Koinadugu eager for cohesion and joint revenue collection

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

Kongbora welcomes People’s Planning Process

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.

Traditional leaders renew pledge to raise domestic revenue

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