Thursday 26 April 2018
(Awoko 07/10/13)
Lead Prosecuting officer in the ongoing preliminary investigation against Mohamed Mbakui and others, Superintendent Mohamed B. Kamara (Legal One), yesterday closed his case. He told the Court that with the end of cross-examination of the investigating officer by Lawyer F.B. Kaifala, the case of the prosecution against the three accused persons is over, unless the Magistrate wants him to address the Court on other issues. The accused are Mohamed Mbakui, Mohamed Mansaray and Ibrahim Sorie Kabba, who face charges on alleged false imprisonment, conspiracy to defraud and false pretences, before Magistrate Tonia Barnett at the Pademba Road Court No.1. During cross-examination by Lawyer F.B. Kaifala, the investigating officer from Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TOCU) Andrew Ronko, admitted that P.C. Adiekalie...
(Cocorioko 07/10/13)
There is a new battle looming in Sierra Leone. It is not the battle between the APC and the SLPP. It is not a battle between the educated and the not so educated. It is not even a battle between the youth and the old. No. It is the battle between those who like the current progress in the country and want it to continue, and those who want life to return to the bad old days. It is the battle between the masters of disinformation who try to paint Sierra Leone in dismal terms for personal and political gains and those who see a vivacious Sierra Leone emerging from poverty and disease to a market economy that takes its...
(Sierra Express media 07/10/13)
Two officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Central police in Bo are reported to have severely beaten and injured a suspect called Foday Kamara who is said to have resisted the police in an attempt to escape justice. Eyewitness accounts revealed that the suspect was beaten and wounded when he and his boss, Mr. Aruna, resisted the police who were taking them to search their premises following reports that they stole 18Torra Express that they beat up Foday Kamara who they accused of not only obstructing the duties of th cartoons of tile from one Alhaji Dumbuya for whom they were constructing a house at Orlando Street, e police but also assaulting the police in desperate attempt...
(Sierra Express media 07/10/13)
The Sierra Leone Government is reported to have withdrawn the Commander of the Sierra Leone contingent in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Brigadier-General Mamadi Mohamed Keita. Brigadier-General Keita has been recalled to come and serve his country in a higher capacity as the new Director of Operations and Planning in the Ministry of Defence. Prior to his withdrawal, AMISOM honored Brigadier-General Keita with a certificate of recognition for his invaluable contribution to the restoration of peace and stability in war-ravaged Somalia. He was also awarded the AMISOM medal for service from 14th October, 2012 to 4th July, 2013. Profile of a Brigadier Name: Mamadi Mohamed Keita, aka Mamadi Rank: Present – Colonel. Substantive - Colonel Service No: (SL...
(BBC News Africa 07/10/13)
A representative from Sierra Leone has visited the Isle of Man to thank Manx residents after the donation of a fishing patrol vehicle. Ibrahim Pat-Sowe said the vessel is helping to address illegal fishing in the country's territorial waters. The former Manx customs and excise vessel was handed over to the Sierra Leone government last October. "It is the only patrol vessel we have and it has made a big difference to our fishery," Mr Pat-Sowe said. "The island just keeps doing more and more to help us so it is about time we came over here to say thank you." The West African country of Sierra Leone faces a huge problem with unauthorised trawlers catching fish. The Manx-donated boat...
(Voice of America 07/10/13)
Only seven of the 53 African Union countries who pledged to commit at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture in 2003 have reached that goal. Aid organizations say that investment in agriculture is key to breaking the cycle of food insecurity and crisis in West Africa. As the declaration approaches its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, the aid groups are calling on AU countries to renew their commitment to the Maputo Declaration. In 2003, 53 African heads of state agreed to allocate at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture and livestock by July 2008. Ten years later, only seven countries - Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Malawi and Ethiopia -...
(Cocorioko 07/09/13)
FREETOWN: Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Koroma said on Friday that he had signed deals for a new international airport, a railway and raft of other huge construction projects totalling $8 billion during a recent visit to China. Koroma, who returned from the week-long trip on Wednesday, said the business included a $1.7 billion deal with the Kingho Energy Group to build a port, mine, power plant and 250-kilometre (155-mile) railway. He said he had also finalised a $300 million deal with the Chinese Railway International Company to build a new international airport 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the capital Freetown. Sierra Leone’s only international airport is based in Lungi, eight miles across a river to the north of downtown Freetown,...
(Cocorioko 07/09/13)
Three senior Bank Officials (Crispin Bishop Deigh-Managing Director of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, his Deputy Patrick Conteh, and Chief Tony Chineyere-Vice President of First International Bank), prime suspect, Simeon Kabba Kalu and five others will appear in Court before Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 after they were sent on remand last Wednesday afternoon on their first appearance. All nine were arraigned on a seven counts of conspiracy to defraud an amount totalling to about USD 6.9 Million including criminal charges relating to the alleged fraud. They are currently remanded at the Central Prisons on Pademba Road in Freetown. Neatly dressed but looking depressed and disgracefully, all nine suspects took the witness stand in a...
(Cocorioko 07/09/13)
The good news from China that President Ernest Koroma delivered to the nation in that major press conference at State House last week clearly showed that good things indeed can come to Sierra Leone . The good news showed what our nation had been missing all along – A productive and RESULT-ORIENTED LEADER ready to traverse the length and breadth of this world to bring socio-economic and political development to Sierra Leone. Once again, President Koroma braved the hazards of long international travels and went to China where he put his diplomatic , economic and political acumen into action and the result is staggering news that should get all Sierra Leoneans dancing. Given the chance, President Koroma is able to...
(Sierra Express media 07/09/13)
The name Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara is not new in Sierra Leone, especially with the framework of party politics. From being a former Mines Director, to a leading figure in the governing All Peoples Congress (APC) in Sierra Leone, Usman Boie Kamara has been a key player in that small West African state where he is at the moment serving as Trade and Industry Minister. With a daunting task of addressing street trading, and ensuring more industries into the country, Minister Kamara has seen all of these as refreshing experiences. Politically, he helped in destabilizing the main opposition SLPP by taking votes from them to the APC when he was denied the party leadership and thus joined the APC. His...
(Sierra Express media 07/09/13)
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE – United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone Michael Owen visited the Dignity Market on June 28. The Ambassador toured the center, talked with the artisans, and enjoyed a musical and dance performance. Ambassador Owen discussed the US Embassy’s commitment to support individuals with disabilities and promote their integration into society. The Ambassador praised the determination and perseverance shown by the workers at the Dignity Market. Ambassador Owen also related the many accomplishments of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who lived with polio and became one of the most iconic presidents in US history. The tour of the market follows a recent visit Ambassador Owen made to the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPD) in Freetown. At...
(Awoko 07/09/13)
President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday disclosed that the People’s Republic of China has made a grant of 250RMB to Sierra Leone for development projects. He said this while explaining to Journalists the goodies he brought home from China during his visit on 24th June to 1st July 2013. He recalled the 42 years bilateral relationship between Sierra Leone and China and described the Chinese as being very grateful for the role Sierra Leone played in the admittance of China to the nation .Also, he said he was the fourth African President and first in West Africa sub region to meet with the new Chinese leadership. Koroma said that during his visit he had three engagements with the political leadership,...
(Sierra Express media 07/09/13)
I send you warm greetings from the civil right city of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The city that issued a proclamation of friendship and solidarity to Sierra Leoneans living in Atlanta during my tenure as Community Association President from 2007 to 2009. Even though I may be distant shores away, I am genuinely a patriot who loves Sierra Leone as much as you all do. All of us do have a compelling reason to give back to our country in so many ways that are priceless and unimaginable. From your legislative chambers, I know you are doing your utmost best to give our citizens the representation that they righteously deserve. And the honorable Speaker, Mr. Abel Nathaniel Bankole Stronge with his...
(Zambia Daily mail 07/09/13)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Addressing the delagates at the TICAD V session on Somalia.THE fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-V) was held in Yokohama, Japan from June 1-3, 2013 and 41 African presidents including President Sata, along with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, attended. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe opened the conference by announcing a five-year US$32 billion package to support infrastructure development and boost economic growth in Africa. However, most African leaders had their own share of challenges that were highlighted at the summit. Our staffer NKOLE CHITALA who attended the conference now reports. AFRICAN countries including Zambia have made considerable progress in addressing various economic problems...
(Sierra Express media 07/09/13)
The Deputy Coordinator of the Attitudinal and Behavioral Change (ABC) Secretariat, Nannette Thomas , has called on telecommunications authorities to consider liberalizing the country’s communications gateway as a step to clamp down on the spate of rampage SIM fraud against the country. She made this clarion call at a Committee hearing when officials of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) were summoned by Members of Parliament on the Committee on Information and Communications to account of their moves in streamlining the telecommunications industry.Mrs. Thomas, who was given the exclusive opportunity to speak at the session exclusively for MP members of the Committee as a citizen started with this question to the NATCOM officials: “I received three international calls this morning with...
(Awoko 07/09/13)
Elders of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) on Saturday endorsed the candidacy of Ambassador Allie Bangura for the position of Chairman and Leader of the party. This endorsement was made during his launch of his Manifesto and Campaign at the Sierra Leone Peoples Party Head Office in which the former President and Vice- President of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabba and Solomon Berewa were present. In his campaign speech, the former Ambassador to Ghana, Allie Bangura stressed among others, that his focus will be on unifying and maintaining discipline among members in the party. Bangura acknowledged that the Sierra Leone Peoples Party is one of the oldest parties in Sub-Saharan Africa, but disunity and indiscipline are the major...
(Ghana Business News 07/09/13)
African airlines enjoyed nearly a 10% rise in traffic in May 2013 as global passenger growth trend continues, according to an industry report. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says African airlines’ traffic climbed 9.8% in May which was the second highest among the regions. The report notes that African carriers are benefiting from a sustained increase in trade through developing links to Asia and the Middle East, as well as strong GDP growth in local economies, particularly in Western Africa. “Capacity rose 7.4% in May, raising load factor 1.4 percentage points to 66.2%,” said IATA’s passenger traffic report. In terms of air freight, African carriers grew just 0.2% in May, but growth trend, according to the airline association, was...
(Times of Zambia 07/08/13)
CEC Africa Investments Limited (CECA), a subsidiary of Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) Plc has entered into an agreement with TCQ Power Limited of Beirut to acquire majority equity holding in a Sierra Leonean energy firm, Blue Flare Power SL (BVI) Limited (BFP). Consequently, BFP will be renamed CEC Africa (SL). The agreement, which has been recognised by the Government of Sierra Leone, will entail CEC Africa developing power infrastructure in Freetown, the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown. Sierra Leone Minister of Energy, Oluniyi Robbin-Coker, announced the investment agreement at the Africa Energy Forum 2013 in Barcelona, Spain recently. Managing Director, Michael Tarney, said CEC Africa was committed to supporting the Government of Sierra Leone in building capacity in the power...
(UN.org 07/08/13)
New York, Jul 5 2013 - Sierra Leone's religious communities have a crucial role to play in helping to overcome the legacy of war, an independent United Nations human rights expert stated today, adding that cooperation between them will be an asset in the process of rebuilding and reconciliation. "Religious diversity is not only a reality in Sierra Leone; it is widely seen and cherished as an asset on which to build community life from the local to the national level," said the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt. "Before coming to Sierra Leone I expected to see a country characterized by a high degree of religious tolerance. What I have experienced here by far...
(Sierra Express media 07/08/13)
Although the Government of Sierra Leone has put a moratorium on the mining and selling of Zircon, reports from Shenge in the Moyamba District state the illicit miners there have defied the ban as they are still busy mining the Zircon sand clandestinely at night. Our sources say the illicit miners are still engaged in environmentally destructive mining along the Shenge beach, especially near the expensive jetty which their illegal mining activities have already damaged. We have further gathered that the police, the mines officials and local authorities are quite aware of the continuity of the destructive mining but are doing little to arrest the ugly situation due to obvious reasons! By: Joseph Milton Lebbie

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