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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 »

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

Tejan Kabbah: The Truth Will Set Salone Free

21 March
The Oswald Hanciles Column. By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown, Sierra Leone. President Tejan Kabbah (photo) is being mourned by all the country. This Column has to do what is traditional in our country – extending my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of the late President. But, this Column is bound to do what every self-respecting columnist ought to do: an objective analysis of such a historic event. President Kabbah was more than a ‘person’. Kabbah is (...)

Freetown: Pat Yulisa Amadu Maddy Passes On

21 March
By PV Staff One of Sierra Leone’s greatest writers and playwrights, Professor Yulisa Amadu Pat Maddy (photo), popularly known as Pat Maddy has passed away in Freetown, today Sunday March 16th. The news was announced on Facebook by Cillaty Dabo, a well-known Sierra Leonean community leader and Social Worker in Atlanta, USA. The late Professor Maddy had studied, lived and worked in several countries including France, UK, Nigeria, Zambia and the United States. He returned home not too (...)

Isa and Swarray Should Also be Reconciled

by Gibril Koroma - 19 March
Commentary The news that Political Affairs Minister Kemoh Sesay has resolved the acrimony and rancour between the President of the Sierra Leone Football (soccer) Association Isa Johansen (photo) is nothing but good news. Isa went unopposed as President last year when elections were held for the executives of the country’s highest soccer body. Her main opponent, soccer maestro Mohamed Kallon, was disqualified because he had spent very little time inside the country as an (...)

Human Rights Watch Slams AML

19 March
By Our Correspondent US-based Human Rights Watch, one of the foremost global human rights organizations, has come out a few days ago with a damning report on the activities of African Minerals Limited, Sierra Leone’s biggest mining company whose head is the highly controversial Frank Timis. AML operates in the Tonkolili district, one of the least developed districts in the north of the country despite having natural resources like gold, iron ore and vast stretches of arable land. It (...)

Freetown Mayor overwhelmed by corruption allegations

14 March
By Our Correspondent, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Franklyn Bode Gibson (photo), Freetown’s mild-mannered Mayor is currently overwhelmed by allegations of corruption coming from both electronic and print media. In fact most public officials in the country and some private business people are day in and day out accused of corruption, thievery and many other crimes by the country’s media. Some of the accusations may or may not be backed by evidence (either to protect sources or (...)

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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 (...)