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Lawyer Francis Ben Kaifala appointed Sierra Leone’s new anti-corruption Czar

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 June 2018: President Julius Maada Bio has appointed a new head of the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), after revoking the contract of Mr. Ady Macauley as Commissioner with immediate effect. Macauley was appointed to head the ACC by former president Ernest Bai Koroma in March 2016. [Read More]

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Lawyer Francis Ben Kaifala appointed Sierra Leone’s new anti-corruption Czar

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 June 2018: President Julius Maada Bio has appointed a new head of the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), after revoking the contract of Mr. Ady Macauley as Commissioner with immediate effect. Macauley was appointed to head the ACC by former president Ernest Bai Koroma in March 2016. [Read More]

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Businesses in Sierra Leone urge government to enforce Local Content Policy

Amin Kef: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 June 2018: When the former government and Parliament of Sierra Leone decided to pass into law the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Finance Acts that specifically insisted on enforcing the country’s Local Content Policy, it was because this policy was established to boost the economy. [Read More]

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Freetown city council implements flood defence strategy as heavy rain is predicted

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 June 2018: The Freetown City Council (FCC) yesterday reported it has started implementing its flood mitigation plan, designed to reduce flooding in the city and reduce humanitarian, health and economic impact on residents, as the rainy season sets in. Sierra Leone, the council says, is noted [Read More]

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Pressure mounts on president Bio to publish his Governance Transition Committee Report

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 June 2018: There are growing calls for president Bio of Sierra Leone to publish the contents of a report produced by a government governance committee that he established, just weeks after he was elected in March 2018. The Governance Transition Committee which is chaired by the [Read More]

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President Bio of Sierra Leone signs MoU with China 

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 June 2018: One serious criticism that was constantly levied at former president Koroma was his huge appetite for signing MoUs (memorandum of understanding) that yielded very little for the country. And now it seems the newly elected president Julius Maada Bio cannot resist the virus. There [Read More]

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IMF says economic activity in Sierra Leone has picked up

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 June 2018: Sierra Leone’s economic activity has picked up since elections in March 2018, says the IMF. But the newly elected government of president Julius Maada Bio is running the country’s finances on a shoestring budget, mainly cutting back on spending in some areas of expenditure [Read More]

Education and Health

Measles outbreak in Koinadugu Sierra Leone needs concerted response

Dr. Fawzia Thomas: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18th June 2018: It is quite worrying that an outbreak of measles virus was confirmed in the Koinadugu District of Sierra Leone four days ago. The press release from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation says that in June 2018, there were 19 confirmed cases [Read More]

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IMF welcomes Liberia’s pro‑poor agenda – but macroeconomic stability is essential

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 June 2018: On June 8, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) met with the Liberian government of president George Weah, to review and discuss the country’s economic performance under its Article IV consultation agreement. Following the conclusion of the discussions, Staff of the [Read More]

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The sacking of Sierra Leone’s Attorney General – another one bites the dust

Andrew Keili: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 June 2018: Two months and two high profile sackings! Both were unexpected but had generated considerable and diverse comments in the press and social media. The erstwhile Secretary to the President was a close confidante of the President. The short-lived Attorney General, Charles Margai [Read More]

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Sierra Leone politics – No return to our abominable filth please

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 June 2018: Some might regard most of what you read all over cyberspace as senseless verbal gymnastics. But our leaders tend to fuel the hunger of baying dogs, especially those deeply steeped in tribal drum-beating, through their unwitting actions or inactions. And if [Read More]

Education and Health

Measles outbreak in Koinadugu Sierra Leone needs concerted response

Dr. Fawzia Thomas: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18th June 2018: It is quite worrying that an outbreak of measles virus was confirmed in the Koinadugu District of Sierra Leone four days ago. The press release from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation says that in June 2018, there were 19 confirmed cases [Read More]

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IMF welcomes Liberia’s pro‑poor agenda – but macroeconomic stability is essential

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 June 2018: On June 8, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) met with the Liberian government of president George Weah, to review and discuss the country’s economic performance under its Article IV consultation agreement. Following the conclusion of the discussions, Staff of the [Read More]

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