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By Awareness Times News
Jul 7, 2010, 17:06


Presidential Affairs Ministry Abolished

Reports have it that Ministry of Presidential and Public Affairs has been abolished and replaced with that of Chief of Staff. The incumbent will now ensure the execution of President Koromaís Agenda for Change by providing a link and support for Ministries Departments and Agencies and to meet their various targets. The Presidentís appointee for that new position is Dr. Kaifala Marah who is said to be engaged with the Common Wealth. ¬†

Bo District Elects New Female Chief

Local tabloids say a 50-year old Mama Yeanoh Kpaka was last week elected as the first female Town Chief of Mandu in the Valunia Chiefdom, Bo District. The chief is reported to have informed the press that she was elected by her people due to the developmental initiatives she had had been involved in within the community that had earned the chiefdom many projects. Chief Kakpa is reported to have defeated her rival, Mr. Mkayawo by 82 as against 2 votes cast. If no contention against her, then it is expected the chiefís crowing ceremony will soon be done by the Ministry of Local Government.

NEC Boss Takes Presidential Oath of Office

The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone on past Monday administered Oath of Office to the re-appointed Chairperson of the National Electoral Commission, Dr. Christiana Thorpe at State House in Freetown. After administering the oath, President Koroma thanked Dr. Thorpe for her good job. It could be recalled that, when Dr. Thorpe stood before Parliament for her reappointment, she was highly criticized by opposition SLPP who rejected her on grounds that there was a pending matter against her in court for the nullification of 477 poling stations in the 2007 presidential run-off. But even as the opposition walked off, ruling APC in majority endorsed her reappointment.

President Appoints New Ambassador to Russia

Reports say President Koroma has appointed Mr. Sahr Yambasu, a strong ruling APC party member and Chairman of the Kono District Council as the Sierra Leoneís Ambassador to Russia.¬† Reports however have it that following the undiplomatic behaviour of the former ambassador, the Government of Russia is yet to accept the new ambassador as he needs to go through background check on his character. This is a new policy put in place by the Russia Foreign Ministry to investigate appointed Ambassadors to their country.¬† As this is a high profile position most often meant for northerners, President Koromaís latest move in appointing someone from Kono is allegedly to keep the Kono people appeased, after allegations of lack of care for them by the APC government.

Weather Forecast Predicts Heavy Storms & Rains for 3 months


Sierra Leoneís Metrological Department has reportedly predicted heavy rains, thunder and storms in the next 3 months, the countryís peak of the rainy season. According to reports, the indications of the bad weather surfaced on Thursday 1st¬†July 2010 when heavy storm flew many roofs and the heavy downpour of rain that followed caused flooding that destroyed properties in Freetown and some parts of the country. The Freetown City Council and office of the National Security have been urged by the Metrological authority to prepare for disaster management.

Reproductive Health Seminar ends in Port Loko


Reproductive Health and Family Planning seminar has ended in the northern district of Port Loko for religious leaders, councilors, young people and lactating mothers at the Port Loko Teachersí College Auditorium. According to reports, the objective of the seminar was to raise awareness on the Islamic perspective of Reproductive Health, family planning and gender. The dayís seminar was reportedly sponsored by Port Loko branch of the National Islamic Network on population and Development.

Mabella Receives pipe borne water


Mabella Community, said to be one of the impoverished communities in the city is currently enjoying pipe borne water supply from Guma Valley Water Company. Residents of this community had suffered long, without access to pipe borne water facility. The water facility came to the community through the aide of their councilor Abu Y. Kanu.

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