As peace mothers’ group loan scheme reaches Le35,000,000…Traditional leaders shocked

Traditional leaders including section chief of Tangula,Fakunya chiefdom,Moyamba district were taken aback last Friday when it was announced how peace mothers have raised the sum of Le35,000,000(nearly US$4000) through loan scheme.

After Fambul Tok trained its structures in that section,women from all 13 villages decided to embark on weekly contributions to start a soap making project.They started with Le1000 individually and when they have gathered sum good amount kicked off the soap project.

Section chief,Mosima reconciles with Moseray(PM Secretary)

This trade continued for over a year and it was in one of their meetings the idea of loan scheme crept in.All members supported the idea .The scheme is a success story today as all villages are now doing  individual and  small scale businesses.The women have bought shares at the Moyamba Community bank

As the scheme continued,with members paying a minimal interest on loans,Section Chief of Tangula,Alfred Mosima,including some town chiefs became uneasy as women were slowly becoming breadwinners in their various households.This did not go down well with traditional leaders as they alleged that their women could no longer listen or take instructions.This is  fallacy of generalization.

Peace mothers’ meeting in progress

Early this year,Chief Mosima threatened  to shut down the group insisting   he has no knowledge of its existence.He persuaded other chiefs to withdraw their wives and relatives from the peace mothers.

After so many threats,last week a general meeting was called by the peace mothers to explain to leaders,in detail what they have and continue to get through the scheme.Fambul Tok staff facilitated discussion.This was through the selfless efforts of a single male in the group,Abu Moseray who enters daily,weekly and monthly monetary affairs since they started.Moseray’s announcement of Le35,000,000 shocked traditional leaders and in a few seconds all of them gave the go ahead for the scheme to continue.

The section chief,in an apologetic mood, asked the gathering to forgive him,adding that he was misled and did not know how the scheme works.Other chiefs that graced the occasion also added their voices and praised the women for their individual efforts to sustain livelihoods in the community

 

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Kailahun Council,Chiefs in Joint revenue collection

The Kailahun District Council and the Council of Paramount Chiefs last Thursday,1st November,2018 in Pendembu,Upper Bambara chiefdom finally signed a Memoradum of Understanding for joint revenue collection.

Speaking during a one day stakeholders meeting organized by Kailahun Inlusive District Committee in collaboration with District Council,the Chairman of Kailahun District Council,Sahr A K Lamin informed the gathering that if Council wants to collect much needed revenue effectively it should work together with both traditional leaders and community members.He said one of the problems that had crippled revenue mobilization in the district has to do with sour relationships that used to exist among traditional leaders(Paramount chiefs,Parliamentarians,Councilors and community members

‘This has to change,and all of us should work together” he noted.He used the opportunity to call on the Inclusive Committee with support from Fambul Tok and UNDP to help resolve pertinent issues in most of the chiefdoms

Chairman Lamin signs the agreement(left) is PC Jajua

Hon.PC Cyril Foray Gondor heaped praises on Fambul Tok for its approach to resolving issues in a peaceful manner.He requested stakeholders to take the lead in development process.PC Gondor said revenue generation is very key to development and therefore  all those concerned should work to ensure that they collect the much needed money

Chairman,Council of Paramount Chiefs,PC Mohamed Sheriff Coker Jajua on behalf on his colleagues requested for standing ovation for the Inclusive Committee for spear heading both peace and development process in the district

‘Today’s ceremony to sign the MOU started over two years ago.We want to thank Fambul Tok,Catalyst for Peace and UNDP for supporting us achieve what we are about to append our signatures to and hope this will be  final stake for the beginning of  sustainable development in our communities”PC Jajua  re-emphasized

District Officer,Kailahun,William Ngegbai said revenue collection is the backbone of development and asked stakeholders to be part of the process

Executive Director,Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone,John Caulker said what started over two years ago has come to fruition.He appreciated the efforts of the Inclusive Committee for facilitation the process to its conclusion.He called on everyone to help resolve the conflict in Penguia and Kissi Tongi chiefdoms

Before the parties signed the MOU,they agreed to open joint account at the Segbwema Community Bank and also the First International Bank in Kailahun.

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Civil Society calls on Fambul Tok to intervene

The chairman,civil society platform in Pujehun district and other stakeholders have requested Fambul Tok to lead the process of peace,reconciliation and development aspirations in the district

 

Speaking at a one day project inception meeting on UNDP’s sponsored three-month grant project “Conflict prevention and mitigation during electoral cycle in Sierra Leone” held at the Pujehun District Council hall on October 4,2018,Ibrahim Swaray lamented over the poor and uncoordinated fashion in which organizations handle vital issues in the district

He said Pujehun continues to face many challenges,one of them he mentioned relating to land in Malen chiefdom.Swaray went on to state that the Malen land issue has had no headway because most times those that pose to mediate sometimes end up to be part and parcel of the problem

The chairman  said because of the method of approach in resolving issues,most communities do not have confidence in organizations and therefore recommends Fambul Tok,who deals with peace and reconciliation to lead the process in resolving problems in the district

The Sierra Leone Police leadership also commended Fambul Tok for its presence in the district to ensure peace prevails in communities. Supretendent

a call for fambul tok to intervene

Inception meeting in progress

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Stakeholders want FT in Pujehun

John Sesay said there are lots of issues and it’s timely for the organization to return to the district

District Officer,Charles Kailie expressed gratitude to Fambul Tok and called on its management to work with other organizations to ensure there is relative peace in the whole district

Chiefdom Speaker of Kpanga,Sylvester Kamara,also joined other stakeholders to welcome Fambul Tok and requested the organization to let its presence be felt even after the three months duration of the project.

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Community dialogues begin in post election Sierra Leone

Before the commencement of an Independent Peace and National Cohesion Commission earlier proposed by His Excellency,President Julius Maada Bio in the well of Parliament during his address to the House,Fambul Tok International and other civil society organizations in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program(UNDP) has commenced dialogue sessions in selected chiefdoms in the country.

community town hall meeting in Gbalahun

community town hall meeting in Gbalahun

The crack cup demonstration by John

The crack cup demonstration by John

Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone,Dr.Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh as a commitment to the proposed commission requested UNDP,in collaboration with civil society organizations,to lead a coordinated effort for community dialogue and restorative justice,to ensure the return to peaceful co-existence and national cohesion

Two weeks ago Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone started project inception meetings in Kailahun,Kono,Bombali and Moyamba and will continue in other project districts.The meetings explained the objectives of the small grant funded project-Conflict prevention and mitigation during electoral cycle in Sierra Leone and will engage district stakeholders to undertake post elections dialogue,conflict prevention and peace building.

Community town hall meetings started over the weekend in Gbalahun,Luawa chiefdom,Kailahun district.Gbalahun was hit by political violence which led to the burning of houses and displacement of people.

The town hall meetings continued in Kono,Bombali and Karene districts and will continue in other districts where stakeholders will express their views and concerns about post election issues and how to foster peace and development in their various chiefdoms.Other chiefdoms,especially Biriwa expressed concerns over land ,tribal sentiments and other issues.Peace Committees were also set up during each of the meetings

Outreach and mediation meetings will be on going to address issues that may crop up.

 

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Strategic Planning Retreat on “wan fambul framework” ends

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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