Economy - Business & Environment

Sierra Leone Mamamah airport project: A twist in China’s tail – part three

Saad Barrie Sierra Lone Telegraph: 31 October 2016 Sierra Leone government’s proposed new airport has been harshly criticised by some of its key stakeholders, either for its location, huge cost, or method of financing and the lack of transparency in the negotiations with its financiers and contractors – the Chinese. [Read More]

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Ellen Sirleaf of Liberia is 78 today

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29th October 2016 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the president of Liberia turned 78 years old today. She celebrated her birthday, joined by family members and prominent people in Liberia and from neighbouring countries, including Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone’s Minister of Social Welfare, Children and Religious Affairs Dr Sylvia Olayinka [Read More]

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Sixty-five years not out for the Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party   

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 October 2016 Next Saturday, 5th of November, 2016, the Sierra Leone Peoples’ Party (SLPP) UK and Ireland, will celebrate the sixty-fifth anniversary of the grand old party of Sierra Leone – the SLPP. (Photo: Sir Milton Margai’s last cabinet) Despite a long and sometimes turbulent history, [Read More]

Economy - Business & Environment

Sierra Leone is facing serious food shortage – exposing half the population to malnutrition

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 October 2016 Sierra Leone has once again become a charity case, after failing to develop its agricultural sector to feed its 6 million population and become Africa’s food basket. Despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the farming industry, through the World Bank and international [Read More]

Economy - Business & Environment

Sierra Leone Mamamah airport project: A twist in China’s tail – part two

Saad Barrie Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 October 2016 The proposed Mamamah Airport and New City is the flagship infrastructure project in Sierra Leone’s current medium term development plan, the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’. The indicative cost of the Mamamah Project is US$481 million. The airport alone is estimated to cost at [Read More]

Economy - Business & Environment

Sierra Leone Mamamah airport project: A twist in China’s tail – Part One

Saad Barrie Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 October 2016 The government of Sierra Leone is determined to build a new international airport in the north of the country, financed by a whopping $400 million loan from China. Opposition to this policy decision is strong, including the Word Bank who says that [Read More]

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South Africa’s withdrawal from the ICC is a worrying development for Africa

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 October 2016 The announcement by the South African government that it is to pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC), sends a very poor message to those leaders on the continent that thrive on impunity and the violent abuse of power to stay in office. [Read More]

Dele Awoonor-Gordon

The criminalisation of critical thinking in Sierra Leone – Part 2

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 October 2016 One of the huge elephants in the room of our national existence is the fact that for so long our cockroach (the nation) has been willing to dance in the open market place, but the fowl (the political class) will not [Read More]

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Freedom of speech is not a license to abuse – it is a responsibility

Abdulai Mansaray Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 October 2016 In a democratic society, freedom of speech should not be seen or used as a privilege, but as an organic necessity in a great society. The concept of free speech has historically never been an intrinsic part of Sierra Leone’s democratic infrastructure. [Read More]