Concord Times (Freetown)

19 February 2013

Sierra Leone: Information Minister Refutes Media Claims

Photo: Liberia Government
President Koroma waves to thousands of Sierra Leoneans in the stands at the National Sports Stadium.

Contrary to a front page story in one of the local dailies of Thursday February 14 headlined, "APC buys 24 cars", the Minister of Information and Communications has refuted the claim as untrue. Alhaji Alpha Kanu told journalists at his ministry's weekly press briefing on Thursday that the article has no truth in it because the government has no plan to purchase vehicles for the inauguration of President Ernest Koroma.

"The story in Global Times is not true. I urge the public not to take that story serious. The vehicles they are talking about are going to come from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Professor Alpha Conde of Guinea and will not be purchased by the government for the inauguration. It is good for journalists to always cross-check their stories before publishing," he said adding that the journalist who did the story did not conduct thorough investigation before going to press.

With regards the relocation of the Annie Walsh Memorial School, Kanu explained that the suggestion came from the school's management and not from the government.

"It is the view of the school management that the environment is no longer conducive for the pupils because it has been surrounded by traders who are in the habit of causing noise. Education is a priority in the 'Agenda for Prosperity' and we cannot relocate a school to build a market," he noted.

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