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In Sierra Leone, Hon. Palor Conteh’s Chivalry was the Correct thing to do
Sierra Leone’s Defense Minister Major (rtd) Palor Conteh yesterday September 5th 2012, stood in open court and expressed his unconditional forgiveness for the dishonour that had been done to him by our war veterans. Indeed, at that moment, going by reports of joyful expressions of the war veterans (some call them ex-combatants), it was clear that the former soldiers now see their country’s Honourable Minister of Defense as a Knight in Shining Armour.
Sep 6, 2012, 17:12
Appealing for Sierra Leone Ex-Combatants; Please Forgive them now
We are today publishing a poignant article on the plight of the ex-combatants currently facing trial for violence-related activities near State House and Defence Ministry premises including the tearing of the jacket of the Defence Minister and damaging of windscreens. Whilst I am not one to condone violence, I have to admit that I feel pangs of sorrow for our brothers.
Sep 4, 2012, 17:17
SLPP’s Very Genuine & Not-so-Genuine Concerns
I have read the multiple-paged Press Statement of Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) issued yesterday August 30th 2012. First of all, allegations that ruling APC is planning to use Kamajors against SLPP is to be dismissed with utter contempt. I wonder if SLPP, with all their boasts of South-Eastern stronghold, is not ashamed to make such an allegation?
Aug 31, 2012, 17:17
Sierra Leone: The Dilemma of an Opposition
On July 6th this year, I had cause to do up a front page article I entitled as "Mr. Maada Bio Trusts Dr. Christiana Thorpe, Period!". In that article, I made my observations that according to his media handlers, Opposition SLPP presidential candidate Maada Bio was not happy with the stance of his party leader towards Dr. Christiana Thorpe, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (NEC).
Aug 2, 2012, 17:08
Mr. Maada Bio Trusts Dr. Christiana Thorpe, Period!
It is not uncommon to hear supporters of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) state with firm conviction that come November 17th 2012, their presidential candidate Julius Maada Bio will be running the Government as President. The party’s chairman John Oponjo Benjamin will confidently speak of how they are “the Government in waiting”. Now, the only way the SLPP will be in power as the next Government come November is if Maada Bio wins presidential elections. Therefore, to some, Bio’s views about Dr. Christiana Thorpe, the Electoral Boss is the view that must be adopted by the SLPP as against any other view. Well, at least that is the thinking in the Bio camp.
Jul 6, 2012, 17:10
Poor Communications in Sierra Leone
I am not the only Sierra Leonean suffering from current poor state of communications in the country. However, it will appear few journalists or civil society activists are bothered by the poor communications service being rendered to Sierra Leoneans amidst a lacklustre Communications Ministry and seemingly inept National Telecommunications regulator (NATCOM).
Jul 5, 2012, 17:10
Telecommunications Visitors arrive to state of APC Dombolo @ NATCOM Rubbish!
Sierra Leone is this week hosting an international conference on Rural Connectivity in Africa. Sadly, the international guests have arrived to meet a state of embarrassment for ruling APC Government. The country is in throes of inadequate voice and data service from communications providers whilst the telecommunications regulator National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) watch on haplessly. NATCOM seems to be under an inexplicable influence making it difficult for them to penalise the service providers or chastise them.
Jun 20, 2012, 17:12
Sierra Leone Government Succumbs to Lawless Commercial Bike Riders
In a bid not to prejudice the ongoing criminal prosecution, the legal advisers of this newspaper have advised that we do not directly comment on the murder investigation concerning an OSD Officer alleged to have “murdered” a bike rider last weekend. However, what we can safely say is that when the matter commences proper with witnesses, the speed of charging the officer to court for “Murder” will expose an indelicate penchant of the authorities to appease Okada riders at expense of the image of Sierra Leone Police Force. It will also expose a Police hierarchy not hesitating to sacrifice young professional officers in a bid to shield how they have bungled up their relationship with the public.
Jun 19, 2012, 17:24
Two Youths Killed in Sierra Leone... Why & How?
As of press time, we were unable to receive the report of our journalist sent to cover the incident at Wellington which left two youths dead in the early morning hours of yesterday Tuesday June 5th 2012. However, from the report as aired over the national SLBC broadcaster, it is clear that an issue of mistaken identity has left two of our youthful compatriots dead.
Jun 6, 2012, 17:12
As Fiti-Fata libel takes over Sierra Leone...APC & UDM in Big Dance Na Tight Parlour!
Senior UDM members spent the past two days requesting for space in Awareness Times to refute the serious allegations levied against President Ernest Koroma’s State House, the Anti Corruption Commission and the UDM itself. As Publisher of this paper, I have personally told the UDM to count us out of the ongoing morass because neither UDM nor President Koroma is serious about their image or reputation concerning allegations of financial cash flows between the two. Let me explain.
Jun 1, 2012, 15:38
Bad Journalists, the President & Judiciary
Jonathan Leigh and Sorie Fofana do not enjoy a tenth of the kind of respect I command within all spheres of life in Sierra Leone; especially within three arms of Government. My sibling friendship with President Koroma pre-dates his presidency. As a critical journalist with strong opinions concerning my country, I have written things which have not gone down well with the President but, in the long run, he is still my big brother. I currently enjoy a good relationship with his mother who is herself a prayerful Christian.
May 30, 2012, 17:10
Prof. Kelfala Kallon, SLPP & the Judiciary
SLPP Professor Kelfala Kallon in America, last evening released another piece of ill informed unfortunate opinion on Sierra Leone’s Judiciary viz-a-viz SLPP’s case against Dr. Christiana Thorpe. Reading through his earlier piece a few weeks ago, which was most unfortunately published in SLPP official newspapers, one could scarcely believe the raw mis-information which Kelfala Kallon spewed out about the judiciary’s handling of that SLPP’s matter. He has repeated his ill-informed allegations last night.
May 25, 2012, 16:14
We reproduce vile, political tribal incitement which with other similar materials were published over the past weeks by senior SLPP members and supporters. Not a squeak of protest was then heard by the pro-SLPP media. It is only now when the independent section of the media comes out to set the record straight that a certain tabloid suddenly wants a cessation as stated in their Page 2 editorial of yesterday? The sheer hypocrisy! Where was this tabloid for the last weeks when SLPP papers took negative tribalism into our body politics? Let them please read Sam Conteh published in this edition to learn why SLPP’s attempts to re-introduce negative tribalism into our body politics must not just be waved off but should be crushed to the ground by all patriots.
May 22, 2012, 17:12
Sierra Leone Political Tolerance and National Unity: Opposition Leaders Have Lost Moral High Ground
Those who had looked forward to seeing the hopes of Ban Ki Moon, Susan Rice and others come to fruition were disappointed. Julius Maada Bio did not show up. His Running-mate Dr. Kadi Sesay did not show up. The party leader and chairman John Benjamin did not show up. They boycotted a National Event that should have seen them live up to the expectations of high powered figures around the world. The SLPP, in the process, has now lost the moral high ground when it comes to who is to blame for lack of political tolerance and unity in Sierra Leone. They are now equals to the APC and some APC supporters might even go as far as to say, the SLPP is worse than the APC it used to criticise.
May 7, 2012, 12:15
AMI Principles will nourish Africa’s information consumers
A fish, they say, starts to rot from the head. It’s the same in the world of newshounds. When there are bad smells at the top echelons of a media house, you can expect the contamination to spread to the whole entity. Just as nobody wants to get poisoned by festering fish, no one wants to be a victim of corrupted journalism. In the United Kingdom, however, thousands of people today have been victims of phone-hacking.
May 3, 2012, 17:08
“Free the Press”:Ethical Leadership for the Future : Editorial by D. Bruce Wharton, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, State Department of the United States Government
Information is life. People cannot make a living, hold their governments accountable, or educate their children without a healthy supply of free- flowing information. Citizens need accurate, timely, independent news they can trust. So do businesses and markets…and governments.
May 1, 2012, 17:16
JOB, Maada Bio & Kadi Sesay Have Lost Moral High Ground in Sierra Leone
The latest UN Security Council Statement on Sierra Leone as read by America’s Susan Rice, devoted advise for political party leaders to support and promote national unity and cohesion. It partly stated: The Security Council calls upon all political parties to engage constructively in an honest and open dialogue aimed at furthering national cohesion. The Council calls on the Government of Sierra Leone, all political parties as well as other stakeholders to intensify their efforts to foster an environment that is conducive to the holding of peaceful, transparent, free and fair elections. The Council calls on the leadership of the political parties to undertake cross-party confidence building measures...,
May 1, 2012, 17:10
Sierra Leone : Good Religion & Good Governance (Op-Ed by Tony Blair & Sheikh Abu Bakarr Conteh)
April 25th 2012: The significance of World Malaria Day on 25th April is likely to be different if you live in London or Freetown. For those who live in Sierra Leone it will be a reminder again that malaria is the number one killer of young children. In the UK there may not even be the memory that in the Kent marshes malaria killed whole families in the 18th century. It may not seem relevant. But it is.
Apr 25, 2012, 17:22
Sierra Leone: Koroma and Bio's Last April 27 as..?
Will it be H.E. Koroma’s final Independence Day as President or will it be Maada Bio’s last independence day as a leading contender for the Presidency? November 17th will have all the answers. What is however very indisputable is that Sierra Leone, as a nation state, will continue to exist with or without the two men. Our commonality is greater than our differences borne of support for either of the two men. Our Coat of Arms should always supercede the image of these two men in our minds.
Apr 25, 2012, 17:20
Maada Bio & Shekito on Democratic Tenets
Two senior politicians are currently either ignorant of democratic ways or are scoring cheap political points. First it was Julius Maada Bio writing directly to the President of Sierra Leone demanding answers about weapons purchased by Government for internal security of the State. It is not clear what constitutional authority Bio believes he possesses. This was followed by Shekito Tarawalie, Deputy Information Minister comparing Bio’s repressive NPRC military junta regime with that of our current democratic State. Shekito says, no one used to question Bio when he bought weapons whilst he was a military junta leader so he should not expect to get responses from the current President about such.
Apr 3, 2012, 15:38