Posted by: APO | 27 June 2008



Public Information Office (PIO) of UNIOSIL – 27 June 2008


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


Keen contest for Bo City Council between opposition parties

The New Vision reports of a keen contest between opposition parties for the Bo City Council in the south of the country, as the Local Government election draws nearer. Candidates of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party and the splinter Peoples Movement for Democratic Change are reportedly crisscrossing every nook and cranny of Bo, soliciting support and apparently expressing equal confidence of victory to the electorates. Incumbent SLPP Mayor of the Council, Dr. Wusu Sannoh, boasted of his contribution to the development of the township during his four years in office through the successful implementation of projects such as the provision of health and educational facilities, as well as infrastructural interventions. His arch rival, Rev. Johnson of the PMDC on the other hand banks on his good will to deliver if duly elected.


PPRC Commissioner points accusing finger at SLPP

The Southern Region Commissioner of the Political Parties Registration Commission, Madam Jenneh Smith, has reportedly pointed accusing fingers at the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party for violating the campaign Code of Conduct. Commissioner Jenneh maintained that June 17 was slated for the ruling All Peoples Congress to campaign, and that she received complaints from the party that while they were on their campaign spree, the SLPP also undertook campaign activities, which resulted to the unrest, reports Premier News. She said she made an official complaint to the SLPP whose officials made apologies to the Police on their misconduct.


Human Rights Commission presents report to President Koroma

The Human Rights commission yesterday reportedly presented copies of the Commission’s report to H.E. President Koroma at the State House. Making the presentation, the chairperson of the commission, Mrs. Jamesina king noted the significant achievement the Commission had made in the protection and promotion of Human Rights in the country. She also highlighted a few challenges such as the realization of economic and social rights in the face of current global food crisis; the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation report and the need for the adequate protection of women’s rights, reports The News.


President institutes probe into Togo unrest

The President has reportedly ordered a probe into the recent political clashes that rocked the diamond-laden town of Tongo in the Kenema district between alleged supporters of the ruling All Peoples Congress and the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party. The disclosure was made by the Minister of Information and Communication at the weekly Government press conference held yesterday in Freetown. The Minister reiterated that as a Government they believe in true democratic practice by providing a level playing field to all political parties. “We consider the coming Local Government Election as a test case for this Government and the country as a whole, and we will never support any form of violence”, the minister is quoted as saying in Standard Times. The story is also reported in The News and Salone Times.








Traditional ruler presents Yenga case to visiting Vice President

Honourable Paramount Chief (PC) Member of Parliament, Mohamed Kailondo Banya 1V of Luawa Chiefdom in the Kailahun district, has reportedly presented the issue of the long running occupation of the border town of Yenga in the Kissy Teng Chiefdom, by Guinean forces to visiting Vice President, Sam Sumana. P.C. Banya 1V described the issue as unfortunate, with most of the houses in the chiefdom having been destroyed during the war; and that the continuing occupation by Guinean troops has placed perpetual fear in the people. He said even though the area offers economic advantages to the youths and the aged alike, such advantages would not be fully tapped if the matter is not resolved. Most business people especially the Madingos, Fullahs and Susus, are waiting for Yenga to be liberated before they could resume business activities as usual; he is reported in Salone Times as telling the Vice President.


(Compiled by UNIOSIL, Public Information Office)


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