Why China’s removal of term limits is a gift to African despots

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 March 2018: The recent sitting of the central committee of the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) rolled out a big surprise development: a proposed removal of presidential term limits. This came among a raft of other constitutional amendments. The two-term limit had been instituted in 1982 by Deng Xiaoping after his experience [Read More]

Election Watch

A resilient duopoly? Understanding Sierra Leone’s March 7, 2018 elections

Yusuf Bangura: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 March, 2018: If the results released by the National Electoral Commission are credible, 57.3% of Sierra Leoneans rejected the All People’s Congress (APC) in the March 7 presidential election, despite its advantage of incumbency, super rallies and use of extraordinarily huge resources in the [Read More]

Election Watch

Hate speech and tribalism – Rwanda a lesson for Sierra Leone

Sulaiman Stom Koroma: 17 March 2018: We must never allow what happened in 1991 in Sierra Leone to ever happen again. Some of us suffered, lost loved ones and property. During the 11-year civil war, it was believed that thousands of civilians were killed, maimed, raped or forced to become [Read More]

Election Watch

Dr Richard Konteh calls on his Loko tribe to vote for APC – is this electoral tribalism?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 March 2018: Taking it at face value, many may argue that tribalism is a harmless fact of life in Sierra Leone, as its society is naturally organised around tribal identity and affiliation.  But when tribalism –  becomes the token with which a politician advocates for electoral [Read More]


Tribalism – the idolatry of 20th century

Abdulai Mansaray: 17 March 2018: The elections have just concluded in Sierra Leone. Better still, Act 1 scene 1 of our democratic process has just been concluded. How democratic it was is anybody’s guess. The accusations, allegations and counter accusations keep flying. But interestingly, our country has never seen the [Read More]

Election Watch

Sierra Leone – Rising hate speech and tribalism ahead of run-off elections

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 March 2018: Reports of a massive increase in tribalistic hate utterances and comments on social media, television and newspaper, by supporters of various political parties in Sierra Leone are growing. This has raised serious concerns not only in the country, but overseas. If left unchecked, there [Read More]


How investigative journalists helped turn the tide against corruption in South Africa

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 March 2018: Every year South African investigative journalists are recognised for their hard work when the winners of the Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism are announced. This year has provided a chance to assess the highs and the lows of our investigative reporting after an extraordinary year. [Read More]

Economy - Business & Environment

African businesses should embrace cross-border e-commerce – says DHL

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 March 2018:   Cross border e-commerce continues to provide significant growth opportunities for retailers and manufacturers with an international online product offering. According to a 2017 DHL report, cross-border retail volumes are predicted to increase at an annual average rate of 25% between 2015 and 2020 (from [Read More]