Saturday 21 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is,...
(AFP (eng) 10/16/17)
Sierra Leone's two main parties have named their candidates for key presidential election next March, a benchmark of the country's stability since the end of civil war in 2002. President Ernest Bai Koroma named Foreign Minister Samura Kamara and the deputy speaker of parliament, Chernor Maju Bah, as the All People's Congress (APC) candidates for the presidency and vice presidency. The decisions were made late Sunday at an APC congress in Makeni, Koroma's home town, located in central Sierra Leone. Kamara, 66, is an economist by profession who has worked extensively with International Monetary Fund (IMF). He has previously been minister of finance and governor of the central bank. Under the party's statutes, the presidential candidate can be appointed either...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Freetown (Sierra Leone) - Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma has named his Foreign Minister Dr Samura Mathew Kamara as presidential candidate in next year’s general elections. Kamara was announced at the All People’s Congress (APC) convention in the northern town of Makeni on Sunday. His running mate is Cherno Maju Bah, current speaker of Parliament. Over 20 people were contesting the party’s ticket, including current Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh and Attorney General and Minister of Justice Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara. Samura Kamara was hardly considered a serious contender among the lots in a race...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Freetown (Sierra Leone) - The former junta leader, Brigadier Julius Maada Bio (rtd), has been named as the candidate for the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in next year’s presidential elections. Bio defeated four other candidates in a hotly contested poll during the party’s convention that ended on Sunday night. With 475 votes, Bio beat his closest challenger, John Oponjo Benjamin, who garnered 116 votes. Sierra Leone is scheduled to go to the polls on March 7, 2018...
(APA 09/07/17)
Some 3,178, 663 people have been cleared to vote in next year’s elections in Sierra Leone, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) has announced. NEC, in a statement publishing its final voter register Wednesday evening, also admitted to reports of missing data which had sparked concern among political parties and their supporters. The electoral commission was reported to have failed to account for data for hundreds of voters, a situation attributed to faulty registration machines. But the Commission in its statement said all the details were within its system and that it only needed to recapture them. In the statement signed by the Chief Electoral Commissioner, Mohamed N’fa Alie Conteh
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday conveyed his condolences to victims of floods in Sierra Leone. Sirisena said "as a country which suffered from a similar devastation recently, I express my deepest sympathy to the victims of the flood in Sierra Leone." Nearly 400 people are confirmed dead and at least 600 missing following a devastating mudslide and floods in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. The Western African country has pleaded for "urgent support," saying entire communities had been wiped out.
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(APA 07/21/17)
One of Sierra Leone’s leading presidential aspirants, Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, has dismissed a list circulating on social media and purported to contain names of his proposed choice of cabinet members. The list was also published by the daily Independent Observe Newspaper under the title: "Maada Bio's 2018 Cabinet Leaked". Bio, a former military head of state, who lost to President Ernest Bai Koroma during the 2012 elections, is seeking to run again next year. But his candidature has...
(APA 07/19/17)
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday ratified a $30 million Financing Agreement meant to improve and strengthen the country’s economy in the context of the twin-shocks of Ebola and the drop in the prices of iron ore, its major export. The ‘Productivity and Transparency Support Credit’ from the International Development Association is inclusive of $22 Million Grant and $8 Million Loan, repayable within the next 32 years with 6 years grace period, the parliament said in a statement on Wednesday. The agreement was presented before lawmakers by a representative of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development who said it was meant to unlock inclusive growth and scaling up...
(APA 07/19/17)
The Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) of Sierra Leone has certified five new political parties ahead of next year's general elections. The PPRC in a statement on Wednesday said it has handed over provisional registration as political parties to the National Democratic Movement for Development (NDMD), Peoples Democratic League (PDL), Republican National Independent (ReNIP), the Unity Movement (UM) and the National Grand Coalition Movement (NGCM). The five are part of 13 movements which were recently given approval to serve as...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(APA 06/21/17)
Sierra Leone’s diplomatic mission in China has debunked reports that some of its citizens were maltreated while on a visit to China. According to a statement made available to APA on Wednesday, while the embassy admitted that some Sierra Leoneans were refused accommodation by a hotel in China, no one was arrested or manhandled. The statement added that the embassy was investigating the complaint of refusal of accommodation by the unnamed hotel. The alleged incident reportedly occurred in the Chinese...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(AFP (eng) 06/05/17)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday joined West African leaders at a summit in Liberia, where they hailed peacekeeping efforts in the region but warned about threats to stability. Netanyahu, who had visited east Africa in July 2016, vowed that they had "no better partner" than his country after he was received by Liberian President and outgoing head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. "Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(Xinhuanet 04/28/17)
President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone said Thursday he will be leaving office next year and "graciously hand over" to his succesor. In his last state-of-the-nation address, delivered on the country's 56th independence anniversary, Koroma said he was leaving a "legacy of peace and unity" that all Sierra Leoneans should be committed to defend. A presidential election has been scheduled for March 2018. Koroma commended the country for its resilience, noting that over the years, he has observed that...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(APA 04/04/17)
A coalition of civil society organizations monitoring Sierra Leone’s electoral process on Monday raised concern over the possibility for the timely conclusion of the ongoing voter registration process. The Standing Together for Democracy Consortium, comprising the membership of seven CSOs and NGOs, fear that a motion being debated in the country’s Parliament, coupled with ceaseless reports of delay at the registration centres, could prevent the conclusion of the registration with less than a year before the general elections. According to...
(Daily Nation 03/30/17)
Freetown — Sierra Leone's parliamentary majority leader has been sacked in the latest episode of a power struggle in the governing All People's Congress (APC). Ibrahim Bundu was replaced by his deputy in an announcement yesterday by Speaker Sheku Dumbuya. Dumbuya said he was acting "on the instruction" of President Ernest Bai Koroma. The Speaker said the President acted in his capacity as "leader and chairman" of the party and had found that Bundu could no longer be fair in his role as head of the House.

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