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Sierra Leone News
Ahead of November’s presidential and general elections in Sierra Leone, voter registration begins on Monday in the West African state.
Three persons have been charged to court for alleged involvement in political violence, which erupted last weekend, the latest in a spate of violence in Sierra Leone.
The violence took place after a bye-election in the capital, Freetown. The three were arrested on Sunday 15 January during a raid on the Fourah Bay community by police.
As the world awaits the verdict in the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, the UN backed Sierra Leone Special Court has elected a new Presiding Judge.
Seven political parties have regularized their statuses to contest in this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections, while the country has introduced biometric voter registration.
By Frank Sainworla, Jr/WADR News
The Catholic Archbishop of Freetown, Edward Tamba Charles has frowned on “some people who are bringing the church down the tribal line,” amidst internal feud over the appointment of a Bishop from the east of Sierra Leone to head the diocese of Makeni in the north.
“Beauty pageantry is absolute exploitation of the girl child,” a Sierra Leonean Muslim cleric, Sheikh Fuad Fomba has said in the capital, Freetown. But his assertion has been challenged by the reigning Miss Sierra Leone, Kadija Mansaray.
Sierra Leone will be holding a national conference on development and transformation on the 27th and 28th January.
Christians of the Catholic faith in Sierra Leone have defied Pope Benedict XVI by opposing his decision to name a ‘foreigner’ as head of the Diocese of Makeni, in the north of the country.
The Bishop of Freetown Tamba Charles gathered a small group of Catholics in the capital to officially appoint Father Henry Aruna as head of the Makeni Diocese, based on an email from the Pope’s representative in Sierra Leone, Reverend George Antony Samy.
January 6 will forever be a dark day in the minds of Sierra Leoneans.Thirteen years ago on this day, January 6 1999, rebels from the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) invaded the capital Freetown, killing and maiming hundreds of civilians including women and children.
In Sierra Leone, a total of 126 prisoners have walked out of prison as free men and women, as a New Year’s gift through a pardon by President Ernest Bai Koroma.