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

President Julius Maada Bio has said the Government prefers retrieving stolen monies from corrupt people over imprisonment. He made this assertion on Friday 18th January 2019 at the Community Field in Koidu City. The President said the Commission of Inquiry is not a “witch, tribal, regional or political hunt” but rather it is geared towards ensuring[…]

The Banjul Cluster of SOS Children’s Village Directors  has commenced a four day intensive meeting at Mamba Resort Lagoonda Aberdeen to discuss progress and challenges with a view to implement the 2019 strategic plan  of the cluster. Participants of the Gambia cluster includes Directors from Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia, Caper Verde, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry[…]

High-Level Forum Africa-Europe took place in Vienna on 18th of December 2018, to discuss “Taking cooperation to the digital age” on the joint-invitation of Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, whose country was holding the Presidency of the European Union (EU) until the end of 2018, and of President Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and Chair of[…]

High-Level Forum Africa-Europe took place in Vienna on 18th of December 2018, to discuss “Taking cooperation to the digital age” on the joint-invitation of Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, whose country was holding the Presidency of the European Union (EU) until the end of 2018, and of President Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and Chair of[…]

The new pathological lab that was unveiled on Tuesday at the Jui hospital is the result of a collaboration between Sierra Leone and China as both try to improve on disease prevention. Director of the Laboratory Dr. Liu Zhihong said pathological study is an indispensable component to construct Sierra Leone China Friendship Hospital (SLCFH) into the[…]

The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha Tejan Wurie, has said that every chiefdom is entitled to a well-equipped and furnished Community Health Centre (CHC) that will provide safe pre and post-natal care, safe baby delivery, diagnose non-communicable diseases and run 35 basic health tests. The Minister attended the opening of the newly constructed CHC[…]

Francis Tiafoe celebrated his 21st birthday by reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals with a victory over former semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov. The unseeded American beat the Bulgarian 20th seed 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (1-7), 7-5 to reach the final eight at a Grand Slam for the first time. The world number 39 player will play world number two[…]

The newly elected President of Sierra Leone Table Tennis Association (SLTTA), Obi Frazer, said the delegates have made the right decision to appoint me as your President. He made this statement when he went unopposed as he was the only Presidential candidate. He stated that he wants to make sure that he is able to do[…]

During the State opening of Parliament, President Maada Bio said, "Media and civil society have become the bedrock of modern governance. In Sierra Leone, the media and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are at the forefront in holding state actors accountable." However, the Development Cooperation Framework (DCF) which was submitted to Cabinet in December last year, seems to be in direct contravention to the President's view.  There are numerous provisions in the DCF that impose severe restrictions on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and impinge on the exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association. Provisions in the DCF such as, “assistance channeled through NGOs must be aligned to national priorities,” may result in preventing funding to [...]
The Foreign Travel (Ticket) Tax Act, 1975 (amended by Act no. 4 of 2004) required airlines to deduct 10% tax from the procurement of tickets by every person departing from Sierra Leone via ship, aircraft or other means of transport. The Auditor General 2017 report revealed that from January to June 2017 the effective tax rate of 10% was not properly deducted from the Foreign Travel Taxes (FTTs) made by Kenya Airlines and Air France. A re-performance of the calculations by her team reveals that the sum of Le1.1billion was not deducted from the sales made by the stated airlines and paid through the National Revenue Authority (NRA) into the consolidated revenue fund (CRF). The said Act also states that a penalty of 15% per month is chargeable where a person collects the tax and [...]