Sam-Sumana Files Dismissal Case At ECOWAS Court.

By Maada Musa……. According to reliable source closed to the erstwhile elected Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Chief Samuel Sam-Sumana, as indicated in the NewsWatch  Newspapaer, the former Vice President has filed in a fresh case at the ECOWAS court, in respect of his controversial sacking by the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. It could be recalled that sometimes in March 2015, the ruling All Peoples Congress party expelled Alhaji Chief Sam-Sumana from the party and government for various anti party activities which were neither properly investigated norRead More

Sierra Leone Academics Denounce Prof. Ibrahim Abdullah’s Dismissal.

Letter to the President……. H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone July 19, 2016 Dear Mr. President, We, the undersigned Sierra Leonean academics, wish to register our strongest possible protest against the treatment of Professor Ibrahim Abdullah by the administration of the University of Sierra Leone. We call on you to use your authority as Chancellor of the University to intervene and resolve this issue before further damage is done to the reputation of the University. We had,Read More

Highlights of KDDA July 9 Outing In Kent, UK.

Copyright KDDA……. Photo News of the KDDA UK Annual Seaside outing at the Ramsgate Main Beach on the 9th July 2016  in Kent.       

Alie Kabba’s US Passport Released.

By Abdulai Braima… Confirmed news coming out of Freetown, Sierra Leone, reveals that the radical progressive leader, Alie Badara Sanjan Kabba, has finally been given his American passport after months of seizure by the government of Sierra Leone. … Details of the circumstances surrounding the handover remain undisclosed. However, it is reported that the Sierra Leone government was placed under pressure as a result of the seizure of the passport and has now been compelled to return it to its lawful holder. Alie has not yet made any comments onRead More

ACC Warns Parent-Teacher Associations Against Corruption.

By Joseph Hazeley……. Any country where corruption is prevalent in the educational sector it will be difficult to have quality education and a  strong human resource base. Therefore collective effort is required to eradicate this malaise in the educational sector. As the academic year has come to an end most school teachers are now cling on to collecting monies from parents for Reports cards and promotion. This was the reason why the ACC Bo Regional office decided to engage parents, teachers, pupils and the School Management Committee members (SMC) of theRead More

11 Arrested In Nigeria Over Nelson-Williams’ Abduction.

Copyright:…. Nigerian police have arrested eleven people suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of Sierra Leone’s Deputy High Commissioner, reports from Abuja indicated on Tuesday. The suspects were presented to the public on Tuesday, reported the daily Punch newspaper in Abuja.  Maj-Gen. Alfred Claude Nelson-Williams was kidnapped on July 1 and he was released five days after in a rather surprise development. On Monday the former head of the Sierra Leone Army was officially presented to President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House. He was reportedly on an officialRead More

Sierra Leonean IS Terrorist Arrested.

By Denis Michael Lynch….. A former Virginia National Guardsman who wanted to be the next “Nidal Hassan” and was planning a “Fort Hood-Style” attack on a military base has been arrested. Mohamed Bailor Jalloh, 26, is a member of the current APC government of President Ernest Bai Koroma and a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa.  After an extensive investigation, FBI special agents pulled him over and took him into custody Sunday morning as he was driving outside his Sterling, Virginia neighborhood on his way to work. JallohRead More

Acting Koidu City Mayor Clashes With CSOs.

By Septimus Senessie in Kono….. The Acting Mayor of Koidu City, Aiah Bartholomew Baima Komba, is at loggerheads with civil society organizations after labeling them as evil. Councilor Komba, who called civil society groups as “evil society”, accused them of being responsible for all the violence that’s occuring in Kono district. He was speaking over the week end [Sunday 26 June] on the issue of the controversial mining at the Congo Bridge in Koidu. The mayor said his Council had nothing to do with “the illicit mining activity” there. CongoRead More

Kono Damaged And Divided Through State-Sponsored City Mining.

By Septimus Senessie in Kono….. The landmark Congo Bridge in the eastern town of Koidu is at the centre of a dispute that has sharply divided the people of the diamond-rich Kono district. A section of the community, with the apparent backing of government, are defending mining operations under and around the bridge which is thought to be sitting on a huge reserve of diamond deposits. They say gravel underneath the bridge has served as a magnet for illegal miners whose activities have seen multiple pits dug around it, therebyRead More

FBI Reaching Out About Female Genital Mutilation.

Copyright: FBI…. The FBI is investigating tips and leads on the illegal practice of female genital mutilation. Anyone who has information about an individual who is suspected of assisting or facilitating the practice of female genital mutilation, or FGM, is urged to submit a tip at:- FBI Reaching Out About Female Genital Mutilation More than 500,000 women and girls across the country—most of them living in metropolitan areas—are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation, a procedure that has long been practiced in many African and Middle Eastern countries asRead More

Kono Global Conference: July 28-29, 2016.

President Koroma Oders The Shooting & Killing Of Peaceful Demonstrators?

By Abu Sorie (Sierraloaded)……. President Koroma has today, May 13th 2016 issued what has been described by critics as a tyrannical presidential order, banning all street protests heading towards State House. This order comes as tension rises in the capital, amid growing social and economic discontent. The worsening water and electricity crisis, which started three months ago, is now causing serious problems for the health of almost two million people in the capital Freetown. Two months ago, there was widespread disquiet on the streets of Freetown, in response to the government’sRead More

Campaign Against Global Corruption Kicks Off In London.

By Dr S.M. Kondeh……. The British Prime Minister wants the May 2016 summit to secure a new global commitment to expose, punish and drive out corruption in all walks of life.This week, Prime Minister David Cameron will host a major internationalanti-corruption summit – the first of its kind – aimed at stepping up global action to expose, punish and drive out corruption in all walks of life. The PM will bring together world leaders from countries such as Afghanistan (President Ghani), Colombia (President Santos), Nigeria (President Buhari) and Norway (PrimeRead More

Iraq’s Unlikely Alliance Formed Against Islamic State

By Isabel Coles…… They share little more than an enemy and struggle to communicate on the battlefield, but together two relatively obscure groups have opened up a new front against Islamic State militants in a remote corner of Iraq. The unlikely alliance between an offshoot of a leftist Kurdish organisation and an Arab tribal militia in northern Iraq is a measure of the extent to which Islamic State has upended the regional order. Across Iraq and Syria, new groups have emerged where old powers have waned, competing to claim fragmentsRead More

Agric Minister,Monty Jones,Launches Planting Season 2016.

Titus Boye-Thompson, Communications Expert… The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) Prof. Patrick Monty Jones, on Saturday 7th May 2016, launched the planting season for 2016. The Minister made the symbolic launching at Makeni, Bombali District, a predominantly agricultural economy where over 80% of the economic activities are linked to agriculture. In the event, The Minister informed farmers present at the ceremony that he expects Bombali District to do well in registering good results on the twin targets of increasing production by a marked increase in the areaRead More

Obituary:-Mrs Patricia Dixon’s Funeral.

Posted by Saa Sylvanus Sinah, Family Friend…… Relatives, Friends and Sympathisers are hereby informed that the funeral of the late Mrs Patricia Dixon who died on 2nd May 2016 at the London King’s College Hospital, will take place on Thursday, 26th May 2016. The funeral service will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows, R.C. Church, Friary Road, Peckham, London SE15 1RH. Time is at 11.00 am. Interment will take place at the Camberwell New Cemetery, Brenchley Gardens, SE23 3 RD. Reception will follow immediately after Interment at the CommunityRead More

KONO AND KATANGA: Africa’s Political Hotspots.

 By Sidie Sheriff…. • Under colonial rule in Sierra Leone, Kono District (because of its diamonds) was almost treated as a separate co…untry. Sierra Leoneans wishing to travel and settle down in Kono inside their own country needed to be issued or refused a sort of Green Card or Resident Permit after applying for it. • Under colonial rule in Congo, the Katanga District (because of its diamonds) was almost treated as a separate country. Congolese wishing to travel and settle down in Katanga inside their own country needed toRead More

Switzerland Awards A $2M Cocoa Contract To SLPMC.

Copyright:- SEM…. After the successful conclusion of the 2015/16 Cocoa Buying Season, Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company (SLPMC) was visited by the Chief Executive Officer of MINKA SCS AG a  Switzerland based Soft Commodity buying Company to thank the Management of the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company (SLPMC) for meeting its target by supplying over 53m/tons of high quality grade 1 cocoa. Paul Schonel Berger said that he was very much impressed with the performance of the Company more so with the quality of cocoa supplied than the quantity, bearingRead More

Citigate Launches Sierra Leone Diamond Project.

Copyright:-TradeArabia News Service…… Citigate Commodities Trading Limited, a Dubai-based company, has announced the acquisition and launch of a 79.9sq-km diamond mine in Sierra Leone. The announcement was made at a gala event at the Ritz Carlton DIFC, and was hosted by Citigate International CEO, Tohib Iyiola. The event also celebrated the first anniversary of the company’s Dubai office. The event was attended by Al Haji Minkailu Mansaray, Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, who was joined by many other dignitaries, business leaders and industrial experts who flew in from allRead More

SLEWRC Reports Based On SLSB Info.’ – DG Tamba Kellie Says.

Copyright:- Awoko News…. The Director General of the Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission (SLEWRC), Tamba Kellie, said that the Commission’s reports on water companies that are unsatisfactory and those that are satisfactory are based on information received from the Standards Bureau. Speaking at a follow-up working group meeting on packaged water industry at SLEWRC’s Berwick Street office, the DG explained that the press release that the commission gave out to local newspapers to disseminate was based on the information obtained from the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau (SLSB). HeRead More