On the re-opening of SLPP Office … “We would never encourage violence” John Benjamin...
Rice straw is a leftover product after rice has been harvested. It has generally been considered waste material. But, it can also be used as a building material. Straw is the plant structure between the root crown and the grain head. It is tubular, tough and efficient. The tube or pipe shape is strong and stable. Bales of straw are compressed bunches of straw left over after harvest. Straw bale construction provides high comfort and enables homeowners and building managers to reduce energy consumption for cooling by about 80%. The natural rice straw, processes into versatile panels, corrugated with light steel at the each edge. Rice straw can be used in building skyscrapers, bungalows, multi-storey buildings and offices, says Kenneth Ogochukwu Ibekwe, Managing Director, of the [...]
On Thursday, March 23rd, students from Njala University converged at the Cotton Tree with faces turned towards State House, desperately calling on the government to re-open the University. Dressed in black and white attire the students carried placards with messages calling on President Koroma to re-open the University. They were also chanting with one voice, “Njala must re-open; free our colleagues; students of Njala are tired of being in the street, we want to be bold; we don't want to be left out. We want to go back to the University; we are tired; enough is enough!” On Tuesday, March 28th, Magdalene Dumbuya and Abdulai Koroma appeared before Magistrate Binneh Kamara. It is alleged that Dumbuya and Koroma, during the protest, were in possession of some petrol in a [...]
Political dynasties have played a significant role in democracies all over the world. From the Americas to Asia, From Europe to Africa, people from the same families have succeeded their fathers, mothers and siblings. People from the same families have governed at least a couple of times. It is also obvious that in a democracy, these leaders are mostly as they should be, judged by their proven competence and not their lineages. Prior to Sierra Leone's Independence, the oldest political party in the sub-region, the Sierra Leone People's Party was faced with the issue of choosing a leader. The choice was between two brothers Milton and Albert Margai. The decision was made in favour of the elder Margai, Milton, who later became first Prime Minister.  When he passed away in 1964, [...]
On December 22, 2016, Festus Mansaray, Alhaji Steven Bangura, Ibrahim Kalokoh and Alhaji Umaru Jalloh, allegedly attacked the residence of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) retired Lieutenant General, Samuel Omar Williams, murdered him and robbed him of 2 iPhones 6+ mobile phone, a Sierratel phone, Samsung Galaxy edge phone, Silver Mac Book PRO, Apple laptop computer, one portfolio, one handbag, a gold bracelet and gold necklace worth Le 56,355,000. Four witnesses have testified in the on-going murder trial before Magistrate Binneh Kamara, who sent the case to the High Court. By Sylvia Villa Wednesday March 29, 2017.
On December 22, 2016, Festus Mansaray, Alhaji Steven Bangura, Ibrahim Kalokoh and Alhaji Umaru Jalloh, allegedly attacked the residence of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) retired Lieutenant General, Samuel Omar Williams, murdered him and robbed him of 2 iPhones 6+ mobile phone, a Sierratel phone, Samsung Galaxy edge phone, Silver Mac Book PRO, Apple laptop computer, one portfolio, one handbag, a gold bracelet and gold necklace worth Le 56,355,000. Four witnesses have testified in the on-going murder trial before Magistrate Binneh Kamara, who sent the case to the High Court. By Sylvia Villa Wednesday March 29, 2017.
On Tuesday, March 28th, Jesmed Foday-Mami Suma, Co-founder, Policy and Membership Director of the National Progressive Democrats was granted Le100 million bail. Suma was arrested along with several other Njala students during a peaceful protest at the Cotton Tree in central Freetown on the 24th March, 2017. to the state, the accused uttered seditious words and acting disorderly. It is alleged that the accused said, “If the government does not take action, we will make this country ungovernable.” Meanwhile, during the last proceeding, Suma was arraigned before the court for the offence of Sedition and Disorderly Behavior. The bail conditions further required that the accused make himself available to the Court every three days and submit his passport. There was no [...]
The Executive Director, Programme Manager and Finance Officer of The Needy Today, a local NGO, were alleged to have misappropriated Le300 million meant for vulnerable groups affected by the Ebola outbreak in Makeni. According to State Prosecution, Ebola funds were fraudulently withdrawn from The Needy Today bank account at Rokel Commercial Bank between August 2015 to 6th January 2016 by the accused persons. On March 28th 2017, Justice John Bosco again denied the bail application made by the defence submitting that more evidence continues to unfold against the accused. The accused were denied bail despite the initial bail granted by Anti-Corruption Commission during the preliminary investigation. The judge emphasized on the seriousness of the allegation pointing out the huge [...]
The Role of The Ombudsman in the Protection of Human Rights Access to the ombudsman varies from country to country. In some countries, individuals may lodge a complaint directly with the ombudsman's office. In other countries, complaints may be submitted through an intermediary, such as a local member of parliament. Complaints made to the ombudsman are usually confidential, and the identity of the complainant is not disclosed without that person's consent. Role in Protecting Human Rights Human Rights protection Institutions such as the office of the Ombudsman offer people an opportunity to have their complaints heard, evaluated and investigated by independent neutrals who have no involvement in the outcome of the investigations, can make a finding on the complaints and offer [...]
As the civil and voter registration process continues, some Registration Officers of NEC have complained about the challenges in the process and this is contributing to the already snail pace of the process. In Kambia, Data Entering Officer ARO1, Isha Kamara, explained that they find it difficult to get some of the fingerprints of locals. The basis of the traditional fingerprinting technique is simple. The skin on the surface of the hands and feet forms ridges, so-called papillary ridges, in patterns. These patterns are unique to each person and the fingerprint does not change from childhood to old age. Even identical twins do not have identical fingerprints. Isha said due to the nature of the work done by many locals, the contours of their fingertips have been marred and [...]
Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC) has scored a dismal 10.38% Aqua Rating, administered by an independent entity hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the International Water Association (IWA). The Minister of Water Resources, Momodu Maligie has expressed optimism in the growth and development of the company. The Minister explained, “The public is dissatisfied with the services of Guma. Despite frantic efforts made by the staff of the company to address the challenges they seldom receive appraisal. I do not remember a point in time were people say 'thank you' to Guma for anything,” he said. The Minister said, “The problem in the water sector is not a Guma problem rather it is a Sierra Leonean problem and in order to change it there is a need for [...]