Archive for March 2012
By Lansana Juana
Food poisoning is not a new phenomenon in Sierra Leone. Most of the so called top restaurants do not believe in hygiene. Roy, one of the fantastic beach bar and restaurant situated along Lumley beach in Freetown is a place to actually pay for a good diarrhea, because they do not believe in hygiene. All what they believed in is an attractive out look of their business site.
This is not the first time I have published about this particular restaurant on this medium about the way in which they are endangering the lives of local people, visitors, and tourists that are going there to have nice, hygienic and healthy food. Unfortunately, the restaurant can not measure up to that expectations as their foods are always contaminated in various ways. The time I came up with the first article about my encountered with their contaminated food, was a big surprise to many people who used to go there for food, I stopped going there for food for quite a long time. Over the week end, one of my Friends who was here on a holiday visit asked me to go there to eat. I told him about my past experience with there food that it is not hygienic, and it is full of contamination. He convinced me to go there, even though I personally recommended Montana beach bar and restaurant along the same Lumley beach, he insisted that we should go there, because one of his colleagues has recommended the so called Roy’s beach bar and restaurant to him that they have nice food. I followed him with a suspicion to the place, we had food together, immediately after eating, he started complaining about his stomach, but I did not take it seriously, considering the time we have had the food. Before we could jump in our car to go back home, he asked to go to the toilet, after going to the toilet, he started vomiting right from there. I had to take him to the nearest health center called Good Sheppard Hospital off Wilkinson Road, at the back of St. Mary’s super market for treatment. There he was diagnosed of being having food poisoning, and he needed an urgent treatment. He was hospitalized for a night, and treated. Luckily for him, nothing was wrong with him, and he was discharged the next day.
This is a warning to all who are coming to Sierra Leone to be highly carful with eating food out, especially at Roy’s beach bar and Restaurant along Lumley beach.
Ex-combatant in every post-conflict country has the potentials to perpetrate violence. Sierra Leone as one of the post-conflict countries in West Africa has all the potentials of having conflict in the November 17th Presidential and Parliamentary election. I am definite to say this based on the past electoral violence and allegations going around some political figures that they are training former fighters to disrupt the above election to achieve their political aims.
This is ten years now since the eleven years civil war ended, yet still the issue of political violence, intimidation of peaceful citizens has been going on unstoppable based on the fact that the politicians are using ex-combatants as their personal bodyguards. Recently, there was an extreme political violence that took place in the capital city, Freetown during a bye-election to replace a late Councilor from the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC) party where one politician Lansana Fadika former Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Western Area Chairman who has crossed to APC was stabbed on his thigh. Prior to that, Bo Town, the second city has had serious political violence where they burnt down three (3) houses, one person was killed and many others were fired by live bullets and others stabbed. In Kono also, one of the diamond rich towns in Sierra Leone, there was a political battle between the vice President and the Minister of Internal Affairs Musa Talawally, where many people were injured, some lost their properties worth millions of Leone. It has happened in Togo Field, Pujehun Town, Yedema to name but few. In all of the above violence, ex-combatants were mentioned as the main tool that was used by the politicians to cause the violence.
As the election is getting closer every day, Mind to Change (MTC), an International organization working to promote peace in Sierra Leone is presently working in collaboration with a group called Action Group for Peace and Development (AGPAD) to campaign for violence free election. The main aim of this campaign is to have peaceful elections without any form of violence before, during and after the election. Presently, we are embarking on radio sensitizations, to educate and appeal to other ex-combatants to reframe from violence. We have drafted a petition, asking all the politicians, peace loving Sierra Leonean to sign that they are all denouncing violence as stated above.
ALL EX-COMBATANTS IN SIERRA LEONE SAY NO TO VIOLENCE
Based on the allegations that ex-combatants in Sierra Leone are involved in committing violence and crime against humanity, we are here by saying no to violence in all shapes and forms. All ex-combatants have unanimously agreed to campaign against violence before, during, and after the general election. We have therefore decided to come out with a PETITION so that every peace loving Sierra Leonean can contribute and sign for sustainable peace and development in our beloved country, Sierra Leone.
AFRICELL IS A FRAUD CELL
The internet customer care Manager apparently become a good cleaner by sweeping under my wife’s feet in their Bathurst Street office on the 27th February, 2012 in the name of apologizing for thieving the sum of ninety thousand Leones (Le 90,000) from us on the 9th February, 2012. The Damager was trembling, sweating, and restless after still trying to make fool out of us after discovering that he is a thief in that office, criminally managing one of the popularly known mobile phone companies in Sierra Leone. The action of criminals which is on an unstoppable increase in Sierra Leone has direct link to the mobile phone companies in Sierra Leone especially Africell. Many people who have gone through in the hands of fraudsters in Sierra Leone went through communication by using one of the registered phone companies in the country.
We went to their office on the 9th February, 2012 to buy internet sim pack, we were asked by the Customer care Manager called Alusine to pay the sum of fifty thousand Leones (Le 50,000) per package, we asked for two. We were happy to pay the price, because they told us that their internet browsing with what they called ‘Data Pack Sims’ is free for now.
We were told by one of our friends that we have been cheated by the company. We reacted on the advice immediately by going to their Head Office at Wilberforce village and asked for a refund as we were having a signed receipt bearing the company’s logo. Upon our arrival, the Manager station at Wilberforce office told us to go back to the Bathurst Street office to collect the refund, and that he has emailed them to refund the money. When we arrived at the office, the Criminal Manager asked us with confident to give back the sim before he could refund us. The other guy, who claimed to be Africell worker in the office started arguing that they told that if we want an automatic internet updated sim pack should pay the said amount. The main criminal only started apologizing when I told him that I am going to publish him online, and that I am online journalists, who hate this type of behavior especially for people who may want to visit Sierra Leone for the first time. From there, he started begging, going down on his knee to sweep the floor in the name of begging me and my wife for me not to publish him for what he has done and still engage in doing. However, I promised him that if he really deviates from the fraudulent management, I will not publish this story, but there is a saying that ‘ monkey nor de lef e black hand’ meaning monkey cannot leave his or her black hands. On that same day yesterday, one of my journalist friends called Mr. Sulay Musa took his friend for the same service, they asked him to pay thirty thousand Leones (Le 30,000)for a sim. Even Mr. Musa paid a very good sum for his own Africell internet sim pack.
Next article will focus on the detail of the activity of one man called Alpha Karamonko Mongor who is using people like the said Africell manager to fraud people in Sierra Leone.
The Beginning of Bad politics in Africa
17 Apr 2011
Reports monitored from Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone, indicate that former President of the recently dissolved Students Union government of the college, Alfred Minkailu Koroma (Jnr.), was mercilessly beaten to coma in the evening hours of Wednesday 13th April 2011 by unknown people. It remains unclear whether or [...]
No Justice for Youths in Sierra Leone
17 Mar 2011
“In today’s Independent magazine: a shocking article on the child inmates at Pademba Road prison,” a text message from Ade Daramy read. I had just woken up, switched on my mobile phone when this message came through. Ade, a very good friend of mine, always forwards numerous articles by email, often [...]
Youth unemployment and its consequences
28 Nov 2010
In Sierra Leone, the issue of youth employment had long been a major problem affecting the socio-economic and political development of the country, and it is an issue of general debate amongst Civil Societies, Local and International Non Governmental Organizations and the Government of Sierra Leone. The rate of youth [...]
Sierra Leone Ghetto Perspectives (2)
27 Nov 2010
Sierra Leone Ghetto Perspectives – 2nd Series All over the world, youths are said to be the center of attention of development strives; in terms of policy declarations made by all Government officials, the International Committee, Non Governmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations. In Sierra Leone the story is just [...]
FBC (U/SL) Students Convocate
12 Nov 2010
As the end of the year approaches the Fourah Bay College (F.B.C.), and other constituent colleges of the University of Sierra Leone, will be graduating their hopeful and ambitious students about a month from now. The college, F.B.C., is one of the oldest universities in Africa that has to a [...]
Taia Lion Resources Retains Javelin Partners as Corporate Development Advisors
20 Apr 2011
Taia Lion Resources Retains Javelin Partners as Corporate Development Advisors New York, New York (JAVELIN – April 20, 2011) — Taia Lion Resources Inc (the “Company” or “TLR”) is pleased to announce the commencement of a 12 month engagement wherein Javelin Corporate Development Partners Inc. (“Javelin” or “Javelin Partners”) will [...]
6 Mar 2011
Technical Sub-Comittee present report to President Koroma on escalation of prices
Coopi intensifies support to Food Security in Sierra Leone
19 Nov 2010
Coopi intensifies support to Food Security in Sierra Leone An Italian International Organization –Cooperation Internazionel (Coopi) has intensified it support to the tieless effort of the government in ensuring food security for the people of Sierra Leone; by distributing agricultural tools and organic fertilizer to subsistence farmers in the Urban [...]