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Two women have been sentenced to 3-months imprisonment or pay a fine of Le500,000 for psychological and emotional abuse contrary to Section 2(1)( c ) of the Domestic Violence Act of 2007. Hawa Sesay of Nekabo in the Nongowa Chiefdom in Kenema who is married to Amadu Jalloh and Fatmata Barrie of Torkpumbu in Kenema who is married to Abass Bah. Magistrate Alhaji Sulaiman Koroma sentenced Hawa Sesay after she left her husband for a year and married another man in Weima, Malegohun Chiefdom. The second accused, Fatmata Barrie, was found guilty of abandoning her homemaking duties, stressing her husband and making him unhappy. Both accused women pleaded not guilty to the charge against them and argued that they abandoned their husbands because they were no longer active in bed. The [...]
The Speaker of Parliament, Honourable Abass Bundu, on Monday 12th November 2018, deferred the debate on the 2019 Appropriation Bill (2019 Budget) to Wednesday 14th November 2018 due to delays in submission of relevant documents. “This Parliament is not a rubber stamp Parliament and no one should take it as one,” the Speaker assured. He stated if anyone knows his or her document is important and should be part of the debate process it ought to have been submitted to the House earlier. The 2019 budget was tabled and first read by the Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa, on Friday 2nd November 2018 and the debate was supposed to have started on Wednesday 7th November 2018, but the debate was not held. On Wednesday 7th November 2018, the Chair of the Legislative Committee, [...]
Justice Babatunde Edwards of the High Court of Sierra Leone on Friday 9 November 2018 ordered NATCOM, Orange, Africell and Sierratel to file their defence within five days with regards to a lawsuit brought against them by a class action with Native Consortium and Research Centre and mobile subscribers. The Native Consortium and Research Centre and 299 other plaintiffs filed a ground breaking class action against Africell, Orange, Sierratel and the National Telecommunications Commissions, in January 2018 over alleged poor service provision and alleged cheating. The defendants initially failed to file their defence and as a result a default judgement was ordered. Amongst the things the plaintiff asked the court for is an order for damage for the breach of contract on the [...]
If children are the future leaders, it means the future of Sierra Leone is in the hands of the wrong people over the next 20 years, due to lack of proper care and effective investment in these children. Little or no effort is being made by government in order to get rid of the hundreds of children who are living in the streets of Freetown. Also, the line ministries for children have not been supportive to locally-based organisations who are seeking the welfare of these vulnerable orphans. Variety Children and Family Service supposedly supporting over four hundred children country wide and according to the Chief Executive Office of the Organisation, Francis Lahai, they are not getting any support from the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs. “The Ministry [...]
The secondary school sports competition continues in the Western Area Freetown on Friday 9th November 2018 at theSiaka Stevens Stadium practice field. In the football category, Brotherhood came on very strong to defeat St. Edwards by a penalty shootout on 6-5 aggregate after a goalless draw at full time. Umaru Kamara of Brotherhood said they deserved the win as they were the better side throughout the match and they hope to continue in their winning spirit. Abdul Sesay, one of the coordinators, said in the volleyball category for the senior boys St Edwards came very strong to revenge against Muslim Brotherhood by defeating them by two sets to one (2-1). It was St. Edwards who won the first set and Muslim Brotherhood came back to level and the last match was best [...]
Following the consecutive adjournments of the Hajj-gate trial, Lawyer Lansana Dumbuya, representing two of the six accused, on Monday 12th November 2018, requested that the Prosecution close its case. The Anti-Corruption Commission has led six witnesses since the matter was charged to Court. Since the 20th October 2018, the ACC has failed to provide further witness. The ACC lawyer, Calvin Mantsebo, admitted that the prosecution miscalculated the time to get the witness at large and pleaded for a third adjournment. Defence for the first, second and third accused persons slightly differed to close the prosecution case at the moment, but called on the judge to grant an ‘unless order’ if the prosecution fails to provide a witness on the next adjourned date. Lawyer Mantsebo [...]
The Orthodox Mission in their celebration of their 10-year anniversary in Sierra Leone over the weekend officially commissioned the Saint James Orthodox orphanage in Waterloo. Speaking on the mission’s spiritual, humanitarian and development presence in the country over the past ten years and the visit of the Pope and Patriarch Theodore, the second of Alexandria and all Africa, Rev. Father Themistocles described the partnership of the mission with the government as a deliberate effort to promote education and to foster development of the country. The Rev. Father further deliberated on the establishment of a kindergarten and primary school in Waterloo, which provides free, effective and modern educational facilities. In addition to the educational projects the mission has [...]
The Ministry of Finance has said they have ample evidence of weak tax compliance by self-employed professionals such as lawyers, doctors, accountants and engineers, who earn higher incomes than their counterparts employed in private and public organisations. The situation, the Finance Minister Jacob Jusu Saffa, said is compounded by poor record keeping and fragmentation of transactions by these professionals. “Morally, this is not correct and is therefore unacceptable.” He said the National Revenue Authority (NRA) with assistance from development partners is building systems for the effective taxation of these professionals. Meanwhile, the NRA will continue to engage their respective professional associations and use moral suasion to get them to understand the need for [...]
There have been several media reports about the ongoing award of contracts for text books in the Ministry of Basic Senior Secondary School Education. The present issue has to do with alleged breaches of rules and procedures involving procurement No. GOSL/MBSSE/TXT-B/ICB/L1-6/2018, for the tender of Lot 3 (Sierra Leone Primary English Pupils Books 1,2,3,4,5 & 6) and Lot 4 (Primary Science for Sierra Leone Pupils Books 3,4,5 & 6). This involves four companies who submitted bids and these are; (A Call To Business) ACTB Print and Publishing, Liverpool Investment, Wilmat Publishers and Eddie K. Enterprises. While the three are local Sierra Leonean companies, Wilmat Publishers is a Ghanaian owned and based Company who had earlier won several bids and made supplies of these [...]
Justice Babatunde Edwards of the High Court of Sierra Leone on Friday 9 November 2018 ordered NATCOM, Orange, Africell and Sierratel to file their defence within five days with regards to a lawsuit brought against them by a class action with Native Consortium and Research Centre and mobile subscribers.    The Native Consortium and Research Centre and 299 other plaintiffs filed a ground breaking class action against Africell, Orange, Sierratel and the National Telecommunications Commissions, in January 2018 over alleged poor service provision and alleged cheating. The defendants initially failed to file their defence and as a result a default judgement was ordered. Amongst the things the plaintiff asked the court for is an order for damage for the breach of contract on the [...]