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Jun 18, 2009, 13:42
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Koidu Holdings Re-employs 400

Local tabloids say Koidu Holdings Limited has re-employed some 400 workers. According to reports, these workers were laid off over a year ago as a result of suspension of the activities of the company by the government. The remaining affected workers still waiting to be recalled will soon breathe a sigh of relief.

Girls Rights Abused by Uncle

Fatmata Kamara, an 8-year old girl, has reportedly been beaten to coma by her uncle, Mohamed Boe Kamara. The teenage girl is said to have suffered serious injuries in the process. According to reports, Fatmata sustained several wounds on her neck and entire body. Fatmatas father is dead and her mother is reported to be resident in Guinea. Fatmata was beaten on the grounds that she failed to return home quickly than expected after she left for the nearby pump to fetch water.

Four Die In Kambia Accident

An Okada rider, a woman and her two children have reportedly died in a gruesome accident in Kambia town. According to reports, the victims were onboard an okada when they rammed into a World Ford Programme vehicle in the Central of Kambia town. The sad incident is reported to have occurred at night time.

SLTU ends Regional Tour

Reports say the Sierra Leone Teachers Union (SLTU) has concluded a regional tour to update teachers on the current status of the union throughout the country. The main objective of the tour was to enhance a comprehensive understanding in order to address the welfare and concerns of teachers for development. According to reports, many stakeholders of the union were involved.

2 Police officers Detained

Local tabloids have revealed that the Complaints Discipline and Internal Investigation Department (CDIID) of the Sierra Leone Police, has detained Police Constable Yakuba Conteh and Police Constable Ibrahim Tarawallie. According to reports, the officers are alleged to have been involved in a mysterious loss of one 40 horse power outboard machine that was in their custody at the Kingtom Police Store in Freetown. The machine is valued at twenty million leones.

176 illegal Houses to be demolished

Reports have revealed that a total 176 houses are to be demolished in a bid to allow the Bumbuna high tension cables a safe passage. The said houses are located in Freetown and other parts of the country, especially in the Northern Province. According to reports, no compensation will be given to the 176 house owners, whilst 200 legal house owners have already be compensated. According to the Minister of Lands Country Planning and the Environment, Dr. Denis Sandy, all the 176 houses are going to be demolished with no compensation or negotiation.

Free Delivery Service for Pregnant Women

The District Medical Officer, Western Area, Dr. Samuel Smith, has reportedly disclosed that the Rokupa Government Hospital at Wellington in the far east of Freetown, now offers free delivery services to all pregnant women in labour. According to him, this sacrifice was made in order to contribute in the fight to reduce the maternal death rate in the country. The objective of this service is to help involve community members in the delivery of health services.

$33M for 2012 Elections

The Chief Electoral Commissioner of the National Electoral Commission, Dr. Christian Thorpe, has reportedly disclosed that the sum of USD 33 Million has been budgeted as the amount needed to conduct smooth general elections in 2012. She was reported to have stated that early planning would be needed to ensure that the strategically important elections are conducted in accordance with international standards. No date has been set yet for the said elections.

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