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

President Koroma last Friday warned citizens against stigmatization of survivors of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), pointing out that such actions were a disservice to the collective will to defeat the Ebola virus and ensure its complete eradication from the country. He gave this warning at the Police Training School (PTS) treatment center when he[...]

The Catholic Diocese of Makeni will hand over its closed hospital in Lunsar to the Government of Sierra Leone, church officials have said. Diocesan Administrator Pagalani Natallio and University of Makeni Chancellor Fr. Joe Turay, at a meeting with Resident Minister-North Alie D. Kamara in isolated Makeni, said the church does not want to see[...]

The Ben Hirsch Child Care Centre in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) with support from Gold Sierra Leone has donated Le 5, 000, 000 (five million Leones) worth of baby toys and other items for children at the Ebola Case Management Centre in Kenema. The donation took place[...]

Let me start by conveying a special word of gratitude from His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for this laudable initiative of convening a Climate Summit at this critical moment. We particularly welcome this wake-up call to mobilize the requisite political will to ensure cooperation, innovation and a scaling-up[...]

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yanbo has said that China will soon construct a permanent lab for Sierra Leone at the Jui Hospital, and that they will take three months to complete it. He made this statement last Friday when the two mobile labs brought in by China were being commissioned by President Koroma. Ambassador Zhao said[...]

Disabled persons in two Freetown communities have benefited from food and money as part of an Ebola education exercise from the charity Christmas 4 Street Kids Foundation, and the Nigerian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone. The beneficiaries are less privileged persons residing at the House of Jesus on Wallace-Johnson Street, and of the Help Empower Polio Persons Organisation (HEPPO) at the old Public Words Department yard on Pademba Road. The Chief Executive Officer of the Christmas 4 Street Kids Foundation, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Ebun Strasser-King, explained that each year at Christmas her organisation feeds street children in the central part of Freetown, and provides them with gifts, as she said Christmas is a time of giving and a chance to show these [...]
The ongoing court martial of 14 soldiers accused of mutiny was adjourned yesterday due to the absence of defence counsel. Lead Prosecutor Gerald J. Soyei requested Judge Advocate Otto During to adjourn the case to Monday, 6 October because of the absence from court of Defence Counsel Thomas Beah, was supposed to make a "no case submission" on behalf of his client. Beah is reportedly in ill health and needs time to recover. Soyei said it was important to adjourn the court marial, as counsel for the defence would need sufficient time to put their house in order to present their submission. He noted that any seemingly undue pressure for defence counsel to appear and present their case might affect the substance of the trial. Judge Advocate During granted the motion to adjourn, [...]
Veteran Journalist and dedicated Media guru, Arika Awuta-Coker died yesterday. He was a former Editor of the Sierra Leone Daily Mail and We Yone newspapers in the early to late 70s. The former Editor, left the Daily Mail in the early 80s to work for the Late Major Abu Noah's Mount Everest Group of Companies until he retired due to ill health. With his death, he becomes the last of that generation of journalists in his era. The other was Sam J. Metzger, and Babatunde Kassim who died recently. Tuesday September 30, 2014
Why is it that we always like to chase shadows, when we well know that it will not lead us anywhere? BBC's Resident President always makes me laugh, with their biting satire. Of course life needs a little bit of laughter especially these days of Ebola. Tell me if when medicine expires it becomes poisonous, then what does a hot pain killer rub become when it expires? The world indeed is a strange place. Out here for over fifty years we have not succeeded in meeting any major objective as a nation. If we are not making the same old mistakes we made yesterday, we are making spectacularly new ones, so in effect it is two steps forward and three steps backward. You see no work done at all. Do we have to continue to be satisfied with mediocrity and blame everything on poverty? No, I [...]
The role of local councils is crucial to success in the fight against Ebola, Makeni Mayor Sunkarie Kabba-Kamara told officials in Bombali District during their Task Force meeting. Mayor Kabba-Kamara, responding to questions relating to the role of Local Councils in the fight against Ebola, highlighted contract tracing, monitoring and surveillance. She said the role of Local Councils should be part of a well-structured plan that cuts across the national level to wards and to the chiefdom level. She added that even though mistakes had occurred by ignoring the Local Councils at the initial planning stage, the Councils were ready to work with Government to ensure that Ebola is defeated. The Mayor said that Council officials are accountable to their constituents who elected them, [...]