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By Awareness Times News
Oct 9, 2008, 17:15
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ACC Schools Principals

The Anti Corruption Commission has distributed the newly enacted ACC Bill 2008 to Heads of Junior and Senior Secondary Schools in the western area at a consultative and familiarization meeting held at the Rokel Secondary School, Tower Hill in Freetown. ACC Legal Unit Representative, Alhassan Kamara explained to the principals about the powers of the new ACC Bill, stating that the commission has been empowered to investigate and prosecute public officials on twenty seven different offences on corruption. He also used the forum as an opportunity to urge principals and teachers to visit the ACC office and obtain their assets declaration forms.

Fake Goods Account For 50 Million Dollar Lose

Reports monitored from local tabloids have intimated that Sierra Leone is losing over fifty million United States Dollars annually through the importation of counterfeit products. Reports say the loss to the state is as a result of smuggling of these products into the country which also resulted in heavy losses for manufacturers of the original products. These counterfeits products range from building materials, vehicle parts, pharmaceuticals to beverages. A recent European Union study reportedly revealed that the trade in counterfeit products showed an increase of more than 50% from 2005.

Chief Wants Compulsory HIV Test

Chief of Nongowa Chiefdom in the Kenema District, Paramount Chief Amara Bonya Vangahun has reportedly called on the government to enact laws that would ensure HIV/AIDs tests are made compulsory. The chief is reported as saying that compulsory test was one of the ways to combat the pandemic in the country. He expressed concerns that there have been lots of sensitizations on voluntary testing and counseling but the fact remains that awareness raising was yet to yield expected results.

Husband Kills Wife

Reports have it that a resident of Gbalahun village in the Kambia District, Alusine Kargbo recently beats and tortured his wife, Emmah Kargbo to death in a nearby farm. Reports allege that the incident occurred when Alusine Kargbo asked his daughter to prepare meal for him whilst working on the farm which was not done. This occurrence reportedly angers the husband and subsequently resulted in a confrontation between Kargbo and his wife. Reports say the wife was beaten until she collapsed and later died. Kargbo was immediately arrested by the police and is presently helping with the investigations.

Kenema High Court Resumes Sitting

The High Court of the Eastern Region presided over by Justice Nyawoma Jones was officially opened on Monday 6th October 2008, local tabloids say. According to reports, a total of 12 cases were presided over among which include offences relating to unlawful carnal knowledge, rape, robbery, murder and manslaughter. One of the cases presided was that of a 26 year old Fatu Bindi who was arraigned on two count charges of wounding contrary to law. The accused is said to have maliciously wounded her father. She pleaded guilty and apologized in open court. She was cautioned and discharged.

Amputees Call For Reparations

Reports say amputees at the Hastings, Grafton and Waterloo camps have called for a speedy implementation of the reparations process. Life is said to have become most unbearable for these amputees as most of them have been reduced to beggars. This situation is very frustrating considering the fact that they can no longer fend for themselves and have to rely on external support, which is not forthcoming.

2004 Local Government Act to be reviewed

Reports have it that the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Local Government and Rural Development and the National Decentralization Commission have recently held a day’s validation meeting to review the Local Government Act 2004. Minister Dauda Kamara is said to have disclosed that one of the reasons for the setting up of the Local Government Task Force was to review certain provisions in the Act in order to put them in proper perspective for the understanding and smooth implementation of local governance in the country.

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