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By Awareness Times News
Feb 11, 2009, 17:08
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SLPP may sue Gbondima Gbondo to Court

Reports have disclosed that the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) may file a legal suit against one of the contenders for the party’s leadership. Chief Gbondima Gbondo, a renowned journalist, declared his intention to run for the leadership of the SLPP three weeks ago, but has found himself in the bad books of most top guns in the party who perceive his recent utterances as inimical to progress. He is accused of making certain allegations of corruption in the party, and for stating particularly that the party lost the past general elections due to corruption and maladministration. Sources close to the party say Chief Gbondima Gbondo is not a registered member of the party. Mr. Gbondo has however debunked the claim, saying he is a duly registered member of the party, although he failed to produce an evidence. Mr. Gbondo’s declaration for the leadership of the SLPP has been dismissed by many as a hoax.

Ahmadiyya Mission ends 48th Annual Conference

The Ahmadiyya Mission in Sierra Leone has ended their 48th Annual Conference or ‘Jalsa Salam’ in Bo, south of the country, with the theme ’Islam stands for peace‘. The conference which lasted for three days, attracted Muslims from across the country as well as Christian worshipers who served as observers. The Ahmadiyya Mission in Sierra Leone was founded in 1937, and accounts for thousands of members nationwide.

Health Ministry to sign Agreement with Japan

It has been reported that the Ministry of Health and Sanitation will today 11th February 2009, sign a grant agreement of 266 Japanese Yen, with the Japanese Government. The grant is aimed at supporting the prevention and control of infectious diseases in the country. The signing ceremony will take place at the Ministry of Finance, George Street, Freetown. According to reports, the project is going to cover all districts in Sierra Leone.

Guaranty Bank Sacks 3

Three staff members at the Guaranty Trust Bank, have been sacked for allegedly siphoning the sum of Le 14 million leones (fourteen million leones) from a customer’s account. Ishmael Sesay, the victim, was unable to withdraw a substantial amount of money from his account at the bank’s Cline Town branch, leaving him with no option but to raise alarm. He is said to have lost his temper when the cashier told him that his account was in the red, with barely Le 36.000 (thirty-six thousand leones) left. The bank is alleged to have tried to find a scapegoat by immediately sanctioning the arrest of an aide of Ishmael, who is said to have been with the latter in all his bank transactions. Reports however indicate that the real thieves have now been identified, with the bank wasting no time to lay them off their duties. It is not known whether any legal action will be taken against the three. The victim is said to have moved over to another bank.

Kissy Police Boss Pay Tribute to Community People

The Local Unit Commander (LUC) of the Kissy Mess-Mess Police Station, William Fayia Sellu, has attributed the success of the police in that general area to the cooperation received from the community people, courtesy of the Police Partnership Board in the Division. He said the vigilance demonstrated by the community people has helped reduced the crime rate in the area.

Lebanese close down 35 Diamond Offices in Bo

Reports have revealed that Lebanese businessmen in Bo have closed down 35 diamond offices, due to what they say is bad business for the past couple of months. The global economic crunch has been blamed for their action. The drop in the price of diamond in the world market is also said to be a major contributing factor. As a result, most Lebanese diamond dealers in the country have reportedly moved over to Mozambique and Angola in search of better business. Some others are said to have changed business from diamond to other stocks.

Man stabbed over pregnancy

Twenty-four year old Samuel Lamin, a carpenter, has reportedly been stabbed on the chest by one Papanie Conteh of Main Goderich Road, Lumley, over the ownership of a pregnancy. According to Samuel, he was in love with Isha Kamara before he left for Guinea. While in Guinea, Isha called him on the phone line and informed him that she has conceived for him. Since then, Samuel said he has been sponsoring the pregnancy. Upon his arrival from Guinea, he discovered that Papanie was paying Isha regular visits. Accordingly, Samuel raised suspicion and had to state to the hearing of Papanie that he is responsible for the pregnancy. Papanie is said to have reacted angrily by picking up a kitchen knife and stabbed Samuel on the chest. The matter is under police investigation.

Prison Officers Cry for Help

The Sierra Leone Prisons Services is reported to be at the center difficulties, and that the situation might worsen if urgent steps are not taken. Reports say officers are deprived of long over due salaries and much needed uniforms and boots. The prisons hospital is reported to be lacking essential drugs, compounded by massive overcrowding.

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