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Thomas Vandi Gbow

The Sierra Leonean public was at the weekend baffled by the BBC’s report that the country’s Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana was seeking political asylum at the United States Embassy in Freetown after soldiers surrounded his house. Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana is reported to have told the BBC that he and his wife had fled the residence and another report stated that he had entered the US Embassy in Freetown. This development comes barely a week after his expulsion from the governing All People’s Congress (APC) on allegations of “anti-party activities.”

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Thomas Vandi Gbow

The National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the governing All People’s Congress (APC) on Friday 6th March, 2015, “unanimously decided to expel Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana from the party pursuant to Article 8 of the 1995 Constitution of the party for anti-party activity, fermenting violence, deceit, false statement amounting to fraud, including hate, threatening the personal security of key party functionaries, flouting of rulings and decisions of the party, carrying out anti-party propaganda, and engaging in activities inconsistent with the achievements of the party’s objectives.”

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Thomas Vandi Gbow

When the outbreak of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) started in neighbouring Guinea and Liberia early last year, the Government of Sierra Leone failed to take robust and proactive measures such as closing our borders and strengthening the weak health system for any possible occurrence. Many well-meaning Sierra Leoneans alerted the Government through the media on the possible outbreak of the deadly virus in the country and made several suggestions as to what the Government should do to prevent the outbreak of the deadly virus. The Proprietress and Publisher of Awareness Times, Dr.

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Thomas Vandi Gbow
Rtd Paolo Conteh

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has informed journalists at the usual Wednesday news conference held in Freetown that the number of cases over the past couple of days has risen with the country recording double digit numbers of 16, 15 and 14 for three consecutive days this week and 12 new cases on Tuesday after the country reached the lowest case numbers of 2, 4 and 5 in preceding week.

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Thomas Vandi Gbow

When the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Parliament started hearing on Tuesday on the 2013 Audit Report that was first tabled in Parliament before the tabling of the much talked about Audit Report on the Management of Ebola Funds, the first Government institution that was put on the firing line for a string of bad results was the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS).

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Thomas Vandi Gbow

Following the President’s declaration of the State of Public Health Emergency in July last year, which imposed several restrictions on people and businesses in the country’s renewed fight against the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Viral Disease (EVD), the President has deemed it expedient to lift ban on the number of passengers or commuters private commercial drivers should carry at a time.

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Thomas Vandi Gbow

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has noticed forty officials from both the public and private sectors to report to the Commission with immediate effect in connection to matters related to the management of Ebola funds and other matters connected thereto. The notice comes following the tabling of the Accountant General’s Report in Parliament last Thursday. The report exposed several alleged irregularities in the management of Ebola funds for the period of May to October, 2014.

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Thomas Vandi Gbow

The Minister of Information and Communications Alhaji Alpha Khan is quoted in one of the local tabloids as saying in a radio interview that the Government of Sierra Leone will liberalize the country’s international gateway within the six months. Prior to his pronouncement, the Information Minister had earlier said the monopoly granted to the Sierra Leone Telecommunications Company (SIERRATEL) to manage the international gateway would be extended by Government. Why the sudden U-turn Mr. Information Minister?

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Thomas Vandi Gbow

Following the release and tabling in Parliament last Thursday of the Audit Service Sierra Leone report on the management of Ebola funds, the Office of the President on the following Friday avowed in a statement issued to the public that individuals and institutions found wanting of misappropriating funds meant for the fight against the deadly Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) in the country will face the wrath of the law.

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Thomas Vandi Gbow
Momo Conteh

The Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Khan is reported to have said that the international gateway monopoly granted to the Sierra Leone Telecommunications Company (SIERRATEL) will stay until the Telecommunications Act 2006 is amended. The Minister however assured that the Government would soon go to Parliament to amend the Telecommunications Act 2006 in order to create room for the liberalization of the international gateway, noting that the Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma is not opposed to liberalization policy.

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Thomas Vandi Gbow

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