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Subject: Freetown council sacks mayor in Sierra Leone
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Date Posted: 14:12:05 01/17/08 ()
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Councillors in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Thursday sacked their mayor, accusing him of "taking series of lone decisions on critical matters affecting the administration of the council."

Mayor Winstanley Johnson, who had six months more to go before the council folds up for the July local government elections, was not at the session as he had applied for a month's medical leave to the ministry of internal affairs to go abroad.

Councillors told AFP that they took the decision "to impeach the mayor as he would never inform us when he goes out of the country, which is a violation of council's administration code."

The council, which is the largest in the the country, overseeing close to a million and a half population, elected businessman Herbert Williams as mayor to be assisted by deputy Bobson Kamara, another business entrepreneur.

"We have got rid of Johnson as we want to put our business back on track," one councillor in the heavily dominated ruling All People's Congress (APC) council, which has only three opposition members, added.

©2008 AFP


Subject: Ernest Koroma incorporates Prince Harding and Maada Bio
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Date Posted: 12:42:29 01/17/08 ()
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Prince Harding, Maada Bio join Ernest to Burkina Faso

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The government of the All People’s Congress seems to be listening to criticisms of excluding former SLPP stalwarts from governance as Dr Prince Harding, the former Secretary General of the SLPP, and Brigadier Julius Maada Bio (Rtd) are members of President Ernest Koroma’s ten-man delegation to Burkina Faso.
They will be leaving Freetown today to attend a summit of Head of States and government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which takes place tomorrow in Ouagadougou.
Many political pundits have described the incorporation of Brigadier Julius Maada Bio (Rtd) in an APC delegation as a classical example of forgiveness and reconciliation, as he was one of the architects of the 1992 military coup that overthrow the APC.
“Those who were saying the APC is insensitive to southerners now need to rethink as hardcore stalwarts like Dr Prince Harding and Maada Bio, both from the south, have proven that the APC means business about national cohesion,” said one diplomat yesterday.
It will be recalled that at some point Maada Bio was a front-runner for the SLPP leadership, and in Bo last weekend during that party’s mini-convention his name featured prominently as one of those who might lead the party for the 2012 elections.
The news of the absorption of these two SLPP southern stalwarts into an APC delegation have infuriated some diehard party supporters who are now accusing the two of political opportunism.
Meanwhile, other members of the ten-man delegation are Alpha Kanu, the minister of Presidential and Public Affairs; Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Foreign Affairs minister; Richard Conteh, the deputy minister of Finance and Economic Planning, among others.
The delegation is expected in Freetown on Saturday.



Subject: Anti-Corruption Advisory Committee
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Date Posted: 12:19:51 01/17/08 ()
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Olu Gordon, editor of PEEP has been appionted a member of the
Anti-Corruption Advisory Committee acording to a press release from
State House. Gordon has for long years been a passionate advocate of
transparency in government from the days of Siaka Stevens.


Subject: SLPP to boycott June Local Elections
From: Democracy
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Date Posted: 12:17:20 01/17/08 ()
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HEADLINE NEWS: Wednesday 16th January 2008


SLPP may boycott 2008 electionstc "SLPP may boycott 2008 elections"

By PEL Koromatc "By PEL Koroma"

Following a two day meeting of the national executive council of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) in Bo, the party has resolved to boycott the local council elections if Christiana Thorpe remains National Electoral Commissioner.tc "Following a two day meeting of the national executive council of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) in Bo, the party has resolved to boycott the local council elections if Christiana Thorpe remains National Electoral Commissioner."

Secretary General Jacob Jusu Saffa informed journalists in Freetown that the national executive council meeting in Bo was to reflect and map out the way forward for the party. tc "Secretary General Jacob Jusu Saffa informed journalists in Freetown that the national executive council meeting in Bo was to reflect and map out the way forward for the party. "

"A wide range of issues were discussed. We discovered that our constitution was a major impediment to our success and needed to be visit for amendments. The organization and capacity building of members, peace and reconciliation as well as strategic planning for our future success were dealt with at the meeting."tc "\"A wide range of issues were discussed. We discovered that our constitution was a major impediment to our success and needed to be visit for amendments. The organization and capacity building of members, peace and reconciliation as well as strategic planning for our future success were dealt with at the meeting.\""

The meeting according to Saffa attracted over 400 members both old and new in Parliament, party officials at all levels. tc "The meeting according to Saffa attracted over 400 members both old and new in Parliament, party officials at all levels. "

He explained that they were disturbed in Bo on the eve of their meeting by people wearing red T-shirts. The scuffle resulted in the injuries of some members of the SLPP who were parading the township of Bo to see the havoc wrecked on their membership.tc "He explained that they were disturbed in Bo on the eve of their meeting by people wearing red T-shirts. The scuffle resulted in the injuries of some members of the SLPP who were parading the township of Bo to see the havoc wrecked on their membership."

"But I know the Resident Minister South was behind the entire attempt to humiliate our people. We would have robustly retaliated but we never wanted them to succeed in hampering our purpose in Bo."tc "\"But I know the Resident Minister South was behind the entire attempt to humiliate our people. We would have robustly retaliated but we never wanted them to succeed in hampering our purpose in Bo.\""

The party, much dissatisfied with the improper conduct of the 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections, particularly the processes of counting, announcement and the cancellation of results from 477 polling stations, deemed it fit to forward a letter of complaint to the President.tc "The party, much dissatisfied with the improper conduct of the 2007 presidential and parliamentary elections, particularly the processes of counting, announcement and the cancellation of results from 477 polling stations, deemed it fit to forward a letter of complaint to the President."

They demanded that "the current National Electoral Commission (NEC) be dissolved forthwith and new Commissioners appointed in accordance with section 32 (3) of the 1991 constitution of the republic of Sierra Leone."tc "They demanded that \"the current National Electoral Commission (NEC) be dissolved forthwith and new Commissioners appointed in accordance with section 32 (3) of the 1991 constitution of the republic of Sierra Leone.\""

Failure to this, the party considers boycotting the local government elections. tc "Failure to this, the party considers boycotting the local government elections. "

In the letter to the president, the party views with disapproval the recent sacking and demotions of high level administrative and technical staff of the NEC and urges government to investigate the sacking. tc "In the letter to the president, the party views with disapproval the recent sacking and demotions of high level administrative and technical staff of the NEC and urges government to investigate the sacking. "

The party also urges that re-appointments or appointment to the said positions be done in a transparent and competitive manner with the participation of all registered political parties. tc "The party also urges that re-appointments or appointment to the said positions be done in a transparent and competitive manner with the participation of all registered political parties. "

In the communiqué, the SLPP stressed that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) takes a lead role in providing technical assistance and supervising the electoral process leading to the 2008 bye and local government elections.tc "In the communiqué, the SLPP stressed that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) takes a lead role in providing technical assistance and supervising the electoral process leading to the 2008 bye and local government elections."

The party wants Ecowas to carry out procedural and systematic audit of the 2007 elections.tc "The party wants Ecowas to carry out procedural and systematic audit of the 2007 elections."

The letter further condemns the continuing intimidation, harassment and molestation of its members as well as the dismissal of SLPP members working in the public service. tc "The letter further condemns the continuing intimidation, harassment and molestation of its members as well as the dismissal of SLPP members working in the public service. "

The party believes that "these acts of violence and nepotism under undermine efforts at reconciliation, national peace and stability. The party urges the government to uphold the rule of law, ensure respect for human right and justice, fairness and equal opportunity for all."tc "The party believes that \"these acts of violence and nepotism under undermine efforts at reconciliation, national peace and stability. The party urges the government to uphold the rule of law, ensure respect for human right and justice, fairness and equal opportunity for all.\""

The communiqué also revealed that the party believes that peace, unity and good governance are necessary conditions for development. tc "The communiqué also revealed that the party believes that peace, unity and good governance are necessary conditions for development. "

"To that end, the past SLPP administration ended the 11-year war, promoted reconciliation and good governance. The SLPP is concern that the gains in these directions could be derailed if sincere and credible actions are not taking by the current APC administration."tc "\"To that end, the past SLPP administration ended the 11-year war, promoted reconciliation and good governance. The SLPP is concern that the gains in these directions could be derailed if sincere and credible actions are not taking by the current APC administration.\""

"As the opposition party, the party shall do everything to ensure that peace is consolidated in Sierra Leone and there is good governance. The party therefore calls on the international community to always consider these fundamentals of development."tc "\"As the opposition party, the party shall do everything to ensure that peace is consolidated in Sierra Leone and there is good governance. The party therefore calls on the international community to always consider these fundamentals of development.\""

In conclusion, the letter explains that the party is prepared to dialogue and discuss these critical issues with the President at his earliest convenience tc "In conclusion, the letter explains that the party is prepared to dialogue and discuss these critical issues with the President at his earliest convenience "



Subject: Where is President Ernest Koroma ?
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Date Posted: 12:13:31 01/17/08 ()
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Where is President Koroma?

By Ibrahim Seibure

I have been following with keen interest the life trend of President Ernest Bai ‘Obai’ Koroma’s led All Peoples Congress (APC) government since he took over the steering of governance from former President Kabbah with his first promise of ‘Zero tolerance on corruption’.

The movement of the president’s lips were carefully studied by his critics, his supporters, the donor community and those that lost power to him - the Sierra Leone Peoples Party. His voice was sounding and echoing to all that want to see Sierra Leone emerge from this state of abject poverty.

Sierra Leoneans who voted the Koroma led government are not taking his words with a pinch of salt but rather they believed Koroma will perform the miracle. They are patiently waiting and I would want to say that Sierra Leoneans are no longer in the mood to accept politicians who are bent on enriching themselves at their detriment.

I am commenting on President Koroma’s promise to us Sierra Leoneans on the basis of making our leaders accountable for their actions during their reign.

One would want to say that it is too early to ask the president questions relating to his promise on zero tolerance on corruption, when his State House office is under criticism for appointing Members of Parliament to his cabinet, his yet to declare assets and the much talked about emergency electricity to Freetown contract.

The media has been very vocal in its responsibility to get the president explain the controversy surrounding the award of the emergency electricity contract of which the president was head of that committee. Questions are still been asked about the transparency in using such elaborate funds for rental generators to provide electricity to Freetown.

I must say that for the sake of accountability and transparency, Koroma was and is still at liberty to tell this nation the truth of the story as reported by the media because the money used to rent the generators was not his personal money nor money from the APC or from the pockets of any individual but money that belongs to all Sierra Leoneans.

Let us be mindful of the fact that those Sierra Leoneans who are in government offices were voted to judiciously manage the resources of the country for the good of every Sierra Leonean. There is an adage that says; you can fool the people at a time but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

The current accusation and counter accusations against the president in terms of regionalism, nepotism, favouritism and frivolity is a concern to the success of the APC government and Sierra Leoneans.

I stand to wonder and beg for clarification on these issues because it is too early for a government that won the hearts and minds of the masses to be keeping sealed lips on such sensitive issues. If I may jog your memory Mr President on these issues I am now commenting, were the same issues raised against and led to the down fall of the now opposition SLPP. At first sight they were seen as messiahs that can deliver this country from bondage. As you are been al3rted on these dubious activities of certain officials in your government, so were the SLPP but the latter treated it with levity and they saw the consequence. So be mindful.

I may also want to say that the accusations against you particularly regarding the attention you are giving to Bombali, Port Loko and Tonkolili and the alleged differences that exist between the President and his Vice is now on the lips of people in Freetown and beyond.

The Concord Times newspaper on January 10, 2008 edition captioned: ‘Appointments package rocks State House’, was swiftly responded to by the State House press as early as 9:00 am. This is the first time ever for a government to immediately respond to a media report.

A colleague seasoned journalist, David Tam-Baryoh has thrown a word of courage to the alienated groups in the country as he puts it, “I will advise the Konos, Mendes, Creoles and even Mandingoes not to worry. Tribalism, cronyism, Regionalism, caging the presidents, advising wrongly…we have gone that way before as a Nation. Where did it take us to? WAR and Underdevelopment!”

The press release from State House on the same day of publication stated that there was no truth in the story. My question is why the same State House press is not responding to media accusations on the president and his office about the electricity, the spare parts contracts and the dominance of descendants from Port Loko, Bombali and Tonkolili in your government.

My president, your president and our president should be transparent and accountable to the people of Sierra Leone and not to a cliché, whose interest is egoism and the quest to amass wealth.


Subject: Re: Where is President Ernest Koroma ?
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 12:52:23 01/17/08 ()
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Where is the president? He is busy bringing electricity to the country; working on clean drinking water; rooting out endemic corruption; bringing healthcare to the country, trying to get the country running again....in short saving the country from the mess, mismanagement and rubbish of the SLPP years.

However, the entrenched power class is fighting back...and dirty. They are using their minions in the press to spread vicious propaganda against this president who is actually delivering for the people. And guess what? The Counterprogressives are winning the propaganda war! They are determined to prove that EBK is a parochial Northern leader with a virulent anti-Southeastern bent. They have largely succeeded in that mission, thanks to a president with a tin ear and an incredibly long learning curve about tribal sensitivity. His press office has been silent and left fumbling in the dark as the president is pummelled over the issue by his political enemies. Now the president's political enemies are trying to peel off his Krio support by viciously claiming that he is anti-Krio. What is I.B Kargbo doing? Shekito, what's up? Defend the man! So-called Advisers, tell the Prez that unless he fine tunes his recruitment service, to make it more sensitive to other tribes, he risks having all his successes lost in a fog of distortion and vile propaganda.


Subject: Immigration clamps down on Nigerians in Sierra Leone
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Immigration clamps down on Nigerians By Mohamed Massaquoi

Four Nigerian nationals have been arrested by immigration department in the eastern district headquarter town of Kenema.
Nwinee Joseph, Nwinee Thangod Banaayae, Francis Fiinor Dwemua and Peters Muekara were Sunday nabbed by police officers and later handed them over to the regional immigration office for what they referred to as an onward investigation.
According to Dominic Ousman, head of the regional immigration office, the Nigerian nationals were arrested for exceeding their time of stay with a transit visa in the country.
“This is contrary to Section 36 (m) of the Immigration Act of 1965,” he stated.
He said they were reliably informed that the four Nigerians entered into the country since January 2007 on the pretext that they would use Sierra Leone as a transit point to the United States of America.
“These people entered in the country through Lungi. They were harboured by one Hawa Sesay who they claimed has a relationship with their brother in America,” he added.

“They have been here for the past one-year without legitimizing their stay. In that regard, it is our responsibility to interrogate all those coming into the country so that we can have credible records about the movement of people both in and out of the country,” he said.

He maintained that Hawa Sesay who hosted them could be charged with an unlawful harbouring of immigrants contrary to Section 36 (b) of the Immigration Act 1965.

“We have been monitoring all the entering points in the eastern region to ensure that people do not illegally enter the country,” he said adding that they are always ready to apprehend illegal immigrants in the region.

The matter is been charged to court.


Subject: Re: Immigration clamps down on Nigerians in Sierra Leone
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Excellent!

Now if we can only turn our sights on the criminal, diamond-digging illegal aliens in Kono district!


Subject: Koroma takes agenda for change to the U.K
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Koroma takes ‘An Agenda for Change’ to the UK
By Olusegun Ogundeji

President Ernest Bai Koroma will on Tuesday January 29, 2008 present a paper on ‘An Agenda for Change’ to members of Europe's leading foreign policy think-tank, Chatham House in London.

At the forum, the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone will outline his plans to tackle his country's many challenges with a highly ambitious programme of reforms as he had promised during the electioneering process.

The event, which is organized in conjunction with the Africa Programme, will afford Koroma the opportunity to convince the British government, Sierra Leone's major development partner, on how he intends to better the lives of his people and elevate the country from its current position at the bottom of the UN Human Development Index.

The Chatham House is formally known as The Royal Institute of International Affairs and it was founded in 1920 to stimulate debate and research on political, business, security and other key issues in the international arena.

It is an independent membership-based organization that brings together people from government, politics, business, NGOs, the academic world and the media.

Seven years after a successful British military and humanitarian intervention, Sierra Leone last year enjoyed its first democratic change of government in many years.


Subject: COCORIOKO ATTACKED NEVILLE
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Date Posted: 10:51:59 01/17/08 ()
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When i read cocorioko opinion on NEVILLE i felt disgusting. What is wrong with the fact that Neville is only looking into issue from a positive and critical point of view? I know cocorioko editors will go after and attacked anyone who is trying to be critical on their APC party.

Neville is only raising concerns. Because many people are bliind with the fact that their is now a new executive in charge of the state. So if we don't have people like NEVILLE to critically cross check those guys it will be late for us before we wake up from our sleep.

Let me ask you (mr. assistance editor) are you the spokesman for the APC party or an independent journalsit? You are deceiving your readers by not putting out the right information from an independent and a CRITICAL POINT OF VIEW without any partisan affiliation.

I am also going to take my time, to critically look at this kind of journalism cocorioko is practicing; this will involved some thorough research as to how COCORIOKO has compromised it's jourlism duty for political reason. I will be collecting large number of facts from their own archieves.

If Cocorioko has now bestow upon itself the spokesmanship to shamfully defend it's political party (APC). Their news must be cross checked and critically analysed in order to prevent them from deceiving some of those who cannot read between the line.


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO ATTACKED NEVILLE
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Date Posted: 12:04:37 01/17/08 ()
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Dauda, please, rest assured that Cocorioko will always attack whoever points out the wrongs of the APC. A long time ago, Cocorioko and all its subsidiaries endorsed the APC, showing that this media house will blindly support the APC at all cost.


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO ATTACKED NEVILLE
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Saidu Labo,
Who do you support ? It is like the pot calling the kettle black. You supported Berewa because you were their houseboy in Georgia. Is that a good reason to support somebody ? Lef Cocorioko saful ya. You are too corrupt to judge others.By the way, how de watchman woke ?


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO ATTACKED NEVILLE
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But Cocorioko had made their position clear that good or bad, they shall not be moved..boy! den wan yah, den dae for APC tae go.Bra Ernest nor don for shabe yate. Nor waste you breathe ya BRA Dauda. But tem go fit clock. DEN TAKE DEN YONE DEN LOCK AM NA SHUKU BLAI NA WE YONE DEN SEE


Subject: APC above SLPP thievery attitude! read here
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Commonwealth News and Information Service (London)

16 January 2008
Posted to the web 16 January 2008


The Commonwealth Debt Management Programme is established in 55 countries

A domestic debt support programme for Sierra Leone has been set up by the Commonwealth Secretariat and is expected to last for two years.


The programme, requested by Sierra Leone's government, is part of the Secretariat's effort to support member countries in managing their sovereign debt portfolios. This process is aided by use of the Commonwealth Secretariat Debt Recording and Management System (CS-DRMS) which acts as a repository for capturing all categories of debt instruments. There are currently 55 countries, of which 45 are members of the Commonwealth, that use the system.

Since 1985, the CS-DRMS has helped countries record and manage their debt. Beneficiary countries continue to receive regular training and support from the Secretariat's Special Advisory Services Division, which oversees the debt management programme.

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Once the domestic debt programme - part of CS-DRMS - is implemented, it will allow the Government of Sierra Leone to track the impact of its domestic debt and externally funded programmes, and devise means of efficiently managing the debt. As part of this programme, the Commonwealth will install the newly developed Securities Auctioning System at the Bank of Sierra Leone to help improve the securities auctioning process. It is expected that the use of the system will increase the efficiency of the auctioning process as well as generate data that would enable investors to make informed policy decisions to improve the securities market.

"The project will aid in reorganising the domestic debt management structure in Sierra Leone, rationalising debt management policies and developing the ability of local personnel to effectively manage various categories of sovereign debt. Such improvements will not only yield more accurate forecasting and budgeting for policy formulation, but will also increase the financial management profile of Sierra Leone in the eyes of potential investors," said Carilus Odumbe, the programme manager at the Secretariat who is overseeing this project.

Although Sierra Leone has been receiving debt management support since the early 1990s, Commonwealth Secretariat assistance has been limited to external debt management only. This will be the first time that the West African country has requested assistance in domestic debt management from the Secretariat.


Subject: why neville and others speak now?
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Date Posted: 10:06:59 01/17/08 ()
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We should pay attention to what neville and others that helped apc come to power are saying. dont just down play the messenger. lets listen and read the messages. they cry tribalism, regionalism is it true? I dont think it takes a rocket scientist to figure it out. but what bothers me is would they have stood up and spoken the truth if they had got positions? or is the culture of when i am eating i shut up and dont speak the truth still prevalent? We saw under slpp a lot of people only spoke the truth and sometimes lied when they were left out. so it made it hard for all to discern when truth was been told. i hope these journalists even those in the inner circle speak up. our leaders need over sight not blackmail to replace them with our own choices.


Subject: Re: why neville and others speak now?
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Date Posted: 11:39:56 01/17/08 ()
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It is very hard to tell the motivations of some of the so-called journalists prowling around in Freetown. There may be some legitimate journalists in Salone. However, most of them are blackmailers and mercenaries ready to fire a pen for the highest bidder. I have no idea what irks Neville. He has been on the attack against APC ever since his very good friend, the Mayor of Freetown found himself on the outs with the APC government. I wonder if the Mayor helped to bankroll the Standard times. We need to start exposing these "journalists" on both sides of the aisle, especially those who keep assaulting the country's unity.


Subject: Re: why neville and others speak now?
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Date Posted: 11:38:13 01/17/08 ()
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Okdot, you are a very clever person .I have also asked myself this question many times. I know for a fact that Neville was a frequent visitor at State House when Ernest Koroma first came to power. He and Ernest Koroma were even seen together many times.I think he is mad because he did not get a job. These guys are all opportunists.you think Neville would have been saying this if he had been appointed Minister of Information ?


Subject: MAYOR'S OFFICE TO BE NORTHERNIZED? OH MY GOD!!!
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War Against the Creoles? "Mayor Johnson will be fired" - brags Top APC Official.
1.15.2008
When pushed on why he believes Mayor Johnson will be fired, a top APC official (who is a current APC MP and who has recently expressed disappointment at the terrible state of infrastructure in the city) has noted in an exclusive interview with The New People. He noted that the mayor will be fired because he is an “uncooperative component of the party” who should be “supporting the party’s agenda” and also “promoting the vision of the president” rather than “quarrelling with everybody when he is not put in charge of something.”

Pushed on further about whether the mayor is a party official or a civic leader who should not be answerable to the dictates of a national political party, the MP simply shrugged his shoulders and said, “but if he is a member of the APC, he should do the things that the APC wants him to do, not just whatever he wants to do.”

But this is the civil side to the hate for Freetown’s Mayor Winstanley Johnson. Some days ago, Leonard Balogun Koroma (Logus) who is Minister of State in the Office of the Vice President, sprang into a tirade of abusive language against the mayor and refused to allow the mayor to speak to the vice president. In the tirade, Logus said a number of abusive things about the mayor which we cannot publish. What stands out though was a constant repetition of “oona den Krio fil se na oona geh Freetown; oona na natin. Na wi eh power. Oona na natin na dis tong (You Creoles think that Freetown belongs to you, but you Creoles are nothing. We hold political power. You Creoles are nonentity in this city.)

Let us put the anti-Creole invective by Logus to one side because that is an issue that the Creole members of the APC would need to address with the APC leadership. This paper believes that a deputy minister (who is more like a glorified office assistant) should realize that due protocol means that he should not address the civic leader of metropolitan Freetown in the shoddy manner in which he did. Publicly molesting the mayor of Freetown and making downright unacceptable statements about the status and rights of Creoles in Freetown is completely out of order, and the APC leadership including such prominent Creoles as Osho-Williams must be seen to condemn this kind of action.

But what has triggered off the entire incident is significant. Our investigations spoke to all sides of the debate and the following facts emerged. On the APC government side, it is claimed that the mayor has not been cooperative on attempts by the office of the vice president to carry out monthly cleaning exercises and other civic cleaning projects meant to clean and beautify Freetown. They claim that the mayor is impossible to work with because when he is not in control of any project, he wants to destroy that project and he is too full of himself.

On the mayor’s side, it has emerged that the mayor insists that civic projects and responsibilities are carried out by the mayor’s office and not by the vice president’s office. They insist that the constitution clearly lays out the job descr1ption and responsibilities of the mayor of Freetown and the vice-president of Sierra Leone. The mayor of Freetown is in charge of all civic tasks performed within the locality of Freetown including funding and controlling those projects. The mayor insists that central government in the form of the vice president’s office has no business interfering with the mayor’s duties and responsibilities.

But there are other murmurings. There are complaints in APC circles that the mayor has refused to play ball by refusing/failing to give city contracts out to key APC supporters and community leaders. These leaders are feeling estranged from the APC as a party because they believe that the city contracts should help further strengthen their ties to the APC as a party because they would earn themselves something and also be able to employ their constituents who are strong APC supporters. The mayor’s failure to give them contracts means that they are left with nothing to placate their constituents.

But the other side is also clearly outraged by such suggestions. First, they argue that the mayor does not like yuki-yuki and that the vice president’s office took over the cleaning because they believe that there is money to be made out of the cleaning contracts and donor support. They also argue that the current government is simply continuing the fight by the late Foday Kalokoh against the mayor in which the Temne wing of the APC had always wanted to place a Temne as mayor of Freetown. For this reason, they are not surprised that “Logus” should make this kind of statement because it is representative of the kinds of statements that APC leaders and supporters have said elsewhere. The mayor’s supporters also believe that it is the APC government that has organized and emboldened the APC councilors to write letters in order to force either the resignation or the impeachment of the mayor. The facts of government complicity are obvious in how some APC cabinet ministers and MPS are unsympathetic to the mayor and how some of them have even refused to communicate with him or relate to him about the current situation. Moreover, the vice president’s office which is involved in this whole affair has been as asked to investigate a case which it has triggered off. The mayor’s side also argues that most of the charges proffered in the latest letter by APC councilors are old and recycled charges that the mayor has fully addressed in the past with facts and figures.

Whatever the case, there is definitely very deep animosity for the mayor which may not be easily resolved. The ethnic undertones are worrying. Creoles are native Sierra Leoneans and they must have all the equal rights and civil liberties of Sierra Leoneans. Creoles have contributed disproportionately to our history and national development in all areas of education, the law, medicine, engineering, financial development and in sundry other sectors. To try to rip the last vestige of political power from the Creoles in the only part of Sierra Leone they call home just because the APC wishes to grab power to itself is unfair and unjust.


Subject: Re: MAYOR'S OFFICE TO BE NORTHERNIZED? OH MY GOD!!!
From: Deemdeen
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Date Posted: 11:33:01 01/17/08 ()
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You guys are full of stupidity. Who in their right minds will like Freetown to continue to look the way it has looked in the past years? How can the present mayor continue in office when he has done nothing to change the filth that has engulfed the city? The guy should be fired period. Public officials who fail to deliver should either be fired or forced to resign. By the way, Freetown is not a Creole city. It is the capital of Freetown. Anyone from Aiah, Joe, Amadu to Kai can be mayor.


Subject: Re: MAYOR'S OFFICE TO BE NORTHERNIZED? OH MY GOD!!!
From: ok now
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Date Posted: 09:44:17 01/17/08 ()
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Can a mayor just be fired? I think if that is the case our laws need to eb revisited. because anytime one party is in power and one of the mayors does not agree with them they woudl fire him or her. at least there should be away in which in emergency circumstances they have emergency elections. this is an example to all sierra leoneans that when one side goes after others in witch hunting eventually the wolves would come home and devour one of its own if true. I thought thats why we have the ballot boxes. when election comes run someone against him. thats how it shouldwork. both sides should stop pointing fingers and lets get to the real side of the story. we are all sierra leoneans for God;s sake. first fighting and witch hunting between apc and slpp. now its in party? EBK needs to try to reconcile the country through dialogue.


Subject: Re: MAYOR'S OFFICE TO BE NORTHERNIZED? OH MY GOD!!!
From: KLA
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Date Posted: 14:01:26 01/17/08 ()
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Sounds sensible!There must be a constitutional MODUS OPERANDI for the removal of Elected local politicians.

This really is not about a KRIO Mayor who may not be liked by an assortment of protagonists. It is about executing the rules of Law,where apllicable.

Some of us do not care about the ethnicity of the Mayor. A clean AND VIBRANT Capital city, that can take her place amongst the Cities of the world, must be the amongst the primary goals of her elected officials, regardless of their ethnic extraction!

The current crop of Local politicians could learn from a late SLPP Mayor of Freetown....CONSTANCE CUMMINGS JOHN.Though of KRIO extraction, she drew her support from the entire populace of the Western area.

" Mrs. Cummings-John received the highest number of votes of any candidate. As councillor, Mrs. Cummings-John was mainly concerned with the improvement of city services, particularly sanitation, library facilities and conditions in city markets.

In recognition of the importance of women in community affairs, she established a network of leading market women; in 1951, with their support, she established the Sierra Leone Women's Movement, which played a leading role in the struggle for self-government.

After independence, Mrs. Constance Cummings-John became the first woman mayor of the Freetown Municipality.".....

TSTM
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Subject: DON'T READ THIS...AL BANGURA: RIGHT RESULT, WRONG REASONS
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by Mike McNabb

Whether the Watford footballer Al Bangura will turn into a star is impossible to predict.

What is certain is that the 19-year-old midfielder from Sierra Leone has been given permission to remain and work in the UK after a protracted battle with the Home Office against deportation.

But the panel that decided Bangura's fate was influenced not by his horrifying testimony of how and why he ended up in the UK but by his footballing credentials.


(Different rules for football?)

Insufficient grounds

In December an Asylum and Immigration Tribunal ruled that Bangura's story of fleeing the home of his birth aged 15 in fear of his life because of his father's links to a secret society were insufficient grounds for asylum status. Neither was the fact that Sierra Leone was being torn apart by civil war.

It seemed at odds with the principle of asylum that someone so young who had managed to escape atrocities and was in fear of his life should he return to his country was not worthy of refuge.

Byrne stepped in

Watford FC backed Bangura and the public expressions of support by chairman Graham Simpson and club manager Aidy Boothroyd undoubtedly helped. The fans chanted his name and Watford MP Claire Ward promoted his cause. Then, ahead of this week's panel meeting, immigration minister Liam Byrne stepped in. With all these loyal supporters, Bangura was a popular guy. Popularity is not usually enough to win the right to remain in the UK but, hey, he can kick a football.

Sadly there are many more Al Banguras awaiting decisions but they will have to do without similarly high-profile support. Neither will their sports talents be obvious. They will be expelled from the very country where they feel safe and returned to one where they do not. And what happens then? Who knows? Out of sight, out of mind.

If Bangura were returned to Sierra Leone there would have been an outcry - one would hope for humanitarian reasons rather than sporting ones.

Electioneering?

Either way this wouldn't have done much for Claire Ward's slim majority at the next general election. In 2005, she polled 1,148 votes more than the Liberal Democrat and 1,941 more than the Conservative.

Ward's commitment to Bangura's cause is beyond doubt. But there is more than a whiff of electioneering in the air at higher levels.


Subject: APC Hunts Bobson Sesay for China House
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APC haunts Bobson Sesay over China House in Sierra Leone
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Since the coming into office of the All Peoples Congress, certain individuals have been making efforts to politicize the Friendship Society with a view of removing the current executive, which has done so much not only to ensure that the organization continues in existence but positively impacts on national development.

Below is evidence of efforts being made to disrupt the Society in the name of politics and hamstrung its effective operations, which include a letter from the politically motivated detractors and a response from concern Sierra Leoneans who are conversant with the operations of the Friendship Society that was and remains the brain behind such impact-making efforts by the Society.


Matters pertaining to the Sierra Leone China Friendship society

I write with reference to the above issue, and to inform you that on the 2nd of January 2008, a large meeting of the Sierra Leone China Friendship Society (SLCFS) was convened in the National Headquarters of the APC Party.

At this meeting, it was unanimously decided by a resolution that in view of the fact that whatever existed of an executive has been moribund for over ten (10) years; and that, in the same period, no general meeting was held;

The former executive of which you were Secretary General was dissolved forthwith.

It was also unanimously decided that a fresh Interim Executive be set up with immediate effect. These decisions and their consequent actions have now come into full effect.

I wish to inform you further that the new Chairman of the SL-CFS is Mr. Birch M.Conteh and that I, Hon. David Bai Conteh, I am the new Secretary General. In view of the above, therefore, may I kindly request you to make available to me or the newly elected Chairman, Mr. Birch Conte all documents and materials of the SLCFS, as well as all keys of the China House, the lawful property of the Friendship Society.

It would be highly appreciated if you could effect this matter within seven days of your receipt of this letter. I expect that you will be consulting with your Ex-Chairman to resolve these matters, for which reason a copy of this letter is being sent to him. May I appeal to you sir, to expedite these issues as soon as possible so that the work of the new executive can begin in earnest.

Yours sincerely,

Hon David Bai Conteh,

Secretary General, SL-CFS.

Cc Mr. Birch M. Conteh –Chairman

" Mr. Alfred Bobson Sesay –Ex-Chairman

" H.E. the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone


Achievements since the inception of the organization to lay to rest claims that it had gone moribund

1.Built China House with a donation from the Chinese Association for friendship with foreign countries.

2. Paid for electricity and water connections as well as provided basic facilities such as a generator, refrigerator, seed money to start the operations of the bar and refreshment.

3.During the civil war China House was destroyed by a bomb. Dr.Bobson Sesay took a loan from the bank using his own house as collateral to repair the facility.

4. From 1993 to date the Friendship Society organized symposia, photo exhibitions, field trips and activities to foster the friendship.

5. Offered scholarships to deserving Sierra Leoneans, including two medical doctors now serving the country.

6. Two years ago supported the National Dance Troupe with costume and equipment to the tune of Le 17million.


Bobson Sesay’s points, buttressed by public opinion

v A moribund organization will not make the above achievements.

v The APC has no claim to China House because they contributed nothing to its establishment.

v If the meeting was legitimate it would not have been held at the office of a political party, nor would it have excluded Dr. Bassie Bangura, the current Secretary General and Dr. Alfred Bobson Sesay, the recognized chairman by virtue of the positions they hold.

vThe organization is non-profit making, non political and voluntary as established in 1992.

v The Society should remain detached from political influence, so that whoever wishes to befriend China House can do so without political inclination.

© Copyright by Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone.


Subject: Re: APC Hunts Bobson Sesay for China House
From: Pa Shedu
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Date Posted: 05:25:59 01/17/08 ()
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As a son of Gbonkolenken, I believe this fellow Bai Conteh, is heading for trouble. What has an ordinary member of parliament got to do with China House? He is trying to knock down a true son of Gbonkolenken, Bobson Sesay. He won the seat in Gbonkolenken not because the people like him, but because the people wanted the APC. By the way this Bai Conteh fellow I understand he is a thief who got arrested in America for stealing money from a church. Now he wants to make Bobson look bad. He has no juridiction over China House and should back out. He is also sending his supporter to curse the Paramount Chief. President Koroma should investigate this fellow. If there was a meeting for China House, how come they did not invite Bobson. APC, be careful. If you allow thugs like this guy to ruin you, you have no one to blame.


Subject: PLEASE, OUR FORUM SUFFERED SOME KIND OF PROBLEM
From: FORUM POLICE
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Date Posted: 04:23:52 01/17/08 ()
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We want people to know that we did not delete their posts. Instead, what happened was we suffered a problem that we too do not understand.Kabs has already explained. The forum just crashed .We don't know if somebody is playing with our forum to undermine us. You know how many enemies we have because of our stand for justice, good governance and democracy. We don't want to accuse anybody but somebody is fidgetting with the forum.

What I think the moderator should be doing is archiving frequently so that we do not lose posts if people undermine the forum.


Subject: Bo Town mourns loss of one of its popular sportsmen
From: Cocorioko
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Bo Town mourns loss of one of its popular sportsmen
Written by Cocorioko Newspaper Limited
Thursday, 17 January 2008
Amidu Bio, one of the footballers who defined the ascendancy of Bo Town as one of the nation's nurseries for brilliant soccer stars, died in Kenema a few weeks ago, it was learnt by this newspaper yesterday.
The death of Mr. Amidu Bio delivered Bo Town as big shock as he was not only a reknowned gentleman, but he was one of the leading sportsmen of his time from the Southern Region.

Amidu Bio played Centre back for his alma mater , Bo Government School , in the late 1960s and he featured prominently in the once-sensational Southern Province Inter-Secondary Schools league soccer clashes between the traditional rivals Bo School and Christ The King's College ( CKC). He helped Bo School emerge champions twice.

After his graduation from Bo school, Bio took his soccer brilliance to a bigger national stage when he played for Old Edwardians in the 1970s . He quickly established himself as a regular stopper back for Edwardians and was a member of the impregnable Edwardians defence system that made the May Park boys the Giant-Killers of Sierra Leone in those days.

Amidu is a relative of one of Sierra Leone's soccer legends, Steven Bio, also an illustrious player of Old Edwardians and the national team, Leone Stars.

Shortly after Amidu Bio's death, it was reported by the NEW CITIZEN newspaper that the elder Bio, who had become a paramount chief , also succumbed but going by Sierra Leone's traditions, a chief's death is not officially announced until native ceremonies have been performed.

When Steven Bio's death is finally announced, it will be another big loss to Sierra Leone. COCORIOKO will profile Steven Bio's achievements when his demise is finally announced .

Bo Town produced some great names in Sierra Leone sports, like the former national high jump record holder , Marconi Turay, one-time national stopper back, Borbor Mansaray (One of the best ever defenders in Sierra Leone ) and sweeper Loius French , popularly known as Kendeyka , who have all died in their prime.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 January 2008 )


Subject: Wasteful. 17 Advisers for President Koroma ...Le. 3 . 2 m
From: Philp Neville
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Wasteful! 17 Advisers For President Koroma.....Le3.2 Million Per Month
Posted by on Jan 16, 2008, 05:45



In one of his political pronouncements prior to the Presidential and Parliamentary elections, President Koroma promised the people of this nation that if he wins the election he would run the country like a business, but would not explain in which context.

Barley five months in office, the unexplained business theory is beginning to become clear to the people of Sierra Leone as to how President Koroma will run the country with the engagement of seventeen presidential advisers at State House with a salary of Le3.2 Million each, excluding other benefits.

The seventeen advisers range from political, social, economic to customs and excise. Sadly, some of them, according to State House sources lacked substance and the required capacity for the job. The qualification, the source explained; is based on regional and ethnical considerations “What kind of advise can seventeen people give to a president” One of the them asked.

It will be on record that the APC government of President Ernest Koroma has the largest number of advisers in the history of Sierra Leone. “This is the business approach of the President” A State House employee remarked.

In a related development, the newly appointed Secretary to the President, Mr. Sanpha Koroma is demanding a new vehicle for his office. According to sources, Mr. Koroma has already rejected the vehicle that was utilized by his predecessor, Mr. Sheka Mansaray for no justifiable reason.


Subject: Re: Wasteful. 17 Advisers for President Koroma ...Le. 3 . 2 m
From: ALPHA SAIDU BANGURA
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Date Posted: 08:34:50 01/17/08 ()
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Philip, do not believe whatever comes from president Koroma because he only enjoys by lying to the people of our country.
By the grace of God, the Sierra Leonean public will prove me right on the following things:
(1)President Koroma is a divider and will never be willing to bring the peoples of Sierra Leone together in the interest of the country.
(2)President E.B.Koroma only wants to satisfy his ill-motivate friends at the detriment of the whole nation.
(3)President Koroma will be worst than his mentors, Siaka Stevens and J.S.Momoh. AND
(4)President Koroma lacks the technical ability to put our beloved country on its right footing, therefore he will multiple our problems.
I will continue to appeal to my fellow country men and women to properly examine the public records of all the aspirants for high offices in our country. At this very difficult time in our country's history will need people with a proven record. Let us put aside political, regional and religious affiliations.
Finally, Let us always put the interest of Sierra Leone above all other interests.


Subject: Re: Wasteful. 17 Advisers for President Koroma ...Le. 3 . 2 m
From: Fen Plaba!
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Date Posted: 11:15:58 01/17/08 ()
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Finally, Let us always put the interest of Sierra Leone above all other interests
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Ameena! I hope you endeavour to rise above your partisan venom and heed your own advice.


Subject: Re: Wasteful. 17 Advisers for President Koroma ...Le. 3 . 2 m
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Please read this article as early as possible (before it gets deleted)


Subject: Ernest electricity is real after all
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Junior Navo Commends APC/Koroma Electricity in Sierra Leone.
By AWARENESS TIMES
Jan 16, 2008, 17:56 Email this article


Popular youth activist and international business entrepreneur, Anthony Navo Jnr. of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party has yesterday January 15th 2008, heaped loads of praises upon the improved supply of electricity to the capital city as brought about by the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) Government. The improved electricity supply which has been dubbed "Koroma Electricity" after the newly-elected President, Ernest Bai Koroma, has seen many homes and offices in Freetown starting to enjoy some amount of constant electricity supply from the main power grid of the city.

Navo, commonly known as Junior Navo, who runs a thriving electrical and electronics store at Siaka Stevens Street and Bathurst Street junction, told Awareness Times that in the last four days since his latest stocks arrived, he has sold more electrical goods than he ever did in any one month period in all his years of conducting business in Sierra Leone.

"Listen, people have just been flocking to my shop to purchase fridges, freezers, televisions, music centers, electric irons, microwaves and many other electrical equipment. Ever since my latest container arrived, I have been selling non-stop," Navo enthused.

Navo, who unsuccessfully contested the last Parliamentary elections for the SLPP concedes that although he was a member of the opposition, he would still not hesitate to hail the efforts of President Koroma, Minister Afsatu Kabba and Staff of the National Power Authority, to have electricity supply reach homes and offices even as he condemned any excesses of the Koroma regime.

"Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s; Ernest Koroma’s electricity, if sustained, will move this country’s economy further along the road. Mark my words on that," Navo posited.

According to Navo, his customers recount that not only is the electricity supply more constant but it does not seem to be fluctuating which latter condition has been responsible for many home appliances getting damaged in the past. This fluctuating power supply which would sometimes send extremely high voltage and at other times send out very low current, had been a deterrent to citizens investing in electrical equipment.

Whilst Awareness Times reporters were at the Navo’s International Store, it was observed that many customers were excited over the constant supply of electricity the city is now receiving. Many of them are still not happy that it is not yet continuous 24 hour electricity as had been promised. However, the general view of almost every customer interviewed was that even the limited supply they are getting is non-fluctuating with stable voltage. This, they inform has encouraged them to invest in electrical and electronics.

"Koroma Electricity is fantastic for my pocket," Navo laughed at the end of yet another day of huge sales at his city center store adding he hoped the current situation was not a flash in the pan but would continue and even get better.

"I am praying for Koroma Electricity to not only stay but for it to become a true 24 hours non-stop light. I am confident if that happens, I will then expand my shop and open branches all over Freetown." Junior Navo assured.

ELECTRICITY BILL TO INCREASE?

There have been media reports that the new emergency power supply excluding Income Electrix, will have to raise the sum of $79,000 per day in bills totaling $2,500,000 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) that the National Power Authority has to raise from consumers every month. Whilst it is not known whether the electricity bills from the National Power Authority will increase in the wake of news that the new generating plants use pure diesel rather than cheaper "burn-oil", it does remains a fact that so far, Koroma Electricity is already having a positive impact on the local economy.

COST OF ICE-BLOCKS DROPS

Another example of this can be seen with the price of ice blocks having dropped to almost half its price in the city. Cold water in plastic packets that used to sell for Le100 apiece now sell for only Le50 whilst packeted Kool-aid has also drastically dropped in cost. A research into the reason for this drop was conducted by Awareness Times and it shows that sellers of water, ice and Koolaid are now saving a lot of money since they don’t have to maintain generators or buy fuel as much as they did before. These savings have caused more people to invest into the business of cold water sales, causing more packets of cold water to be produced in the market with an attendant price drop.



Subject: Re: Ernest electricity is real after all
From: Mensa
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Date Posted: 07:12:25 01/17/08 ()
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I am sure the payment of bills is going to pose another formidable challenge to the ordinary people. Considering the magnanimous role that the payment of bills has to play in the sustainable running of the generators,the government would have to come up with an enticing offer to encourage the prompt payment of bills. I was thinking about advertising a kind of raffle that will award potential winners who settle their bills before the fifteenth of every month with a limited amount of electrical appliances etc. In collaboration with banks, the meter number could be recorded by the bank and submitted to the electricity company to used during the raffle.


Subject: Bonthe still divided after elections
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Bonthe still remains divided after elections

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Last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections left certain towns and villages divided, and the Bonthe municipality is no exception as residents of that district are refusing to support the government morally and financially.
Making this disclosure to our investigative reporter who visited the district recently, government authorities are facing serious challenges with residents in paying their taxes.
Michael E Garrick, the mayor of the Bonthe municipality, noted with regret that during the campaign period PMDC and APC officials allegedly said when they assume power residents of the municipality would not pay taxes as they would be compensated for the long neglect and marginalization they suffered in the hands of the SLPP.
Mayor Garrick added that some residents were deliberately refusing to support the council because of their past experience with the SLPP as most of them highlighted their backwardness with frustration and despair blaming former President Tejan Kabbah and his cabinet for depriving them water, electricity, and good roads.
He maintained that developmental projects were poorly implemented in the district, citing the Bonthe Town hall and police station which were yet to be completed due to lack of proper management and monitoring mechanism by the last government.
“In view of the above residents remain divided unto this new dispensation despite efforts being made by the Talking Drum Studio in collaboration with ENCISS who recently organized a peace carnival in consultation with Radio Bontico 96.9, geared towards reconciling the Islanders for a better future,” he disclosed.
Mayor Garrick admonished the APC government not to replicate the past mistakes of the SLPP, and also appealed to President Koroma to ensure that some of the abandoned projects were completed immediately to convince the electorates that they meant serious business as the last government failed them.


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Subject: Paper justifies recruitment of ex-fighters
From: Sabanoh
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Paper defends recruitment of ex-fighters as bodyguards

The recruitment of 14 ex-combatants into the police force to serve as bodyguards to President Ernest Bai Koroma has raised eyebrow uproar in certain quarters kicking against the idea. But an article in the For di People newspaper welcomes the development, which according to the writer, “is in the name of national integration.” The writer also highlights that President Koroma is the first “reconciliatory” of the land, who had already stated that he intends to heal the wounds of the nation; and at the same time promote the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report (TRC) so that his compatriots would not only strive to refrain from committing those sins that brought intolerable woes and tribulations, but reconciliation. The article further stresses that absorbing the ex-fighters is like bringing together “prodigal sons”, who have a role to play in nation-building, instead of marginalizing them for a war which the TRC report did not attribute to them. The writer reiterates that “it would have in fact been prudent to screen and re-absorb some of our best soldiers who have learnt a lot from the war so that their experience could be utilized rather than allowing them to waste in frustrating poverty.”


Subject: List of SL Embassies - Handful only
From: Albert Moinina
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Date Posted: 03:45:19 01/17/08 ()
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I was totally surprised to find this list of SL embassies. What surprises me is the number of embassies we have around the world.

If we have such a handful of embassies serving over 200 countries and terrorities, how do we expect to attract investors and tourists when most countries require visas at an 'exorbitant' price of US$100 coupled with the inconvenience and extra expense involved in securing a visa.

I hope something is done quickly to make SL visa free as a means to attract tourists.

Moses


List of Sierra Leonean Embassies

United Kingdom
Sierra Leone High Commission
Oxford Circus House
245 Oxford Street, 1st & 3rd Floors
London, W1R 1LF, U.K.
Telephone: 44 207 287 9884
Fax: 44 207 734 3822
E-mail: infor@slhc-uk.org.uk
Nigeria
Sierra Leone High Commission Lagos
31 Waziri Ibrahim Street
Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria
Telephone: 2341 261 5900
Fax: 2341 261 3151
Guinea
Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone
Belle-Vue
B.P. 6625
Conakry, Guinea
Telephone: 224 464080
Gambia
Sierra Leone High Commission
67 Hagan Street
P.O. Box 448
Banjul, the Gambia
Telephone: 220 228 206
Fax: 220 229 814
Ethiopia
Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone
Jimma Road
Woreda 23, Kebele 12, House No. 002
P.O. Box 5619
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Telephone: 251 171 0033
Fax: 251 171 1911
E-mail: sleon.et@telecom.net.et
Iran
Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone
Farmanieh Hoseini Street, No. 27/2
Teheran, Iran
Telephone: 9821 750 2819/9821 228 9846
Fax: 9821 752 9515
Russia
Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone
26 Rublyovskoye Chaussee, Korp 1, Flat 58-59
P.O. Box 141
12165 Moscow, Russia
Telephone: 7095 415 4166 / 4124
Fax: 7095 415 2985
Libya
Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone
Tripoli, Libya
Telephone/Fax: 218 21-483-9809


Subject: Pa Koroma: The Africa Cup Of Nations .... Sir!
From: Mensa
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Date Posted: 01:09:29 01/17/08 ()
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For a majority of people in Sierra Leone, football is life. I could still remember, quite clearly, my days as a teenager, so obsessed with the game, I would rehearse and later replay some parts of the commentary of an important match even without watching the match! Together with my peers, we used to flock around the ‘business table’ of the local ‘Fulaman’ whose tiny radio was an imaginary source of excitement. No French, no picture! All that was at our disposal was the vibrant voice of the commentator. “Papa Kamara …. Bangali Shylla …….. le ballon ….. C’est buuuut!.C’est la termine!” In fact, it was from those days that I knew the power of French commentary to transform a dull match to an exciting encounter. What we actually clung to with all concentration was the information that the ‘Fulaman’ gave. This was very important because, when we meet the right audience, we pride ourselves in adding that little extra of our own dramatic flavour to capture the required admiration.

That was then. For now, we have a new government in power! The people are optimistic. There’s a momentum that needs to be maintained in every department. The people that voted the APC back to power did so in anticipation of many positive outcomes. One is to make a distinctive difference in their social life. Getting to watch the Africa Cup of Nations live on Sierra Leone TV will definitely be a positive subject of discussion within the social circles. The move will infact complement the electricity availability. Po Modu has just got his electricity back on track. The TV is now operational. Hey! It’s football time! Can you imagine the transformation within such a short period of time! The bottom line is this: The people need to keep talking! They enjoy the debate within their social circles! Get the APC supporters on the top of events. SLPP supporters are making a spirited comeback. Football is one area where the majority share a common interest! Critics may be quick to reflect on the economic situation …… but basically, it doesn’t stop them from watching the Premier League on a weekly basis, does it! During the last Hajj in Meccah, instead of asking for Duah, most of the football-fan Pilgrims where busy trying to find out the result of the match between Arsenal and Manchester United! Yes! Right there in Meccah! Perhaps, the potential critics might have a change of heart and join me in the call. Pa Koroma, Nar De Word Dat O! For Make You Go Pass Am Gee Dr. Minkailu Bah!


Subject: Re: Pa Koroma: The Africa Cup Of Nations .... Sir!
From: BB
To: All
Date Posted: 02:23:27 01/17/08 ()
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Message:
Ahhhhhh, a breath of fresh air!
From all politics all the time, there's life on this forum after all. Thank you Mensah!


Subject: Thanks to COCORIOKO
From: Kalos
To: All
Date Posted: 21:39:47 01/16/08 ()
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Message:
I commend your untiring effort for bringing back the original COCORIOKO forum. This forum is a
community-meeting place for Sierra Leoneans that is almost indispensable to some of us. Again, thanks for
providing us this venue.


Subject: We are back to our original forum
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 21:04:26 01/16/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: cache-dtc-ag14.proxy.aol.com at 205.188.117.142

Message:
This is the original forum. What we have been using is just a temporary forum.

The moderator will post all the archives at his earliest convenience.

We are sorry that we have been having problems with the forums. We are not sure whether it is somebody bringing down our forums because the COCORIOKO FORUM has become the best and the most interesting forum among Sierra Leonean fora.

We are investigating the natter.

Please return to your original home.


Subject: test
From: HWForums
To: All
Date Posted: 18:23:52 01/16/08 ()
Email Address: webmaster@hwforums.com
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Message:
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Subject: Four killed in Sierra Leone political violence: reports
From: Freetong Pikin
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Date Posted: 17:43:24 01/16/08 ()
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Four people have been killed and four police officers injured in political clashes involving two villages north of the Sierra Leone capital, media reports said Wednesday.

Rampaging villagers from Konikay and Rokel had attacked each other with machetes on Monday, and several houses were torched, the reports said.

A police convoy which responded to the emergency call was also attacked, and four policemen were injured by flying objects.

The clashes appeared to stem from the rivalry between supporters of the main opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) and the ruling All People's Congress (APC).

The two villages have been locked in a fierce political dispute for the past eight years. It intensified after elections last year won by the then opposition APC.

"Since then, both parties have been at loggerheads," a tribal chief told AFP in a telephone interview.

Another local chief, Bai Kama Nthenkie, said that "the clash on Monday was so intense that I had to call in the police to put the area under control."

"It is now quiet with a demarcated no-go area, but tension remains high and the police are patrolling the area," he said.

Sierra Leone, a former British colony, has yet to recover from a civil war in which more than 120,000 people were killed and thousands of civilians were injured or deliberately mutilated by rebels in a bloody conflict.

Copyright © 2008 AFP. All rights reserved.


Subject: Sierra Leone opposition threatens local poll boycott
From: Freetong Pikin
To: All
Date Posted: 17:41:40 01/16/08 ()
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Message:
The Sierra Leone People's Party, the main political opposition in the west African country, threatened Wednesday to boycott local elections in June unless the electoral commission is replaced.

"The National Electoral Commission should be dissolved forthwith and new commissioners appointed. Failure to this, the party will consider boycotting the local government elections," SLPP Secretary General Jacob Saffa told AFP.

The onetime ruling party holds the commission responsible for "improper conduct" of the presidential and parliamentary elections in August and September 2007, won by Ernest Koroma and his All People's Party, Saffa said.

In a letter to President Koroma, made available to AFP, the SLPP asked that the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) "should take the lead role in providing technical assistance and supervising the process leading to the local government elections".

It denounced intimidation, harassment, beatings and the dismissal of SLPP members working in public service during the last year in Sierra Leone, a nation still emerging from one of Africa's most brutal civil wars, between 1991 and 2001.

"ECOWAS should carry out a procedural and systematic audit of the 2007 elections," the SLPP also urged.

©2008 AFP


Subject: Testing
From: Testing
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Date Posted: 17:11:15 01/16/08 ()
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Subject: Re: Testing
From: Testing
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Date Posted: 17:11:41 01/16/08 ()
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Subject: FOR MODERATOR: ARCHIVE THE OLD POSTS AND START AFRESH?
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 15:59:05 01/16/08 ()
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Entered From: ool-4577b27b.dyn.optonline.net at 69.119.178.123

Message:
It is almost Kafkaesque trying to post something new in the midst of these old postings, with recent posts all vanished into thin air.
Mod, can we just shelf these old posts and start with a clean slate? Thanks.


Subject: Re: FOR MODERATOR: ARCHIVE THE OLD POSTS AND START AFRESH?
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 16:10:45 01/16/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
While awaiting the moderator's response, I believe that people are undermining this forum.Our forum has become so interesting that people have been harking on it and pulling the plugs off. This is cyber-terrorism and this is just the effect the perpetuators expected. This is the second time in two months our forum has been attacked.

I am going to ensure that the moderator posts all the archives.

Please do not allow this to stop your participation .We were just planning to grant a general amnesty for those blocked (But with IP deployed) when this thing happened.

However, please note that the reason the posts here are old is that this was our original forum that was bombed and put out of service.


Subject: Re: FOR MODERATOR: ARCHIVE THE OLD POSTS AND START AFRESH?
From: Fen Plaba!
To: All
Date Posted: 16:19:24 01/16/08 ()
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Message:
Thanks Kabs for your kind response. It just makes me hopping mad that people would resort to this kind of wickedness. Anyway, they won't succeed. Please keep up the good work. No one can stop the vibrancy of Cocorioko. I hope the culprits are caught. Stay strong, brother.


Subject: Minister Allieu Pat-sowe - SIMPLY 60th Birthday Celebration
From: foday mansaray
To: All
Date Posted: 12:44:43 01/16/08 ()
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Message:


Written by Cocorioko Newspaper Limited
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
The All People's Congress (Washington Branch ) and the family of the Hon. Momodu Allieu Pat-Sowe will be organizing a massive party for him in Maryland on Saturday January 19, 2008. Mr. Pat-Sowe, who is Sierra Leone's Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation , is in the United States to attend his first conference as a minister.

The party will be both a Send-off and birthday celebration for the miinister who was one of the backbones of the Washington Branch of the APC before his appointment by President Ernest Koroma. The APC Washington Branch and Mr. Pat-Sowe's family are calling on all to come and give the minister a fitting send-off .

Pat-Sowe, who also holds the rank of Sea Captain , holds two Maters degrees in his fielld and was once the Harbour Master at Sierra Leone's Queen Elizabeth 11 Quay in Freetown. He has been a pillar of support for the ruling APC and was instrumental in delivering all the seats the APC won in the Western Area during last year's Legislative and Presidential Elections.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 January 2008 )


Subject: Another 419
From: pa sorie kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 12:30:09 01/16/08 ()
Email Address: pkanu@comcast.net
Entered From: c-68-50-22-158.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 68.50.22.158

Message:
I get tons of these on a daily basis.Please beware

FROM:Mr Cofe johnson.
Email:chidikalu11@yahoo.com
TEL: +234-803-388-5890

Dear:friend

friend I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from Paraguay. Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.meanwhile, i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us somehow. Now contact my secretary in Agulu ,Nigeria his name is Mr.Cofe johnson. at Email:chidikalu11@yahoo.com
TEL: +234-803-388-5890

Ask him to send you the total $800.000.00 bank draft Cashier check which I raised in your favor for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much.

so feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mr.Cofe johnson. instruct him where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf, so feel free to contact him now to enable him send your money to you without any delay.

My regards to you and your family,

Thanks

FROM:Mr.Cofe johnson.
Email:chidikalu11@yahoo.com
TEL: +234-803-388-5890


Subject: What is happening?
From: Gongos
To: All
Date Posted: 10:48:18 01/16/08 ()
Email Address: Gonosk@yahoo.com
Entered From: 79-66-96-243.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com at 79.66.96.243

Message:
What is going on with the forum? Most postings have been removed. Kabs or moderator.....over to you.

Ernest Koroma is a good leader, APC is the best, Kabs knows all.

HAHAHAHAHAHA......if only wishes were horses......


Subject: Hey to your all. Yain!
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 18:47:30 01/14/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Where is everyone!
Well let me go back to the whole where I belong. Nah!
Dem saboe dem. Kumbayah! Kumbayah my Lord, Kumbayah! Kumbayah, my Lord Kumbayah, you say what! He is crazing, uhh!
Ah go burst!
Wasalam!
Heh, heh, heh!
Your Excellency Sir, where are the chuldrens, the boys, one?
O.K.
AH GO BURST!

http://www.leoneclub.org


Subject: Re: Hey to your all. Yain!
From: Moderator
To: All
Date Posted: 20:29:27 01/14/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Bambay,
Here's where everyone has been hanging out lately.


Subject: Appointments palaver rock State House
From: Rachel Horner
To: All
Date Posted: 22:24:01 01/11/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 65.126.19.194

Message:
Appointments palaver rock State House

By Rachel Horner

Reports monitored by Concord Times intimate that the apparent palaver of appointments of public officials and senior civil servants from State House is gradually degenerating into a serious misunderstanding.

Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana is said to have expressed disappointments at the recent unilateral decisions taken by President Koroma, with particular reference to what he considered as an apparent regionally motivated appointments.

The reports maintained that for any appointment made by the President from the north, the Vice President would also make another appointment from the east.The revelations claim credence in the recent appointments by State Lodge of Leonard Balogun Koroma as Minister of State in the Vice President’s office, George Pessima as Cabinet Secretary both from Kono district in the east while James Sanpha Koroma may become Secretary to the President and Frank Kargbo, who served as Attorney General under the NPRC junta regime, to become Senior State House adviser. The last two appointees are northerners.

The source further alluded to the President’s conclave of northerners including security personnel to that of the Vice President with similar associates of easterners around him.

“The president now makes appointments unitarily and without consulting the vice president or party executives. Imagine the vice president only came to know about the President’s latest appointments through a press release that was sent to his office at 3 pm on Monday,” our source said.

An insider APC stalwart confirmed earlier claims and added that a group of parliamentarians are presently lobbying their colleagues to vote against Sanpha Koroma’s appointment when the issue comes up in Parliament later in the week.

However, the press release announcing the appointment of Sanpha Koroma stated that: “It has pleased His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, acting in accordance with the provision of Section 67 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone (Act No. 6 of 1961) to appoint Mr. James Sanpha Koroma Secretary and Principal Adviser to the President with immediate effect.”

Meanwhile, Presidential and Public Affairs Minister, Alpha Kanu dismissed the claims saying the President has always consulted with the Vice President and cabinet before any appointments is made.



Subject: APC Councilors want Winstanley Johnson out!!!
From: APC Councilor
To: All
Date Posted: 23:59:28 01/10/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 65.126.19.194

Message:
APC Councilors want Winstanley Johnson out!!!

Some 25 councilors mostly from the ruling All People’s Congress (APC), out of the current sitting 29 Councillors want the Mayor of Freetown his Worship Mayor Winstanley Bankole Johnson kicked out of office.

The impeachment effort to unseat the Mayor yesterday resulted in a delegation of the APC councilors and at least one SLPP Councillor, calling on the Ministry of Local government to intimate that office, under the purview of which local government institutions fall, about the reasons for the move.


Another meeting with VP Sam-Sumana was inconclusive but another meeting between the Vice President and the Councilors has been slated for today, Thursday 10th January 2008 to which the Mayor has been invited for his own side of the story.

The full text of the letter calling for the dismissal of the Mayor, titled "REMOVAL "FROM OFFICE OF THE MAYOR"

The Honourable Minister of Local Government,

Youyi Building,

Freetown

Copy: His Excellency the President

" The Honourable Vice President

" : National Secretary General, APC
January2008


Dear Sir,

Removal from office of the Mayor

"We the under mentioned Councilors of the Freetown City Council write to register our gross displeasure on the poor performance of the Mayor, Councillor Winstanley Bankole Johnson.

"Since his assumption of Office he has on diverse occasions treated Council and Councillors with gross contempt and disregard and has further violated the Local "Government Act 2004 with gross impunity.

Furthermore he has not been working in concert with Councillors, thereby causing complete break down in communication thus leading to the non-functionality of councils work.

"We have on countless occasions called his attention, laid stresses at public meetings on his behaviour within and outside the Council, this has also has treated with disregard and with total arrogance.

"Other avenues have been exploited to help salvage the situation but he still could not comply.

"Based on the above mentioned issue we are left with no other alternative but to seek his urgent removal from office as is provided for in S12 (1) of the Local Government Act 2004.

"We are therefore outlining some of the reasons why we believe that we cannot work further with this Mayor if the Council is to progress.

"Abuse of office: corruption and gross incompetence

(1) In violation of S19(4) the Mayor decided to arrogated to himself the position of Chairman Foreign Relations Committee, a Committee which has never met since the inception of Council.

(2) Taking unilateral decisions on behalf of Council without the consent of Councillors eg. He single handedly refused to accept some development officers to the Council who were deployed by the Decentralisation Secretariat.

(3) He also single handedly refused dialogue between Council and NACSA despite their willingness to execute working relationship with the Freetown City Council; the same goes for SLRA.

(4) He further, in abuse of his office turned down GTZ’s offer to help develop the infrastructure of Freetown and their collaboration their collaboration to help in the cleaning of the municipality.

(5) He on certain instances cancelled tenants lease agreements without regard for law and procedure eg. Kalonzo.

(6) The Mayor decided to change the Assessment Committee’s decision of two million five hundred thousand leones (Le 2,500,000) as fees for property leased to Hizbullah to a colossal nine million leones (Le 9,000,000) for the piece of land at 137 Kissy Road without the consent of the Committee’s chairman and members.

(7) On the issue of the City Hall, a structure plan was drawn and a consultancy fee of eighty nine million leones (Le89, 000,000) was paid; bid for the demolition of the present structure were opened and a contract awarded for a sum of one Billion Leones without Council’s approval.

(8) Amistad expenditure was not authorized.

(9) Money to the tune of one million pounds was unilaterally withdrawn from Council overseas funds, paid into an account at the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, expended to finish without the approval and consent of Council. The Crown Agent issue.

(10) Money meant for community development/needs assessment for 2005 and 2006 have not been utilised for its required purpose.

(11) He has ceased to hold Council’s monthly meeting as of October 2007 thereby contravening the conditions of the Local Government Act of 2004.

(12) He also without the consent of Council purchased a generator for Le 25,000,000 (twenty Five Million Leones) by issuing two separate cheques of ten and fifteen Million Leones.

(13) He without the consent of Council renewed and extended the Lease Agreement of Council property to Balanta Music Academy for an unknown amount.

(14) He has rendered the Budget Finance Committee redundant. Thus expending Council’s money as he wishes.

(15) He has refused to publish monthly financial accounts and bank balances on the Council Notice Board as stipulated on S107 (1) of the Local Government Act 2004.

(16) He issued cheques to himself on a couple of occasions from the Solid Waste Management Fund.

(17) His confrontational attitude has caused the Council to lose Euro 1.2m from GTZ. Also he cannot completely negotiate on behalf of Council e.g. with NASCA, SLRA and other line Ministries.

(18) In one of the meetings prior to the devolution of the management of the solid waste held at the Ministry of Finance he openly quarreled with the Deputy Minister of Finance II thereby grounding the meeting to an abrupt end.

(19) Under these headings we as a Council have noticed that he cannot relate with other stakeholders in the City without rancour.

"FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT DECISIONS OF COUNCIL AS STATED IN THE ACT

(I) Majority of the decisions taken at Council meetings has not been implemented; the Council’s minutes could serve as evidence.

(II) The decision to open a line of communication with NACSA and SLRA has been willfully ignored by the Mayor, stating that he cannot go into dialogue with people below his status.

(III) He has refused to fast track the renovation of some Municipal Schools and markets as have been recommended by the responsible committee.

(IV) He has also refused to implement the decision to make the Council’s works yard functional.

"Hon, Minister Sir, all the above mentioned issues are some of the major abuses of the Mayor which has crippled the Council’s machinery.

"The Freetown City Council is being run by the Mayor as a sole proprietorship this is evident in the fact that after three and a half years in office Council cannot boast of major land marks and achievement. We the under signed do not think it prudent to continue working with this man that has created so much problems and enemies for Council that have been detrimental to the progress of this great Municipality.

"We are therefore advocating the expeditious removal of the Mayor from office.

"Thanking you in anticipation."

This document was signed by 25 out of 29 councilors of the Freetown City Council.



Subject: As State House Demands Over Le 9.6 Billion Payment
From: Standard Times
To: All
Date Posted: 23:52:55 01/10/08 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
As State House Demands Over Le 9.6 Billion Payment From Tax Evaders......Many Heads To Roll
Posted by on Jan 10, 2008, 00:43



Calculations by tax experts for three months alone showed about a total of Le9.6billion unpaid tax by business individuals and importers to the government of Sierra Leone over the past two- three years. When computed for twelve months and beyond, the figure was very alarming and shocking and runs into trillion of Leones that had been diverted either into private pockets or benefited a group of senior Customs/National Revenue Authority officials. Investigations into the operations of the Custom/NRA have revealed stunning information to members of the investigating committee comprising Chief Caulker, Ibrahim Sesay and others. State House sources alleged that the head of the Task Force on Duty and Customs with office at State House, Lawyer Frank Kargbo, one time Attorney General and Minister of Justice had already sent letters to all importers of goods and services who benefited from permits and special clearances to report to the committee this week.

Recipients of the committee’s letter are Ibrahim Moshem-11 Sani Abacha Street, Ibrahim Bazzy and Sons - 49 Sani Abacha Street, SAMACO LTD-57 Sani Abacha Street, TAJCO – 30 Sani Abacha Street Used Clothing Centre - 28 Kissy Rd, Lunar Trading -29 Wilberforce Street, Tradex - 30 Sani Abacha Street, Merini Stores - 4 Krootown Road, Sayaba International - 137B Fourah Bay Road,

Universal Building Material - 3 Ecowas St. Rajus Electrical - 71 Siaka Stevens Street, YN Store - 30 Sani Abacha St, International Stores -13 Kissy Street, Daswani Enterprises - Murray Town, Jeety Trading Company - 10 Ecowas St., Taleb Auto Spares - 48 Siaka Stevens St, Taher Group Ltd - 30 Motor Rd Congo Cross, Saad group - 4 Siaka Stevens St., Selina enterprises -4c Carlton Carew Road, Super Sound - 4 Bolling St., Super Holdings - 4 Bolling St., BSB International - 6 Upper East St., Benco Trading – Ecowas, Khoury Building Materials -8 Ecowas St., Safco Ltd - 42 Sani Abacha St., Pee Cee & Sons -10 Kissy St., Sony Kaytee - 54 Siaka Stevens St., Sayaba Enterprises - 137B Fourah Bay Road, Harry’s Ltd -56 Siaka Stevens St., Kay Tee Star - 74 Sani Abacha St.

It is not known what defence these people would advance to get them off the hook. Most of them are claiming that they owe no financial obligation to the state through the National Revenue Authority. Although there are abundant evidences showing their indebtedness, however some of them are saying that every penny entitled to the government had already been paid.

It would be recalled that at a press conference held at the office of the National Revenue Authority late last year, the acting Director General, Mr Ousman Barrie released to journalists names of business outfits and individuals who over the years have failed to pay their taxes. Some, according to the acting Director General had evaded payment, but promised to take stringent actions against them. It is however not known how far he has put the mechanism in place and whether or not it has proved productive.

Meanwhile, this recent development by the Task Force would not only yield positive financial dividend for the state, but would also exposed all those officials involved in the rampant abuse of permits and special clearance at the Customs department and the National Revenue Authority. Equally so, it would expose fraudulent business individuals and outfits who had conspired with tax officials to defraud the state and provided opportunity to become beneficiaries of the permit/ special clearance syndicate.


Subject: MODERATOR
From: MAKENI-PIKIN
To: All
Date Posted: 08:35:19 01/09/08 ()
Email Address: makeni_one@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 66.250.190.119

Message:
Is there a reason for the non-functioning of the forum? I recently made a post but was immediately removed. Why?


Subject: Re: MODERATOR
From: Moderator
To: All
Date Posted: 13:13:50 01/09/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-141-184-130.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.141.184.130

Message:
This forum went down due to technical problems during the holidays, a time when it was difficult to reach the hosting company.
In order to continue providing our forumites with the services they have been accustomed to over the foru or so years the forum has been online, we decided to set up a temporary forum which will be taken off-line after the 20th.
As moderator, my task is mostly technical, and I therefore do not know who deletede your posting or why.
Cheers!
/Moderator


Subject: EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
From: MAKENI-PEKIN
To: All
Date Posted: 10:19:36 01/07/08 ()
Email Address: makeni_one@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 66.250.190.112

Message:
The potential of a country’s development is tied to the educational development of its citizen either formal or other mediums, as well as the proper utilization of its resources. One way of doing this to decentralize some of the responsibilities that are now being centralized. For example, each district should have full control of its educational system with the central government acting as auditor in making sure that the allocated resources are wisely utilized.

In attempting to do so, all students and teachers should be accounted for in every district so that adequate resources are allocated to that district during the National Budgeting Process (NBP). The NBP committee must ensure the following: that the allocat1on of resources is based on student population in the district, and that the salaries of teachers be paid on time through direct deposit to their bank accounts. This process will ensure an accurate paper trail of who receives monies as salaries. As for those teachers who do not have access to these banks, the banks should accommodate them by taking their banking activities to these areas, at least twice a month.

The bottom line in all of this is, there needs to be a social security system that would be tied to every Sierra Leonean activity. Without such a tracking device, such resources can still be abused. That’s all!


Subject: Test
From: KKW
To: All
Date Posted: 10:52:50 01/04/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: at 204.50.182.249

Message:
Test


Subject: A.P.C. Makeni Chairman, three others in a big mess
From: Pa Wusum
To: All
Date Posted: 00:03:20 01/04/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: gateway.cyberstar.com at 209.239.66.36

Message:
A.P.C. Makeni Chairman, three others in a big mess

Reports reaching this press indicate that the A.P.C. Chairman in Makeni, Mr. Okoya Kamara and three of his executive members have allegedly diverted the sum of five million leones.The money was reported offered to the families of the three women and five men who lost their lives in active serving to the party.

According to these reports, President Ernest Koroma offered seven million five hundred thousand leones for the fifteen people who were involved on the Makeni highway accident in which eight people died and seven others sustained serious injuries.

Reports further say Hon. Dr. Moses Sesay and the Resident Minister North then gave the money to Mr. Okoya Kamara and his executive for disbursement to the affected families. It is alleged that Okoya Kamara, Oso Conteh and two others gave only one million eight hundred thousand leones to the victims families and shared the balance among themselves. When contacted on the issue Okaya Kamara said they spent the money to repair the party office
and vehicle.


Subject: Re: A.P.C. Makeni Chairman, three others in a big mess
From: Abu bakarr sedique fofanah
To: All
Date Posted: 05:16:08 01/04/08 ()
Email Address: sedique2000@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 149.142.243.15

Message:
My coment to this mess is plain and clear,you see those ministres they should suspended or remove them from there offices.1,they orther you to give the money to eight people,why do gave 1/2 of the money and you decided to keep the other? 2,you have no right to do so.3,this ministers they trying to spoil the image of the party,and even the repitation of the sierra leonean.4,thats stilling,i dont know, if am the president i look no forther your fired on the spot.Because the party is new,Mr presidentwant some one he can trust so they can put the countey into the highest.we nor wan no arata,groundpig,take-take,or capu capu.


Subject: Re: A.P.C. Makeni Chairman, three others in a big mess
From: Abu bakarr sedique fofanah
To: All
Date Posted: 05:15:45 01/04/08 ()
Email Address: sedique2000@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 149.142.243.15

Message:
My coment to this mess is plain and clear,you see those ministres they should suspended or remove them from there offices.1,they orther you to give the money to eight people,why do gave 1/2 of the money and you decided to keep the other? 2,you have no right to do so.3,this ministers they trying to spoil the image of the party,and even the repitation of the sierra leonean.4,thats stilling,i dont know, if am the president i look no forther your fired on the spot.Because the party is new,Mr presidentwant some one he can trust so they can put the countey into the highest.we nor wan no arata,groundpig,take-take,or capu capu.


Subject: Re: A.P.C. Makeni Chairman, three others in a big mess
From: Abu bakarr sedique fofanah
To: All
Date Posted: 05:14:19 01/04/08 ()
Email Address: sedique2000@yahoo.com
Entered From: at 149.142.243.15

Message:
My coment to this mess is plain and clear,you see those ministres they suspended or remove them from there offices.1,they orther you to give the money to eight people,why do gave 1/2 of the money and you decided to keep the other? 2,you have no right to do so.3,this ministers they trying to spoil the image of the party,and even the repitation of the sierra leonean.4,thats stilling,i dont know, if am the president i look no forther your fired on the spot.Because the party is new,Mr presidentwant some one he can trust so they can put the countey into the highest.we nor wan no arata,groundpig,take-take,or capu capu.


Subject: Freetonians Damn Public Display of ‘Secret Society’ Masquera
From: Aruna Turay
To: All
Date Posted: 23:40:46 01/03/08 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: gateway.cyberstar.com at 209.239.66.36

Message:
Freetonians Damn Public Display of ‘Secret Society’ Masquerades in Sierra Leone
By Aruna Turay
Jan 3, 2008,

What has become a grave concern of late to residents of Freetown is the bizarre occurrences unleashed during public display of secret society ‘masked devils’ in the city. Recently, especially with the advent of the APC government, a lot of stomach churning sights is seen nearly on daily basis with regards to societal masquerades right at the city centre. On such festivities, one could hardly escape the sights of for example the blood drenched ‘Soko Banah’ secret society display, the ‘Matoma’ devil that no one stands in its way without dire consequence and many other ‘not good for metropolitan life’ displays.


“These secret society performances are usually known to be held in village communities and/or in forests reserved for the purpose,” said a Child Rights Advocate, Mr. M. S Smith. He said these practices by the so called society men became rampant during electioneering campaign time. From that time onwards he said public gatherings and rallies of the ruling All People Congress (APC) party always encourage these people in their midst. Sometimes the men display with their bodies smeared with blood as a result of stabs, eye pluckings, serrating of their flesh and stomachs with razor blades, kitchen knives and the likes in the presence of young children.

Mr. Smith continued to say that according to the newly enacted Child Rights Act, such performances should not be made public as they are against the interest of children. Other residents who spoke to this press in central Freetown said they were taken aback on Monday 31st December 2007 when these “performers” openly made “performance” as they were coming from a ceremony organized in honour of President Koroma at the Victoria Park. They said at the end of the ceremony, these guys used one of the most congested streets to display the ‘Soko Banah’ craft which is the exhibition of fresh blood oozing out of self-inflicted injuries to their bodies. The presence of young children did not stop them from the display.

This, according to the Freetown residents, is now becoming unbearable. They are therefore through this medium, calling on the APC-led government to protect the interest of children as well as strangers to put a total stop on such public performances in the city, adding that it is a rather traumatizing sight for children and those who are non-societal members.




Subject: It's a shame.
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 16:19:05 12/31/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-96-231-104-246.washdc.east.verizon.net at 96.231.104.246

Message:
That's right!


Subject: I have a Dream
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 11:01:17 12/30/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-178-60-177.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.178.60.177

Message:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTJGWYk4Kyo


Subject: That is to say god night. Delete? Prease.
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 20:48:42 12/29/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-178-59-218.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.178.59.218

Message:
Looking for reasons; you forgot?
Now you my reasons?


Subject: Together Again
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 20:42:23 12/29/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-178-59-218.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.178.59.218

Message:
Looking for reasons; you forgot?
Now you my reasons?


Subject: It's no secrete
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 20:37:35 12/29/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-178-59-218.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.178.59.218

Message:
Looking for reasons; you forgot?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUa-IUPzE3Y
Looking for reasons out of the ordinary!


Subject: It's no secrete
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 20:36:05 12/29/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-178-59-218.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.178.59.218

Message:
Looking for reasons; you forgot?


Subject: I hope you can keep this too.
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 20:23:44 12/29/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-178-59-218.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.178.59.218

Message:
Ignorance is bliss.


Subject: State house link is being mis-directed
From: pa sorie kanu
To: All
Date Posted: 06:23:28 12/29/07 ()
Email Address: pkanu@comcast.net
Entered From: c-68-50-22-158.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 68.50.22.158

Message:
Can someone tell us why the statehouse-sl.org link is being mis-drected? Whois gives the domain Registrant Email:sylvia@west-africa.net. Here is the link:

http://www.statehouse-sl.org


Subject: I have A Dream
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 19:46:54 12/28/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-178-151-48.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.178.151.48

Message:
Yes Sir!


Subject: TEST
From: test
To: All
Date Posted: 07:51:55 12/28/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-34-194.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.34.194

Message:
This forum is dead.


Subject: Re: TEST
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 13:54:55 12/28/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-178-147-180.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.178.147.180

Message:
When we put ourselves above our country, this is what happens. I hope we change for the better.
Pee.


Subject: LIGHT DON CAM
From: YES OH
To: All
Date Posted: 19:46:59 12/26/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-69-140-252-103.hsd1.va.comcast.net at 69.140.252.103

Message:
Sierra Leone President & Energy Minister Need All Our Support in Sierra Leone

Dec 24, 2007, 19:56 Email this article


When we went to press for our last Friday Edition, we had traversed the length and breadth of Freetown and realised that contrary to the loud boasts of Mr. President, Freetown was in the same state (if not even worse) of electrification as when Tejan Kabbah handed over power on September 17th.

By then, we just thought it was a small glitch causing the delay in the lights coming on exactly on that December 20th date and we were more in condemnation of an orchestrated deception by Mr. President than anything else.

However, our reliable sources at King Tom and within the corridors of power now indicate to us that the problem is of a more serious and disheartening tone than previously thought.

It is now clear that the much touted Emergency Power Supply to Freetown by Ernest Bai Koroma’s All People Congress Government, has run into some very, very significant setbacks which we will not reveal in full detail for now. For today’s editorial, what we wish to appeal for is for bi-partisan support for the search for electricity for the capital.

Both the Opposition SLPP and the Ruling APC partisans should give maximum support to both President Ernest Koroma and Energy Minister Afsatu Kabba during whatever prudent action will be undertaken to resolve the outstanding problem that has made the provision of electricity to Freetown, a seemingly distant reality.

There are certain painful steps that must be taken and taken very fast to get the country out of a serious situation and this is why we are calling for all hands to come on deck and help Ernest Koroma and Afsatu Kabba rectify any mistakes made so far.

This is not a time for partisan one-up-man-ship. If there was ever a time for a united Sierra Leone in pursuit of a common goal, we believe it is now. That is the position of the Awareness Times.



Subject: Re: LIGHT DON CAM
From: Santigie Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 22:42:41 12/26/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-76-227-11-128.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net at 76.227.11.128

Message:
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

President Koroma has faiuled his first leadership test.
He lied to the people very much in the same way that Kabbah promised to build a bridge to the sky.......

APC NOR DAE TIFF, APC NOR DAE LIE

I would not be surprised if the moderator deletes this post because it is anti-APC


Subject: Re: LIGHT DON CAM
From: tamba moiwo
To: All
Date Posted: 05:29:00 12/27/07 ()
Email Address: moiwo@hotmail.co.uk
Entered From: gateway-303.energis.gsi.gov.uk at 62.25.109.196

Message:
Santigie,Why are you reading outside the scr1pt?Word is, do not criticise EBK at all for he is the ONE that will 'put salone on the map'.

Na for gie the man chance--hahahahahahahaha

Tamba


Subject: STOP DELETING MY POSTS
From: Santigie Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 17:29:13 12/26/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-76-227-11-128.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net at 76.227.11.128

Message:
Moderator,
Please stop deleting my posts.
Each time I post something that is critical of the APC, you delete it.
Why are you so intolerant?
Just because you provide a free forum does not give you the right to molest other people. My posts contain absolutely no obscenities,and therefore should not be deleted.


Subject: Re: STOP DELETING MY POSTS
From: Moderator
To: All
Date Posted: 19:33:22 12/26/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-66-141-184-130.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net at 66.141.184.130

Message:
I did not deleted your post, but will try to find out why. Cheers!

/Moderator


Subject: APC VP SAM SUMANA IS A THUG
From: Santigie Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 17:26:35 12/26/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-76-227-11-128.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net at 76.227.11.128

Message:
Recent actions by the VP of the ruling APC Sahr Sam Sumana has proven to us that he is nothing but a thug. He has been linked to harassment of civicians in Kono and the repeated violence in that district. He has also been linked to the molestation of Shirley Gbujama and other former SLPP ministers. Sumana has become the SI Koroma (aka Agba Satani) of the current administration. Power has gone to the man's head. Someone needs to remind him that no condition is permanent, and that what goes around, comes around.


Subject: APC PROPAGANDA ON ELECTRICITY
From: Santigie Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 17:20:29 12/26/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-76-227-11-128.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net at 76.227.11.128

Message:
The shameless All People's Congress has now embarked on propaganda about providing electricity in Freetown. Members of the party, including the likes of Revo, Nabi, Musa, etc. are writing messages congratulating President Koroma for "electrifying" (whatever that means) Freetown. In essense, these APC clowns are telling Freetonians that the darkness they see at night is actually light....APC Style. What a damn shame!
These folks are once again reminding us the so-called new APC is the same old AKERTA PEOPLE'S CONGRESS of years past.


Subject: A VERY BIG THANK YOU- Rev. Kabs and Team
From: Dr. S.M.TURAY
To: All
Date Posted: 12:26:23 12/26/07 ()
Email Address: sm1turay@aol.com
Entered From: e181186244.adsl.alicedsl.de at 85.181.186.244

Message:
At the end of this very eventful year for our Country, when the importance of acurate and reliable searching for, disemination and shareing of information world wide reached its highest level, it gives me the greatest pleasure, on behalf of the vast majority of all of us, who regularly or irregularly visit this website to say to you, Brother Kabs and Team, a very big THANK YOU. Only the Almighty God kann reward you for a job well done in 2007. I wish you the Lord`s guidance and heavenly Blessings in the coming Year.


Subject: Re: A VERY BIG THANK YOU- Rev. Kabs and Team
From: Jack
To: All
Date Posted: 14:09:26 12/26/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: static-70-20-197-79.phil.east.verizon.net at 70.20.197.79

Message:
Hmmm.. Dokta, ar hold word


Subject: NRA Owes NPA Le 23Billion
From: David A. Jabati
To: All
Date Posted: 23:55:04 12/25/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: gateway.cyberstar.com at 209.239.66.36

Message:

Written by David Jabati
Friday, 21 December 2007
The National Power Authority (NPA) has been very ineffective over the years.One of the reasons had been the fact that a lot of government and private institutions owe NPA a whooping sum of money.Speaking to journalists past Monday at the Conference Room of NPA building, Electricity House, Siaka Stevens Street, the General Manager Dr. Zubairu Kaloko revealed that the National Revenue Authority (NRA) owes debts to the NPA to the tune of more than Le 23 billion (twenty three billion leones). NRA Owes NPA Le 23Billion The National Power Authority (NPA) has been very ineffective over the years.One of the reasons had been the fact that a lot of government and private institutions owe NPA a whooping sum of money.Speaking to journalists past Monday at the Conference Room of NPA building, Electricity House, Siaka Stevens Street, the General Manager Dr. Zubairu Kaloko revealed that the National Revenue Authority (NRA) owes debts to the NPA to the tune of more than Le 23 billion (twenty three billion leones).It could be recalled that the Acting Commissioner of NRA recently confessed to the press that the Authority is handicapped. Only 3% of income generated by the Authority is used for administration and other expenses, which according to him is not the case in other countries like Zimbabwe and Uganda.With such a small percentage allocated to such a big institution, the payment of bills becomes difficult if not impossible.Other institutions the NPA boss said owe the Authority are the National Petroleum (NP), Le 6 billion, the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank Le 7 billion, Fourah Bay Le 20 million among others.A total of Le 172 billion (one hundred and seventy two billion leones) the Manager disclosed is in debt. According to the Manager, the Authority will ensure that these bills are paid or defaulters suffer blackout


Subject: Season's greetings.
From: Bambay Lans Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 20:11:47 12/25/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-178-58-188.washdc.east.verizon.net at 71.178.58.188

Message:
Has any of you guys read "A long Way Gone," Memoirs of a Child Soldier," by Ishmael Beah a Sierra Leonean? I have not got the readiness to read the entire book yet but boy, it is nice to hear it from the horses mouth. God help Sierra Leone. The brother is a real good writer.


Subject: NRA Owes NPA Le 23Billion
From: David A. Jabati
To: All
Date Posted: 19:54:59 12/25/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: c-76-21-180-12.hsd1.va.comcast.net at 76.21.180.12

Message:

Written by David Jabati
Friday, 21 December 2007
The National Power Authority (NPA) has been very ineffective over the years.One of the reasons had been the fact that a lot of government and private institutions owe NPA a whooping sum of money.Speaking to journalists past Monday at the Conference Room of NPA building, Electricity House, Siaka Stevens Street, the General Manager Dr. Zubairu Kaloko revealed that the National Revenue Authority (NRA) owes debts to the NPA to the tune of more than Le 23 billion (twenty three billion leones). NRA Owes NPA Le 23Billion.The National Power Authority (NPA) has been very ineffective over the years.One of the reasons had been the fact that a lot of government and private institutions owe NPA a whooping sum of money.Speaking to journalists past Monday at the Conference Room of NPA building, Electricity House, Siaka Stevens Street, the General Manager Dr. Zubairu Kaloko revealed that the National Revenue Authority (NRA) owes debts to the NPA to the tune of more than Le 23 billion (twenty three billion leones).It could be recalled that the Acting Commissioner of NRA recently confessed to the press that the Authority is handicapped. Only 3% of income generated by the Authority is used for administration and other expenses, which according to him is not the case in other countries like Zimbabwe and Uganda.With such a small percentage allocated to such a big institution, the payment of bills becomes difficult if not impossible.Other institutions the NPA boss said owe the Authority are the National Petroleum (NP), Le 6 billion, the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank Le 7 billion, Fourah Bay Le 20 million among others.A total of Le 172 billion (one hundred and seventy two billion leones) the Manager disclosed is in debt. According to the Manager, the Authority will ensure that these bills are paid or defaulters suffer blackout.


Subject: WHY IS THE APC SO SHAMELESS? WHY SPREAD LIES??
From: Santigie Koroma
To: All
Date Posted: 16:24:37 12/25/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-76-227-11-128.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net at 76.227.11.128

Message:
Kudos to EBK for Electrifying the Capital and its Metropolis
Written by Mohamed Aziz Nabe
Sunday, 23 December 2007
The President and Members of the All People’s Congress, New Jersey Chapter, wish to congratulate the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for his exemplary leadership and unflinching desire to make Sierra Leone a Nation where everybody is somebody


Subject: LAWYERS AND JUDGES...ARE THEY "TOOTHLESS BULLDOGS"?
From: Dr. CHARLES CURTIS-THOMAS
To: All
Date Posted: 15:01:15 12/25/07 ()
Email Address: rnmdtwo@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-71-179-200-38.bltmmd.east.verizon.net at 71.179.200.38

Message:

The Role of Lawyers and Judges


420. The Commission finds that lawyers and judges in Sierra Leone have failed to stand up to state tyranny. They have failed to give any meaningful content to the rule of law.

421. Lawyers should be the first line of defence whenever the human rights of the people are transgressed. This has not happened in Sierra Leone. Indeed lawyers – through their collective inaction – have contributed substantially to the massive abuse of human rights before, during and after the war.

422. The conspicuous failure, on the part of lawyers and judges, to speak up on behalf of Sierra Leoneans held in illegal detention for more than four years in Pademba Road Prison is a terrible indictment.

(Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report)


Subject: MERRY CHRISTMAS, Y'ALL
From: Dr. CHARLES CURTIS-THOMAS
To: All
Date Posted: 13:51:43 12/25/07 ()
Email Address: rnmdtwo@yahoo.com
Entered From: pool-71-179-200-38.bltmmd.east.verizon.net at 71.179.200.38

Message:
Want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry, safe and memorable Christmas.


Subject: test
From: test
To: All
Date Posted: 11:45:13 12/25/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: ool-4575eca0.dyn.optonline.net at 69.117.236.160

Message:
test


Subject: MERRY CHRISTMAS REV KABS
From: CKC guy
To: All
Date Posted: 23:15:11 12/24/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: pool-71-126-139-157.washdc.fios.verizon.net at 71.126.139.157

Message:
Merry Christmas to you sir and to all the CKC ALUMS around the World.


Subject: RE: Where is ALPHA SAIDU BANGURA?
From: MUSA KALAWA
To: All
Date Posted: 15:15:50 12/24/07 ()
Email Address:
Entered From: adsl-76-222-108-22.dsl.lsan03.sbcglobal.net at 76.222.108.22

Message:
Hi' my Salonean Bro. for some mysterious reason you have absconded or decrease your activity at this forum. We do love to have you back with your unfiltered criticism of the now ruling party(APC).

U' KNOW SAY LITE DON' CAM NAR FREETON?
WATIN NAR U' TAKE PAN DIS' ONE?


Subject: Our Forum Is Back
From: Moderator
To: All
Date Posted: 13:50:49 12/24/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
This is to inform forumites that our initial forum is back in business.

For your convenience, the temporary forum will operate on a standby basis and used to complemant the situation until the techical glitch has been investigated.

Cheers!

/Moderator



Subject: Our Forum Is Back
From: Moderator
To: All
Date Posted: 13:04:32 12/24/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
This is to inform forumites that our initial forum is back in business.

For your convenience, the temporary will operate on a standby basis and used to complemant the situation until the techical glitch has been investigated.

Cheers!

/Moderator


Subject: Testing
From: Testing
To: All
Date Posted: 12:49:40 12/24/07 ()
Email Address:
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Message:
Testing


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