday 7th July 2010 properly scrutinized and interviewed 7 (seven) of President Ernest Bai Koroma’s nominees for various board membership positions the country’s vital parastatals. The Chairman of the committee Hon. S.B.B. Dumbuya informed committee members that President Koroma had performed his constitutional duty by appointing the nominees, and that it was their duty as parliamentarians to interview them in order to confirm their capabilities to perform effectively in the various vital positions.
Jul 8, 2010, 18:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ZAIN Customers Appreciate ‘Fambul Tariff’ Promo
The 40% reduction in tariff introduced by ZAIN through the ‘Fambul Tariff product has earned Sierra Leone’s leading telecommunication company more commendation from subscribers. The recently launched promotion, ‘Fambul Tariff’ has licensed Zain subscribers to talk more for less money through the quality network, Zain the Wonderful World. Awareness Times was recently on about the streets of Freetown to sound the reactions of subscribers on the new product. Fatmata Turay who was caught up with at the PZ Roundabout said Zain ‘Fambul Tariff’ has become the free call that has given them the opportunity to increase their number of callers including relatives, friends and loved ones who were formerly found difficult to communicate with.
Jul 8, 2010, 18:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Youths Engage in Tree Planting *Gruesome Road Accident Kills Two *NATCOM Donates to King George’s Home *Salone Writer Clinches $10,000 Caine Prize *PC to Account for 2008 Tax proceeds *158 Army Recruits to Pass Out.
Jul 8, 2010, 18:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Human Rights Commission Trains Staff on TRC Implementation Status
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRC-SL) on Wednesday 7th July 2010 trained members of staff on how to partner with stakeholders in the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Recommendations on the findings on women. The training session which was sponsored by the Italian Corporation through UNIFEM’s support took place at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium in Freetown.
Jul 8, 2010, 18:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
Funeral Announcement for the late Alhaji Foday Mohamed Massaquoi
Funeral Announcement Ina Lillahi Wa Inna IIaihi Raajeoun The public is hereby informed that the 7th Day Funeral rite ceremony for the late Alhaji Foday Mohamed Massaquoi
Jul 8, 2010, 18:00

ACC Presents Annual Report To President Koroma
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on Tuesday 6th July presented its 2009 Annual Report to His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at State House. Presenting the report, Acting Commissioner of ACC Morlai Buya-Kamara registered thanks to Government for the appreciable level of both financial and political commitment to the Commission’s work. He noted that the continuation of these support is very crucial and remains invaluable for any meaningful success in the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone.
Jul 7, 2010, 17:24

OBITUARY ANNOUNCEMENT : Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Fredrick Max Carew
OBITUARY ANNOUNCEMENT The family of former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Fredrick Max Carew
Jul 7, 2010, 17:22

Anti Corruption Lawyers concede yet another of ACC’s errors in the Afsatu Kabba case! See tomorrow’s edition!
Anti Corruption Lawyers concede yet another of ACC’s errors in the Afsatu Kabba case! See tomorrow’s edition!
Jul 7, 2010, 17:20

Congratulations to the dynamic female leaders at FM 98.1 as they steer past the radio’s 13th anniversary landmark
Congratulations to the dynamic female leaders at FM 98.1 as they steer past the radio’s 13th anniversary landmark
Jul 7, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Politics
Dr. Fawundu declares for SLPP flag bearer in Pujehun
Delegates in Pujehun District and other parts of the country on Saturday 26th June 2010 endorsed Dr. Alfred Sallia Fawundu as their choice for opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) flag bearer position in a meeting held in Pujehun Town. Addressing the jam-packed SLPP hall the chairman of the ceremony Mr. Dixon Momoh Rogers said he feels very much happy to see thousands of SLPP members converge together to witness the official declaration ceremony of Dr. Fawundu in the District, adding that members should be ready and determined to work as one people in one country.
Jul 7, 2010, 17:16

Sierra Leoneans Must Change Their Begging Mindset
The Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Mrs Zainab Bangura, was recently under media focus for the wrong reasons. On the 18th June 2010, a local tabloid had a front-page headline, ‘Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister Sings & Dances for Money’, and Mrs Bangura was quoted to have told the nation at a press conference, “I sing, I dance to beg for money from rich Arab men. Me, they call me the international beggar”.
Jul 7, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Director talks on Avian Influenza Vaccination
“Keeping chicken healthy is crucial to building a healthy and wealthy Sierra Leone,” so said the Acting Director of Livestock Division of the Human and Avian Influenza Taskforce, Sorie Mohamed Kamara opined at the launching of the Chicken Vaccination Campaign at their Kissy Road Vaccination Centre on Saturday 3rd July 2010. Mr. Kamara recalled the usual massive killings of fowls which are main source of protein by the new castle disease, and said that, through this, the nation is losing enormous animal protein which would have kept the people of the nation healthy and fit to do massive work to accelerate the achievement of sustainable food security.
Jul 7, 2010, 17:12

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