Posted by: APO | 9 April 2008



Public Information Office (PIO) of UNIOSIL – 09 April 2008


[Disclaimer: Excerpts below are from print media and news agency dispatches. UNIOSIL cannot vouch for the accuracy of the media reports].


UN and GoSL collaborative effort to combat human trafficking

The Government of Sierra Leone – through the Ministry of Internal Affairs – in collaboration with the Vienna based UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reportedly held a two-day seminar at the Lagoonda Complex in Freetown early this week, aimed at building the capacity of the national Task Force in preventing and fighting trafficking in persons in conflict and post-conflict countries, report New Vision and Concord Times. Participants were drawn from Government and Non-Governmental actors.


SLPP Parliamentarians stage walk out over boundary delimitation

The opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) Parliamentarians on Tuesday walked out of the House of Parliament following the objection by the Speaker of Parliament, Abel Stronge, against their motion calling for members not to endorse the boundary delimitation document presented by the National Electoral Commission to Parliament prior to the forthcoming Local Council elections, Awoko reports. The SLPP filed a private member motion rejecting the boundary delimitation as not properly done; but the Speaker of Parliament overruled the motion saying it did not follow due procedure. Addressing an emergency press briefing at Parliament building according to Awareness Times, the minority leader of Parliament, Hon. Momoh Pujeh of the SLPP, agreed that the motion should have been given in writing to the Clerk of Parliament, but noted that the Speaker ruled against the motion on a very trivial issue. He said the decision by the Speaker was a deliberate ploy by the APC dominated Parliament to block SLPP Parliamentarians from exercising their democratic duties they were elected to perform. An irate SLPP Parliamentarian accused the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) and the Speaker of Parliament of bullying. “We have been bullied into silence; we have been muzzled and it is not right,” he is quoted fuming.


Women threaten to boycott Local Government Elections

The 50/50 women advocacy group has threatened that women would refuse to take part in the forthcoming Local Government Elections if political parties failed to yield to their request for more women participation in governance. Addressing a press briefing at their headquarters in Freetown, former president of the group, Dr. Nemata Eshun-Baiden reminded political parties to translate their commitment into action by ensuring that 30% of the aspirants should represent women. She said the nomination fees charged by political parties for symbols are exorbitant and constitute a disadvantage to women; she called for a review of the fees so as to encourage more women participation. “No woman will participate in the coming local council elections if a good number are not given party symbols,” she threatened.


Police quell rising tensions at the APC Party Office

Personnel from the Police Operational Support Division (OSD) in riot gear reportedly stopped short of firing tear gas outside the headquarters of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party on Tuesday, 8 April, to quell rising tensions that engulfed on the occasion of interviewing candidates intending to contest the July Local Council Elections for the award of the Party symbol, report Independent Observer and Standard Times. Among the reasons that angered party members and activists were the exorbitant fees for symbols and other processes such as registration and photocopying services charged by the Party’s Secretariat, headed by Victor Bockarie Foe. Angry people rained insults on him, accusing him of being “political rip off”.



(Compiled by UNIOSIL, Public Information Office)


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