Setback for Sierra Leone sacked VP’s ECOWAS Court case

By Umaru Fofana

The case of Sierra Leone’s sacked Vice President at the ECOWAS Court suffered a setback on Tuesday, according a source at the court’s registry in Abuja.

“The team of lawyers for Mr Samuel Sam-Sumana got turned away to perfect the process of filing at the court”, the source who cannot be named told Politico via Whatsapp. 

“They will be back after perfecting the documents based on the rules of the court”, the source adds. 

Sierra Leone among top ten countries with highest burden of TB – new report

By Kemo Cham

The World Health Organisation has ranked Sierra Leone among countries with the highest burden of cases of tuberculosis - or TB - in the world.

In a new report published last week, Sierra Leone, alongside its next door neighbour Liberia, was placed among the top 10 countries with the highest number of TB cases per capita, with an official calling for redoubling of efforts by the government and its partners to tackle the epidemic.

Sierra Leone advocate elected Vice Chair of TJN-Africa

Coordinator of the National Advocacy Coalition on Extractives (NACE) in Sierra Leone has been elected Vice Chair of the Tax Justice Network-Africa, TJN-A, at their annual general meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.  

Cecilia Christiana Mattia, who has worked in the international development sector for over 15 years, served on the board of TJN-A and is also a member of the multi-stakeholder group of the Sierra Leone Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (SLEITI). 

Sacked Sierra Leone VP takes case to ECOWAS Court

By Umaru Fofana

Lawyers representing the sacked Vice President of Sierra Leone, Samuel Sam-Sumana are filing papers today, Tuesday 18 October 2016 at the ECOWAS Court in Abuja, challenging his dismissal, one of the lawyers has confirmed to Politico without saying much. 

Dismissal of volunteers creates gap in Sierra Leone health sector

By Prince Musa

The decision by the government to do away with volunteers in health facilities has caused an upset, leading local officials calling for a policy rethink.

Dr Mohamed Vandi, District Medical Officer of Kenema is the latest to raise concern over the controversial policy. Vandi told a stakeholders’ meeting in Kenema on October 12 that the absence of the volunteer nurses in hospitals and public health units had created serious gaps in the health sector.

Disaster management committee members get ONS training

By Prince Musa

The Office of National Security (ONS), with funds from the UNDP, has conducted a two-day training on disaster management at the District Council Hall on Nyandeyama Road in Kenema. The 14 October training involved participants from the police, military, civil society, fire force and other community stakeholders.

Kenema hosts Int’l Girl Child Day celebration

By Prince Musa

Women and girls have been left behind for far too long due to unfavourable traditions and cultural norms, gender activities chide.

The rebuke, which came as part of events commemorating the International Day of the Girl Child, also called for the empowerment of women and girls to enable them participate in all aspects of nation-building and decision-making.