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Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
By Awareness Times News
Jan 16, 2009, 17:10
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NEWS BRIEFS ARE SUMMARIES OF REPORTS CULLED FROM OTHER LOCAL NEWSPAPERS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ONLINE READERS

Another Candidate Emerges for PMDC Top Job

Reports monitored from local tabloids have intimated that the regional organizing secretary east of the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), David Keikula is said to have recently declared his intention to contest for the party’s national publicity secretary in the forthcoming delegates conference. He is reported as saying that the party is a democratic institution that gives every member the freedom and right to challenge for any executive position, while expressing confidence over his support within the party’s rank and file.

Ritual Murder Lands 22 in Police Net

Reports have it that the criminal investigation departments in Moyamba and Kambia are presently investigating two separate cases of suspected ritual murder involving a male and female whose corpses were discovered recently. Reports say the murder case being investigated by the police in Moyamba took place in Gbangbatoke, in the lower Banta Chiefdom, Moyamba District, where an unidentified female corpse was discovered at a nearby farm. In all 22 people are said to have been arrested and are presently helping the police with investigations.

Fire Force Training School Soon

Plans are now far advanced for the Sierra Leone Fire Force to establish a training school to develop the capacity of its staff, local tabloids say. Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Kamanda Bongay is reported as saying that funding for the construction of the training school to be located at Simi Town at Rokel village has already been provided by the Government of Sierra Leone, DFID and the Office of National Security (ONS). He said construction work for the training school will be completed by the end of this month.

Sports Journalists Impasse Resolved

Reports have it that the impasse among sport writers in Sierra Leone has successfully been settled during a meeting organized by the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) between the Sierra Leone Sports Writers Association (SWASL) and the Sierra Leone Sports Journalists Association (SLAJA) at the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA). According to reports, the two sport writers associations have been experiencing misgivings amongst themselves about cooperation and recognition, a situation the led to poor collaboration in the promotion of sports in Sierra Leone.

Business Survey Underway in Sierra Leone

According to local tabloids, the Sierra Leone Indigenous Business Association has trained numerators to embark on a massive business survey in the Western Area, Bo, Kenema and Makeni. This is in a bid to address some of the difficulties faced by indigenous business people in Sierra Leone. The survey is reportedly aimed at targeting both the private and public sectors, so as to identify their challenges and make recommendations for a healthy monetary policy, which will be sensitive to the changing economic conditions around the world.

Prisons Department Gets 9 New Vehicles

Nine new vehicles are said to have been donated to the Prisons Department of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Public Relations Officer, Mohamed Opito Jimmy is reported as saying that the donated vehicles, which were purchased through the consolidated fund, are currently parked at the prisons headquarters at New England in Freetown. He said the new vehicles will be of great assistance to prison officials in the discharge of normal duties. Reports say prison officials used to find it difficult to go about their normal duties.

SLPP for PhD Research

Local tabloids have intimated that the services of Ex-President Tejan Kabbah, his Vice Solomon Berewa and six Ministers in the erstwhile Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) government have been requested by a PhD Researcher at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. The other six include Dr. Kadie Sesay – Trade and Industry, Alhaji Mohamed Swarray Deen – Mineral Resources, Mrs. Abator Thoma – Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha T. Wurie – Education and Dr. Sama Mondeh – Agricluture.


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