September 27, 2022
Politics

Sergeant Doe and the 1980 Liberia military coup: What lessons for President Bio and other African dictators? Op ed

Kabs Kanu: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 September 2022: Saturday April 12, 1980 was a day like no other in Africa. It was the day when soldiers stormed the Executive Mansion in Monrovia, assassinated President William Tolbert and overthrew the True Whig Party government. And I was there and saw it [Read More]

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Sergeant Doe and the 1980 Liberia military coup: What lessons for President Bio and other African dictators? Op ed

Kabs Kanu: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 September 2022: Saturday April 12, 1980 was a day like no other in Africa. It was the day when soldiers stormed the Executive Mansion in Monrovia, assassinated President William Tolbert and overthrew the True Whig Party government. And I was there and saw it [Read More]

Economy & Business

Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyer wins US$1 Million For Freetown – another success for Sierra Leone

Alhaji Salieu Mansaray: Sierra Leone telegraph: 25 September 2022: Patriotic Citizens of Freetown and Sierra Leone, Our Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, has won a highly valuable prize that is worth more than the US$1 Million, plus technical support, she will be bringing to Freetown for Freetown, the capital of [Read More]

Economy & Business

Fintech, other knowledge-intensive services could drive Africa’s prosperity, boost inclusion

Kingsley Ighobor: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 September 2022: Paul Akiwumi, Director of UNCTAD’s Division for Africa, discusses a newly released report that urges diversification of African economies. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s Director of the Division for Africa and Least Developed Countries Paul Akiwumi is usually [Read More]

Economy & Business

UN, AU prepare for 2022 Africa Amnesty Month

Sydney Murphy: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 September 2022: In 2017, the African Union (AU) proclaimed September of each year as “Africa Amnesty Month for the surrender and collection of illicit small arms and light weapons” (SALW), and to encourage widespread support for efforts to stop the smuggling of SALW as [Read More]

Economy & Business

Holding onto hope as we mark World Humanitarian Day

Martin Griffiths: Sierra Leone telegraph: 25 September 2022: When the merchant vessel Razoni sailed from Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa earlier this month with more than 26,000 tons of corn for global markets, she was rightly the subject of intense attention. Her passage was the result of months of negotiations between [Read More]

Politics

São Tomé and Príncipe makes tangible gains for women in politics

Eric Overvest: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 September 2022: In São Tomé and Príncipe, 30 women trainees of the UN-backed course, ‘Women in Politics ’ received their certificates. ‘More women for more development’ is one of the inspiring mottos used by women’s organizations in São Tomé and Príncipe in their battle [Read More]

Education and Health

Empowering women to boost Africa’s water security

Caroline Mwongera: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 September 2022: For most of us, accessing water means turning on a tap. We pay the bill and the water is always there. It is clear, clean and abundant, so we never have to conserve on hydration, handwashing, cleaning, irrigating crops and watering livestock. [Read More]

Politics

Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone reports on the country’s first phase voter registration process

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 September 2022: Over one million people have registered in the first phase of Sierra Leone’s voter registration exercise which ended last week, after reports of massive technical failings and logistic difficulties experienced by hundreds of thousands of people at registration centres across the country. Early this [Read More]

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Over $500,000 withdrawn from Sierra Leone government’s bank account to pay for President Bio and his wife’s trip to New York

Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 September 2022: Details on bank transfers and withdrawal records from the President’s Office in Freetown show that over US$500, 000 was withdrawn from the Central Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL) to allegedly fund personal expenses of the [Read More]

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Freetown’s Mayor Aki-Sawyerr speaking at Bill & Melinda Gates Goalkeepers event in New York

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 September 2022: The outstandingly hardworking Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr will be speaking at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers 2022 event in New York next week. She will be speaking about the importance of the “Power of Community and Collaboration” in achieving global goals. [Read More]

Election Watch

Mayor Aki-Sawyerr tells Chief Electoral Commissioner not to disenfranchise thousands of potential first-time voters

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 September 2022: As political fallout continues over the ongoing, seriously flawed voter registration process ahead of elections in June 2023 in Sierra Leone, the capital’s Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr has written to the Chief Electoral Commissioner – Mohammed Konneh, outlining the difficulties first time voters are experiencing [Read More]

Obituary

Former President Koroma pays tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth ll

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 September 2022: Sierra Leone’s former President Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday visited the residence of the British High Commissioner in Freetown, where he signed a book of condolence in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II. The former president drove from his hometown of Makeni to pay [Read More]

Politics

Equipment and software irregularities affect Sierra Leone’s voter registration despite about US$10 million government procurement expenditures

Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 September 2022: Sierra Leone’s national voter registration exercise for 2023 commenced on 3 September 2022, and was fraught with technical and bureaucratic challenges. Hundreds of videos and other evidence collected by Africanist Press show that thousands of [Read More]

Politics

President Bio’s Kenyan embarrassment  – calls for Foreign Minister to be sacked

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 September 2022: Yesterday’s inauguration of newly elected president Ruto of Kenya at the Nairobi national stadium was going well until President Ruto welcomed and paid tribute to visiting Heads of State, but omitted the name of Sierra Leone’s president. One of Ruto’s aides had to point [Read More]

Politics

SLPP Presidential aspirant Alie Kabba’s criminality exposed?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 September 2022: A shocking leaked video showing one of the Ruling SLPP party grandees – Alie Kabba, advocating for the use of undemocratic and illegal  tactics during this period of voter registration to ensure that his party stays in power after general and presidential elections next [Read More]

Politics

Transforming education is not cheap – says President Bio as he unveils new National Education Sector Plan

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 September 2022: President Dr Julius Maada Bio has launched the National Education Sector Plan 2022-2026 under the theme, “Transforming Education for All”, noting that although transforming education is not cheap, his government is making gains. Speaking at the Freetown International Centre in Aberdeen, Freetown last Thursday [Read More]

In Focus

Celebrating 60 years in Sierra Leone, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers sworn in

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 September 2022: On its 60th Anniversary in Sierra Leone, U.S. Ambassador David Reimer swore in the latest cohort of Peace Corps Volunteers at the Peace Corps Training Center in Kambia. In the following days, these 16 new Volunteers will officially take up service in 14 districts [Read More]

Obituary

Queen Elizabeth II dies – Commonwealth mourns

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 09 September 2022: Britain’s longest-serving monarch and head of the Commonwealth – Queen Elizabeth II, has died aged 96. She passed away peacefully at Balmoral yesterday, Thursday afternoon, two days after appointing the country’s 15th Prime Minister of her 70-year reign, Lizz Truss. Prince Charles who is [Read More]

Politics

NGC raises concern about recurring technical inadequacies facing Sierra Leone’s election voter registration

National Grand Coalition Party: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 September 2022 The National Grand Coalition party (NGC) has been monitoring the conduct of the registration of voters by the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone (ECSL) since the exercise started on 3rd September 2022 and supporting the process through sensitization and massive [Read More]

Politics

Main opposition APC member of parliament – Mohamed Bangura and the chairman of Tonkolili District Council – Yabom Sesay remanded in prison

Dauda Koroma: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 September 2022: The All People’s Congress Member of Parliament for constituency 066 in Kerena District, Hon. Mohamed Bangura and the APC chairlady for Tonkolili District Yabom Sesay were both remanded in prison yesterday, on charges of riotous conduct, obstruction and assault on a police [Read More]

Economy & Business

Freetown Mayor Aki-Sawyerr calls for more devolution to local councils to help manage climate change

Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 08 September 2022: On Saturday 3rd September, a week after heavy rains caused the loss of lives in the hillside community of Looking Town and considerable damage to properties in several coastal communities, Freetown City Council (“FCC”) started to dredge the culvert waterway. In [Read More]

Politics

Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone reports on the country’s first phase voter registration process

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 September 2022: Over one million people have registered in the first phase of Sierra Leone’s voter registration exercise which ended last week, after reports of massive technical failings and logistic difficulties experienced by hundreds of thousands of people at registration centres across the country. Early this [Read More]

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Over $500,000 withdrawn from Sierra Leone government’s bank account to pay for President Bio and his wife’s trip to New York

Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 September 2022: Details on bank transfers and withdrawal records from the President’s Office in Freetown show that over US$500, 000 was withdrawn from the Central Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL) to allegedly fund personal expenses of the [Read More]

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