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Patrick Kanneh Kabba has been elected Paramount Chief of Nomo Chiefdom, Kenema District in a runoff election that was held in the chiefdom headquarter town of Nomo on Friday 15th February 2019. He polled 233 valid votes defeating his rival Kadiatu Kanneh Mansaray who got 173 valid votes.  Five people from two ruling houses, the[…]

Lawyer Lansana Dumbuya, Defense Counsel for former Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Agriculture who were served notices to appear before the Commission of Inquiry (COI) presided by Justice Bankole Thompson objected to its hearings on jurisdictional grounds. The preliminary objection raised by him was regarding the authority of the Commission in the form of a jurisdictional[…]

Consultant Architect Mohamed Kumba, from Architectural and Engineering Services said that before the war Bunumbu Teachers College had over 86 buildings, 40 of which were staff quarters for senior and junior staff, academic buildings and student hostels. Giving an update about the status of the campus during a field visit by the Ministry of Finance and[…]

The National Youth Commission (NAYCOM) is trying to rebrand the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), using its Youth Entrepreneurship and Employment Project (YEEP). The Ministry of Youth Affairs along with NAYCOM, yesterday, started a three-day inception session on the TVET Image Campaign to be implemented by the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone (EFSL) with support[…]

The Physical Health Education Department in the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Schools in Port Loko District on Friday 15th February 2018 held a one day athletics sports officiating seminar for 40 PHE teachers. According to Aruna Kamara, the seminar was sponsored by the Unisa Deen Kargbo Dev. Foundation at the District Education Hall in[…]

During the murder trial of pharmacist Justin Patrick Johnson, the Police witness, Isata Bah, testified before Justice Sam Margai, that the first and second accused made confessional statements during the course of their investigation. The witness said that during preliminary investigation, the fourth accused, John Turay, confessed in their statements to the Police. Alakeh Olive Johnson, Oma Eustace Cole, Edward J. Moijeh, John Turay, Abdul R. Jalloh, Tommy Joseph, Alie Conteh and Chernor Bah, were arrested and charged with murder, larceny and arson on 17 December 2012. The eight accused have been in prison since their arrest in 2012. The accused were granted Le350 million bail but they were unable to fulfil the bail conditions. On the morning of 8th November 2012, pharmacist [...]
Magistrate Hannah Bonnie has remanded 11 accused persons on Tuesday 19th February 2019, under allegations of possessing pharmaceutical drugs without requirements under section 17 of the pharmaceutical Act of 2001. In their first appearance, the accused pleaded guilty. The defense lawyer asked the Court to temper justice with mercy as the accused were only engaged selling drugs for their daily survival. Responding to the submission made by the defense, the Magistrate pointed out the seriousness of the offence speculating that because of such acts, many people may have lost their lives as the accused have no knowledge about the administration of the drugs. According to the Police, the 11 accused on Wednesday 13th February 2019 around Freetown were found in possession of a large [...]
The former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sadiq Kapuwa, on Tuesday 19th February 2019, appeared before Commissioner Biobele Georgewill of the Commission of Inquiry, to testify about transactions during the Ebola crisis. The former Permanent Secretary, who is the newly elected Paramount Chief of Nongowa Chiefdom in Kenema District said, he was appointed as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on 1st April 2014 and served till November of the same year. Kapuwa noted that he was supposed to be the vote controller and administrative head of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, but his work was overshadowed by the setting up of the Emergency Operation Centre. “The EOC took over my functions as Permanent Secretary and my [...]
Magistrate Hannah Bonnie has remanded 11 accused persons on Tuesday 19th February 2019, under allegations of possessing pharmaceutical drugs without requirements under section 17 of the pharmaceutical Act of 2001. In their first appearance, the accused pleaded guilty. The defense lawyer asked the Court to temper justice with mercy as the accused were only engaged selling drugs for their daily survival. Responding to the submission made by the defense, the Magistrate pointed out the seriousness of the offence speculating that because of such acts, many people may have lost their lives as the accused have no knowledge about the administration of the drugs. According to the Police, the 11 accused on Wednesday 13th February 2019 around Freetown were found in possession of a large [...]
According to the Chief Risk Officer at the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) Ibrahim Rahman Mujatabah, the bank has written off over Le7.89 billion from the unsafe and unsecure loans obtained by politically connected people. On the 13th February 2019, the Director of Business Development at the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, Moses Comboh Sesay, said the bank gave out over Le9 billion unsecure and unsafe loans from 2007 to 2018. While testifying before Justice Biobele Georgewill of the Commission of Inquiry, at the former Special Court compound, on Tuesday 19th February 2019, the Risk Officer at SLCB, Mujatabah, said that the bank has a policy that once a bank loan cannot be repaid within 12 months, such loans are to be categorized as lost. He added that after another 12 months, [...]