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So ‘Kamajors’ are Now Illegal in Sierra Leone?
Some two years ago during President Koroma’s first visit to the Southern Province as Father of the Nation, his loyal Resident Minister for the South, Hon. Musa Tarawally "unveiled" thousands of kamajors who openly pledged their loyalty to President Koroma. I distinctly recall Mr. J.J. Saffa, the main opposition SLPP’s Scribe, protesting that the kamajor combatant movement had been born out of a need to fight against RUF rebels and defend the southeastern villages and that no such need existed anymore and so no more kamajors combatants existed as a body. But Musa Tarawally was adamant back then that kamajors were legal and supported President Koroma. The President even made a cash donation of $10,000 to his supposed kamajor supporters. All well and good!
Jun 23, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Photo News
A Press Conference called to Make An Exciting Bauxite Announcement in Sierra Leone
A Press Conference called to Make An Exciting Bauxite Announcement in Sierra Leone
Jun 23, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone’s Agricultural Products to attract International Market
Government’s efforts in making Sierra Leone’s Agricultural products competitive in the International market have been enhanced at a workshop held on 21st June at the Panache Conference Hall, Jomo Kenyatta Road in Freetown. "Most countries like Sierra Leone have to meet increasingly restrictive requirements in order to access international trade. Therefore Sierra Leone has positioned itself in line with international requirements and standards," so said the Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Idara Sheriff in his address to participants in the validation workshops for the Phytosanitary policy and Phytosanitary Act.
Jun 23, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Parliament Ratifies Small Arms Act
The House of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 22nd June 2010 approved the bill titled "The Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms Act 2010". The bill was introduced to the House by the Minister of Presidential and Public Affairs, Joseph Koroma. After its first reading, the bill went through several stages before it was finally passed into an Act of Parliament.
Jun 23, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Parliament Reaches Finance Agreement with IDA
The House of Parliament on Tuesday 22 May 2010 reached an agreement for supplementary financing with the International Development Association (IDA) for the Third Governance Reform and Growth Credit on behalf of the Republic of Sierra Leone. The document was laid before the House by the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Momodu Kargbo. Addressing MPs, the Deputy Minister said the agreement is an indication that our partners are satisfied with the current trend of the Sierra Leone economy. He informed that the agreement is to enhance good governance and the maintenance of services for the citizenry.
Jun 23, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Child Council Holds Inaugural Meeting
The newly initiated Freetown City Child Council successfully concluded its inaugural meeting at the Freetown City Council Board Room, Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown on Monday 21st June 2010. In his opening remarks the Child Mayor, Simeon Osmond informed participants that the meeting’s main focus was to deliberate on FCC’s bye-laws. In his view, the meeting warranted such priority as it bordered around illegal Child Employment.
Jun 23, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ‘The worst Civilian Government is better than the best military government’ -CDS
The Chief of Defence Staff of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, Major General Alfred Claude Nelson -Williams has said that the worst civilian government is better than the best military government. CDS Nelson -Williams was speaking in his recent routine address to a mammoth gathering of officers and soldiers in the Western Area and at the Headquarters of 12 battalion in Kabala. He said the comment was from research on many countries that have experienced military rule in Africa and other continents, adding that to this end civilians should make their mistakes and correct them through constitutional procedures.
Jun 23, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Human Rights Commission on ACHPR Workshop
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone will today 18th June 2010 end a two day workshop on Reporting Obligations of Sierra Leone to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in the Conference Hall of the Council of Churches Sierra Leone. The two day workshop which started on Thursday 17th June 2010, attracted participants from the Civil Society Organizations, Human Rights Committees and activists. In his speech, the Chairperson Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone Mr. Edward Sam informed that this workshop marks a new beginning in the joint effort to make the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, an instrument that understood and utilized the promotion and protection of human rights. He said in 2004, the Sierra Leone Parliament enacted ‘The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone Act’, which led to the establishment of the Commission as provided for in the Lome Peace Agreement of 1999 and as provided for in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report of 2004.
Jun 23, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Presidential press Secretary to be scrapped *Health Minister orders Police to cease bail *Police to know who glued 15 months old baby *Sierra Leonean Teenager brutally murdered in the US *King George’s Home leased by Government *Armed Robbers Attack APC MP *Angry Husband Tortures Wife *Port Loko College SU gets new president.
Jun 23, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Farzine Foundation for Africa Donates to Five Institutions in Bo
‘Giving Helping Hand to the Poor and Needy Ones’ is the motto of the charity organization, Farzine Foundation in Bo City, Southern Sierra Leone that recently made handsome donations to five institutions. Farzine Foundation extended their first gesture to the Sahara Hotel, New Gerehun Road in Bo where they fed about three thousand people. Form there they proceeded to four academic institutions starting with the Namiya Islamic Secondary School along the Bo- Kenema Highway. Here Farzine Foundation donated books, pens, crayons, erasers, used clothing and shoes to almost 2000 pupils on the school’s roll.
Jun 23, 2010, 17:00

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

= STRAIGHT TALK= : Mr. Leatherboot Escorted Ban Ki Moon into SLBC
Of course, Mr. Michael von der Schulenburg, the Executive Representative of Mr. Ban Ki Moon in Sierra Leone, might not have seen anything wrong with such a scene as no protocol effort was made to shield Mr. Ban Ki Moon from walking side by side alongside Mr. Idrissa ‘Leatherboot’ Kamara. One wonders if Mr. Ban Ki Moon actually knows the identity of the person he was rubbing shoulders with side by side together at the SLBC! Did Mr. Schulenburg tell Mr. Ban Ki Moon? One wonders as Mr. Ban Ki Moon and the U.N. Security Council seem to be insulated from a lot of happenings here in Sierra Leone!
Jun 22, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Free Health Care set to reach all
In a bid to actualize His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma’s clarion call for Free Health Care Delivery since 27th April 2010, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in collaboration with other stakeholders yesterday Monday 21st June 2010 reached an ultimatum that targeted beneficiaries in spite of localities must access the intended purposes. According to the Director of Reproductive Child Health, Dr. Samuel A .S .Kargbo the Free Health Care services are set to reach the length and breath of the country until health predicaments more so maternal and infant mortality become a thing of the past.
Jun 22, 2010, 17:14

Office of President Clarifies Shekito’s Rather Misleading Statement on Ban Ki Moon
The Office of the President refers to the press report issued by its Press Secretariat dated 15th June 2010 and would like to clarify that the Secretary-General of the United Nations did not make any pronouncement in favour of the Government’s intention to institute an Inquest into the 1992 execution of the former Inspector-General of Police and 28 others. At no time during his visit did the Secretary-General make any specific comments on this Inquest or on any other event that included one or the other of Sierra Leone’s many past atrocities and brutalities. The Secretary-General expressed the opinion that any such matter should be a decision of the Government of Sierra Leone and should be addressed in accordance with the recommendations of Sierra Leone’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and in a spirit of national reconciliation and peace building.
Jun 22, 2010, 17:12

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

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

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, The Parliamentary Oversight Committee On Defence And Presidential Affairs Meets With Staff Of The National Hiv And Aids Secretariat (Nas)
The Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Defense and Presidential Affairs provide oversight on all workplaces under the office of the President. A cross section of its members met with the management of the National AIDS Secretariat on Wednesday 16th June 2010 to get first hand information on the Secretariat’s activities and to acquaint management with the roles and responsibilities of the Committee. The Director of NAS, Dr. Brima Kargbo gave a background on the national response to HIV since the first case was reported in 1987 under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
Jun 22, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, World Sickle Cell Day observed
The United Nations last year officially set aside June 19th as the World Sickle Cell Day, giving attention to hitherto one of the neglected but fatal illnesses affecting millions in the world. To commemorate the second anniversary of the day, the Sierra Leone Government, through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Saturday 19th June 2010 collaborated with the Sierra Leone Sickle Cell Society (SLSC) and the Sickle Cell Care Awareness Network (SCAN) to actualize the day at 24 Thomas Street in Freetown, the headquarters of the Sickle Cell Society.
Jun 22, 2010, 17:05

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Kenema City Council Plans Development *Police Promotions out This Week *DNA Test discovers more Sierra Leoneans in America *Destruction Heightens At Biriwa *NPA To go on Massive Disconnection *‘Witch Gun’ kills American Investor *Miss Wealth Builders crowned in Bo.
Jun 22, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, KOSA swears in new executive
The Kenema Government Secondary School Old Students Association (KOSA) on Saturday 19th June 2010 officially handed over the mantle of leadership to a newly elected executive. The inaugural ceremony took place at the SAFECON Filling Station, Congo Cross in Freetown. In his address, the Newly Elected Secretary General of the association, Mr. Bockarie Enssah described the handing over ceremony as a historic event, given the fanfare that accompanied the occasion.
Jun 22, 2010, 17:02

Jun 22, 2010, 17:00

Petrol Price all set to Increase Economics supercedes Politics
The Minister of Trade & Industry, David Omatshola Carew has told this writer last evening June 20th 2010 in an exclusive interview that "a political decision" had been finally taken to stop Government subsidies on petroleum products thus leading to an impending increase in the price of fuel at the pump. David Carew said this had been indicated in the Budget Speech of Finance Minister Dr. Samura Kamara for this year when he had stated that come June 30th 2010, there will be no more subsidies on petroleum products. The Trade Minister however evaded to confirm or deny whether the said increase would take place today as was being speculated last evening. Elaborating on the proposed increase, Minister Carew explained that there was a formula long since established by which the price of petroleum products in-country is determined. He explained that the factors affecting the pump price includes the foreign exchange rate and what he described as "Platt" alongside other factors.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:40

NEWS : Local News
Thousands of Containers of Suspected Free Medical Drugs Arrested in Sierra Leone
The Arrest Officer PC 11640 Conteh John T. told Awareness Times that when he intercepted the vehicle, Abubakarr Bah who claimed ownership of the drugs, pleaded for him to bribe his way out of the arrest with several millions of Leones but the patriotic PC Conteh explained that seeing the sincerity of President Koroma towards mothers and children and the repeated calls from Police Inspector-General Brima Acha Kamara for police officers to be patriotic, there was no way he would have accepted "even a billion leones as bribe" so he put up a stiff resistance and instead informed his boss LUC Koroma about the arrest immediately.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:38

NEWS : Local News
Pa Kabbah Is Hale & Hearty
The former President of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah is hale and hearty. Pa Kabbah, as he is fondly called, has just returned from what he described to this writer to have been "a thoroughly enjoyable time" watching the World Cup Games in South Africa. Pa Kabbah is now preparing to fly out of the country today June 21st 2010 to undertake an international assignment in Guinea on behalf of ECOWAS regional bloc. Last week Friday a mischievous front page publication by current President Koroma’s very errant press secretary falsely informed that Pa Kabbah had fallen ill, hospitalised in South Africa and was gravely ill. On the contrary, those citizens, including this writer who had chance to meet and chat with Pa Kabbah over the weekend, can assure that not only is the 78years old former Head of State in good physical health, but in a lot of ways, he looked healthier, fitter and more relaxed in appearance than current President Ernest Koroma whose morose physical appearance lately has been a cause for concern to so many citizens who used to admire his previously physically fit looks.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:36

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma Government Provides Clean Water to Koya
The Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma through the Sierra Leone Water Company (SALWACO) under the new Acting Corporate Manager, Francis D.D. Ganda is 100% financing the empowerment of thousands of inhabitants of 35 formerly neglected communities within the Koya Chiefdom to get safe drinking water. The Awareness Times confirmed this after a conducted tour organized by the SALWACO on Wednesday 9th June 2010 along the Freetown- Masiaka Highway. Addressing the beneficiaries at various communities, the SALWACO Chairman Board of Directors, Mrs. Shirley Victoria Rogers-Wright informed that the project is "solely funded by the government of President Koroma". According to her the Le350 Million government’s funding comes from taxes that have been collected since President Ernest Bai Koroma assumed office in 2007.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:34

Misguided Military/Police Actions Deserve Outright Condemnation!...As they send worrying signals
The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC) Tuesday June 15 2010, reported that a joint team of armed military and police personnel raided a village in the Moyamba District situated in the south of the country, over rumours that Kamajor militias were being recruited and trained there. Onboard military and police trucks and obviously in a warlike mood, the personnel numbering close to 100, ransacked the entire village in search of the training base, suspected recruits and whoever was behind the unlawful act.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:32

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

The Tank that never runs dry
Water is life, they say; but to the people of Portuguese Town in Constituency 109 in central Freetown it’s more than that. Life ends sooner or later, water doesn’t. Likewise the Portuguese Town community, whose continuity is defined by water that comes from a natural well nicknamed by the inhabitants as Tank. From a community of a handful people in the early 1900s, to one that now includes the ever growing neighbourhoods of Benjamin Lane, Fergusson Street, Cannon Street, Peter Lane, Edward Lane, Pratt Lane and even beyond Tank has never run dry.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:28

Under the leadership of the Tegloma Federation Chairman, Board of Directors Alhaji Alieu Mustapha and the Tegloma Federation Chairman of Administration, Alfred Moi Jamiru (Maada Jaamu), the Tegloma Federation Local Board and Chapter Presidents and delegates converged on the city of Toronto, in the Province of Ontario, Canada for a two days International Mini Convention on May 21st -22nd, 2010, to discuss projects and programs that the organization will fund in Sierra Leone for the next two years. The Mini Convention was hosted under the leadership of Chief Max Bassie, President of the Toronto-Ontario Chapter. Present at the Convention was the Tegloma Federation Executive Board, Local Chapter Board Representatives, Executive members of the Administration and chapter delegates.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:26

London Mining Dishes 250 Scholarships to Port Loko District in Sierra Leone
As part of their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) of a credible mining entity and also as a commemoration of the Day of the African Child on June 16 2010, one of Sierra Leones’ leading mining companies London Mining Company (LMC) has dished out 250 (two hundred and fifty) scholarships to students of Maforki, Port Loko, Northern Sierra Leone. According to the Communications Officer of London Mining Company, Madam Josephine Saidu, the scholarships offered targets students in primary and secondary schools and also tertiary institutions across the District.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:24

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Is Still No.1 For Network Capacity & Availability
Zain in Sierra Leone, formerly Celtel launched its services in Sierra Leone in September 2000 and was part of Celtel International. Zain was Sierra Leone’s subsidiary of African multinational telecommunications company and has so far been a success story to the peopling of Sierra Leone. The company indirectly played an active part in assisting both the government and the British Military to communicate in a way that had never been possible in a bid to end the war. To Date, Zain commands the highest network coverage country wide, rendering communication support to development organizations (Local & International) working in very remote communities in driving the country positively towards its development agenda. The driving force behind the provision of the most innovative and reliable network to Sierra Leoneans is the network capacity and availability.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:24

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Voluntary Blood Donors Cry of Neglect
Blood Donors from the National Association of Voluntary Blood Donors Club in Sierra Leone have expressed dissatisfaction over what they described as a wilful attempt to neglect them from the recently launched free health care service for pregnant women, lactating mothers and under five children. According to President, National Association of Voluntary Blood Donors Club Mr. Desmond Lewis (aka Tiger), the best gift a man can give to another is a drop of his own blood. In effect he went on, any individual who sacrifices a drop of his blood to save another man’s life must be considered a hero and hailed high among others in any society
Jun 21, 2010, 14:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Foreign Minister Zainab Bangura’s Begging is Talk of Town
The public confession by Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister over National Television that she grovels in front of Arab men in order to get them to buy her air tickets and other emoluments continues to be the talk of the country as citizens express amazement at the words that tumbled out of the mouth of the woman who is supposed to be the country’s number one diplomat. At numerous entertainment spots in the country last weekend, it was the talk of the country as many citizens wonder at the continued retention of a woman who could make such confessions over National Television and broadcast Live over radio airwaves as happened last Thursday June 17th 2010.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:20

NEWS : Local News
Immigration Says Sierra Leone is ranked High
The Sierra Leone Immigration Department has placed Sierra Leone top in terms of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) ranking among other African countries in the world. This disclosure was made by the Principal Immigration Officer (PIO) Sierra Leone Immigration department Mr. Alpha Kholifa Koroma in an exclusive interview with Awareness Times on Friday 18th June 2010.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:18

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Oya Sankoh Reassures Aged King George Residents *Salone to Receive $.45 Million IMF Loan *Salone Female Cricketers Set for Gambia Show Piece *Salone Female Teenage Boxers in Africa Championship *MPs Ratify Convention on Tobacco Control *UN Sec-Gen Cautioned Political Parties on Violence *Alleged Teenage Murderer sent to High Court.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ECOWAS Ends Cross Border Sensitization Workshop
The Economic Committee of West African States (ECOWAS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development on Friday 18th June 2010 concluded a three day sensitization programme on Regional Integration and Cross Border Cooperation and the Free Movement of Goods, and Citizens of ECOWAS States. The aim behind this workshop is forgovernment to help promote regional integration, cross border cooperation and free movement of goods and persons among member States. A representative from ECOWAS Ms Benetta Joko-Tarr called on the participants to see the need for working together in order to promote regional activities within States. She said though the committee is faced with numerous challenges, the committee will not relent in implementing fruitful programmes that are entailed in the ECOWAS Protocols for the emancipation of member States.
Jun 21, 2010, 14:14

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
Thanks For Sympathy : Tamba Pujeh Gbekie
Mrs. Isatu Pujeh Gbekie, on behalf of the entire Tamba Pujeh Gbekie Family at home and abroad wish to thank the following personalities who in diverse ways, supported us during the loss of my dear Husband, the late AIG of Police, Tamba Pujeh Gbekie. We want to say we appreciated all of your efforts and may Allah bless you all
Jun 21, 2010, 14:12

In Sierra Leone, Anti Corruption Commission Begs Afsatu Kabba for Time
The Anti Corruption Commission prosecuting lawyers in the matter of The State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba, have yesterday June 17th 2010 begged the accused’s defence for their client to be patient with the ACC as the ACC needed to be given extra time to further prepare to bring their "major witnesses" to the courtroom. Journalists yesterday turned up at the Courtroom to witness the testimony of the fifth out of a total of fifteen (15) expected witnesses, only to learn not a single witness was available to testify.
Jun 18, 2010, 13:40

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

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Foreign Minister Sings & Dances for Money
In a bid to deflect growing criticisms over reports that she repeatedly wastes and exceeds her allocated travelling expenses (One year allegedly by up to a million dollars excess), the Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone yesterday June 17th 2010 told local journalists of how she is now sometimes forced to engage in grovelling in front of rich Arab men in order to have them purchase gifts for her such as air tickets. Listening to her yesterday as she addressed journalists in the Conference Room of the Ministry of Information & Communication, Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura revealed that she had practised the art of begging for her person to benefit from moving from one place to the other.
Jun 18, 2010, 13:36

The Role of Sierra Leone Women in the Youth Commission
Since the inauguration of President Koroma youths have been optimistic of a prosperous future with opportunities for each and every young person in the four Regions of Sierra Leone. After all it was one of his key campaign pledges and that of The APC. It’s getting to three years since our President promised the establishment of a Youth Commission with options and projects intended to develop and build the capacity of our future leaders. The Bill has been passed through parliament and it has been enacted into Law through the Legal process but the excitement of The President’s promise coming to reality appears to have faded due to the delay and obvious politicking with the appointment of The Commissioner and others to manage The Commission.
Jun 18, 2010, 13:34

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Cabinet Approves FOI Bill
Cabinet on Wednesday 16th June 2010, after an intensive deliberation, finally approved the draft Freedom Of Information (FOI) Bill. Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji I. B. Kargbo has outrightly said that he will table the bill before the House Of Parliament within the next four or five weeks. Speaking to the Executive Director of Society for Democratic Initiative (SDI)- SL, he informed that, his institution had mounted several campaigns, since 2003 onwards with many policy makers and stakeholders to pass the FOI Bill into law.
Jun 18, 2010, 13:30

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Elected MPs Storms Anti-Corruption Commission
Nine members from the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Defence and Presidential Affairs on 16th June 2010 stormed the Headquarters of the Anti-Corruption Commission on 3 Gloucester Street in Freetown, Speaking as Head of the Parliamentary delegation, Hon. Charles Kalawa said they were delighted about the work of the Commission. Hon. Kalawa commended the staff of the Commission for their good works.
Jun 18, 2010, 13:28

Sierra Leone Association of Journalists
Freetown – United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon has denounced the use of the criminal libel law; re-echoing something the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has been saying for ages. Speaking in Freetown on Tuesday 15 June at the commissioning of Sierra Leone’s independent public service broadcaster, SLBC, Mr Ban said "Journalists must be free to practise [their profession] without fear of criminal charges" being brought against them. He also urged journalists to practice their trade according to its professional dictates by being objective and impartial.
Jun 18, 2010, 13:24

Child Platforms celebrate the Day of the African Child with drama performances in Makeni and Port Loko Press Release
Makeni and Port Loko, 16th June 2010 – Child platforms led by the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, War Child Holland and other NGOs celebrated the Day of the African Child with drama performances developed by children. The drama performances were witnessed by key stakeholders including children, councillors, paramount chiefs, mammy queens, and school going youth. Through these performances, the children from Mangay Loko (Bombali district) and Malaykuray (Port Loko district) appealed to the authorities to allocate resources to strengthen Child Welfare Committees.
Jun 18, 2010, 13:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, J.B. Jenkins-Johnston kicks against “Trial by Judge Alone”
In an opinion issued in Freetown past 14th June 2010 J.B. Jenkins-Johnston Esq. of the Ayotunde Chambers protested against the trial of accused persons in the courts of Sierra Leone by judges alone in the absence of jury. He was very scathing of the continuous application for trials by Judge-Alone in corruption cases brought before the courts. The Fire brand human rights legal luminary maintained that since the constitution of Sierra Leone Act No.6 of 1991 provides in Section 23(1) for a fair trial, criminal offences are ought to be tried with a jury always present.
Jun 17, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, As Lands Minister Blasts Judiciary... Police Deny Knowledge of his Arrest Warrant
A bench warrant slammed against the Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment, Dr. Denis Sandy on Tuesday 8th June 2010 by Magistrate Davis Cole of Court No.11 for his numerous failures to make appearance in court to answer to criminal charges ranging from malicious damage, intimidation and trespass to defamatory libel is yet to get the attention of the Sierra Leone Police Force. This was disclosed to the Awareness Times on Wednesday 16th June 2010 in an exclusive interview with the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Crime Services, Francis Munu at their George Street offices. He denied knowledge of any bench warrant issued against the Lands Minister at any point in time.
Jun 17, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Concern ends ‘Everyone can save a Life’
Concern Worldwide Innovation for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Initiative on Tuesday 15th June 2010 ended a maternal mortality competition dubbed ‘Everyone can Save a Life’ at Hotel Bamoi in western Freetown. Giving an overview of the competition, the Country Manager for the initiative Mr. Ramesh Puri stated that more than 2,500 (Two thousand five hundred) people submitted entries early this year.
Jun 17, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 22 villages go ‘Open Defecation Free’ in Kenema
The community led total sanitation (C.L.T.S) has certified twenty-two communities in the Kandu Leppiama Chiefdom in Kenema District as ‘open defecation free’ zones. This followed an extensive community cleaning exercise climaxed by the construction of their own latrines out of local materials for the control of human faeces. The project is being organized by the Muloma Womesn’s Development Association (MUWODA), jointly supported by UNICEF and the District Health Management Team. The ODF celebration attracted dignitaries from the Kenema District Council, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, representatives from NGOs and a host of others.
Jun 17, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Judicial prejudice angers defence lawyer
The Defence lawyer for disaffected employees of the Sierra Leone Union of Postal Services and Telecommunications, Shears-Moses is currently perturbed by a prejudicial statement made by one Edward Y. Kamara over the radio. Edward Y. Kamara who claims to be a member of the executive stated in a radio broadcast with FM 98.1 that the matter between the union members and their executive has been settled in favour of the latter. Lawyer Shears-Moses yesterday disclosed this to our reporter in an exclusive chat within the precincts of the Law Court in Freetown. He referred to purported information delivered by the membership of the dissolved executive as unwarranted, utterly misleading with no iota of truth.
Jun 17, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Minister calls for unity among ECOWAS states
The Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Hon. Momodu Kargbo on Wednesday 16th June 2010 called on all ECOWAS member states to unify and forge ahead for development like their counterparts. Hon. Momodu Kargbo was addressing participants at a three-day ECOWAS workshop at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown on the effective implementation of regional integration programmes for free movement of goods, services and persons among member states. He said the workshop was meant to create more opportunities for intra-regional development.
Jun 17, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Salone Issues ECOWAS passport *Editor Freed on Self Bail *Ban Ki-Moon demans Press freedom *New Prison officers to receive salary this month *JABC Meets with IMC *UNDP funds Port Loko Teachers’ College *4.7 billion For Youth Commission.
Jun 17, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, For Ten Years Now, Zain’s Innovative & Reliable Network Has Been ‘Unbeatable’.
Zain is the pioneer of mobile telecommunications in the Middle East and now a major player on the African continent. Today, Zain is a leading mobile and data services operator with a commercial footprint in 23 Middle Eastern and African countries with a workforce of over 13,000 providing a comprehensive range of mobile voice and data services to over 72.5 million active individual and business customers (December 31, 2009). Zain in Sierra Leone, formerly Celtel launched its services in Sierra Leone in September 2000 and was part of Celtel International. Headquartered at Zain House, 42 Main Motor Road, Wilberforce, Zain was Sierra Leone’s subsidiary of African multinational telecommunications company.
Jun 17, 2010, 17:02

If Only Adults Can Stop Misleading Children on June 16
June 16th is a day recorded as one of Africa's most sympathetic days. It is a memorable day in which all Africans especially children are to be encouraged to mourn and offer countless prayers for the thousands of black school children who were killed and injured by police personnel during a very peaceful student protest march in Soweto, South Africa in 1976. The students were protesting the inferior quality of their education and also in demand of their rights to be taught in their own language.
Jun 17, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Breaking News
Sierra Leone's Ruling APC Mourns Death of Deputy Women's Leader, Makalay Koroma
43 years old Mrs. Makalay Koroma, the eldest daughter of the late Police Inspector General James Bambay Kamara has passed away suddenly at her house yesterday Wednesday June 16th 2010 following a strange medical attack that left her bleeding from her ears, nose and mouth. Until her death, she was the Deputy Women’s Leader of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC). She is survived by her husband, Mr. Dura Koroma, Assistant Director of Finance at the National Revenue Authority and four children namely Kelvin, Mariam, Zainab and Alimamy and numerous relatives.
Jun 17, 2010, 00:00

Awareness Times is Awareness Times and SLPP is SLPP
Finally, we have absolutely no 2012 Presidential aspirant we are endorsing as a newspaper. Neither do I have any personal favourite amongst SLPP aspirants. Lawyer Alpha Timbo, like all the other candidates, is free to use any of my staff reporters like Bampia Bundu, to cover campaign activities. It should not be translated into endorsement for Alpha Timbo. I have not endorsed Alpha Timbo nor have I endorsed any APC, PMDC or SLPP aspirant and neither has Awareness Times newspaper got any aspirant we favour.
Jun 16, 2010, 17:14

Presentation By SLPP’s John Oponjo Benjamin To U.N. Sec-Gen Ban Ki Moon
Your Excellency, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General, United Nations Executive Representative of the Secretary-General Other Members of the Diplomatic Community Colleagues of other Political Parties Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen 1. Welcome On behalf of the national executive and entire membership of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), let me welcome you to Sierra Leone and thank you for extending invitation to our Party to meet with you and your team.
Jun 16, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, First Lady Sia and UN Secretary General’s Wife Tour Hospitals
Against the backdrop of the drive of President Ernest Koroma to promote the health sector in the country, the First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma together with Mrs. Ban, the wife of the United Nations Secretary-General, has yesterday 15th June 2010 undertaken a tour of the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (P.C.M.H) and the Ola During Children’s Hospital in a bid to boost the initiative of the free health care service for mothers and young children that was recently launched in the country. In his Welcome Address, the Head Gynaecologist at PCMH, Dr. Ibrahim Tholley told his visitors that the free medical service initiative will greatly help to reduce Sierra Leone’s appalling human index ratings.
Jun 16, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Sylvia Blyden to join SLBC Morning Shows
Popular female publisher of Sierra Leone’s most widely read newspaper, the Awareness Times, has yesterday commended the decision by the Ernest Bai Koroma Government to totally hands-off the now-Independent State Broadcaster. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden was speaking whilst accepting an invitation from the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation’s interim management to become a key Panelist on one of the Broadcaster’s most popular Television programmes; the daily morning reviews of issues and news concerning Sierra Leone. "It is no secret that I am one of the objective critics of this current Government and my criticisms can be hard-hitting so my unfettered presence on the SLBC Morning Shows where I will be allowed to freely say my mind to national television viewers about my opinions on contemporary issues will be a sure sign of the maturity of this Ernest Bai Koroma regime to allow all shades of dissenting opinions to be aired; I hope the collaboration will be allowed to continue unhindered and unthreatened," Blyden said yesterday shortly after she was asked to join the team of discussants.
Jun 16, 2010, 17:08

In Sierra Leone, U.N. Secretary General Endorses Bambay Kamara Inquest, Jointly Commissions Public Broadcaster With President Koroma
Freetown, 15th June 2010: The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, has ended his two-days, on-the-spot assessment visit to Sierra Leone after making it clear that justice must be done with regards the alleged extra-judicial killings of former Inspector General of Police James Bambay Kamara and 28 others. Responding to a question directly posed to him by a journalist during a press conference at State House today with regards the proposed inquest by the Government of Sierra Leone, the UN boss replied that, ‘If there is no justice, peace can only be temporary", adding that the responsibility of ensuring that the inquiry is established squarely lies with the government.
Jun 16, 2010, 17:06

In Sierra Leone, Commissioning Ceremony Of The Bo-Kenema High Way
Just after the official commissioning of the EU funded Masiaka-Bo Highway Rehabilitation on the 29th May 2010, President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has also officially commissioned the World Bank/Government funded Bo-Kenema Highway Rehabilitation on the 5th and 6th June 2010 in the Kenema and Bo Districts. At Blama in the Kenema District where the actual commissioning cer­emony of the Bo-Kenema Highway started, Mr. President said he was very much clear about the programmes he would undertake to bring change to his country.
Jun 16, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Hill Side Road project to start soon *ECOWAS Peace Ambassador boosts Blind School *President Obama to visit Liberia *MP Warns Resident Minister *World Bank strengthens NPA *SLBC connects new transmitter in Pujehun *NAS launches strategic plan.
Jun 16, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, More Empowerment for Tokeh Fishing Industry
Fisher folks at Tokeh, in the Western Area Rural District were last Thursday proud beneficiaries of a large consignment of Assorted Fishing gears donated through the collaborative effort of Government and the Management of Sierra Fishing Company Limited. The donation which was estimated at over Twenty- Five million Leones was in response to Government’s clarion call on private enterprises to fulfill their corporate social responsibility
Jun 16, 2010, 17:00

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

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

NEWS : Local News
President Koroma poised to actualize Youth Commission in Sierra Leone
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Youth and Sports, Hon. Nuru Deen Yillah Sankoh of Constituency 105 in the Western Urban Area has called on youths across the country to exercise patience as according to him His Excellency the President is determined in ensuring that the Youth Commission becomes a reality. In an exclusive interview with Awareness Times on 10th June 2010 within the confines of the House of Parliament, Hon. Nuru Deen maintained that the commission is responsible to address the problems of the youth, saying the proposed National Youth Commissioner should be somehow youthful, and with a vast experience regarding the issues of youths.
Jun 15, 2010, 17:18

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Gullah Kinship protest against Zainab Bangura
Hundreds of members forming the Sierra Leone Chapter of the Gullah Kinship Association on Monday 14th June 2010 led a peaceful protest to State House in central Freetown to officially submit a letter of complaint to His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma against both the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Zainab Bangura and Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Dr. Bockarie Stevens. Addressing a cross section of media practitioners at State House, the President of the association Chief Pa Komrabai M’bompa Dumbuya alleged that both Zainab Bangura and Bockarie Stevens have conspired with one of their former members, a foreign national by the name of Joseph Opala to hijack the organization for their own selfish ends. According to him Joseph Opala on two instances connived with the duo to thwart their planned trip to the United States in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
Jun 15, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Education International Commends SLTU
Mr. Emanuel Fatoma, Senior Coordinator for Education International Africa Chapter has said that their mission to Sierra Leone was to show solidarity with the Sierra Leone Teachers Union (SLTU) in the ongoing negotia­tions with the Govern­ment of Sierra Leone on the service of teachers. He said they were also here to meet with the Ministries of Education and Labour to prove to them the strong existing solidarity with stakeholders in the country for the promo­tion of quality education. He was speaking in commendation of the support and collaboration they got from the SLTU during their sojourn at a press conference held at the Labour Congress head­quarters in Freetown on Thursday 19th June 2010. He said there was need for stabil­ity in the educational sector and that any instability in the SLTU will affect education in the country.
Jun 15, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SLANGO and UNIPSIL successfully complete a joint exercise to screen a dramatization of the tri-partite Political Communiqué in all 149 Chiefdoms
In Friday 2010 the Sierra Leone Association of Non Governmental Organisations (SLANGO) in partnership with UNIPSIL embarked on a major exercise to inform the general public (in their local languages) that the three major political parties had come together and issued a joint communiqué. The communiqué is designed primarily to spread a message of political tolerance ad secondarily to offer alternative means of registration political complaints. The communiqué was dramatized and acted out in the six most commonly spoken languages in Sierra Leone and a total of thirty-five NGOs and CBOs were chosen to provide national coverage. Key to the dissemination of this information was the need to reach as broad a cross-section of society as possible (namely: Women Youths, Children Opinion Leaders Ward, Chiefdom and Local Councilors) and to facilitate this, the DVDs were shown mostly o market days in the various towns.
Jun 15, 2010, 17:12

SLRA Compensates Affected Property Owners In The Eastern Province in Sierra Leone
A whooping sum of Le 1.8 million was paid out to property owners along the SLRA right of way on the Kenema-Pendembu Highway last week end by the government of Sierra Leone through SLRA. The head of the team, Mr. Hassan Turay informed the gathering of government’s Agenda for Change, which included infrastructural development with the issues of good road network in the country a priority. He underscored the socio-economic importance of an improved road network system within the district, and their respective chiefdoms in particular. He therefore appealed to the recipients to accept the compensation not from the view point of the market values of the properties but as their individual sacrifice for the sake of national development.
Jun 15, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, STEWARD to Strengthen More Forest Conservation
Sustainable and Thriving Environment for West Africa Regional Development (STEWARD) a Non-Government Organization is currently working on modalities to promote and strengthen West Africa’s trans-boundary natural resource management to support peace building, biodiversity, conservation, knowledge sharing and policy harmonization. This was disclosed to pressmen on Friday 11 June 2010 at their Signal Hill office in Freetown. STEWARD Administrative Manager Mr. Peter Conteh said the organization focuses on operations in the upper Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, La Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana with the aim to addressing regional and local threats to forest bio-diversity, capitalizing on opportunities to spread best practices.
Jun 15, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Health/WHO end Sensitization Workshop
In their sensitization drive to the populace on the harmful use of alcohol, World Health Organization (WHO) collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to organize a day’s sensitization workshop on Friday 11th June 2010 at the University House Fourah, Bay College in Freetown. Addressing the audience, director of Non Communicable Diseases, Dr. Donald Bash-Taqi informed that the workshop was one of their strategies to try to form a policy in waving down communicable diseases of which alcohol is the main factor. He said studies have proved that alcohol is a dangerous factor to our health, and that looking at the present situation in which our youths are engaged in its consumption, it is their responsibility as medical doctors to create awareness on the use of alcohol and to also create policy which would help in the restriction of alcohol consumption.
Jun 15, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
ActionAid Dialogues on Children’s Education in Sierra Leone
ActionAid Sierra Leone in collaboration with Education for All (EFA) and the Sierra Leone Teachers Union (SLTU) over the weekend ended a three-day workshop on education financing and capacity building for 30 (thirty) participants drawn from Civil Society Organizations (CSO) at the Ramzy House, Liverpool Street in Freetown on the theme: ‘Invest in Education, Invest in Children’. In an exclusive chat with staff after the workshop, the Educations Coordinator Mrs. Madiana Samba said it aimed at providing information for participants for transmission to stakeholders to allocate more resources to the educational sector in Sierra Leone.
Jun 15, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Poda poda driver beats police officer *DMO says pregnant women still deliver at home *Moyamba police records 16 cases of ritual murder *200 bike riders certified *President determined to close down fraudster pharmacies *Councilors Unite in the East *IPAM to represent Salone in Tanzania *Salone returns to metric system.
Jun 15, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Rubber Plantation saga… : Nyawa & Small Bo C/doms locked in Land Dispute
Locals in the Nyawa Chiefdom in the Kenema district have vowed to this morning of June 15th 2010, resist any attempt by the Resident Minster East, William Juana Smith to send a police force to intimidate them against their right to a large portion of land threatened to be taken away from them by their Neighbours in the Small Bo Chiefdom. The land dispute started more than a year ago when a certain Liberian company known as ITAL entered into an agreement with authorities in the Small Bo Chiefdom for land concession for the planting of a large acreage of rubber trees.
Jun 15, 2010, 17:00

Sierra Leone Exports Rape to Nations on UN Security Council
“When we complained bitterly, they said SLPP Women are liars who were not raped. Well, President Koroma’s regime has started exporting of Rape and Sexual violence to Nations seated on U.N. Security Council like Russia and China; now maybe there will be a rethink of the credibility of the SLPP Women who reported they were raped. Sierra Leone is now exporting Rape to China, Russia, other places through our diplomats sent there,” Hon. Lavalie stated firmly in reference to scandals of rape and sexual assault that has plagued the country’s formerly esteemed diplomatic cadre. Sierra Leone’s Ambassadors to Russia & China were recalled back amidst serious rape scandals this year.
Jun 14, 2010, 14:56

NEWS : Local News
Anti Corruption Witness Acted on Illegal Instructions
The trial of Haja Afsatu Kabba resumed last Friday June 12th after a short break caused by illness of the accused. Now looking physically fit and composed, the accused sat calmly in the dock as 4th prosecution witness of Anti Corruption Commission(ACC) who is also a protected witness, told the court that he acted upon illegal instructions. The following is a transcript of a section of his cross-examination:
Jun 14, 2010, 14:54

Afsatu Kabba Made a Lot of Enemies – Prosecution
The trial of Haja Afsatu Kabba resumed last Friday June 12th after a short break caused by illness of the accused. As the accused, looking hale & composed, sat calmly in the dock, there was mild drama when the prosecution’s own witness, stated that as a result of Haja Afsatu Kabba’s successful efforts to raise an unprecedented billions of leones for the Government and people of Sierra Leone, Haja Afsatu Kabba stepped on a lot of toes and made a lot of powerful enemies for herself. The following is a transcript of part of the cross-examination:
Jun 14, 2010, 14:52

Surreptitious Strategies Employed in 2007 by the Dr. Christiana Thorpe Headed Elections Office
Legal Documents filed by Sierra Leone People’s Party against Dr. Christiana Thorpe and the National Electoral Commission she headed in 2007 covered 23 pages & 75 sections[paragraphs]. Paragraphs 35 to 61 covered Surreptitious Strategies allegedly used to deny the SLPP of victory. CLICK ABOVE LINK TO READ THEM.
Jun 14, 2010, 14:50

Parleying with Government - Good Initiative in Sierra Leone!
I confess I was not enthusiastic when I first heard about it. This Government is so used to carrying out gimmicks and tricks on the innocent populace that I was sceptical. However, listening and watching last Saturday June 12th 2010’s Live Programme as it was well handled by H.E. President Ernest Koroma, Hon. Speaker Abel Stronge and Hon. Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh, I really have nothing to say except to heartily congratulate the Government for the good initiative of bringing ordinary citizens from all over the country to meet and ask questions of Heads of the three arms of Governments.
Jun 14, 2010, 14:48

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ‘Donate Blood and Save a Life’ - Dr. Yillah
As Sierra Leone joins the world to celebrate World Blood Donor Day today 14th June 2010 the National Blood Services superintendent Dr. Kadie Yillah has called on the young especially, irrespective of nationality to voluntarily donate blood and save a life they might not know. She was speaking to Awareness Times over the weekend when she insisted on the importance to motivate more young people to become blood donors. "Young people can play an important role in saving lives of others by donating just a liter of their blood to the service of others and also by speaking to their counterparts to see the need of becoming a donor," the charismatic female medical practitioner disclosed.
Jun 14, 2010, 14:46

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*President Koroma to review education process *Kumary Foundation boosts education in Bo *S/Leonean nabbed in Gambia cocaine saga *Makeni cripples get Cause Canada windfall *Koya benefits from SALWACO *Wealth Builders Celebrate 1st Anniversary *Soldiers Engage in Community Development.
Jun 14, 2010, 14:44

Chinese Railway Group Takes Over Wilkinson Road Project in Sierra Leone
The Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) on June 12th 2010 signed and handed over the widening of Wilkinson Road project to Chinese Company, China Railway Seventh Group Company Limited (CRSG) in an auspicious ceremony that took place at SLRA PWD Kissy Headquarters in Freetown. Addressing the gathering the Road Asset Manager/ Chief Project Engineer of the Wilkinson Road Project Madam Memunatu Kumba Jalloh noted that the widening project starts from Lumley Police Station to the Congo Cross Bridge close to the Youyi Building with a length of 5.2KM and a width of about 7M which will upon completion provide a dual carriageway (two lanes in each direction) with a width 20.74M.
Jun 14, 2010, 14:42

ABG Shipyard to Mine Rich Sierra Leone Bauxite
Freetown, 11 June 2010 - The Ministry of Mineral Resources & Political Affairs of the Government of Sierra Leone is pleased to announce the confirmation of the discovery of 321 million metric tonnes of Bauxite in the Port Loko District. Historically, Alusuisse AG through Bayer Preussag initiated geological exploration of the Port Loko Bauxite prospect in the early 1970’s.
Jun 14, 2010, 14:40

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

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Journalists’ Email Account hijacked
This is to inform all that the email address of SLAJ was hijacked sometime yesterday and the password changed. Gladly, it has been regained. This is to also inform you that if you received any Public Notice informing you that the SLAJ Headquarters would be closed effective 11 June, it is completely incorrect.
Jun 11, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Attorney General versus Sanda Magbolonto Interests?
One of the country’s top State Lawyers, Gerald Soyei Esq. on Wednesday 9th June 2010 prevailed on Magistrate Mrs. Tonia Barnet of Magistrate Court No. 5 to enter in a nolle prosequi and strike off the criminal matter that hinges around the aged Paramount Chief and subjects of Sanda Magbolotor Chiefdom in the Port Loko District which is currently under proceedings at the Freetown Magistrate Court. Lawyer Soyei claimed his leave for the application was from a fiat by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Serry-Kamal but this demand of the State Counsel was vehemently rejected by Prosecuting Associate Lawyer John Kebbie who acted swiftly to represent the complainants in the absence of their lawyer Elvis Kargbo Esq.
Jun 11, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Photo News
Jun 11, 2010, 17:11

Egerton University Clinches Zain Africa Challenge Season Four
The Zain Africa Challenge, the University battle of brains on Wednesday 9th June 2010 came to a dramatic end with Egerton University of Kenya clinching the prestigious prize of $50,000 for their University and $5,000 in individual prizes. This was a fierce contest between the two Kenyan Universities, i.e. Egerton and Africa Nazarene. This season four of the competition recorded the highest Anglophone University representatives in which 100 of them took part
Jun 11, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, UMC Boosts Health in Manonkoh, Bombali
The United Methodist Church in partnership with Lance and Julie Burma Foundation, Operation Classroom Ministries of Minnesota, and Operation Classroom Sierra Leone have on past Friday 4th June 2010 empowered the inhabitants of Manonkoh Village in Bombali District with a modern health centre. Officially opening and handing over the Doris Action UMC Community Health Centre to the dire in need people Bishop John M. Yambasu commended those especially Mrs. Doris Acton whose financial and technical assistance he said brought the project to a timely realization.
Jun 11, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone State Lottery opens Second Air Pik 3 Draw
The Sierra Leone State Lottery Company Limited has on 8th June 2010 opened the Second Air Pik 3 draw at the Attouga Ministadium Cline Town. During the ceremony, the Managing Director for the Company Mr. Abubakarr Dizzo Kamara whilst making his statement, said no other local Lottery Company can challenge Sierra Leone State Lottery right now as they are the leaders who are doing quite well to help those who might otherwise never have possessed the several millions of leones they were now winning on a regular basis.
Jun 11, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Airport Transfer Project on Course
The Airport Transfer Project (ATP) which aims at establishing a safe and reliable transfer service between Lungi and Freetown which has been in progress since 3rd August 2009 has been confirmed by government would be completed within the next 18 months. This was disclosed yesterday 10th Thursday at a one-day stakeholders workshop for establishing a regulatory and administrative framework for the proposed Airport Transfer Unit at the Presidential Lounge, National Stadium in Freetown.
Jun 11, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*FAWE and EMCISS Target Deprived Communities *Annie Walsh School Holds School Leavers Service *MP and Flagbearer Gives Hopeful Promises *More Fake Leones in Circulation*World Bank Sensitizes MPs on Procurement and Finance*APC Salary Wahala Rocks Prison Dept *Subscribers Demand Extension of Sim Registration *62 Year Old Man Rapes Three Year Old.
Jun 11, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Accepts Female Ticket Winner’s Request
To strengthening good relationship with subscribers for their relentless and hectic cooperation, Zain Sierra Leone Leading telecommunication Company, on Wednesday 9th June 2010 heeded to the request of the Female ticket Winner, Clara Jeneba Thomas to allow one of her family members to represent her at the World cup in South Africa. Clara is one of the five lucky winners of the Zain Watch Football in South Africa promotional draw. She won the Zain ticket on last Sunday during a raffle draw at the Lumley Beach in Freetown.
Jun 11, 2010, 17:00

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

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, CORD Sierra Leone Ends Progamme Review Workshop In Bo
Programme review are normally intended to provide sharpened focus on programme areas in which excellence can be achieve in order to enhance a national stature while assuring the most efficient use of available resources. Also in reviewing final plans that are the outcome of programme review will guide decision to develop and allocate new resources. This is exactly what CORD- Sierra Leone a national Non Government operating in Sierra Leone has done at a three days programme review workshop at the J and E Guest in the Southern City of Bo.
Jun 10, 2010, 17:14

Madam Kumba Elizabeth Torto is shown shedding bitter tears at Youyi Building two days ago whilst recounting how, under the current regime, her equal rights as a woman are not only NOT guaranteed but Gov’t security agencies cannot ensure safety of a woman desirous of going back home to Nimiyama if she attempts. Police cannot guarantee her safe return home whilst H.E President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma sings for himself quite a merry song about his ‘determination’ to ensure aspirations of his female compatriots are honoured! Bollocks!
Jun 10, 2010, 17:12

Zain Africa Challenge Finals Ended with Africa Nazarene, Egerton University
The famous TV show, yesterday Wednesday 9th June 2010 came to a grand and successful end with two Kenyan Universities who locked horns to take the Grand Prize and the prestigious silver-ware. The quiz lasted for one hour; show live on the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). In the battle, Africa Nazarene University fiercely engaged the Egerton University at 6.00pm. Unlike Africa Nazarene, Egerton University had previously won the Zain Africa Challenge, giving them a favourite position and allowing them to take the prestigious University prize of $50,000 and $5,000 for each team member.
Jun 10, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, King George’s Old People’s Home For Sale?
Excessive rumors filtering across Freetown about the planned sale of the King George’s Old People’s Home at Kissy Mess-Mess in eastern Freetown to a foreign business man by the Government has prompted elderly inmates of the home to ask several questions including; who wants to sell their home? On Wednesday 9th June 2010, certain newspapers in Sierra Leone published about the planned selling of the home to a said Lebanese man in Freetown so on Wednesday 9th June 2010 this presshouse conducted an investigation on the topic in question
Jun 10, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, London Mining Opens Bid For Local Companies
London Mining PL on the 8th June 2010 opened a competitive bidding for local construction companies in the Port Loko and Bombali Districts in the Northern part of Sierra Leone. The bidding is for the Rehabilitations of Marampa Mines Facilities and the reconstruction of the Senior Staff quarters in Lunsar. 12 local companies have already applied for the contract awaiting the approval of the company. At the launch, the Procurement Officer of LMC, Madam Florence Foray said it was part of their cooperate responsibilities to promote local companies. She said the bidding process was in line with laid down regulations such as legal registration with the Potloko or Bombali District Councils and the ministry of works, updated NRA receipts and NASSIT clarifications among others.
Jun 10, 2010, 17:04

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