Strategic Planning Retreat on “wan fambul framework” ends

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Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone(FTI-SL) and Catalyst for Peace(CFP) have ended a  strategic planning meeting at the Taia Resort at Taiama in the Moyamba district for stakeholders.The purpose of the meeting was to update Ministries,Department and Agencies and stakeholders on progress of Fambul Tok’s work and the “Wan Fambul Framework”

In his remarks at the opening session,Executive Director of Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone,John Caulker told his audience that an operationalized working relationship will be created and fund raising action plan developed during the retreat

Retreat in progress

Retreat in progress

He said Fambul Tok and its partners,Catalyst for Peace have been working closely with the people of Sierra Leone on peace building and reconciliation after the country’s conflict.He added that during the outbreak of the ebola they also worked ensure the gains already achieved in communities are not depleted.He said after the end of the virulent ebola virus they designed the People’s Planning Process(PPP) for potential donors and organizations working in Sierra Leone to involve communities in the post ebola development priorities to avoid the post war mistakes when communities were not involved in development activities

Caulker disclosed that the pilot phase started in Kailahun and rolled over to Moyamba and Koinadugu districts.He added that the PPP has two layers-chiefdom people’s planning process and the Inclusive District Committees(IDC) that is responsible to bridge the gaps within communities with district structures.He acknowledged the support of CFP for the past decade

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development,Anthony Brewah in his statement said the work of Fambul Tok and Catalyst for Peace is laudable and the Government of Sierra Leone appreciates it very much.

The two day session discussed the presentation on the draft national framework which was followed by questions and responses.The thrust is to harmonize it with emerging national policies and plans,clarify and operationalize ministerial roles and responsibilities in relation to the Secretariat.The Ministers discussed the semantics of Government and community led in the document and asked for modification and insertions.

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The people of Dasse chiefdom present their chiefdom plan

After presenting the metaphor on “cracks in cup”,Deputy Minister of Development and Economic Planning,Dr.Robert Chakanda asked whether it was possible to change the cup.The Minister of State,Vice President’s Office,Francess Alghali said “I see the cracks or cup as the whole country.We can mend Sierra Leone and not change it”.They looked at the omissions and gaps in the local government laws,local government service commission and called for review and better coordination to improve quality communication and avoid duplications

The retreat also discussed the roles and responsibilities of the various Ministries,Departments and Agencies engaged in local government and development.They identified challenges and promised to work together to resolve them.

The Director of Development did a presentation on the ongoing Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper IV.The discussions concluded that they must sit with the Local Government Ministry to clarify some details.They were also advised to look at past documents like the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.The Consultant of the Rural Development Policy dilated on his work.The group suggested to the Consultant to review the policy objectives to make them result oriented and to further consult other existing policy documents.

The retreat ended with the recognition of Libby Hoffman’s peace building work in Sierra Leone for the past decade.

The people of Dasse chiefdom,Moyamba district also presented their chiefdom plan

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Koinadugu eager for cohesion and joint revenue collection

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Stakeholders in Koinadugu district are now very eager to make sure  post election issues are quickly addressed for peace and cohesion which will create the atmosphere for joint revenue collection

In his welcome address on Saturday,August 18,2018 at a one day dialogue session in Kabala,organized by the Inclusive District Committee in collaboration with the National Framework for Inclusive Governance and Local Development,host Paramount Chief of Wara Wara Yagala,Kondowullay Gbawuru Mansaray  111,said the dialogue was timely as there are lots of issues to be addressed in the post election era

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“We were expecting such meeting as elections are now over and all of us should work together for inclusive governance”Chief Mansaray emphasized.He said it has been very difficult for traditional leaders to work with District Council to collect revenue because they were not working together”

The new chairman of Koinadugu District Council,Alex Sorie Conteh referred to the dialogue as a blessing in disguise,adding that if they are not united it will be very difficult for communities to grow

“The primary objective of this meeting is to promote cohesion,peace and unity and a robust revenue mobilization”he said,adding the peace that will attract development to our district is solely our responsibility.Our development should be shouldered by us and blamed on us if we fail to our people

The audience at the event

The audience at the event

Executive Director,Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone,John Caulker said the whole idea of the dialogue is to create space for stakeholders to discuss pertinent issues affecting the district

Caulker said” There are lots of potentials in the district but if activities remain uncoordinated you will not realise anything,therefore part of the meeting will give you an opportunity on how to resolve issues and work towards joint revenue mobilization

He disclosed that President Bio,in his commitment to national cohesion promised in Parliament,the setting up of an Independent National Peace and Cohesion commission which will be charged with the responsibility of restoring peace and calm in communities especially those that were affected during the election era.He mentioned UNDP’s project which aimed at promoting peace in then  hot spot  election conflict areas within the next three months.

Paramount Chief of Kalian chiefdom,Foday Umaru Jalloh called for election related/land dispute issues to be resolved

dialogue in session

dialogue  session

District Officer,Koinadugu,Ajina Mansaray in his remarks lamented over political atmosphere in the district.He said there are lots of issues including tribe supremacy,boundary and land which need to be addressed.

At the end of the dialogue,it was resolved to restructure the Inclusive Committee to make it more effective which was done last week

Meanwhile another district stakeholders dialogue will be held convened on joint revenue mobilization before the end of the week

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Kongbora welcomes People’s Planning Process

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Paramount Chief Alfred Saidu Ndomawa Banya together with chiefdom stakeholders has welcomed the inception of the People’s Planning Process(PPP) in Kongbora chiefdom,Moyamba district.

 

PC Banya and some chiefdom elders

PC Banya and some chiefdom elders

Kongbora PPP

The event took place at the chiefdom headquarter town of Bauya on August 11,2018.

In his remarks,PC Banya said he is happy that his chiefdom will be benefiting from the process,adding that the reputation of Fambul Tok is to bring peace in divided communities.

“We need them now,we still have a lot of issues in communities and if we don’t work together in peace to resolve these problems,development will not strife here”Chief emphasised,adding, though Fambul Tok had worked in four out of the ten sections,there is need to spread activities in the remaining six sections and we are ready to support every aspect of the PPP.

Fambul Tok Head of Peace Mothers,Lilian Morsay explained that the entire process is achored on on the experiences of the war,the ebola outbreak and the values of the organization.She said the main purpose of the PPP is to seal the many cracks in communities and prevent wastage of resources and efforts by NGOs and government agencies.

Explaining the concept of PPP

Explaining the concept of PPP

“We listen and learn from the communities and accompany them to find solutions to their problems…solutions based on good practices.Politics have divided people and communities-especially the past elections.So we need to work to create national cohesion to foster development”She advised

Moyamba District Council Deputy Chairman,Alfred Banya welcomed the new initiative and called for national cohesion and inclusiveness.He said Council will soon embark on consultations for the preparation of annual budget and therefore called on communities to comply so they may be included in development project

Communications Officer,Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone,Solomon Yarjoh said NGOs and other agencies oftened embarked on development activities without consultations with beneficiary communities and therefore most of those projects did not succeed.

He lamented”Today we can still find around the tragedy of failures and wastages of resource all around in the form of white elephants.The PPP will be an initiative from you based on your felt needs and priorities.This is what NGOs,development partners and Council will use as blue print to support the chiefdom”

The launching of the PPP will be followed by community visits at sectional levels to ensure stakeholders convey the outcome of the chiefdom meeting which will be also used to collect lists of village representatives for the community preparedness meetings in all ten sections.

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Traditional leaders renew pledge to raise domestic revenue

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The Inclusive District Committee(IDC) in Moyamba on Tuesday June 19,2018 called a meeting inviting all Paramount Chiefs,Councilors and community representatives to look at successes,challenges and the way forward for the next one year.

IDC Meeting in Moyamba

IDC Meeting in Moyamba

Explaining the purpose of such gathering,Development and Planning Officer of Moyamba District Council,who is Secretary  to the Inclusive District Committee,Alhaji Ansumana Tarawallie said the meeting was to discuss issues surrounding revenue mobilization and progress made so far since Council and Paramount Chiefs signed the Memorandum of Understanding last year.He said last year event it was agreed that traditional leaders should help Council in collecting revenue in different forms in all chiefdoms and in return will be allocated 40% for chiefdom development purposes while Council gets 60%.

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Vice Chair 2,IDC Sara Jalloh gives stewardship

Vice Chair 2,IDC Sara Jalloh gives stewardship

Chairman Moyamba District Council,Joseph B. Mbogba explained the importance of raising domestic revenue,which according to him will boost more development of communities.He highlighted six key points in revenue generation such as Discovery,Assessment,Billing,Sensitization,Collection and Compliance

Chairperson,Council of Paramount Chiefs,Moyamba District,PC Debora Quee emphasised that though the agreement was signed there were challenges and called for effective collaboration for the 2018 financial year.

Executive Director Fambul Tok International Sierra Leone,John Caulker said every Council is a gateway to development of every district.He said though the agreement was not fully complied with as specified in the document,everyone needs to come onboard and ensure compliance in 2018

However various speakers including Councilors and community representatives made contributions as to how they should all work to improve revenue generation

The MOU was signed by PC Debora Quee,Chief Administrator and Chairman Moyamba district

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Kailahun Inclusive District Committee reconcile APC, SLPP

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The Kailahun Inclusive District Peace and Development Committee, has as one of the mandates to coordinate all peace and development initiatives in the district in a way that helps all existing sectors,fulfilled their purpose in providing service to communities and facilitating healing and reconciliation in communities.This structure(IDPDC) which was formed three years ago is supported by Fambul Tok and Catalyst for Peace

Reconciliation at work

Reconciliation at work

 

During the electioneering process,there were reported cases of political violence and threats among members of the All People’s Congress and the Sierra Leone People’s Party in Kissi Teng chiefdom,Kailahun district.This caused serious tensions,especially in Bumassadu and Lela section.

Allegations are that some members of SLPP had threatened APC and promised to deal with them because of utterances during campaign period.Some members of APC were said to have equally threatened SLPP supporters

Immediately after the National Electoral Commission officially announced the results declaring the SLPP candidate winner on April 4,2018,SLPP members and supporters went into wild jubilation.This increased tension in Kangama town.

Residents reported that some members of APC who had earlier  made sarcastic commentswent into hiding for fear of reprisals.This continued for a couple of days.The entire chiefdom seemed to be on a ticking time bomb more especially when the Paramount Chief was not available to adress the issue

Peace meeting in progress

Peace meeting in progress

Because of this trend,the Committee decided to handle the situation by organizing peace and reconciliation meeting in Kangama last Friday,April 20

In his remarks,District Officer,Kailahun,William Ngegbai said the meeting was timely as the entire chiefdom was under serious security threat since the pronouncement of Presidential results

He called on members of both APC,SLPP and other stakeholders to ensure there is stability in the chiefdom

‘You dont need to fight or intimidate each other because all of you are from this chiefdom and in one way or the other are related’ Ngegbai cautioned

He emphasised that ‘ when President Bio took over,he said he is not President for SLPP or APC but for everyone in the country and therefore there is no need to attack one another

The DO called on the people of Kissi Teng to be law abiding and not to take the law into their hands

Paramount Chief calling for peaceful resolution

Paramount Chief calling for peaceful resolution

Acting chairman of IDC,Madam Isata Ndolleh Kaikai catalogued success stories of the Committee since its inception three years ago.She said one of the mandates of the committee is to facilitate peace and reconciliation in communities and that was why they decided to organize such meeting in Kangama

She stated that similar meetings were held in Dia,Kissi Kama and Baoma in Luawa chiefdoms

In his remarks,Paramount Chief Emmanuel Ganawa said he was not surprised as Fambul Tok preaches peace and reconciles people

He lamented over the the ugly situation in his chiefdom,adding had it not being the timely intervention of IDCit would have been a different story.He called on his people to bury the hatchet and reaim peaceful

APC chairman,Foday Koroma called for peace to be restored in thec chiefdom.He pledged his party’s quest for peace in the country

SLPP representative,Mary Lamin equally called for calm and admonished supporters to remain peaceful

Office of National Security representative Tamba Lamin also cautioned  anyone that wants to perpetrate violence again after the meeting not to do so as it will detrimental to the individual

The meeting ended with broad smiles as both members of the two parties hugged one another.

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