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

After endorsing their 2018 flag-bearer and running mate in Makeni, President Ernest Bai Koroma, yesterday, together with other APC Party members showcased Samura Kamara and Chernor Bah to the electorate. Driving from Makeni through Port Loko and then into Freetown, the three APC stalwarts waved and smiled. Thousand of Sierra Leoneans, with their famous red[…]

Before the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) there were lot of speculations from different quarters that after the process there will be lot of defections by flag-bearer candidates who don’t win the elections. But this is not the case as the four flag-bearer candidates, Maada Bio, John Oponjo Benjamin, Alie Kabba, Bond Wurie and Munda[…]

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the declaration by the General Assembly, in its resolution 47/196 of 22 December 1992, of 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Call to Action by Father Joseph Wresinski, which inspired the observance of October 17 as the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty and the recognition by the United Nations of the day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The Call to Action of October 17 that was launched thirty years ago is recorded in the text on the Commemorative Stone at the Trocadero Human Rights Plaza in Paris which was unveiled in the presence of 100,000 people: On the 17th of October 1987, defenders of human and civil rights from every [...]
On Wednesday 23 August 2017, James Vandi, alias Crazy Dog”, damaged two tarpaulins belonging to Finah Kamara at the “hafodo lorry park”, in Kenema. Vandi was charged with Malicious Damage contrary to Section 51 of the Malicious Damage Act 1861. Vandi appeared before Magistrate Sulaiman Koroma of Court 2 in Kenema. Vandi was convicted and sentenced to ten-weeks in the Correctional Centre. SM/16/10/17 By Saffa B. Moriba Tuesday October 17, 2018.
On 9 October 2016, five men allegedly killed Michael Gandi, alias white boy, in Waterloo. Gandi's body was found stabbed and butchered. Three men, John Kamara, Abdul Karim Sesay and Mohamed Foday Kanu were arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Murder in 2016. Their case has gone through Magistrate Court and is now in the High Court. Two others, Mohamed Gbla and Osman Fornah, have now been arrested in the same case, after a year on the run from the law. Gbla and Fornah, on 9 October 2017, appeared before Magistrate Albert Moody of the Freetown Magistrate Court. They are also charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Murder in the same matter as John Kamara, Abdul Karim Sesay and Mohamed Foday Kanu. Testifying in Court last Monday, Police Constable Bai [...]
By some coincidence last week-end actually defined the national direction as to the person's in the foremost parties to contest in the next general and presidential elections. Last Friday you could see vehicles overloaded right up the carriers by mostly youth, clad in their red and green attire, heading for Parliament or Makeni which Emerson refers to as the “New City”. While the APC and the SLPP remain prominently on the front pages, the rest of the ten odd registered parties merely struggle to be in the news. You see our very political attitude helps endorse the hegemony of the APC and the SLPP who are yet to bail this country out of the many ills since independence. Hey, a slang on the lips of especially Freetonians since Sunday is, “You sabi am?.” Some patriots were [...]
Sia Nyuma was murdered in early February 2016; more than a year ago. It is alleged that her death was caused by her boyfriend, Alfred Koroma. During preliminary investigations at the Magistrate Court, several prosecution witnesses testified against the accused. Mariama Mansaray, the first prosecution witness, told the Court that on February 7th, 2016, the accused kicked, punched and hit the deceased with a sharp heel of a shoe in her bedroom at Goderich. “The accused was slapping and punching the deceased on her face and was hitting the deceased on her temple with a high heel, ladies shoe,” Mansaray stated. She added that the deceased was shouting, “Alfred you are killing me.” The absence of jurors has delayed the speedy trial of the matter. A new set of jurors has [...]
As the world marks Global Handwashing Day, on 15 October, the WHO and UNICEF said more than 1 in 3 health facilities in low- and middle-income countries do not have any access to water at all. “And when the reliability, safety, and distance of the water supply is taken into account, that ratio increases to 1 in 2,” it adds. In Sierra Leone and many low-income countries, practicing good hand hygiene is not easy. The health management information system 2016, states that 69.5% of the population are safely using managed drinking water services, with 16.8% having access to sanitation services. The Maternal Death Surveillance Response (MDSR) report 2016 indicates that access to safe water and sanitation was very limited with 28% of households depending on unprotected water [...]
The United Nations on 6 October 2017 called for strengthening the fight against illegal fishing, the United Nations food security agency has urged all countries to join a landmark global treaty that aims to rid the world of the multibillion-dollar scourge. Illegal fishing is rampant in West Africa's Gulf of Guinea where impoverished coastal nations with poor capacity to police their waters lose up to $1.5 billion USD in annual income to ships operating in protected zones or without proper licenses, Environmental Justice Foundation says. Our fish stocks and marine biodiversity are in crisis. Rapid industrialisation and poor fisheries management have meant that too many vessels, using destructive and unsustainable fishing methods, have been catching far too many fish. With fish [...]
The Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT), Yeabu Kamara has disclosed that over the 15-year period that the institution has started operation it human resources has increased from 57 in 2002 to 401 in 2017. She said this includes; “270 male representing 67% and the female 131 representing 33%”, stating that they have exceeded the 30% quota for women employment. At the just concluded 15-year anniversary celebrations, a two-day members conference was organized. The Board Chair said the scheme was established for the benefit of the members and that investments made are from contributions made into it by employers and employees and “the monies do not belong to NASSIT but rather they are custodians of the funds”. On [...]