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Sierra Leone:Third Term Rumour Gains Momentum

2014-04-22 20:05:42

When current Transport Minister Balogun (Logus) Koroma floated the idea of a third term for President Koroma not too long ago, a lot of people did not take him seriously although it caused some uproar within and outside the government. Indeed the office of the President sent out a press release vehemently denying the rumour. Sierra Leone’s 1991 Constitution stipulates only two terms for a President. But the rumour has refused to go away; in fact it has become more strident lately (...)Read the full story »

Musician of the Week: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

2014-04-13 21:29:00

This week we feature, once more, the great Nigerian multi-talented musician, Afro-centric political activist and Pan-Africanist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. This is because the late Fela, who was born in 1938 and passed away in 1997 was no ordinary musician. Through his music he dealt with most of the issues affecting Africans and Black people all over the world. Issues like the African disease of "one-way" thinking encouraged and promoted by most African leaders who are in reality pathetic (...)Read the full story »

Sierra Leone: The Eco to Replace the Leone Next Year

2014-04-18 21:17:32

By Mekki Elmograbi, Khartoum, Sudan. Starting from May 2014, citizens from the five countries of East Africa Community – EAC; Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania will be able to use their national currencies in the area of EAC. Banks and agencies will offer to the public the service of digital cross-border cash transactions in real time for all local currencies of EAC. A citizen from Uganda can buy a car from Tanzania using Rwandese francs, taking his fuel from an oil station (...)Read the full story »

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    Sierra Leone:Third Term Rumour Gains Momentum

    by Gibril Koroma - 22 April
    When current Transport Minister Balogun (Logus) Koroma floated the idea of a third term for President Koroma not too long ago, a lot of people did not take him seriously although it caused some uproar within and outside the government. Indeed the office of the President sent out a press release vehemently denying the rumour. Sierra Leone’s 1991 Constitution stipulates only two terms for a President. But the rumour has refused to go away; in fact it has become more strident lately (...)

    Sierra Leone: The Eco to Replace the Leone Next Year

    18 April
    By Mekki Elmograbi, Khartoum, Sudan. Starting from May 2014, citizens from the five countries of East Africa Community – EAC; Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania will be able to use their national currencies in the area of EAC. Banks and agencies will offer to the public the service of digital cross-border cash transactions in real time for all local currencies of EAC. A citizen from Uganda can buy a car from Tanzania using Rwandese francs, taking his fuel from an oil station (...)

    IMF Mission Statement on Sierra Leone

    17 April
    An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission visited Freetown during March 17-April 1, 2014 for the first review of Sierra Leone’s program supported by the IMF through the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The mission met with the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah; the Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, Mr. Sheku Sesay (photo); other senior officials of the government and the central bank, representatives of the business community and civil society, and (...)

    Conviction for Unexplained Wealth: ACC Charts New Path

    16 April
    Commentary By Jospeph Fitzgerald Kamara, ACC Commissioner, Freetown, Sierra Leone. In a landmark judgment delivered by the Hon. Justice M.A. Paul, in the case of The State vs. Solomon Katta and Four Others, the Anti Corruption Commission successfully secured conviction for the offence of Unexplained Wealth for the first time in the history of Sierra Leone. Prosecution for the offence of unexplained wealth has been sparingly applied in corruption cases the world over due to difficulties (...)

    Meet Beny Steinmetz of Koidu Holdings

    15 April
    Editor’s Note: Many Sierra Leoneans know of or have heard of Koidu Holdings, the giant foreign company mining diamonds in Kono district in the east of the country where some of the largest deposits of diamonds in the world can be found. Its owner, Beny Steinmetz, also owned a vast iron ore mine in neighbouring Guinea but lost it when the Guinean government recently investigated him and found him guilty of corruption. Steinmetz was allegedly very close to former Guinean President (...)

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    Sundry Matters

    by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

    The Law School Imbroglio I have been watching and observing the Law School mess developing and escalating with some amusement. It shows that some members of the so-called "noble" profession are (...)

    OPINION

    Comparing South Africa and Nigeria

    By Mekki Elmograbi, Sudan. It is widely well known that the economy of South Africa is the strongest among African economies but some economists say that Nigeria, "not South Africa", is the (...)

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    Freetown: Sofla Declared Best Iranian Diplomat

    by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 15 April
    The outgoing Iranian Cultural Chancellor Mohamed Reza Ghezel Sofla (photo) has been described as the best and most approachable and humble diplomat ever assigned by Iran to Sierra Leone. At a farewell ceremony organized at the International Institute of Islamic Studies on Wilkinson Road west of the capital, Freetown, which attracted people from all walks of life including students from Fourah Bay College, Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, Institute of Public (...)

    Third Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC3), August 20-22, 2014

    14 April
    Third Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC3), August 20-22, 2014. JOINTLY ORGANIZED BY KWANTLEN POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (KUMASI, GHANA), LINCOLN UNIVERSITY (PENNSYLVANIA, USA). VENUE: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Rd., Richmond, (Vancouver) British Columbia, Canada. THEME: “Re-engaging the African Diasporas: Pan-Africanism in the Age of Globalization.”   Kwantlen Polytechnic University, (...)

    Sierra Leone Launches WMC Programme

    14 April
    According to a report by Liana Tepperman of Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), last week marked the launch of the Sierra Leone Weapons Marking and Computerisation Programme, which is managed by the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) and supported by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Hon. Joseph B. Dauda, Minister of Internal Affairs, led the event which showcased a marking demonstration by newly trained members of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) and the (...)

    Musician of the Week: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

    by Gibril Koroma - 13 April
    This week we feature, once more, the great Nigerian multi-talented musician, Afro-centric political activist and Pan-Africanist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. This is because the late Fela, who was born in 1938 and passed away in 1997 was no ordinary musician. Through his music he dealt with most of the issues affecting Africans and Black people all over the world. Issues like the African disease of "one-way" thinking encouraged and promoted by most African leaders who are in reality pathetic (...)

    KPA Independence Anniversary Annual Dance

    10 April
    Koya Progressive Association Independence Anniversary Annual Fundraising Dance. With DJ Songo Train Grand Chief Patron His Excellency, Deputy Ambassador Ibrahim Conteh, Sierra Leone Embassy, Washington DC, USA. All Proceeds Will Go to Scholarship Funds for School Children in Sierra Leone. April 12, 2014 9.00pm to 4.00am The Mirage Hall, 1401 University Blvd. East Hyattsville, MD 20853 Patrons: Single: $60.00 Double: $100.00 Please Patronize, Help Educate and Keep Our (...)

    Freetown: Ecobank, NRA Officials Convicted

    10 April
    According to a press release signed by Koloneh Sankoh, the Anti-Corruption Commssion’s Deputy Director of Public Education and Outreach, the High Court of Sierra Leone, presided over by the Honourable Mr. Justice M.A. Paul, on 10th April 2014, pronounced sentence in the matter of the STATE VS SOLOMON HINDOLO KATTA and OTHERS; having found them guilty in a judgment delivered on 3rd April 2014. The convicts were officials of National Revenue Authority and Ecobank in Sierra Leone. In a (...)

    Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): The Key is Prevention

    10 April
    By Dr. Angela M. Dumbuya, DNP/Oncology Nurse Practitioner, John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus, Georgia USA. Introduction News of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and the deaths of two Sierra Leoneans from the virus in neighboring Guinea spread like wild fire during the harmattan season. I spoke to relatives in Sierra Leone and they were worried about EVD because they don’t know what causes it or how to prevent its occurrence. EVD is caused by a virus that was first discovered in 1976 (...)
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    IMF Mission Statement on Sierra Leone

    17 April

    An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission visited Freetown during March 17-April 1, 2014 for the first review of Sierra Leone’s program supported by the IMF through the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The mission met with the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala (...)

    African News »

    Meet Beny Steinmetz of Koidu Holdings

    15 April

    Editor’s Note: Many Sierra Leoneans know of or have heard of Koidu Holdings, the giant foreign company mining diamonds in Kono district in the east of the country where some of the largest deposits of diamonds in the world can be found. Its owner, Beny Steinmetz, also owned a vast iron (...)

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    Ghanaian-Canadian Athletes Honoured at Ghana’s 57th Birthday Anniversary

    3 April

    By Our Reporter Two Ghanaian and Ghanaian-athletes were among this year’s Ghana Canada Association of British Columbia (GCABC)’s Honour Roll Call. Gershon Koffie, a player for the Vancouver White Caps Soccer Club, Ruky Abdulai, a Ghanaian-Canadian athlete, who now runs for Canada. (...)

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    Zingalay Wins Player of the Year Award

    13 January

    Sierra Leonean international and Dinamo Minsk defender Umaru ’Zingalay’ Bangura (photo) has been voted the sierraleonefootball.com player of the year 2013 by viewers of the website. The announcement was made during  a live radio sports programme aired worldwide (...)

    World News »

    Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): The Key is Prevention

    10 April

    By Dr. Angela M. Dumbuya, DNP/Oncology Nurse Practitioner, John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus, Georgia USA. Introduction News of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and the deaths of two Sierra Leoneans from the virus in neighboring Guinea spread like wild fire during the harmattan season. I spoke (...)

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