Presidential Guards Threaten to Kill 2 Female Sport Journalists

Press Release from the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) dated Sunday 8th September 2019 have indicated that two (2) bodyguards Guards of Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio have threatened to kill two (2) female sports journalists of the state owned Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC).

Basic Education Minister Reacts to Massive WASSCE failure

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Basic and Secondary School Education, Honourable Alpha Osman Timbo has reaffirmed government’s commitment that quality and properly fit pupils are allowed to be admitted into tertiary institutions in the country. This, he said “Education is not only free, but we need quality.”

USA Supports Access to Clean Energy in Sierra Leone

The United States Embassy in Freetown has on Monday 9 September, announced the launch of a feasibility study that could bring clean power to thousands of people in Sierra Leone.

Government calls on Muslim Leaders to promote Unity and Cohesion

State House, Freetown, Friday, 6 September 2019 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has joined many Sierra Leoneans to worship with this year’s Hajj Pilgrims at State House, where he called on religious leaders to promote national unity and cohesion. Chairman of the Hajj Committee, Alhaji Murtada Sesay, thanked President Bio and his government for organising another successful Hajj, noting that the pilgrims had used the opportunity while in Mecca to pray for the government and the country. He also encouraged the pilgrims to use examples learnt from their pilgrimage to serve as role models in their various communities. On his part, President Bio said that he was thankful to God Almighty for His guidance and travelling mercy over the pilgrims. He said organising such a successful event was a very difficult task for which he commended the Honourable Vice President, Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, the Ministry of Social Welfare and members of the Hajj Committee. “Religion is about peace, unity and togetherness. The new pilgrims are leaders with religious obligations in society. So, I encourage you all to preach peace and unity in your different communities. I am happy with our level of religious tolerance and that is something we must always promote. I call on you all to continue praying for unity and the development of our nation,” he urged.

President Bio Warns Female Military Personnel against Politics

Benguema Barracks, Saturday 7 September 2019 – His Excellency, Brigadier General (Rtd) Dr Julius Maada Bio, President of The Republic of Sierra Leone and Commander-In-Chief of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, RSLAF, has warned women officer cadets and recruits against politics. While reviewing the passing-out parade and commissioning ceremony of over 300 combined women officer cadets and recruits at the Armed Forces Training Centre, the President commended the soldiers for their resilience and tenacity but urged them not to be involved in partisan politicking or engaged in partisan political discussions. “As professional soldiers, do not allow yourselves to be unduly influenced by politicians irrespective of your personal relationships or other unseemly affinities with them. You serve the Republic of Sierra Leone and no one individual’s personal interests or ambitions,” he said. He added: “May I remind you also of your responsibilities. The oath of allegiance, to which you subscribed moments ago, means that you have agreed to subject yourself to public scrutiny as a soldier both on and off duty. You have sworn to respect, uphold, and protect the National Constitution of the Republic of Sierra Leone, and to obey all lawful orders from any superior placed over you without question.” The President said that when his government, in conjunction with the United Kingdom Government and the International Security Advisory Team (ISAT), launched the Special Female Recruitment, it was because they believed that expanding the presence and role of women in the national security sector was good for national peace, cohesion, and development. He added that while the initiative aligned firmly with United Nations expectations to further leverage the invaluable role of women soldiers in peace engagement and peace support operations, it was also good for expanding the country’s role in international peacekeeping and peace support operations the world over. President Bio emphasised that the soldiers had indeed accomplished themselves with great distinction in training and had proven again that what men could do, women could do even better. “As commander-in-Chief, let me formally welcome you into the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces. Let me also assure you that you are coming into this noble institution at a time when there is growing opportunity for female service personnel in terms of career progression, educational development, and participation in global Peace Support Operations. “We are also fully committed to recruiting, training, and retaining more women soldiers and we will promote women leadership within the RSLAF. We will put in place accountability mechanisms to ensure that our RSLAF pursues a progressive agenda for women and our institution will continue to evolve as we learn lessons and best practices across the globe,” he said. The President disclosed that since 1978 and 1979, when 10 female cadet officers and 64 recruits enlisted in the military, more women had volunteered to serve and had, over 40 years of dedicated service to country, shown an uncommon valour, courage, adaptability, selflessness, leadership, and they had carried through their pledge to defend and protect the land that they loved. “I read out the following names with pride: Annie Monrovia, Euphemia Cole, Claudia Taylor, Mafulay Bangura, Mariatu Kamara and many others now retired. They were some of the very first women who enlisted in our military forces. “I pronounce the following names beaming with joy: Kestoria Kabia, Memuna Koroma; June Adeola; Ursula Hanciles and many more were some of our country’s first women officer cadets. “I call out Brigadier General Kestoria Kabia, Colonel Memuna Koroma, Colonel Annie Paris, Colonel Leona Tucker, and Colonel Agatha Sandy among many more to come. With deep pride and great appreciation, I thank you for your service, commitment, leadership and for blazing a trail for women to serve in senior command positions in our military. “I also call out Col (Rtd) Annie Paris- Matron 34 Hospital – whose patriotic dedication to service and saving lives during the Ebola scourge earned her a Silver Medal; Sgt Musu Foday – Ambulance driver – Bronze Medal and long service and good conduct medal, who acquitted herself valiantly as a driver in the Sector Reconnaissance Company (SRC) in Sudan, during Ebola in Sierra Leone, and who continues to serve these colours with pride in the Joint Presidential Guard Force; Corporal Hannah George whose invaluable service as a nurse during Ebola earned her a Bronze Medal. “Each of these fine women and many more whose names I have not called out today, volunteered, stood side by side with their menfolk in war and public health emergencies, and in disaster management and national development.” President Bio said the women had defied traditional strictures, battled against stereotypes and unequal treatment and had persevered and prevailed, adding that that was a history and tradition to be proud of. “To you our new soldiers, you have just sworn into one of the finest military traditions and institutions – one that has hewn and shaped patriots; men and women who have fought and made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation in war and in peace. They have served selflessly from Burma to the Congo, from Timor Leste to Lebanon, Sudan, Somalia, Liberia, and in the jungles of Sierra Leone. They have stood up when it mattered; they have shed their blood when their country needed it most. They are the proud men and women of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces. Let us all continue to stand for our country’s peace, unity, freedom, and justice because we have only this one Sierra Leone. Acting British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Alistair White, said after an incredibly demanding and difficult few months, he was happy to witness the passing-out ceremony of the new female recruits. He said the military was one of the links between the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone and noted that it was important that the country benefited from the capability of all its young people. “This achievement should also be noted widely among other national and international institutions and also by the United Nations where an increasing number of women serving is recognised as critical to success,” he said.

Poro Declare Search Warrant for Momodu Koroma

Members of the secrete poro society here in Sierra Leone have issued a search warrant for the Ministry of Youth Affairs, District Youth Coordinator, Port Loko District, North-Western Province of Sierra Leone.
Momodu Koroma, who happens to be the eldest son of Late Sulaiman Koroma is said to be a graduate from the University of Sierra Leone. His father was a wealthy farmer who trained him to acquire western education as against the typical traditional doctrines.
The Late Sulaiman Koroma and his family lived at Manonkoh Village, some six (6) miles off Lunsar, Port Loko District. He was the leader of the poro society until his demise few years ago. 
However, because of the son Momodu’s dedication to his job as District Coordinator of Youth Affairs, a neighbor confirmed that “many thought he could be a leader like his late father Sulaiman Koroma.
Meanwhile, to the dismay of many of the Poro Members, upon the death of the Late Sulaiman Koroma, “Momodu was keen on reclaiming the legacies of his late wealthy father as inheritance,” a family friend confirmed, adding that amongst Momodu’s targeting lands was a piece of land used by the poro for their initiation and rituals.
“Momodu wanted to reclaim the land housing the Poro shrine in order to use it for the construction of a football field where recreational facilities could be constructed for the youths,” elders of the society confirmed. This caused bitter confrontation between the poro member and Momodu Koroma.
Consequently, therefore, Poro members have gone on the rampage threatening to unleash horror on Momodu should they set eyes on him.
Meanwhile, here in Sierra Leone, the traditional Poro Society is a male society, where young men in provincial areas of the country are most times forcefully initiated in a process that is mostly excruciatingly painful. 
However, many are speculating if caugh Momodu's forceful initiation into the Poro Society could be fiercer and that he may likely die in there because the Poro leaders have personal grievance against him. 
However,  Momodu is still on the run and nowhere to be found.
Meanwhile, here in Sierra Leone, the police or government has no control over activities of Poro members. Mostly, even the police officers and government officials are part of this secret society. Thus, once one is declared wanted, he is let at the mercy of God, as the law does not control secret societies.

Yoni Excellence Awards Board to Stage First Heritage Conversation in Sierra Leone

One of the greatest ironies about Sierra Leone and the entire African heritage is that, despite being priceless, it is often ranked very low in government’s priority scales. The expectation from this priceless tag is that the benefits of heritage conversation to society are so immense that they need not be neglected.

Heritage is a public good, essential for national identity, national cohesion, motivation and inspiration, education, and cultural and moral values. The current dispensation of Sierra Leone culture and heritage amongst its various social groups threatened the survival of our prolific folk cultural heritage. Thus, the reason the divergence of opinions among romantic historians beckons Yoni Excellence Awards Board to explore some of the most silence features of cultural heritage conversation out of curiosity to meltdown myths about various cultures in Sierra Leone.

The 2019 Yoni Excellence Awards will examine the crucial roles Yonians are playing in the development of the world and particularly Sierra Leone as efforts and sacrifices made by these indigenous people of Yoni in the global workforce should not go unnoticed, uncelebrated and unhonoured. And to acknowledge and appreciate this vital role Yoni plays towards the furtherance of our beloved country, Yoni Excellence Awards Board is pleased to announce the hosting of the first ever Year of Yonians Homecoming sandwiched with a Heritage Conversation and Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Also, this event would capture the link between Yonians and the Carriacou Themnes believed to have been separated for over two hundred and fifty years. A small group of people on the Caribbean Island of Carriacou in the state of Grenada who still identifies with the Themne people of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Although more than 250 years have passed since the last enslaved Africans were taken to Carriacou, the members of that group still call themselves ‘Temnes’ and still remember their ancient homeland in Africa. Folklorists have believed that these Carriacou Temnes could have a relation with the oldest Themnes in Sierra Leone Known as the Yoni Themnes.

Join us in this cultural heritage conversation and excellence awards ceremony that will recognize, acknowledge, celebrate and honour Yonians of excellence and exemplary achievements.

21 Students to be rusticated from IPAM

A total of twenty one (21) students are to be rusticated from the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), University of Sierra Leone (USL) due to their involvement in examination malpractices in the 2017/2018 second semester examination. This confirmation was made to the press by the Deputy Registrar of the University, Emmanuel Momoh.

According to Mr. Momoh the university was investigating students that were caught in examination malpractices during the 2017/2018 academic year, citing that the investigations are completed and the report ready to be forwarded to the University Senate for action.

He stated that the University Disciplinary Committee has recommended for the rustication of the students but it has to go through the statutory body before they can receive their letters of rustication.

The committee, according to Mr. Momoh, was investigating 30 students but only 21 were found wanting of examination malpractices, noting that the committee has recommended for the students to be rusticated for 1 and 2 years respectively.

He disclosed that some of the students are from Business Administration, Banking and Finance, Financial Services and Governance Leadership and that some of them are in year 1 and 2, citing that the students’ body, and religious bodies are also part of the committee to ensure fair play.

Government Invokes Joint Military and Police Operation to curb Crime

The government of President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone, last week invoked a joint operation of both military and police officers to patrol the streets and areas that are notorious for serious crimes across the country.

This joint operation, known as the Military Aid to Civil Power (MAC-P) will be in place for six months. It was approved by the country’s National Security Council (NSC) which is headed by President Julius Maada Bio.

According to the NSC, both police and military officers will carry out night patrols and other security related activities in order to curb the rising numbers of armed robbery and violent attacks being reported across the country.

Military Aid to Civil Power (MAC-P) is normally invoked to handle extreme situations that pose threat to the peace and tranquillity of Sierra Leone, or any part thereof; and to assist the police deal with situations that greatly overwhelm their capability to respond.

The Sierra Leone Police is charged with the responsibility to protect lives and property by working with security partners and stakeholders in a collaborative and community policing manner.

A police statement issued last week, said that: “As a way to ensure that the people we police are safe in their various communities and go about doing their daily activities unhindered, there is now a security sector joint deployment of police and soldiers across the country”.

The aim they say is to conduct targeted raids, arrest hardcore criminals and prosecute; curb armed robbery activities and anti-social behaviour; provide safety and security, to enhance political and social development.

“So, this is a normal operation which is in existence since the time of policing. Names of operations do change with time, based on the prevailing circumstances in fighting crime. We are not in a state of emergency, people are free to move as one of their fundamental rights. Equally, the police have the right to screen and resolve informally by using wise discretion to admonish. So, members of the public are also expected to provide timely information for the police to fulfil its core mandate in life and property protection,” the Media and Communications unit in the North East said last week.

Obituaries

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With gratitude to God for a life well lived

Obituary for the late Evelyn Lauretta Idowu-Davies
Sunrise:11 February 1925
Sunset : 10 March 2019
Aged 94
Funeral & Communion service : Friday 22 March at the Ebenezer Methodist Church Murray Town at 2:30
From the Children and grandchildren at home and abroad.

17th March 2019, marks the 20th Anniversary of the passing away of HONORABLE, DR. SHEIKH BATU DARAMY SR, aka, SB Daramy.  Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy, Sr. B.Sc (Economics from London School of Economics, UK), M.A., Ph.D from Howard University, was born on 20th September, 1920 in Makeni.  Today we remember one of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) oldest members.  In 1948, Hon. Dr. Sheikh Batu Daramy was awarded a Sierra Leone Government scholarship to attend the London School of Economics from where he graduated in 1952 with a B.Sc in Economics. ...

The death is announced of Mr. Fuad Din Gabisi age 84 years whose sad event took place today Monday 12th November, 2018. He is survived by his wife Balkisu Din Gabisi of 3 Ingham Street Fourah Bay Community, Freetown. Sisters: Haja Bola Deen (Late) and Ola Din-Gabisi (UK)
Children: Mrs. Christiana Bultman-Sulaiman of the USA
Mr. Sulay Din Gabisi of USA
Miss Zainab Din Gabisi of Freetown
Mr. Aziz Din Gabisi of Freetown
Mr. Dyfu Din Gabisi of USA
Grandchildren
Miss Blanche Bultman of USA
Mr. Fuad Din Gabisi ...

The death is reported of Police Constable Santigie Ado Kamara formerly of the Operational Support Division (OSD), Panlap Division, Makeni and of Binkolo, Safroko Chiefdom. He died by road accident on Saturday 4th August 2018. Aged 39. He is survived by his wife Isatu Kamara, children Teresa, Samuel, Kenneth, Augustine, Emmanuel and Marie. Brothers: Abu, Kelfa, Karim, Gbessay, Sampha and Dura. Sisters: Jane D.M Sesay, Amie, Isatu, Sinnah, Sentho, Sarah, Helen, Fatu and Kadiatu. He will be buried on Sunday 19th August, 2018 at Binkolo. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace!

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