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By Awareness Times News
Nov 10, 2010, 17:08



Le1.2bn Bail for NRA Boss & 4 Others


Local tabloid reports say Justice Samuel Ademusu presiding over High Court No.1 has granted bail in the sum of one billion two hundred and fifty million Leones to the suspended Commissioner General of the National Revenue Authority Mr. Alieu Sesay, his wife Mrs. Fatmata Sesay and three others who were contractors. According to reports, the accused persons who were arraigned before the Judge pleaded not guilty on fifty seven count charges of willfully failing to comply with guidelines relating to the tendering of contracts, conspiracy to commit corruption offences, abuse of office, abuse of position, knowingly misleading, conflict of interest, offering an advantage, and peddling influences contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

Stakeholders Discuss Gender Violence

Newspaper reports have it that the Council of Tribal Heads in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs had concluded a day community dialogue forum for twenty-seven communities at the St. Anthony Hall Syke Street in Freetown where they discussed the key challenges on Gender Base Violence prevention.

PPRC Launches Strategic Plan in Kenema     


Newspaper reports monitored have it that the Political Party Registration Commission had officially launched its Strategic Plan for 2010-2013 at the Kenema District Council Hall in Kenema City. Reports say the Acting Chairman of PPRC Roland Ade Caesar described PPRC as a unique organization aimed at ensuring the conduct of free and fair electioneering processes in the country. The PPRC boss is reported to have used the forum as an opportunity to plead to all political parties to fully comply with the code of conduct of PPRC in order to maintain the democratic atmosphere.


Bo Hospital Receives Big Boost


The Government of Sierra Leone had allocated Two Billion Three Hundred and Forty-Five Million Leones to the Bo Government Hospital for development purpose for the year 2011. This was reportedly disclosed by the Chief Administrator of the Bo City Council William Alpha during his address to Journalists. The money reports say had been allocated to the hospital through the Bo City Council who will disburse and monitor its proper utilization for the benefit of the hospital.


Wealth Builders Case Goes to High Court       


Local tabloid reports say the fraud case between the fake micro finance Wealth Builders Institution General Manager and people of Sierra Leone has been committed to the High Court of Sierra Leone for further hearing. According to reports, the matter was committed to the High Court after standing several trials before Magistrate Johannes Wellington of Court No.2.


Chief Justice Blasts Lawyers 


Newspaper reports say the Chief Justice Umu Tejan Jalloh during the 20th Call Ceremony of the Sierra Leone Law School held by the Council of Legal Education-Sierra Leone at the Miatta Conference in Freetown blasted Sierra Leone Lawyers. The Chief Justice is reported as saying that she had repeatedly appealed for correct behaviors by grandaunts both in and out of court, so as to earn the respect of the public in general and their colleagues in particular. Her appeal reports say had fallen on deaf ears as  her chamber continued to  receive constant reports about lawyers engaging in practices of  duping of clients, unholy and very high charges on the innocent public.  


Journalists Advised to Protect Children


The National Coordinator of Media Alliance for Children (MEDIAC) Mr. Ibrahim Karim Sei, had appealed to journalists to protect the interest of children adding that journalists were better placed to protect children’s issues in the public domain.  Mr. Karim is said to have made this statement during a one-day advocacy campaign for children held at SLAJ Headquarters in Freetown. The formation of MEDIAC reports say is an indication of how dedicated SLAJ is to the cause of Children.


Guineans Praise Salone Police

Thousand of Guinean residents in Freetown who turned out at the national stadium past Sunday to cast their votes in the Guinean Presidential run –off elections, lavished praises on the Sierra Leone Police  for providing the enabling environment for them to vote peacefully . According to reports, over twelve thousand registered Guineans in Sierra Leone cast their votes in the four polling Centers in Freetown, Bo, Kenema and Kono. This is the first democratic election that is being held in Guinean since 1958.

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