AWARENESS TIMES
Sierra Leone News & Information

State House | Press Union | Lumley Beach | AllAfrica | SL-Web

www.awarenesstimes.com

  Giving Knowledge to the People
welcome to sierra leone's premier news source
Last Updated: Sep 17th, 2010 - 19:55:49 
Front Page 
 
 NEWS
 Breaking News
 Local News
 Politics
 Photo News
 Video News
 
 EDITORIALS
 
 SPECIAL REPORTS
 Afsatu Kabba
 
 COMMENTS & OPINIONS
 Moiie's Column
 
 FEATURES
 
 ENTERTAINMENT
 
 PROFILES
 Role Models
 Awareness Lady
 Common Man
 
 THE ECONOMY
 
 NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
 Special Messages
 Legal Matters
 Obituaries
 
 PAID SUPPLEMENTS
 
 ADVERTISEMENTS
 
 SATIRE
 
 FROM OUR TEAM
Search


Published online by
Sylvia Blyden Dot Com

17 Garrison Street,
Freetown,
Sierra Leone.
Tel: +232-77-772001
Tel: +232-88-321000
Tel: +232-76-350077
Tel: +232-30-321001
Email:
editor@awarenesstimes.com
Website:
www.awarenesstimes.com

NEWS : Politics  

= Democracy at Work in Sierra Leone = : Opposition SLPP takes Ruling APC to Task
By Bampia Bundu
Apr 9, 2010, 17:22
Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Fears that Sierra Leone might be sliding back into a One Party State were yesterday April 6th 2010 partly assuaged when the main opposition political party in the country Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) took the ruling All Peoples Congress government to task on pertinent issues affecting the countrys development such as the National Constitutional Review, The London Mining Agreement, the Rule of Law and Corruption.

This was relayed to the public at the inaugural slated monthly press conference held at the SLAJ Headquarters, Campbell Street in Freetown which was attended by senior executive members of the SLPP and a host of senior journalists in the country.

In his statement, the Chairman of the Opposition SLPP, Mr. John Oponjo Benjamin noted that as a party they believe that the Constitutional Review Process should recommence in earnest so that the populace will be adequately sensitized on the proposed amendments and its effects on the upcoming 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections. Benjamin insisted that they know that any amendments to the Constitution should involve wider consultation and contribution by the people as was evidenced in 1990 when the Constitutional Review Commission that prepared the first draft of the present Constitution was commissioned.

He quoted the Third Report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Integrated Peace-Building Office in Sierra Leone for the period June 1- September 1, 2009, which states that "the completion of the much awaited constitutional reform process is long overdue. To expedite the process, I call on the Government to consider establishing as soon as possible, a participatory consultation mechanism to enable wider input by civil society and other national stakeholders. UNIPSIL stands ready to provide technical support for the exercise, which, when completed, should make an important contribution to the peace consolidation process".

Also, the SLPP, Mr. Benjamin said having clearly and comprehensively considered the terms and conditions of the London Mining Agreements against the Mines and Minerals Act 2009 and the Income Tax Act 2000; stoutly condemned governments circumvention of key sections of those legislations. SLPP condemned the fact that the London Mining Agreement takes precedence over the parent Act. A representative of London Mining at the Press Meeting brought up points which were countered by SLPPs Hon. Ansu Kaikai.

SLPP Chairman concluded by deliberating on issues regarding the Petroleum Industry, Democratic Institutions such as the Police, NEC, PPRC and Corruption.

Lawyer Sulaiman Banja-Tejansie was unveiled as the new Spokesman for the SLPP who also doubles as the Director of Communications for the SLPP henceforth. The erudite lawyer is expected to take the partys message out into the local populace.


© Copyright by Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Top of Page

Latest Headlines
NEWS
Sports, Music & Politics: News Clippings from Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone Peoples Party Bags Le790,000,000 (US$180,000) from Aspirants
COCAINE CASE NEARLY IMPLODES: PRESIDENT INTERVENES - More Leaked Cables
EDITORIALS
Encourage Moseray Fadika and Frank Timis the Romanian
National Judiciary Deserves to be Heard
We Do Not Negotiate for Space with Anyone!
SPECIAL REPORTS
Afsatu Lectures Students against Violence
Afsatu Kabba Launches Women Organization
Sierra Leone's Opposition Resident Village Idiot flies out to U.K. and Ghana today
COMMENTS & OPINIONS
THE QUEEN HAS SEEN IN SPORTS WHAT OUR LEADERS HAVE FAILED TO UNDERSTAND
The Miscalculated Mischief of a former Military Ruler aspiring to be President of Sierra Leone
On Trivialities & Play Cooking
FEATURES
WIMSAL at 3What hope lies ahead for Women in the Media?
Reproduced by Popular Demand: No Junior Secondary School Built at Tondola Junction
Sierra Leone's NPRCs Tom Nyuma, Sierra Rutile, Vimetco, John Sisay & the Inquest for late Bambay Kamara
ENTERTAINMENT
Sierra Leone's Video-Journalist Abdulai Jalloh marries his Sweetheart, Cecilia
Nor Look En Face Takes Over the Airwaves in Sierra Leone
PROFILES
A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MRS. HANNAH BABY NELLIE GADD - A Role Model
Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba: A Muslim Woman of Excellence!
THE ECONOMY
Sierra Leone Government in Serious Embarrassment as Businesses Shut Down over New Tax
NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Josephine, Widow of late Brigadier Hassan Conteh passes away in London
Two Respected Journalists complain Former Military Ruler aspiring for Sierra Leone Presidency
Office of the Administrator and Registrar General
PAID SUPPLEMENTS
Marampa Can Achieve Late 2012 Start-Up With Maiden 200mt Jorc Resource Representing Only 20% Of The Mineralised Strike
Koidu Holdings Explains Blasting Incident at Koidu Kimberlite Project Mine Site
Presenting Professor Dr. Ritchard Tamba MBayo
ADVERTISEMENTS
NASSIT and HFC offers 28 Newly Built Houses for immediate Sale in Sierra Leone
African Minerals (SL) Ltd Job Vacancy
JOLLIBOY! - Solomon Pratt's Book is now available for Purchase Online
SATIRE
XXXXXXXXXXXX THE CIA SPY
Letter To Tech: The Political Dombolo in Kono
President Koroma Fires One: Maybe the Cabinet Reshuffle Has Commenced?
FROM OUR TEAM
Awareness Times will be back shortly with our News Feed from Sierra Leone
If SLPP's Kelfala Kallon cannot even read and understand what he reads...
Schulenburg Should Behave Himself

Copyright © 2005 - 2010, Awareness Times Sierra Leone; All Rights Reserved.
Hosted & Designed by West Africa Dot Net