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District APC Youth Leader Condemned
Reports monitored from local tabloids have intimated that youths in Kambia District have condemned the All People’s Congress (APC) party District Youth Leader, Sorieba Sillah, for allegedly threatening the life of Gibriel Gottor of Radio Kollenten in Kambia. The youths are said to have described Mr. Sorieba’s action as a complete disregard for the rule of law and the APC party, adding that the action amounts to muzzling the press in the district.
Freetown City Council Arrests 100 Petty Traders
Reports have it that the Freetown City Council (FCC) has arrested over one hundred petty traders within the last couple of days for selling in prohibited areas in the municipality. According to reports, the arrested traders will be tried and anyone found guilty will be fined according to the laws governing the Municipal Trade Act. Reports say traders have been warned long before now to desist from selling at certain prohibited areas in the city, but they have deliberately refused to adhere to the warning.
Health Sector’s Poor Indicators Unearthed
Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Soccoh Kabia, is said to have revealed that results of the first comprehensive nationwide survey on Macro International Demographic and Health, in collaboration with Statistics Sierra Leone on contraceptive, fertility, immunization, malnutrition, bed nets among others, has unearthed poor indicators in the health sector. The Minister made this disclosure whilst addressing journalists past Thursday during the weekly Government press briefing organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC).
Citizens Want Local Programs at SLBS
Acting Minister of Information and Communications, Mohamed Daudis Koroma, has said in Freetown that there in an ongoing restructuring exercise at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service Television (SLBS/TV), assuring that local programs will soon be aired as modalities are being put in place to ensure that. He said his Ministry has been receiving complaints that although the test transmission by the SLBS/TV is clear, the programmes aired fall far below the expectations of the ordinary citizens in the provinces who would rather prefer local programs that reflect the culture and tradition of their beloved country.
CGG in Human Rights Violation Scam
Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge of Personnel Training and Welfare, Kadie Fakondoh, is said to have condemned the idea of bringing victims and perpetrators together in matters involving gross human rights violations, saying it is against the laws of Sierra Leone. According to reports, the Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) has indicted itself of aiding and abating perpetrators of domestic violence and other gross human rights violators across the country, as the organization’s annual report 2008 revealed that the CGG held series of meetings between victims and perpetrators of human rights violations, especially those related to domestic violence, in a bid to amicably resolve such matters out of the realm of the law.
FBC Students Refused Bail & Remanded in Prison
Magistrate Steven Conteh of the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1, past Thursday, for the second time, refused an application for bail made by Lawyer Leon Jenkins Johnston on behalf of four students of the Fourah Bay College (FBC). According to reports, the four are among 11 college students currently facing murder charges in respect of one Mohamed Juana, who is said to have died during an initiation rite performed by the Island Social Club at FBC, on 20th December 2008. An application by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Oladipo Robin Mason for an adjournment of the matter to the 27th January 2009 was granted. The DPP also advised lawyers representing the students to apply for bail at the High Court.
Sierratel Ordered Closed
The Sierra Leone Telecommunication Company (SIERRATEL) has been ordered closed for flouting its National Social Security Trust (NASSIT) obligations. According to court orders, the company has been ordered to close down its offices at Wellington, Brookfields, Cline Town, Wilberforce, Juba, as well as its central office, pending the settlement of all NASSIT arrears. Latest reports indicate that the Management of that institution has been deducting NASSIT dues from workers’ salaries, but rather criminally failed to forward such deductions to NASSIT.
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