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May 22, 2013
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Sierra Leone News
A two day conference on water, hygiene and Sanitation has been held in Freetown, Sierra Leone. It was under the theme: ‘WASH for all: addressing the current and growing challenge facing the country’.
The Government of Sierra Leone has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Kingho energy group for the construction of a railway costing six billion United States dollars linking Tonkolili in the north and Sulima in the south of the country.
Police in the eastern district of Kenema have arrested petroleum dealers for hiking price on petroleum products. Products were sold at Le 8,000 approximately 2 United States dollars far above the official price of Le 4,500 per liter approximately one united stated dollars
The Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone has destroyed over 1 billion Leones worth of counterfeit, expired and substandard products approximately two hundred and thirty three thousand Dollars.
Supporters of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party, the SLPP, have clashed with police after storming the premises of the court building to witness the petition case of the party.
Most communities in Sierra Leone, including the capital, Freetown, are facing serious shortages of safe drinking water, with the most affected being children and women who become vulnerable to water-borne diseases.
According to the 2011 State of the World Children report, the lives of nearly 4,000 children could be saved in Sierra Leone, if it met the Millennium Development Goals to halve the proportion of people without safe drinking water by 2015.
Since the end of 11 years of civil unrest in 2002, Sierra Leone’s huge mineral deposits have attracted foreign mining companies, one of which is the British-owned London Mining Company that started mining operations in 2006.
But more than one hundred farmers in Marampa mines in Lunsar have been complaining about pollution by the company that is affecting their farm lands.
The main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has elected a woman member of parliament as minority leader, making her the first-ever woman to hold the post in the history of the country.
Dr. Bernadette Lahai defeated two SLPP male lawmakers to earn the historic feat in a parliament comprising only the ruling All People’s Congress and SLPP.
Poor sanitation was cited as the key cause of Sierra Leone’s worst cholera epidemic experienced this year, claiming over 2,086 lives.
But since the outbreak subsided a few months ago, there has been no major change in the overall sanitary condition, with rubbish in almost every street corner, especially in the capital, Freetown, which was hardest hit.
After he was declared winner of the 17 November polls, Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Koroma urged opposition political parties and politicians to join him in moving the country forward.
Koroma won his second five-year mandate in the country’s third post-war election and he has vowed to press on with his “Agenda for Change” policy launched in his first term.