Today’s Sierra Leone news roundup; Paolo Conteh’s asset declaration, Zainab Bangura heads Commonwealth’s election and more.

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Paolo Conteh says valuation of his properties are exaggerated.

The former Minister of Defence, Alfred Paolo Conteh testified on Monday 2nd Dec at the “Commission of Inquiry” that his houses at Bintumani and Aberdeen were built in 2009 and they cost $270,000. He says the evaluation done by the commission that put his property at value $1,550,000 was inaccurate. He said he got the money to build his houses from travel allowances collected while he was a minister. His property at Wilberforce was valued by the commission for $1,131,250 of which he spent only $320,000. He also contests the value placed on one hectare of land he owns at Mamamah for $312,500, where he got it as a gift.

Zainab Banguta now heads the elections for Commonwealth.

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperations, Zanab Hawa Bangura is leading the Commonwealth observer mission to Dominica for elections there on Friday 6 December 2019. This role is in accordance with the declaration of principles for International Elections observer and the revised Commonwealth guidelines for the observation of elections in member countries which was agreed by commonwealth of Governments in 2018.

SLPA wins Best Parastatal for 2019.

The Sierra Leone Ports Authority won the National Child Development Award (NaCDA) as the best Parastatal for this year 2019. The awards were presented to the general manager in his Queen Elizabeth II Quay office Cline Town. This award was given to SLPA for their relentless contribution in the Socio- economic development of the country through its phenomenal transformation of the Marine and Ports Authority.

Access to healthcare and inclusive mobility remains a challenge for persons with Disability.

Today marks the International Day of Persons with Disability (PWD). PWD with disabilities in Sierra Leone are still battling with the issues of inclusive mobility and healthcare. The theme for this year is “the future is accessible” was launched at the Nehscal Hall Thompson Bay Freetown. Dr. Abdulai Dumbuya said “The International Diasable Day (IDD) is the perfect time to recognise the importance of ensuring every Sierra Leonean disable access to education, good living conditions and healthcare”.