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President Koroma to Dine with 100 Children – The National President of Kids Advocacy Network, Mr. Alim B. Fornah on Monday 21st May in a press briefing organized by their network at the National Youth Coalition office, Fort Street, Freetown stated that President Ernest Bai Koroma has approved to have a National Children Interactive and Educative Dialogue Lunch with one hundred children nationwide and from different backgrounds.

He went on to reveal that this dialogue lunch is an indication that president Koroma is committed to the development of children in the country. He maintains that this forum will be also be used to show appreciation to the President for his development initiative and especially with regards to the Free Health Care for children under-five and pregnant women. In conclusion he disclosed that this dialogue lunch will take place at the State House on June 7th 2012 at 12:00 pm.

Human Rights Commission talks on disability and political parties – The deputy Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) Mr. Raymond Katta at the Grassroots Gender Empowerment Movement (GGEM) centre at John Street, Freetown disclosed the need for persons with disability to be guarantee political rights and also the opportunity to enjoy this right on an equal basis with others. With the theme “Making Human Rights Real in 2012 elections”, Mr. Katta outlined the need to increase the participation of disabled persons in this years November polls.

The deputy Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission admonished political parties to include disabled person issues in their party constitution as encouragement of disabled in the country is minimal.  He furthered by saying that disabled persons should be given the opportunity to exercise their civic rights in the electioneering process in the country.  He concluded by saying that the meeting between the disabled and political parties was organized because it is in conformity with international standards.

The President of the Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI), Mr. Kabba Franklyn Bangura in his remarks stated that for far too long the disabled have been marginalized in the electioneering process and that the change came in 2007 when disabled persons were elected as councilor and members of parliament.  He concluded by stating how determined they are in order to secure more seats in parliament come the November polls.

The deliberations were climaxed with salient remarks from representatives of IFES and Democracy Sierra Leone.

Bonthe Municipal Council needs help – The Bonthe Municipal Council, Bonthe District is calling on government to come to their aid by funding and implementing developmental projects in the district.

This clarion call was made by the Chief Administrator of Bonthe Municipal Council Mr. Morrison Farmer when speaking to newsmen in the island on Wednesday May 23rd.  While expressing dissatisfaction at the slow pace at which projects were being supported and implemented by local government ministry, noting that since 2010 they have not received any of the government grants they were supposed to for developmental purposes in the community.

However Mr. Farmer outlined the construction of bridges, culverts, and feeder roads as some of the council`s construction works undertaken in the past years.

Sierra Leone to host British Royal Navy destroyer – A British Royal Navy Destroyer, HMS Dauntless is expected in Freetown from 21 to 28 May 2012. This was disclosed to the press in a release from the British High Commissioner in Sierra Leone on Wednesday 23rd May.  The release stated that the Royal Navy Destroyer has spent seven weeks in West Africa, visiting Senegal and Cape Verde in a bid to help train maritime agencies of West African Nations.  Whilst the HMS Dauntless is docked in Sierra Leone it is expected to host the celebration of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday and Diamond Jubilee, which has been slated for 25th May 2012.  On 26th May the British High Commissioner and British Chamber of Commerce in Sierra Leone will invite representatives of United Kingdom Company, International Investors, and Sierra Leonean Entrepreneurs on board for a trade fair.

The HMS Dauntless was commissioned on 3rd June 2010 in Britain and it is currently commanded by Captain Will Warrender of the Royal Navy.

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