On the re-opening of SLPP Office … “We would never encourage violence” John Benjamin...

The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (RSCSL) Tuesday issued a release disclosing that the former Liberian President Charles Ghankay Taylor had been denied a move to Rwanda. According to the release Charles Taylor had filed a motion “requesting that the RSCSL terminate the enforcement of his sentence in the UK and transfer him to[…]

The Chairman Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) Justice Maitland Tolla-Thompson, yesterday called on the various political parties and organisations, involved in the present constitutional debate to stay calm, while the Supreme Court looks into the matter. He made this call while briefing media practitioners, on the present constitutional impasse, at the commission’s headquarters at Tower[…]

National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) boss Rtd. Maj. Palo Conteh has said that the hazard pay for ebola workers will come to an end on the 31st March. He made this statement yesterday at the weekly NERC press conference. The CEO said even though the hazard pay will come to an end, they will still[…]

The Office of the First Lady (OFL) with support from UNFPA, Airtel and Ipas Sierra Leone on Wednesday commemorated the 5th Anniversary of the Launch of Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal and Infant Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). CARMMA is an initiative borne out of the need by Heads of State and Governments in Africa[…]

The Policy Adviser in the Office of the First Lady, Sam Bangura, has launched a documentary which assures women of better health services when the visit hospitals, health centers or clinics to seek healthcare services.
The launching took place on Wednesday during the commemoration of the 5th Anniversary of the Campaign for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) - the main maternal referral hospital in the country.
The documentary is sponsored by Ipas, an International Non- Governmental Organisation working on women reproductive health and right issues. It brought to light the odds women and young girls face in terms of accessing health care services and facilities.
The documentary which will [...]

The IMF Survey magazine, yesterday reported that the Executive Board of the IMF has approved a “loan and grant package for Sierra Leone that includes $102 million in extra financing, to help the West African country counter a slump in economic activity engendered by the Ebola outbreak”.
But what is not clear, is whether this newly announced '$102 million in extra IMF financing and debt relief package' is the same financing facility that was announced early this month, that is now being recycled.
For a government that is still failing to account for $14 million missing Ebola funds, meant for the sick, concerns are quite rightly being raised as to the rationale and wisdom in continuing to entrust such large sums of money to the Koroma government, rather than find [...]

The last time I checked Sierra Leone's Vice President was expelled by his party while he was under quarantine. By the time the 21 days lapsed he was relieved of his position for allegedly attempting to seek asylum at the American Embassy. By the time we could say Jack Robinson a new Vice President had been sworn in. Why do I bother with this?
I do so because this country has a bad record of strained relationships between Presidents and their deputies. I do so because we could be interested in the integrity deficits that are most times characteristic of our state actors. But why do I really bother after all the majority of our population never witnessed the one party dictatorship and even don't care. In all this I feel sorry for the young people of this country. Those of [...]

Mr. Denis Thomas, a Pharmacist at the Central Medical stores has said that out of the 438 intercepted cartons of Free Health Care (FHC) Drugs, 338 cartoons has UNICEF labels while the remaining 100 cartoon does not have any label.
"UNICEF procures only on behalf of Government of Sierra Leone either for FHC or Ebola response medical commodities. I am not aware of UNICEF procuring and supplying private individuals" he testified.
Mr Thomas was giving evidence at Court No 2 before Magistrate Albert Moody, in the case of 4 accused persons; Isatu Jalloh alias Iye Fullah, Alhassan Bah, Abubakarr Sultan and Abdulai Hassan Kamara (1st to 4th accused persons respectively) who were charged with five counts ranging from conspiracy to commit a crime contrary to law to [...]

A nurse at the Cottage Hospital; Henrietta Khatty, and a soldier; James Tamba, along with two security guards, Gibril Badamasie and Sorie Kamara have been docked for allegedly stealing a one-year old boy.
The accused persons were arraigned before Magistrate Albert Moody on three count charges ranging from Conspiracy contrary to Law, Child Stealing contrary to section 56 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861 and Forgery contrary to section 4 (1) of the forgery Act 1913 (count 1 to 3 respectively).
According to the particulars of offence on count one, the accused persons on the 21st December 2014 in ward three at the Cottage Hospital, Fourah Bay Road, Freetown conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony to wit - child stealing.
The particulars [...]

The West African Civil Society Forum -Sierra Leone chapter (WASCOF SL) while denouncing violence has called on the Supreme Court to interpret the 1991 Constitution “fairly and without prejudice” as it relates to the removal of the Vice President, Chief Samuel Sam Sumana from office.
The newly elected Secretary General of the Forum, Morlai Conteh condemned “all partisan incitements” with the intent 'to disrupt public peace in the name of protest against the Constitutional removal of the Vice President from his duties.”
Conteh said WASCOF was born out of the genuine Pan-African inspiration to ensure collective regional peace, stability, economic and trade prosperity, good governance and regional integration through dialogue.
He said that democratic [...]