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The second and final defence witness has testified in the bigamy trial of Alie Kabba, flag-bearer aspirant for the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP). Ebere Ekechukwu, a practicing lawyer for 32 years in the State of Chicago, appeared before Justice Miata Samba on Thursday as an expert witness on family and divorce matters. Kabba is[…]

As the country prepares for the presidential election, early next year, and examines the ever-growing field of candidates, there is one question voters should ask every presidential aspirant: did you publicly disclose your assets? A voter should have the right to access records on a candidate’s portfolio of wealth, property, and investments to ensure they[…]

The Section Chief, Bambara, who is also the Head of all Section Chiefs in Dodo Chiefdom, John Karimu Bayoh, wants the government to determine the rightful ownership of the Dodo Hydro Electricity Dam at Guala. He revealed that there has been a dispute with the Simbaru chiefdom for over 30 years. Chief Bayoh said the[…]

Environment Solution Consultancy (ESC) with support Global Environment Facility/Small Grants program through UNDP has ended a two-day dialogue forum and sensitization activity. The meeting took place in Daru Gorahun Tunkia chiefdom, Kenema and Njabama, Malema chiefdom, Kailahun. The project implementation will address the massive destruction of the Gola Rainforest National Park for the sustainable management[…]

The Meteorological Department is 80-years old. Members of Parliament, yesterday, Thursday 20 July 2017, after heated debate, unanimously enacted into law the Sierra Leone Meteorological Agency Act 2017. Presenting the Bill before Members of Parliament for debate and possible ratification, the Minister of Transport, Leonard B. Koroma, disclosed that the Sierra Leone Meteorological Department was[…]

The approved documents are Supplementary Protocol of Agreement between Sierra Leone and the African Development Fund in the sum of $500,000 and the Supplementary Protocol of Agreement between Sierra Leone and the African Development Bank and the African Development Fund (on behalf of the Transition Support Facility) in the sum of $500,000. Both Agreements are to finance the three towns water supply and sanitation projects in Bo, Kenema and Makeni. The African Development Bank together with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) co-financed the original three towns water supply and sanitation project that covers about 184 km of distribution network. According to the Deputy Minister of Finance, Fodal B.L Mansaray, the overall objectives of these supplementary grants [...]
“Women must be ready to take up the highest office in the land,” said Tonya Musa, the Head of Mass Communication Department, Fourah College, said on the National Dialogue Series programme organised by Sierra Leone Association of Journalist (SLAJ) in partnership with Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), on 20th July 2017. Musa said, “Confidence has been the major problem for women to lead this country.” “On whether Sierra Leone is ready for a women president- part two”, four panellists, Ibrahim Tomy of CARL, Joseph Ayajga, activist, Marie Bob Kandeh, from the Market Women Association, met at AYV in a programme moderated by Olabisi Garrick. Three of the panellists gave a big “yes” on the question of whether Sierra Leone is ready for a women president. Tony Musa [...]
“The absence of a regulatory policy framework for the operation of the media has led to a virtual free-for all situation with severe consequences of professionalism of journalism,” says Sylvester Rowe. As a way to ensure professional and respectable journalism in Sierra Leone, the Media Reform Coordinating Group (MRCG) in collaboration with other media stakeholder representatives on Thursday 20 July 2017, jointly approved the establishment of an Accreditation Board for editors and radio station managers. “The establishment of the Board,” according Francis Sowa, MRCG Chairman, “is an effort to strengthen professional, credible, economically viable and independent media in the country.” Sowa noted that the accreditation of editors and radio station managers is [...]
The Paramount Chief of Lower Bambara Chiefdom, Kenema, P.C. Alimany Mowai Farma, has presented the 2016 Mining Area Development fund cheque for Le200,423,712,81 to stakeholders from the seven section of the chiefdom which include Chiefs, Chiefdom Mining Committee, women's and youth leaders and other key stakeholders. Addressing the gathering at Panguma, PC. Farma, called on all and sundry to continue working as a unit in the interest of all. He urged all to ensure that those mining in the chiefdom continue to obtain licenses and that any authority encouraging illicit mining will face the law. He commended the Manager of the National Mining Agency, Kenema and his team and the Chiefdom Mining Committee for their commitment and dedication to revenue generation for the chiefdom. [...]
A high-ranking official who led the effort in the fight against the Ebola outbreak at the U.S Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) has discussed her Center's work with the country's health sector. Sara Hersey, U.S. CDC, Country Director, responded to questions from the public on the U.S. Embassy Facebook page on their support towards strengthening the country's health systems, by working closely with other partners to prevent disease threats and respond to outbreaks. Since the end of the Ebola outbreak, survivors have faced various health concerns as a result of the virus. Their health issues needs to be managed, in part to prevent another outbreak. Responding to my question on the research on survivors in Sierra Leone about health effects, she explained, “there [...]