Posted by: africanpressorganization | 22 May 2008



Public Information Office (PIO) of UNIOSIL – 22 May 2008


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


Paper speculates Cabinet reshuffle

The Awareness Times speculates that President Ernest Bai Koroma would reshuffle his cabinet in the coming couple of weeks, according to “credible and competent sources”. The report details that those to be axed from Cabinet would include non-performing ministers who could not meet the bench marks contained in the contract signed with the Head of State at the end of the three months appraisal deadline.


IMC resolves SLPP Radio impasse

The Independent Media Commission (IMC) has reportedly called for reinstatement of Unity Radio FM 98.4 of the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party. Chairperson of the Commission, Mrs. Bernadette Cole, called on the Minister of Information and Communication to reverse his decision to close the station and honour Unity Radio’s “right to operate”. Investigations conducted on the matter reportedly indicated that the station was legitimately registered with the IMC and therefore should be able to operate. However, the Commission noted that the station indeed exceeded the allowable wattage of 250 watts for stations in the Western Area, by operating on 1000 watts, report Concord Times and New Vision.


Northern Chiefs to meet on combating cultivation of marijuana

Fifty three traditional rulers in the region in collaboration with the Police would reportedly convene a meeting next week in the regional hub of Makeni to discuss the planting and sale of cannabis sativa and other security related issues. Police Commander north, is reported as saying that the trade in the unlawful substance was fast posing a serious security concern, noting that it had dawned on the police that senior citizens in the various chiefdoms were deeply involved in its cultivation. The meeting aims at admonishing them about the consequences when caught and the need to have the cooperation of the chiefs, reports New Vision.


Government lifts ban on Koidu Holdings

The ban slammed on the operations of Koidu Holdings has been lifted following a successful meeting with officials of the mining company and President Dr. Ernest Koroma a release from State House says. According to Awoko the operations of Koidu Holdings were temporarily suspended following a strike action by irate youths of Koidu Town in the diamondiferous Kono District, which led to the death of two people. The Jenkins-Johnston Commission of Inquiry set up by the government to probe into the incident cleared the Mining Company from wrong doing but at the same time gave the government an insight into the operations of the company. The release says Koidu Holdings is of strategic importance to national investment and that the government would not stand in the way of genuine investors in the country. “The government of Sierra Leone is reassuring all foreign investors that it acknowledges the importance of direct foreign investment as part of the country’s development strategy,” the release concludes.


APC, SLPP flout PPRC Act

The Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), Roland A. Caesar, has expressed his frustration over the continued defiance by political parties in adhering to the PPRC Act. Mr. Caesar told media practitioners at a press briefing that only the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) and the National Democratic alliance (NDA) had submitted their post-election and annual financial report to the Commission as prescribed by the Act. New Citizen quotes Mr. Caesar as saying that the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) and the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) were among the seven political parties that flout the PPRC Act. “Despite several warnings and visits to these political parties they are yet to submit their financial statements as stipulated by law,” he observed.



(Compiled by UNIOSIL, Public Information Office)


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