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The Attorney General (AG)and Minister of Justice Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara (JFK) have revealed to journalists in Makeni that the Sierra Leone Courts system will soon go into Electronics (E-Filling) filling system for proper statistics and data collection on cases committed and address per judiciary calendar. The Minister made this revelation over the week end in[…]

The President of the Consumer Protection Agency, Ibrahim Kabia is on a vigorous campaign demanding that Government drops the pump price of fuel in line with the global fall in oil prices. Currently, oil has dropped to almost US$30 per barrel but petrol or diesel is still Le.3, 750 per litre. The price per barrel[…]

The ongoing National Portfolio Review of Development Projects funded by Development Partners at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), the Matotoka-Sefadu road was project was reviewed and was observed that if appropriate modalities are not put in place it will not be completed against the stipulated project end time. The review was conducted[…]

Director of Communications at the Public Health Emergency Centre (EOC), Sidi Yaya Tunis has told Awoko that the only patient admitted at the Military 34 hospital has been discharged last Friday, and the new counting started the same day. He made this disclosure yesterday, saying that the Thirty-eight-year-old Memunatu Kalokoh was discharged on Friday, as she was supposed to discharge on Thursday, after she had undergone couple of tests that proved negative of the ebola virus. “We decided that she would be released on Friday so that all the protocols can be done early. Because she should have been released on Thursday, we started counting on Friday and as of now we have already gone for six days without new case. Kalokoh is the aunt of Mariatu Jalloh, the 22-year-old student [...]
Desmond David Wright, Internal Auditor of Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) collapsed in dock while he was being cross-examined by defense counsel, C. F. Edwards on the on-going preliminary investigations on the recent fire incident at Electricity House. The unforeseen incident happened on 9th February 2016 at Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 where Desmond D Wright as Prosecution Witness (2) testified before Magistrate Binneh Kamara about his understanding on the said matter as he was led in evidence by police prosecutor ASP Samuel Kamara. The witnessed collapsed while he was responding to questions posed by the defense counsel, Mr. Edwards whether he knew why the 320 meters were to be transferred to Black Hall Road but Desmond was unable to respond. He had [...]
The Mayor of Freetown Municipality, Franklyn Bordi Gibson, yesterday dedicated the 2016 tax collection to the second phase of the Calaba Town Maternity Health Centre project which first phase was commissioned and funded by Sierra Leone Brewery Limited (SLBL). It could be recalled that SLBL over the years has invested over two billon Leones (Le 2Bn) in the areas of water and sanitation, education, health projects, among others within Wellington and Calaba Town communities in Constituencies 097 and 098. According to Councillor Osman Kamara, representing Ward 349 in Constituency 097, when he took up office he decided to focus on health and water issues for his people which he realised were the two major challenges facing them, stating that when he had the opportunity to [...]
The Scene of Crime Officer, Detective Police Inspector Issa Sayoh Dumbuya in the ongoing alleged murder trial involving Baimba Moi Foray alias LA Chocolate and two others had testified that he “observed a deep hole on the neck of the deceased, Sydney Buckle alias DJ Cleff.” Mr. Dumbuya who is attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters, attached to the Crime Scene Examiner said he made the observation on the 10th June 2015 when the deceased body was exhumed from the Bolima Cemetery off Waterloo. He added that on that date, the Government Pathologist, Dr. Owizz Koroma conducted a post-mortem examination on the remains of the deceased, stating that he took photographs of the pathologist holding the neck of the deceased with a deep hole on it. He [...]
Justice Samuel Margai of the Freetown High Court yesterday sentenced Abdul Bangura to five years imprisonment for allegedly killing Abass Kargbo. He gave this ruling following the application for the discharge of the matter by defence counsel, Cheryl Blake and the change of the convict's plea during the last adjourned date. According to the judge, he had refused to grant the said application on the grounds that the convict on two occasions admitted that he had a fight with the deceased, stating that “there was a degree of culpability as admitted by the convict”. While he was reading the sentence, the Judge said that though the convict has been in prison since 2011, and has got a report of good conduct from the correctional centre, he could not go without a [...]
Justice Samuel Margai yesterday committed one Ibrahim Turay to a jail term of two years six months for sexually penetrating a fourteen year-old girl on the 11th September 2014. Meanwhile, before the charges were ready to the convict, for which he pleaded guilty, defence counsel, Cheryl Blake had earlier urged the prosecution to close its case so that it will open the defence, pointed out that the accused only alternative was to change his plea. In her submission before the court, the defence admonished the court to tamper justice with mercy, pointing out that since the accused was incarcerated he had learnt his lesson and therefore urged the court to tamper justice with mercy in passing the sentence. In the previous trial, application was made by defence counsel, Cheryl [...]
Sand Sand Water Paloko' a village on the outskirt of Waterloo, was a domicile for malaria, cholera and diarrhea prior to the ebola outbreak. During the ebola epidemic, the community was considered as one of the vulnerable communities for an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) attack. However, the timely intervention of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) with its introduction of local technologies and basic hygiene practices, SLRCS was able to protect the village not only from ebola but also curtailed diseases that had plagued the community over the years. Before SLRCS' intervention, waste disposal and management was a serious problem in the community; garbage was deposited inside a wide-open hole located few meters from our homes. When the hole is filled we used burn the [...]