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The expulsion of the Vice President of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Abubakarr Sidique Sam Sumana and several others from the All Peoples Congress Party through the recommendation of the party’s National Advisory Committee (NAC), has raised so much concerns and debates across the country and the world at large.

This stern measure taken by NAC on march 6, 2015 to expel Vice President Sam Sumana which forms the high point of discussion was a unanimously decision base on the APC’s constitution as provided in Article 8 of 1995.

Author: 
Mohamed Jamiru

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.”

Author: 
Thomas Vandi Gbow

On Tuesday, 3rd March 2015, the claws of death snatched away a father, a husband, a colleague, a friend, a brother and an audacious politician. The late Hon. Musa Tamba Sam was an effective debater, a persuasive communicator and a passionate politician.

Since his demise, the outpouring of grief and sadness by many Sierra Leoneans, regardless of political party affiliation, has shown that as a politician Tamba Sam was widely respected and admired for the brilliance he so often demonstrated in discussing national political issues in our country.

Author: 
Brig. (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio

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.

Author: 
Thomas Vandi Gbow

The National Publicity Secretary of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), Hon. Musa Tamba Sam, died yesterday morning at 34 Military Hospital at Wilberforce, Freetown. The cause of his death is not yet established.

Hon. Musa Tamba Sam, 57, entered the mainstream of active partisan politics in 2007 and represented Constituency 003 in Kissi Teng Chiefdom, Kailahun District, before he was worsted in the November 2012 parliamentary election. The late man was serving his third term of office as National Publicity Secretary when he passed away.

Author: 
Jamiru Mansaray
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.

Author: 
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.

Author: 
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.

Author: 
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?

Author: 
Thomas Vandi Gbow

Commercial vehicles plying the length and breadth of Sierra Leone returned to their normal seating capacity at the weekend following Government’s lifting of restriction on the number of passengers or commuters a commercial vehicle should carry.

The restriction posed on commercial vehicles was part of the President’s declaration of State of Public Health Emergency in July last year, when the outbreak of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) intensified nationwide.

Author: 
Mohamed Jamiru

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