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

The annual statistics on births and deaths, a vital record for the country, is not expected to be compiled this end of year. The reason for this, according to Awoko investigations, is that deaths have not been reported to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation as Ebola revages the land. Some people have questioned the[...]

395 people in the villages of Gomahun, Baoma Chiefdom and Yakaji, Kakua Chiefdom have been quarantined following outbreaks of the deadly Ebola disease in the two villages last week. The two villages are, for now, the only sources of the 227 suspected cases being investigated by the Bo District Health Management Team. Of the 227[...]

The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Sia Nyama Koroma, yesterday officially launched the Beijing +20 campaign, while UN Resident Coordinator David Mclacklan Karr officially launched the Gender Mainstreaming Strategy for Sierra Leone’s National Ebola Emergency Response at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Freetown. The Beijing +20 campaign, an acronym for the Empowering[...]

Don Bosco Fambul, one of Sierra Leone’s leading child-welfare organisations, has not only expanded its support to vulnerable children in the country following the Ebola outbreak, but has provided twenty mobile hand-wash basins to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs for use in Freetown. The mobile hand-wash basins, fitted with taps and[...]

During the three days lock-down instituted by the Government in an effort to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola disease ravaging the country, less privileged residents in deprived communities at Murray Town were seriously frustrated. The frustration over the issue of their daily bread was very alarming. The situation however prompted two gentlemen who[...]

Sometimes, I wonder why for the most part, many things seem to run contrary with us even when, in some ways there appear glimmers of hope here and there. We had a ravaging war that was characterized as the highest savagery you can think of. We staggered out of it bruised, humiliated and divided. In 2012, we had the cholera outbreak that rudely exposed our poor personal hygiene and general dismal sanitation. When the Audit Report of 2010 or 2011 came out, it was replete with gaping holes of frightening grafts, with health somehow leading. There are still people denying that Ebola is here. The other day, we are told people had a carnival in Makeni because they said Ebola was no more! Indeed the meaning of State of Emergency has indeed changed between the 1970s and 2014s. There [...]
The Indian Government has donated the sum of US$10m towards the United Nations Trust Fund for Ebola that was recently set up. In addition to that, they have further contributed the sum of US$2m by way of supply of protective gear. Furthermore, the Indian Government had provided medical supplies of US$50,000 directly to the Government in the fight against Ebola. Announcing the package, the designated High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, H.E. K. Jeeva Sagar who is to be based in Ghana, conveyed his sincere sympathy to President Ernest Koroma at the devastation caused by the Ebola outbreak. According to sources close to High Commissioner Sagar, he expressed his “deep condolences to the bereaved families of those who died during the Ebola virus, “and further reiterate his [...]
Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No.2 yesterday ordered the subpoena of the Police Investigator who conducted the preliminary investigation into the alleged robbery with aggravation of former Fisheries Minister Dr Soccoh Kabia, after a witness in the ongoing trial was unable to open his Ipad in court during cross-examination. The Ipad was about to be tendered into evidence when defence counsel E.T. Koroma, representing accused Mohamed Kamara, requested that the Ipad be charged and switched on. The request was granted and the matter was stood down for fifteen minutes while this was done before the trial resumed. Before the Exhibit Clerk could be recalled to the witness box to identify the Ipad, the Public Prosecutor in the matter, Sergeant 922 Dumbuya John, apologised for [...]
Police Investigator, PC 11346 Henry Manoh Koroma, testifying in court yesterday on the alleged conspiracy by two accused persons, Tejan Sankoh and Swaibu Kuyateh, to steal a Toyota FJ Cruiser, said that the accused had admitted the theft, and had given him $7,200 as partial payment for the $18,200 vehicle. The police investigator testified that he recognized the accused, and told the court that he received information from the complainant that the FJ Cruiser, with registration number AIN 618, had been taken to Liberia by the accused, adding that the first accused Tejan Sankoh was on his way to Liberia when a team of Detectives led by Sergeant Pawoh arrested him. He was interviewed on the 23th July 2014, where he made the statement to police. He continued that he, together with [...]
Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs (MSWGCA) Alhaji Moijue Kaikai has call on organizations and other stakeholders to work as a unit in dealing with children and women affected by Ebola in the country. He made this appeal while addressing local and international organizations dealing with children's and women's affairs in the country at the MSWGCA office at Kenema District Council. Alhaji Moijue Kaikai told his audience that Ebola is the worst enemy of the state and therefore it is the responsibility of all and sundry to fight it in all angles to eradicate it completely from our country. The Minister pointed out that his ministry, together with other child protection agencies, met to map out strategies geared towards addressing issues affecting children [...]