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NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, UBA Celebrate 'All Africa Day' in Grand Style
One of the leading commercial Banks operating in Sierra Leone, United Bank for Africa (UBA) has on the 25th May 2010 celebrated the All Africa Day in a colourful and cultural manner at their No. 15 Charlotte Street headquarters in Freetown. Addressing press men, the bankís managing director, Mr. Soni Anwal noted the rational behind the celebration was to demonstrate the bankís natural link with the African Continent.Ā"Our bank positions itself as an African bank in practice," he impressed, adding that the African Day is being simultaneously celebrated by them across the nations and their international offices worldwide with series of activities.
May 26, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
* Wounded Soldiers Warn Defence Minister *18 Arrested at old FBC Building *Sierra Leone Ports Authority go without a Board *Chiefdom Police Officers Receive Training *Mayorís Wife fast-tracks Cleanings exercise *FSSG Board to compensate govít before privatization *Freetown City Council burgled *Head of British Army visits Ex-President Kabbah.
May 26, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, ACC & MFMR have No Case against Blyden
Competent sources within the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and also within the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources (MFMR) have confirmed to this medium that not only was the ACC not investigating Sylvia Blyden for alleged embezzlement of State Funds but that there is not a single record at the Ministry indicating that Blyden ever collected monies to conduct Public Relations for the erstwhile Minister of Fisheries Haja Afsatu Kabba. Dr. Sylvia Blyden is on record as being a champion who fights for the rights of abused persons finding themselves up against powerful forces in the society. She has bravely stood up against the excess Anti Corruption Commission abuse of authority on at least two occasions now. Her courageous acts of standing up to demagogues abusing their authority have been winning her tremendous amount of respect from increasing number of admirers all over the country and beyond the shores of Sierra Leone.
May 26, 2010, 17:04

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Transactions of Special Monitoring, Control & Surveillance Account Operated by the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources at the Bank of Sierra Leone
January 2007 to January 2010 Transactions of Special Monitoring, Control & Surveillance Account Operated by the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources at the Bank of Sierra Leone pursuant to Section 61(5) of Sierra Leone's Fisheries Act of 1994.
May 26, 2010, 17:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
TERMS OF REFERENCE NATIONAL CONSULTANT
The Medium Sized Project (MSP) on Building Capacity and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management Project is a GEF funded Project whose objective is to strengthen the enabling environment for SLM while ensuring broad based political and participatory support for the process. The Project is executed by the Sierra Environment Protection Agency of the Ministry of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment. The project will build capacity for Sustainable Land Management in Sierra Leone by the removal of the key barriers to sustainable land management, and to mainstream SLM into law, university and school curricula and budgets through the Investment Plan and Regulatory Frameworks. This project will create sustainable capacity and ownership in Sierra Leone to mitigate land degradation and thereby meeting the countryís obligations under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
May 26, 2010, 17:00

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
MY PROFOUND APOLOGIES TO SYLVIA BLYDEN IN SIERRA LEONE
Sylvia Blyden who knows how affectionately I regard her has called my attention in her own special style that she was not the author of the article that compared Michael Von Schulenburg to the terrible Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. She merely reported what others had said and therefore has demanded an apology from her adopted uncle Puawui. Sylvia I am sorry that I attributed the comparison to you and I do sincerely apologise. I am convinced that no matter how much you may disagree with Schulenburgís way of operating, and being aware of who Adolf Hitler was, you would not compare the two men. Once again I offer you my apology.
May 25, 2010, 23:14

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
'Ariogbo Witnessesí to Testify against Haja Afsatu Kabba in Sierra Leone
An Ariogbo is a spiritual local Ďdevilí masquerade within which is believed to contain a living human being whose real identity is never publicly known except to the ones who brought out the Ariogbo masquerade to perform its supposedly mystical powers of unmasking wrong-doers in society. The most recent and sensational Ariogbo story that hit Sierra Leone was last year when security personnel at State Lodge brought in an Ariogbo to expose supposed witches at the Presidentís Lodge. The Ariogbo did claim to have named & shamed these Ďwitchesí but since it was masked during the process, no-one really could tell identity of the Ďwitch-catcherí as he unmasked the Ďwitchesí. They just trusted its word.
May 25, 2010, 19:50

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Lungi to benefit from a Modern Tec/Voc Institute
Holland based Sierra Leonean organization, Sierra Leone Central Union (SLCU) on Saturday 22nd May 2010 turned the sod for the construction of an ultra modern Technical and Vocational Institute at Lungi, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom in the Port Loko District. Giving a brief background of SLCU at the ceremony the Chairman of the organization, Mr. Mohamed Teslemy Bangura said it was formed to help bring development initiatives to their mother land. He disclosed that over the years, they had embarked on series of assistance gestures for the less privileged in society, especially amputees and other victims of the war in the country.
May 25, 2010, 19:48

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Health Minister calls for cooperation
The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mohamed Dadis Koroma has made a clarion call on all and sundry to put hands on deck to sustain the Free Health Care Services that threatens to be a failure in the face of a series of drawbacks. Speaking yesterday May 24th 2010 at his Youyi Building office, the minister said President Koromaís ruling APC government and his Ministry especially require cooperation from the general public if the newly launched health project was to succeed countrywide. "In the absence of maximum cooperation, the new health Policy which aims at removing Sierra Leone from the rung of the UN Human Development Index is doomed to flop," he expressed, lamenting that despite the call for attitudinal and behavioral change, a set of unpatriotic Sierra Leoneans as well as foreigners were selling products meant for the smooth and sustained implementation of the project. He said in addition there was still rampant and illegal importation of substandard medicines thereby undermining the process.
May 25, 2010, 19:46

NEWS : Local News
Zion Methodist Church Honours Professor Edward Wilmot Blyden III on his 92nd Birthday
The family and congregation of the Zion Methodist Church in central Freetown past Sunday celebrated the 92nd and 82nd birthdays of Professor Dr. Edward Wilmot Blyden III and his wife, Professor Dr. Amelia Elizabeth Blyden respectively. The 92-years-old retired statesman, educator, diplomat, politician and national orator is the patriarch of the Blyden family of Sierra Leone and him and his 82-years-old Wife were honoured by the Church and family members and friends with a special thanksgiving on the theme "Honour thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long on the Earth."
May 25, 2010, 19:46

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Demographic survey shows increase in HIV spread
Information gathered from Statistics Sierra Leone has revealed that the 2008/09 Demographic Health Survey (DHS) conducted by that national institution shows that an estimated 49,000 (Forty-nine thousand) Sierra Leoneans are living with the HIV virus, with 13,000 (thirteen thousand) children orphaned as a result. The survey also proved that in the face of inflating index of infected Sierra Leoneans, only 6,649 (six thousand six hundred and forty-nine) positive people have so far accepted to receive free anti-retroviral drugs meant to help prolong the lives of victims.
May 25, 2010, 19:44

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zainís ĎFootball Promo2í - 3 More Tickets to South Africa to Be Won
Zain subscribers can now win 3 tickets instead of 2 at the final end of the month draw that will climax the ĎFoot Ball Promotioní. This is good news for subscribers who have been hopeful of winning one of the remaining tickets; this means that their chances have been increased. Of the 3 remaining tickets one lucky Corporate customer will win this dream trip to watch the finalís live with four other prepaid customers.
May 25, 2010, 19:42

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Court to rule today on Afsatu's matter
Ruling on the ongoing matter of allegation of financial impropriety brought against former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Haja Afsatu Ebishola Olayinka Kabba by the ACC will be given today by Justice Samuel Ademusu. The matter came up yesterday, Monday 24th instant at the High Court with renewed momentum. Head counsel for the accused, Lawyer Jenkins-Johnson Snr. Esq asked the prosecution to respond to a writ which was served before court sitting. Prosecuting lawyer, Calvin Mantsebo said he intended to make an immediate preliminary objection to the application which was made in the said writ as it was the same with that made on the 19th May, 2010.
May 25, 2010, 19:40

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, London Mining gives IPAM Students practical tuition
One of the leading Mining Companies in Sierra Leone, London Mining Company (LMC) has over the weekend schooled students from the Faculty of Business Administration of the Institute of Public Management (IPAM) on International Business at the Companyís mining site, Lunsar in the Port Loko District. In his Presentation the Administrative Head cum Financial Controller of London Mining, Mr. David Lane noted that they felt very much honored to share ideas with students on such subject matter since the companyís venture in Sierra Leone is international business oriented. He said the lecture would serve as practical experience for students in that department.
May 25, 2010, 19:38

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Annie Walsh School poised for academic excellence
The Acting Principal of the Annie Walsh Memorial Secondary School, Mrs. Sylvia Scott has informed the Awareness Times that the school has earned reputable recognition in the educational sector of this country for centuries through working in accordance with rules and regulations of Ministry of Education. This was sequel to media reports that teachers of the oldest girlsí secondary school in West Africa are flouting Ministry of Educationís stipulations against the sale of pamphlets to students, especially when put under duress to buy them. This caused the principal to hold an emergency staff meeting on Monday 24th May 2010.
May 25, 2010, 19:36

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Teachers Boycott HIV/AIDS Test *ACC Advises VP on Free Health Care *Nigeria Assures RSLAF *SLFA Axes 2 Executive Members *CDHR Director in ACC Net *NEC demands US$58 Million *SLPP MP says HIV/AIDS is real.
May 25, 2010, 19:34

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Striking MMTC Students expose inept minister
Hundreds of students of the Congo Cross Campus of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology on Monday 24th May 2010 stormed the Ministry of Education in protest over the undue treatment of their tutors by government in meeting their salary demands that has crippled academic exercise for the past month. What started as a peaceful demonstration turned riotous as students blocked the main Motor Road, obstructing vehicular traffic. They were only prevailed upon by some police officers after nearly an hour of stand off.
May 25, 2010, 19:32

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
PRESS RELEASE JSDP, MOJ AND MIALGRD CONDUCT CHIEFDOM POLICE TRAINING
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 24 May 2010 Ė The Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Local Government and Rural Development (MIALGRD), starts training for 88 Chiefdom Police Officers in Moyamba, from 24th May to 4th June 2010. In line with the Justice Sector Reform Strategy and Investment Plan (JSRSIP) 2008-2010, the JSDP aims to improve on the services of Local Courts in Moyamba District in compliance with international human rights standards, which in turn would result in improved satisfaction levels with the local courts and Paramount and Local Chiefs.
May 25, 2010, 19:30

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Schulenburg's current Problem in Sierra Leone is his Dictatorial Acts towards his Staff
All what we have done here is to report a very serious issue that amongst UN staff in Sierra Leone, there is so much bad blood that nicknames have been given to Mr. Schulenburg by his own senior UN staff to mark his DICTATORIAL tendencies. Schulenburg has been nicknamed after the German Dictator Hitler, after the Russian Dictator Stalin and also called a Mike Tyson because he actually went physical on a senior UN staff member for which UN Headquarters in New York is sending a team in the next few days to investigate why such an incident happened at the UN mission in Sierra Leone.
May 25, 2010, 02:22

NEWS : Politics
As Female S.U. Presidential Aspirantís Popularity Soars... :SLPP Debunks ĎHands in FBC Campaigní
Senior members of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP) have told Awareness Times that their party has no hands in ongoing studentsí political campaigning for position of President of Fourah Bay College Studentsí Union(S.U). They were reacting to a ruling party aligned tabloidís assertion that SLPP was secretly sponsoring the emergence of a growing popularity of Francess Marke, the woman who was highly likely to become FBCís first female Studentís Union President.
May 24, 2010, 13:54

NEWS : Politics
In Sierra Leone, FBC Presidential Hopeful Speaks Out
First ever female candidate for the presidency of the Fourah Bay College Studentsí Union, Ms Frances Marke has spoken out, saying she is just a popular choice of students of FBC, in spite of political insinuations by detractors that she is being sponsored by the opposition Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP). "I am neither SLPP nor APC. I represent the interests of majority of the students on Fourah Bay College campus, especially female colleagues who are in full support of me. Recognising my formidable support on campus is what may have sent chilling waves through blood streams of my detractors," Miss Marke confidently opined.
May 24, 2010, 13:52

FROM OUR TEAM
Schulenburg Should Behave Himself
The UN Secretary Generalís representative here in Sierra Leone spent last Friday May 21st 2010 pacing up and down UNIPSILís Cabenda Hotel premises grumbling to anyone who wished to listen about those Ďbadí journalists at Awareness Times who publicised "that little fisticuffs here" to the whole country. Apart from complaining to sources within the Government, the man even summoned the Opposition SLPP Leaders to express his distress over Awareness Times. Well, Mr. Schulenburg should know that neither the opposition SLPP nor the ruling APC Government has any sway or say at this medium. Weíre an independent paper. Period! As we have told everyone who spoke to us on the issue, Mr. Schulenburg should learn to comport himself like a Diplomat. We suggest he go back and read a Letter he once wrote to Pino Arlacchi on December 4th 2000.
May 24, 2010, 13:50

NEWS
Yada Williams Esq. is different from Yada Williams & Associates
Hon. Justice Samuel Ademusu has last Friday May 21st 2010 ruled that whilst he recognised Lawyer Yada Williams Esq. as one of the Defence Counsels on record for Haja Afsatu Kabba in the matter of The State vs. Afsatu Kabba, he could not recognise the papers filed by the Law Firm of Yada Williams and Associates on behalf of Haja Afsatu Kabba, because, according to the learned Judge, "though Mr. Yada Williams is on record as one of the Counsels for the Defence in this matter but the Firm of Yada Williams & Associates are strangers in these proceedings and I so hold".
May 24, 2010, 13:48

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
The Alpha & Omega of 2007 High Court Rules
Following the legal sparring by Lawyers last week in Court, many of our readers have asked Awareness Times about High Court Rules. We have done some research and found out that all Judges of Sierra Leone Law Courts are bound to carry out their work according to certain laid down rules set by a special committee known as the Rules of Court Committee. So it was that in May 2007, the Rules of Court Committee published the current set of High Court Rules, within the confines of which, all Judges must restrict themselves when carrying out their sacred duties.
May 24, 2010, 13:46

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
A High Court Ruling by Hon. Mr. Justice Samuel Ademusu, J.A.
The important points which lies at the heart of this ruling is whether the Notice of Motion filed and served by Yada Williams and Associates on behalf of the accused is properly before the court. C.T. Mantsebo of Counsel for prosecution has strongly objected to the application being entertained on the grounds that it is not properly before this court and contending that no legal foundation either on common law or statute allows it. That the Order which they are seeking to set aside is the Order of Hon. Mr. Justice N.C. Browne-Marke, J.A. made in accordance with the provisions of Section 132 (5) of the Sierra Leone Constitution Act No. 6 of 1991.
May 24, 2010, 13:44

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Common Sense or Common Nonsense?
When the negative propaganda was going on in Sierra Leone by both nationals of the country and foreigners that were sent to specifically further destroy the country, some patriotic people who knew about the plan passed it on to the authorities concerned. At that time, the then SLPP pushed these people away, if not very far but at armís length. They described it then as a scary, alarming and peace threatening information. On the contrary, it was truly genuine information and some was brought to the public through the media. Plenty of times it was put on newspapers that some international organizations have been specifically appointed as diplomatic employees to the country for the specific reason of changing our government. The line of action was that all efforts should be made to remove the government with no regard of its popularity.
May 24, 2010, 13:42

FEATURES
Take Dry Eye Cober Shame : Revisiting SLPPís Case against Dr. Christiana Thorpe
We are today starting to run a series on the SLPPís still ongoing Court Case against Dr. Christiana Thorpe. The series will feature extracts from the 29 paged Legal Statement of Claim submitted in January 2008 against Dr. Christiana Thorpe and the National Elections Office by Lawyer Bubuakei Jabbi on behalf of the opposition Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP). The series intends to cast our minds back to where we came from so we will not make the mistake of going there again. Here goes:
May 24, 2010, 13:40

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Helen Keller to give free ICT blood tests for elephantiasis
In continuation of the World Health Organizationís (WHO) determination to tackle the spread of Lymphatic Filariasis or elephantiasis in the country, Helen Keller International, an international Non-Governmental Organization specializing in health related matters is to embark on an ICT blood test campaign to ascertain the number of persons with symptoms of the disease in the western area. This was disclosed by a member of staff of the organization, Saidu I. B. Bangura in an exclusive interview at their Freetown office on Friday 21st May 2010. He said the testing programme will commence from the 3rd June to the 7th June 2010 for the western area where the disease is said to be worst hit.
May 24, 2010, 13:36

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, KPMG raps Financial Institutions
A renowned and reputable auditing firm, KPMG Friday 21sy May 2010 conducted Sierra Leoneís ever first Financial Services and Industry Round Table conference for financial institutions in the country at the Bintumani Hotel, Man ĎOí War Bay Aberdeen in Freetown on the theme ĎEnhancing Trade, Investment and Economic Development through a Vibrant Financial Service Sectorí. Participants at the forum included World Bank representatives, commercial banking institutions and the Central Banks. The aim of the conference was to bring the Sierra Leone Government and other financial industries together to discuss issues affecting the growth and development of countryís financial sector in the post global meltdown.
May 24, 2010, 13:34

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*APC denounces partyís slogan *Disabled pursue Rights to Education *Lottery Company suffers huge losses *Gun Seller in Police net *Prisons Services takes over Special Court *Timber Exporters frown at high governmentís tariff *Procurement Authority indicts 3 Ministries *Free Health Care in Big Setback.
May 24, 2010, 13:32

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 15 jailed, one sent to High Court by Magistrate Harding
The only female Provincial Resident Magistrate, Emmanuella Harding of the Makeni Magistrate Court has disclosed that last week alone, she separately convicted 15 accused persons standing trial before on matters relating to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in that part of the country.. Speaking to our reporter after court sittings at the close of last week in that Northern City, the Resident Magistrate said all of the convicted persons were men with accusations ranging from indecent assault, harboring, abuse of young girls, abduction and unlawful carnal knowledge.
May 24, 2010, 13:30

NEWS : Local News
Anti Corruption Lawyers in State of Confusion in Sierra Leone
Lawyers for the Anti Corruption Commission currently prosecuting the matter of The State versus Afsatu Kabba, have yesterday May 20th 2010, told Presiding Judge Hon. Justice Samuel Ademusu that they were "in a state of confusion" over an issue concerning Defence Lawyers for Haja Afsatu Kabba. Lawyers Mantsebo and Reginald Fynn representing the State through a fiat of the ACC Commissioner laid down three points in a preliminary objection taken to counter a motion that was to have been moved by Lawyer Yada Williams with regards setting aside an order for State Witnesses to become protected witnesses whose identities should remain a secret hidden from the general public.
May 21, 2010, 17:22

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Immigration to sensitize on Fake Passports
In reaction to persistent media accusations that the Immigration Department of Sierra Leone issues our national passports to foreigners, the Awareness Times was on 19th May, 2010 informed that the institution is presently putting modalities in place to aptly educate the public on the processes involved in acquiring Sierra Leonean passports; and how the public can assist in weeding out counterfeit passports from the system.
May 21, 2010, 17:20

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Schulenburg Gets Given Nicknames
Awareness Times is investigating report of Physical & Verbal Assaults on a very senior staff of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone which unconfirmed reports state might have occured inside the Living Room of the UNSGís Representative in Sierra Leone, Michael Von Der Schulenburg. Whilst the victimís name has not been officially released, we have learnt that the victim is a highly placed member of staff assigned to the security wing of the mission. The temper tantrums of Schulenburg have led UN Staff to varying describe Mr. Schulenburg as a German Hitler whilst some others believe that because of his height, he is not really to be called a Hitler so they nickname him as The Russian Stalin whilst still some others simply call him the local Mike Tyson.
May 21, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, President Koroma to Grace KOSA Celebration in Kenema
His Excellency, President Ernest Bai Koroma will be a guest of honor to The Kenema Old Boys Association (KOSA) in their annual celebrations next year. This was revealed by the Secretary General of the alumni association Bockarie Ensah who said they reached such a decision during their executive meeting held at Hamza Hotel in Makeni, engendered by the forging of a sister alumni arrangement six years ago between KOSA and MOBA, Magburaka Old Boys Association. He said inviting the president, a MOBA member is another example to mean that the relationship ios moving from strength to strength.
May 21, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Politics
Alpha Timbo To Bridge Political Gap
One of the leading aspiring contenders for opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) flag bearer for the political race in 2012, Mr. Alpha Timbo has revealed that his mission is to bridge the political divide existing amongst political parties in the country. Optimistic that the SLPP would bounce back in 2012, the trade unionist cum politician said that topmost on his agenda if given the chance would be to unify Sierra Leone. Hon Alpha Timbo gave these impressions in a declaration ceremony at the partyís Western Region Office, Short Street in Freetown last week.
May 21, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Politics
Leicester Road Blame APC for their plight
Residents of the Leicester Road Community in Freetown blame the APC government of Ernest Bai Koroma for the underdevelopment of their community as they remain in dire straits for basic services such as portable water and good road network. This was disclosed to our reporter on Friday 14th May 2010 by the community chief, who doubles as the deputy Susu tribal headman for the Western Area, Pa Foday M. Kamara at his residence. The chief disclosed that during the last days of the SLPP, he came together with some community elders and wrote a project that was forwarded to NACSA to afford them portable water. "But as the SLPP lost power and the APC took over, the project died down even as we have made several representations to the MP and councilor to revive it," he lamented.
May 21, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Cocaine Peddler makes court appearance
A Nigerian national identified as Ferdinand Ekwiefe Okeke, who the police arrested on Sunday 11th April 2010 with 62 kilo of cocaine has made his first appearance in the Lungi International Airport Magistrate Court, Kafu Bullom Chiefdom in the Port Loko District. He appeared before Magistrate Henry Sandy on Friday 14th May 2010 for unlawful possession and trafficking of prohibited drugs contrary to Section 8 (a) of the National Drugs Control Act No. 7 of 2008 as amended. The accused pleaded not guilty to all count charges as they were read out to him. He is being represented by lawyer F. Issa who applied for bail for his client on grounds of having reliable surety.
May 21, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, NPPA Speaks on Public Procurement
The procurement Officer of the National Procurement unit, (NPPA), Mr. A.H. Kandeh has spoken on the responsibilities of the unit. Addressing members of the fourth estate at the usual Thursday Information Ministry press briefing at Youyi Building yesterday, he disclosed that government budgets 70% of the annual appropriation fund to procurement related matters. He said after the allocation, the responsibility of NPPA is to monitor the method of expending the money by the various MDAs, as well as the award and implementation of contracts by those institutions.
May 21, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 3 Dragged to Court for Trespass
Three accused persons identified in court as Lansana Marah, Daniel Conteh and Victor Davies respectively on Wednesday 19th May 2010 made their third appearance before Magistrate Steven Conteh of Court No.1 on allegations of illegal occupation of a structure owned by the charity organization, Action Aid at Goderich village in western Freetown. Police prosecutor DPC 8657 Lassayo recalled the 6th February 2010 when the complainant, Sylvester Williams attached to Action Aid made a report to him against the 3 accused persons for trespass.
May 21, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*State House 419er Syndicate uncovered *Kenema Storm disaster destroys 30 houses * Trouble erupts at Sierra Rutile *Mayor leads raid on PZ street traders * Gruesome accident claims four lives * President Koroma meets Goodluck.
May 21, 2010, 17:02

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Afsatu Kabba Was Never A Signatory to Account in Sierra Leone
The Deputy Director of Banking at the Central Bank, Mr. Jalloh has yesterday May 20th 2010 submitted to the Court the Bank Statements for the Monitoring Control & Surveillance (MCS) Account of the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources (MFMR) since its inception in 2001 until present. He also tendered in evidence the Signatory Documents which showed the only two persons authorized to make withdrawals from the MCS Account to be the following
May 21, 2010, 17:00

FEATURES
J.J. Saffa Breaks Silence on Tejan-Cole Saga - Fully Supports John Benjamin
The dynamic National Secretary General of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peopleís Party has contacted Awareness Times yesterday May 19th 2010 to clarify his position on the interview given by one John B.S. Tucker (aka J.T. Tucker) to the Concord Times newspaper against the SLPP Leader John Oponjo Benjaminís views on resigned ACC Boss Abdul Tejan-Cole. According to J.J. Saffa, he had "personally telephoned up Tucker to reprimand him over that interview he gave to Concord Times of 17th May 2010". Saffa also confirmed that he was at the May 18th 2010 meeting where "it was unanimously resolved that disciplinary action be levied against Tucker".
May 20, 2010, 17:12

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Haja Afsatu Kabba Trial to Continue This Morning
The trial of Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba continues this morning at the Law Courts. At the last Hearing, her Lead Defence Counsel, Blyden Jenkins-Johnston alerted the Presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Samuel Ademusu that the Defence Team was considering a "line of action" with respect to the protection of 13 persons that the State was all set to present as the prosecution witnesses. It is believed that Lawyer Yada Williams, one of the Defence Lawyers might have drawn up certain papers in line with this as-yet-unstated "line of action".
May 20, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, First Lady Sia Koroma Returns from USA : Press Release From State Lodge
The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma has just returned from a one week conference in Washington DC organized by CARE International and Rand Cooperation. During the weeklong celebration the First Lady Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, the First Lady of Mozambique, Mrs. Maria Da Luz Gebuza, and wife of the Prime minister of Kenya, Mrs. Ida Odinga were Special Guests of Honour. The celebrationís theme was "Many Voices, One Movement". The program started with a special reception in honour of Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma by Marie Stopes International at the Metropolitan Club in Washington DC. Mr. Dona Hovig, the President and CEO of Marie Stopes International reassured Marie Stopesís commitment to the government and people of Sierra Leone in promoting Family Planning and Reproductive Health Issues.
May 20, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain Zac Advances To Semi-Finals With More Winners From Hvg Emerging
ZAC is now in its Quarter-Finals stage. SLBC airís the show every Wednesday at 6pm and it is repeated every Saturdays at 8pm. Last week the battle was between Egerton University of Kenya and University of Maidugurie of Nigeria in which Egerton University emerged as the winners with 710 points, edging past University of Maidugurie who got 650 Points. Subscribers can also play the game on facebook in which case, a winner stands to win 1000 units of air time.
May 20, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Ex-child Combatant gets Education Help from USA
Amadu Beah, 19, a former child combatant, has received support to enhance his education and wellbeing. Amadu Beah who at the tender age of 8 years was abducted by insurgents and forced to become a child soldier attracted sympathy when early this year he granted interview to two visiting CBS News reporters from the United States of America (USA). The journalists were on a mission to follow up the story of a former child soldier in Sierra Leone civil war, and Amadu happened to have been eye-marked as a suitable candidate. The journalists did a video footage of him whilst dressing up for school onto his school compound for devotion and then to his classroom.
May 20, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*New Insurance Policy for Boat Operators *Traders plan big demonstration *NATCOM Parliament sensitized Bo inhabitants *Health Ministry destroys fake drugs worth Le 1.8 Billion *Husband kills wife over jealousy *NPA roped in massive extortion spree *Storm disaster rocks Kono.
May 20, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, UBA to Celebrate All Africa Day
One of the giants in the Sierra Leone banking industry, United Bank of Africa (UBA) has revealed on 19th May 19, 2010 during a press conference at their 15 Charlotte Street headquarters in Freetown that, plans are there to observe in grand style the All Africa Day next Tuesday 25th May 2010. In his statement the Chief Executive Office of UBA, Mr. Soni Anwai commended the government for providing a fair playing ground for competitors within the banking domain. The CEO divulged that, they are celebrating that day to showcase Africa culture to the world with a particular reference to the Sierra Leonean culture, adding that as an African Bank they will be celebrating this day alongside other Banks in Africa and to raised awareness about all Africa Day in Sierra Leone.
May 20, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Politics
John Benjamin is best SLPP Leader of Modern Times - say SLPP stalwarts
Sheriff insisted that "if John Benjamin had been the Party Leader following the 2005 Makeni Convention, there is no way the PMDC would have been formed as John Benjamin displayed astute leadership skills when I felt marginalised after I was denied the SLPP symbol for Constituency 91 and left the party. The way and manner JOB galvanised forces to bring me back into the partyís fold was simply spectacular. The SLPP currently has their best ever Leader of modern times in John Benjamin and the fact that he has held the party together in the wilderness of opposition with all the treachery and subterfuges is a big feather to his cap. We should all be thanking JOB for being the spectacular leader he is."
May 19, 2010, 11:56

NEWS : Politics
National Executive to Suspend J.B.S. Tucker (aka J.T.) from Sierra Leone People's Party
The reaction has been swift and harsh against one J.B.S. Tucker (aka J.T.)who insulted the SLPP Chairman John Benjamin. Scores of senior party stalwarts spoke on issue of his "insulting conduct" as exemplified in a Monday 17th May 2010 interview published in Concord Times newspaper in which he exhibited not only his ignorance of the SLPP Party Constitution but his lack of respect for the partyís leadership. The SLPPís National Organising Secretary Alex Kargbo described Tucker as "saying arrant nonsense and if it is proved that he indeed said those insulting words, he should be suspended immediately pending disciplinary hearings"... CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR MORE
May 19, 2010, 11:53

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zainab Bangura Named in Corruption
The name of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zainab Hawa Bangura who is no stranger to controversies connected with corruption and political maneuverings has yet been named in another scam with the Minister keeping sealed lips on the allegations. According to various newspaper reports, the Foreign Affairs Minister has come under serious criticisms at home and abroad for breaching civil service procedures in making her Son, Ibrahim Bangura alias Beloze as Director General in charge of Sierra Leoneís Delegation to the China Expo 2010.
May 19, 2010, 11:51

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu Didnít Sign Anywhere for 5 Cheques... Whilst High Court Demands Signatories, Bank Statement for the Account
High Court Judge, Justice Ademusu on Monday 17th May 2010 requested Mr. Abubakarr Jalloh who doubles as the Acting Director, Banking Department at the Central Bank and first Prosecution Witness (PW1) to tender names of signatories and bank statements in respect of withdrawals from the Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Account of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources as demanded by the Defence Counsel for the Ex-Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba who made her fourth appearance in court on allegations of corruption.
May 19, 2010, 11:49

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
Haja Afsatu Kabba's Life is in Danger in Sierra Leone!
If Haja Afsatu Kabba is guilty of the allegations, she stands to benefit from the evidence against her being tendered in secret. However, her lawyers tell Awareness Times that she is now shouting out a loud NO! Haja Afsatu Kabba is insisting that all Statements purporting to incriminate her are false and conspired up; that the Statements will not stand up to public scrutiny so she wants the evidence to be tendered openly so the Public can hear what Abdul Tejan-Cole appended his signature to and took to Law Courts as a Ďcorruption case of merití.
May 19, 2010, 11:47

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
SLPPís New Admiring 'Free Advisers' should not be too quickly trusted
No Political Party turns away offers to be provided with advise or strategies but when certain journalists who are rabidly notorious for doing everything possible to shore up the APC and destroy the image of the SLPP, suddenly turn themselves into the free advisers for the SLPP, one can only warn to beware of the Trojan horses. The SLPP Chairman has shown he has more foresight than misguided others who allowed themselves to be fooled without first seeing contents of Tejan-Coleís resignation.
May 19, 2010, 11:45

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Free Medical Services: Good Game But Poor Results
So much for the free medical services being offered to pregnant, lactating mothers and under five children. So much for the salary that was top-upped for health care service providers for this new health intervention. So much for the hue and cry at least for now. The most important and prudent question now to ask is: Will this free health care service offered nationwide be practical and sustainable in the long run?
May 19, 2010, 11:44

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, African Minerals Dialogues with stakeholders
One of the leading Mining Companies in the Country, Africa Minerals Limited has on the 17th May 2010 engaged stakeholders in a one-day dialogue session at the Taia Resort Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown. The session brought together Paramount Chiefs from affected mining communities, representatives of civil society, Members of Parliament, and Mines Ministry officials.
May 19, 2010, 11:43

NEWS
Sierra Leoneís President Ernest Bai Koroma Leads Eight Man delegation to sympathise with Nigeria & Congratulate Goodluck Jonathan
Sierra Leoneís President Ernest Bai Koroma has today Tuesday May 18th arrived in the Federal Republic of Nigeria with an eight man delegation on a one day official visit to express how deeply felt he and the Government and People of Sierra Leone are, regarding the loss of the late President Umaru Musa Y ardua. The eight man delegation which include the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Mr. Justice Nathaniel Abel Stronge, Information and Communication Minister Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Mr. Vandi Chidi Minah, Minister of Defence Major Rtd. Alimamy Paolo Conteh, Majority All Peopleís Congress (APC) Leader of the House of Parliament Hon. S. B Dumbuya and Minority Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP) leader in Parliament Hon. Emmanuel Tommy.
May 19, 2010, 11:40

NEWS
Ex-LAWCLA Boss Lectures Human Rights in South Africa
Melron Nicol-Wilson, former director and founder of the Lawyers Centre for Legal Assistance (LAWCLA), has returned home from Johannesburg, South Africa, after delivering a paper on the challenges and opportunities facing the consortium of African Human Rights Institutions. Committed to meeting the already foreseen and unforeseeable challenges and opportunities, a monthly consortium of which Lawyer Melron Nicol-Wilson is the head facilitator, meets in South Africa for five working days every month to chat the way forward and to exchange country by country and institutional experiences.
May 19, 2010, 11:38

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Comium Celebrates In a Grand Style
The month of March will remain indelible in the minds of Sierra Leoneans because it was in this month five years ago that they were liberated by COMIUM from the shackles of sky-rocketing tariffs thus increasing affordability and accessibility. "COMIUM came to Sierra Leone at a time when telecommunications was available to only a small proportion of the population: Excessive SIM costs and high tariff rates effectively deprived all but the wealthy and the privileged of communication."
May 19, 2010, 11:20

PROFILES : Role Models
A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MRS. HANNAH BABY NELLIE GADD - A Role Model
Hannah Gadd was a petty trader who toiled under rain and shine to care for us and educate us. Even with her meagre resources, she made Sure we had all what we needed to go to school. When my father, the late Sondifu Martin Koroma of Kangama, Ngorama Chiefdom, Kono District took me to attend school at Yengema, Kono in the sixties, she sent me provisions and much needed cash allowance through the post office on a quarterly basis. Our mother was kind, understanding and very caring. She was unselfish, humorous and totally committed to her family. She lived for her children and because of her children. She loved cooking and continued to cook in her old age.
May 19, 2010, 11:17

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, 7 Successful Innovations for Maternal & Child Health
The competition by Innovations, an initiative of Concern Worldwide that ended on the 5th March 2010 received 2,690 (two thousand six hundred and ninety) ideas during the one month call for ideas campaign. Twenty nine (29) ideas were selected for the semi-finals after a rigorous assessment process. Of these 29 ideas, seven (7) were chosen by a panel of judges to move on to the finals stage of the competition. These seven (7) final innovative ideas came from a broad range of people across Sierra Leone, including 2 students, a farmer, a health counselor, a TV presenter, an unemployed youth and an NGO worker.
May 19, 2010, 11:11

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Head of Civil Service warns civil servants
The Secretary to Cabinet and Head of Civil Service, Mr. S.G Pessima on Friday 14th May 2010 gave stern warning to all civil servants to desist from all criminal activities including corruption and anything that will put their status at stake. He drove this home in his presentation at the draft code, regulations and rule of civil service workshop at the Miatta Conference Hall, Youyi Building in Freetown. According to him, civil servants are people expected by the society to be of very high esteem since they are performing government functions.
May 19, 2010, 11:11

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*New Bank Notes Counterfeited so soon? *Daily Mail to be produced by APC Journalists *Lecturers on Sit-down Strike *Resigned NASSIT Accountant Allegedly in Police Net *Child Pornography Scandal Grips Bo *Five Salone Golfers to Yamoussoukro 2010.
May 19, 2010, 11:08

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Africell Boosts Single Leg Amputees
One of the leading mobile telecommunication companies in Sierra Leone Africell Lintel has on 13th May 2010 presented a cheque of US$6,000 (six thousand United States Dollars) to the Single Leg Amputee Football Team. The aim of the money is to facilitate the traveling process of the team to their international tournament slated for this month in Spain.
May 19, 2010, 11:06

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Obituaries
Thanks for Sympathy : Mrs. Amelia Georgiana Mamei Ben- Davies ( Nee Caulker )
THE CAULKER FAMILY AT HOME & ABROAD, WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO IN VARIOUS WAS EXPRESSED SYMPATHY, LOVE, SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY ON THE LOSS OF: MRS. AMELIA GEORGIANA MAMEI BEN- DAVIES ( NEE CAULKER )
May 19, 2010, 11:02

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS : Special Messages
In Memoriam for Hon. Alex Magnus Koroma
In Memoriam for the late Hon. Alex Magnus Koroma placed his children who miss him so much.
May 19, 2010, 11:00

FROM OUR TEAM
No Edition out for today from Freetown, Sierra Leone
We are sorry but no edition of Awareness Times was produced today. We will be out tomorrow with our usual potpourrie of news, views and opinions. Stay blessed!
May 18, 2010, 23:54

NEWS : Photo News
The Late AIG Tamba P. Gbekie Given a Fitting Goodbye in Kono
The Late AIG Tamba P. Gbekie Given a Fitting Goodbye in Kono
May 17, 2010, 14:12

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu is Back in High Court today
The controversial trial of one of Sierra Leoneís most popular female politicians, Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba, for alleged corrupt acts, resumes this morning of 17th May 2010 at the Law Courts in Freetown. In period since last adjourned date of May 5th 2010, some dramatic developments involving the man who signed Haja Afsatuís indictment papers has occurred in Sierra Leone. Mr. Abdul Tejan-Cole, Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) abruptly resigned from his office after first fleeing the shores of the country without giving an explanation for his actions. It will be recalled that Mr. Tejan-Cole had come under serious criticisms over his handling of the Haja Afsatu investigations and prosecution. Meanwhile, Lead Prosecutor, Calvin Mantsebo who had been suspected to might have also resigned, says he will be in court this morning to prosecute.
May 17, 2010, 14:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, The Late AIG Tamba Gbekie Laid to Rest
The late Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Tamba Pujeh Gbekie was on the 16th May 2010 laid to rest at his home town in Tuiyor Village Fiama Chiefdom in Kono District. The funeral ceremony was attended by a mammoth crowd of mourners from both within and outside Sierra Leone including Government Ministers and the entire Senior police hierarchy led by Police Chief Brima Acha Kamara. Many mourners flew in for the funeral from out of the country including the late manís two children, numerous friends as well as the mother of the publisher of Awareness Times Madam Sylvia Blyden (senior) who was also the adopted mother of the late police officer.
May 17, 2010, 14:08

SATIRE
ĎTruly ExceptionalíAmerican-Admired Actions
We today list a few of the actions that American Embassy in Freetown has endorsed as "truly exceptional", Ďtirelessí acts of excellence, Ďdedicationí & Ďintegrityí in the face of Ďchallengesí:
May 17, 2010, 14:06

FEATURES
60 Minutes with Dr. Harry Will in Moyamba
Monday 23rd August 1999 (Culled from Sierra Leone Web News of Peter Andersen): Sierra Leoneís Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and the Environment, Dr. Harry Will and Director of Agriculture Lamin Feika have been dismissed from their posts and charged with "corruption and related offences," according to a presidential statement issued on Sunday. Also charged was businessman Alhaji Bockarie Kakay. "Dr. Harry N. Will has been relieved of his duties as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and the Environment and Mr. Lamin M. Feika, Director-General of Agriculture is automatically interdicted according to Civil Service regulations," the statement said... CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR MORE ON THIS FEATURE ARTICLE
May 17, 2010, 14:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zain's Youth Offer Rocks!
Abubakarr Sawanneh, (photo) a 3rd year Information Systems student at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) has said that the recently launched ĀeYouth Club OfferĀf has created a keen competitive spirit amongst students in higher learning institutions. This new product ĀeYouth/StudentsĀf OfferĀf was launched in April this year at the British Council Hall in Freetown by Zain, Sierra LeoneĀfs leading and most innovative telecommunications company.
May 17, 2010, 14:02

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Jealous lover kills boyfriend *UNAIDS visits Kenema *Solar Energy to electrify Sierra Leone soon *Police boss stripped naked *APC concedes party youths presence in Pujehun *Reverend schools youths on peace.
May 17, 2010, 14:00

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
QUOTABLE QUOTES
However, despite her displeasure with Mr. Fofanaís refusal to retract the false broadcast against her person, sources close to the indicted former Minister inform Awareness Times that upon hearing the news last evening, she expressed "deep concern" over the report of such threats being allegedly made on a journalist and has totally distanced herself from such. "If it is true then it must be condemned.
May 17, 2010, 13:49

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Embassy of the United States of America Press Release from Public Affairs Office
The United States Embassy expresses its regret at the resignation of Mr. Abdul Tejan-Cole as the head of Sierra Leoneís Anti-Corruption Commission. Mr. Tejan-Coleís efforts at combating corruption in the country were truly exceptional, and we wish to congratulate him for his outstanding contributions to the wellbeing of Sierra Leone.
May 17, 2010, 13:47

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND AVIATION REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE
This invitation for the expression of interest follows the general procurement notice for this project that appeared in the development business on 27th June, 2005.
May 17, 2010, 13:45

FROM OUR TEAM
Sierra Leone's Awareness Times Publisher Never Collected a Single Penny for P.R. let alone Ten Million Leones monthly!
Hi Everyone, I have just been noticed about the malicious lies being disseminated that the Anti Corruption Commission has "evidence" that I used to embezzle Ten Million Leones of State Funds from Ministry of Fisheries every month. This is utter nonsense and has no credence to it. I will be formally asking the Anti Corruption Commission to issue a Statement on this issue, to clear my name, first thing Monday morning!
May 15, 2010, 15:56

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
If Abdul Tejan-Cole is a honourable man - Culled from Our Archives for April 2010, lest we forget!
When I read last Friday I had been collecting ten million leones monthly from a supposed Government Fisheries Project, as a citizen, I hung my head at paucity of integrity emanating from our ACC... Yes, if I were Abdul Tejan-Cole, I would have resigned from the ACC by now but I am not Abdul. My name is Sylvia Olayinka Blyden. As for those innuendoes and misdirected allegations, let me just recall here the adage that Creole Churches have various pews for seating and sometimes you might be in the right church but wrong pew. It looks like someone has entered the wrong pew and wants me to direct him/her to where he/she should be seated. It will be my pleasure! Na Ten Million Leones Normor? (suck teeth!).
http://awarenesstimes.com/drwebsite/publish/article_200515093.shtml
May 15, 2010, 15:51

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
An Open Letter to Sierra Leoneís Opposition Leader John Benjamin
The time will come when the SLPP will realise that regardless of how much you "break your backs", some of the current batch of people making up the local "International Community" are still committed to their 2007 regime-change ideals which means they want President Koroma firmly back in the driving seat come 2012. This is especially so for operatives within the US Embassy! You can start by finding out the real reason why certain people ensured June Carter Perry was hounded out of this place...! Sir, if you are counting on International support to give you the level playing field needed, you are making a huge mis-calculation. The day you (SLPP) re-orientate your mindset to realising that these local ĎInternational Communityí are avowed enemies of the SLPPís 2012 success, the day you will have taken the first step towards winning 2012...
May 14, 2010, 17:18

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
John Benjamin & a Political Midget known as Sorie Fofana
It was Elections Day of 2007 and journalist Mohamed Daudis Koroma was up in Tonkolili District, his home district and also the district of the then SLPP Presidential Running-mate, Momodu Koroma. Mohamed Daudis, my good friend knew I had been supporting the SLPPís Solomon Berewa against his own candidate, the current President Ernest Koroma but Daudis would always assure me that the SLPP was going to be beaten at the polls. That morning Daudis and I were speaking over the phone and he laughed heartily and recounted to me how he could see Sorie Fofana and Momodu Koroma seated on a veranda at Mile 91 drinking tea and listening to the BBC like white colonialists lording it over the locals.
May 14, 2010, 17:16

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENT FOR THE LATE TAMBA PUJEH GBEKIE, ASSISTANTINSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE
There will be a Muslim prayer and laying out at his residence 7 Genet Lane, Kingtom on Friday 14th May at 10- 11 am. There will also be another laying out ceremony on the same day at the Police Headquarters, George Street from 11:30 am to 2: 30 pm. The remains will be conveyed to Kono on Saturday 15th May and will be laid out at the Farchimah Hall upon arrival in Koidu Town through to Sunday morning. He will be buried at the family Tomb in Tuiyor Village Fiama Chiefdom on Sunday 16th May 2010.
May 14, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Politics
APC video clip vindicates SLPP, nails Alpha Khan
Video clip monitored yesterday at the weekly government press briefing at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information and Communication, Youyi Building in Freetown has vindicated opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) of any riotous conduct and the brandishing of machetes contrary to bogus and unfounded claims made by the APC and the Minister of Mineral Resources and Presidential Affairs, Alpha Khanu. After the May 8 elections in Constituency 91 that gave the SLPP a landslide victory, the minister in several interviews claimed that a set of SLPP youths on that day gathered holding cutlasses and sticks to intimidate APC voters from casting their votes.
May 14, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Africell Launches Mobile Registration Units
The leading and most reliable telecommunication company in Sierra Leone, africell on Wednesday 12 May 2010 launched its ĎMobile Registration Unitsí in line with NATCOMís regulation to assist state security and to deter criminal acts. The ceremony was held at their Headquarter office, Wilberforce in Freetown. In his statement, the Administrative and Human Resource Director of the company, Mr. Abdul Aziz Gabisi informed members of the press that the briefing was all about what africell has done, and plans to do in getting Subscribersí Identity Module (SIM) Cards registered in the prescribed manner. "SIM Card registration started on or about 1s October 2009 with lots of sensitization and publicity.
May 14, 2010, 17:10

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Civil Servants Dialogue on Draft Code of Conduct
Civil Servants of Sierra Leone on Thursday 13th May 2010 started a two-day workshop on the Draft Code of Regulations, Rules and Revised Procedures of the Civil Service for payment of End-of-service benefits and Death Gratuities of the deceased at the Miatta Conference Hall, Youyi Building in Freetown. The draft document is to replace the old Civil Servantsí Code of Conduct left behind by our colonial master. The workshop also served as an opportunity for all civil servants to monitor, criticize and analyze the draft document for the benefit of all. The proposed document is an instrument that is intended to guide all Civil Servants.
May 14, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANZA)Observes Global Week of Action against Violence
Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANZA) has kick started a week long observation of the ĎGlobal week of Action against Gun and Violenceí with the theme "Disarm Domestic Abusers." This was revealed to the press on Wednesday 12th May 2010 at their Pademba Road Head office in Freetown. In her statement, the Coordinator for SLANZA Madam Florella Hazley noted that the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence is a campaign raising awareness for better gun laws to push for stronger regulation of the global arms trade, adding that it was also a time to highlight the first international campaign to demand policies to protect women from gun violence in the home, to in her words ĎDisarm Domestic Violence.í
May 14, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Tussle at Theological College *MP Appeals for Fire Disaster Victims *JSDP Boosts Chiefdom Police *June 30 is Deadline for Sim Park Registration *Bank of Sierra Leone Barricaded *Mercury International Sponsors Athletics *Kailahun Police Boss Attacks Smuggling *Pharmacists Annoyed with 15% GST.
May 14, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, SDI Boss Uncomfortable with Political Gimmicks
The Executive Director of Society for Democratic Initiative (SDI), Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai has decried government policy for all NGOs to compulsorily register with the Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (SLANGO) and the Ministry of Finance, Development and Economic Planning as a prerequisite to benefiting from recognition status and privileges for all NGOs operating in the country. This was disclosed in a press release issued on Thursday 13th May 2010 by the SDI. According to the release, the concern came as a result of attempts by politicians to intimidate and muzzle the National Electoral Watch (NEW), a vibrant organization that has been monitoring elections and their ramifications in the country, in the ongoing criminal defamation court action instituted against the organization by Honorable Ibrahim Bundu representing Constituency 52 in the Port Loko District.
May 14, 2010, 17:02

COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Mohamed Daudis Koroma: A Tonkolili Friend & Brother
One of the most powerful propagandists in Sierra Leone of this century is little hailed for his propaganda skills but I find him to be within the topmost tiers of political strategists and barefaced propagandists that Sierra Leone has ever produced. This man, in my view, was mostly responsible for taking the then-opposition APCís message through his African Champion newspaper to the masses. He would skilfully, with barefaced cheek, deploy headlines written in Creole; meant to capture and convert the hearts of the largely northern province originated immigrants in Freetown. Whilst some people give credit to We Yone, Standard Times and Peep magazine, I have always given credit to this man for being the brains that effectively propagated the image of Ernest Bai Koroma prior to September 2007.
May 14, 2010, 17:00

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra leone, No Stoning Attack on ACC Tejan-Coleís House
"A crowd of attackers flung stones and curses at the Kelly Drive home of ACC Commissioner Abdul Tejan-Cole on Monday night according to neighbors. They have asked for increased police presence around the area. Beatrice Kelly, a neighbor of 13 Kelly Drive (off Wilkinson Road) said the mob came to the house at about 7:30pm. Some wore red, others in green. They were shouting and singing that they were not happy with they way the ACC was treating Afsatu Kabba and said openly "they will kill him and his family before the matter comes to an endÖ Mohamed Massaquoi of Concord Times described the situation as unfortunateÖ"
May 13, 2010, 19:18

NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Statement By H.E. President, Alhaji Dr Ahmad Tejan Kabbah On The Formal Launching Of The National Anti-Corruption Strategy On Tuesday 15 February 2005
As you will recall, in December of last year, in this same facility, we met to observe 1st Anniversary of International Anti-Corruption Day and also celebrate the publication of the preliminary draft of our National Anti-Corruption Strategy. The development of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) is a vital component of a comprehensive national programme to combat corruption.
May 13, 2010, 17:16

NEWS : Politics
APC Disables are Upset with Victor Fohís ĎNonsenseí
Accompanying Disabled Sulaiman Kallon and the other Disables to the Awareness Times offices yesterday May 12th 2010 were members of the APC Disabled Youth Wing who said the alleged Statement from APC Party Scribe Victor Foh that supporters of Haja Afsatu Kabba going to the Law Courts were not genuine APC members is to be considered as, "the most nonsense utterance ever from the mouth of the APC party scribe who already has a reputation for saying a lot of nonsense anyway".
May 13, 2010, 17:14

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, More Zain ĎAfrica Challengeí Text Winners Emerge
ĎZain Africa Challengeí (ZAC) has grown more interactive for players, university administrators, alumni and the viewing public with a presence on both Face Book and Twitter. Join the community today to stay in touch. Subscribers can also play the game on Face Book, in which case a winner stands to win 1000 units of air time.
May 13, 2010, 17:12

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Zainís Ďfootball promoí two tickets gone. Two more to go
In a bid to conceptualize its slogan Ė A Wonderful World, Ė Zainís ongoing football promotion got its second ticket winner to watch the finals of the 2010 World Cup on Saturday, 1st April 2010, at the monthly draw held in BO town. This event saw Mr. Abubakarr Barrie emerge as the second South African bound ticket winner, after Mr. Albert Kawa had scooped a similar ticket the previous month.
May 13, 2010, 17:10

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba
In Sierra Leone, ďWeíll support Afsatu Kabba even if they Kill usĒ - the Disabled
A huge cross section of the physically challenged in Freetown have stormed this newspaperís offices yesterday 12th May 2010 in Freetown to express their preparedness "to die" in order to see that the rights of former minister of Fisheries and Marine Resource, Haja Afsatu Kabba, is upheld according to the National Constitution & Sierra Leone Laws.
May 13, 2010, 17:08

NEWS : Photo News
Bar Association is a Disappointment!!
THEY CONVENIENTLY FORGOT LAW COURTS WERE ILLEGALLY SHUT DOWN!!
May 13, 2010, 17:06

NEWS : Local News
In Sierra Leone, Capsized boat leaves 3 Badly Injured
A passenger boat traveling from Port Loko to Freetown in the early hours of Wednesday 12th May 2010 capsized leaving three people badly injured and items worth thousands of Leones destroyed. According to reports, the passenger boat departed a village in Port Loko called Magbanie for Freetown at about midnight on Tuesday 11th May 2010.
May 13, 2010, 17:04

NEWS : Local News
Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
*Third Rounds Polio Immunization Ends *140 Students Caught with Forged Results *Soldiers Arrested for Demanding Salary Increase *Le.50M to Contest for SLPP Leadership *450 Bike Riders Storm FCC *32 Remanded for Loitering.
May 13, 2010, 17:02

NEWS : Local News
Sierra Leone, Parliament to domesticate IHL
As part of their activities to mark the 61st Anniversary of the Geneva Convention on International Humanitarian Law (IHL), staff and Volunteers of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday 12th May 2010 summoned Members of the House of Parliament to a special meeting held in Committee Room 1, Parliament Building, Tower Hill in Freetown.
May 13, 2010, 17:00


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