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Education and Health

Somalia surpasses 10% COVID-19 vaccination milestone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 June 2022: Last week, Somalia reached the 10 percent (two doses) COVID-19 vaccination milestone, which means that the country is no longer in band of countries with least vaccination rates. The milestone is a result of continued and resilient efforts by the government and stakeholders to [Read More]

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Education and Health

Somalia surpasses 10% COVID-19 vaccination milestone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 June 2022: Last week, Somalia reached the 10 percent (two doses) COVID-19 vaccination milestone, which means that the country is no longer in band of countries with least vaccination rates. The milestone is a result of continued and resilient efforts by the government and stakeholders to [Read More]

Education and Health

Progressive taxation is key to delivering health justice in the Commonwealth – say civil society experts

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 June 2022: Public health specialists and advisors to the World Health Organisation, Asian Development Bank and World Bank came together at the Commonwealth People’s Forum in Kigali, Rwanda over a week ago, to discuss how the coalition of 54 Commonwealth member states can advance health justice. [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone government spending to rise from Le8.71 trillion in 2021 to Le13.2 trillion this year – says finance minister

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 June 2022: In November 2021, when Sierra Leone’s finance minister Dennis Vandi presented his government’s budget for the 2022 financial year to parliament for approval, he told MPs that total expenditure and net lending for the period January to September 2021 amounted to Le8.71 trillion (19.5 [Read More]

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Politics in Sierra Leone today: The elephant we ignore at our own peril

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 June 2022: As the rumblings of evolving instabilities continue to dance to the frenzied beat of the drummers, now is the time to take a hard look at the country and speak straight to all those who have given the impression that they [Read More]

Obituary

Wife of Sierra Leone’s opposition politician Dr Kandeh Yumkella has passed on

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 June 2022: The Sierra Leone Telegraph regrets to announce the death of Mrs Philomena Yumkella, who passed away this morning in Austria after a short illness. The news came this afternoon when a senior member of the National Grand Coalition (NGC) Party – Oushey, who serves [Read More]

Politics

State witness gives evidence against LAJ in court as he returns to Pademba Road Prison

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 June 2022: Alhaji Amadu Bah alias LAJ appeared in Pademba Road Magistrate’s Court No. 1 yesterday, 22nd June 2022, presided by  Principal Magistrate Sahr E. Kekura, to answer to four counts charge, including robbery with violence and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. State witness – Ishmael [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone’s President Bio in search of Qatari investors to help turn the country’s economy around

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 June 2022: If Sierra Leone’s economy is to grow by the 4% predicted by the World Bank in their latest country report, there must be a massive shift towards expansion of production and export in key sectors of the economy. This can only come from foreign [Read More]

Education and Health

Over 45,000 out-of-school children in Sierra Leone to benefit from Qatari support

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 June 2022: Sierra Leone’s free quality education programme could get a boost with support from the Qatari Education Above All (EAA) Foundation. Speaking to Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio in Doha, Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation, Fahad Al-Sulaiti, said that at least 45,000 out-of-school [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone government borrowing grew to record high of almost 80% of GDP as fiscal deficit doubles

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 June 2022: A new report published by the World Bank yesterday in Freetown, says that Sierra Leone’s real GDP growth is projected to average 4.4 percent during 2022-24, with contributions from mining and agriculture, and a partial recovery in tourism and manufacturing. However, the growth outlook [Read More]

Politics

LAJ appears in court but denied bail as human rights commission speaks out

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 June 2022: Sierra Leone’s popular musician Alhaji Amadu Bah aka LAJ who was arrested and had his dreadlocks cut off by police in Freetown appeared in Pademba Road Court No. 1, Freetown yesterday 20th June, 2022 to answer a four counts charge including; three counts of [Read More]

Abdulai Mansaray

Is it time to make real, the promise of democracy in Sierra Leone? Op ed

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 June 2022: It is not surprising that the arrest and detention of the popular Sierra Leonean musician, Alhaji Amadu Bah, Aka Boss LAJ has generated reams of newsprint and churned out high volumes of data on social media. LAJ was reportedly arrested last week, [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone’s President Bio meets Emir of Qatar – Shiekh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 June 2022: President Bio last Sunday, held bilateral discussions with the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the Emir’s Palace in Doha. Welcoming the President of Sierra Leone, the Emir said that the state visit is an opportunity to [Read More]

Politics

Freetown City Council Kickstarts annual flood mitigation measures

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 June 2022: Last Saturday 18th June, Freetown City Council teams made up of Councillors, public spaces cleaners, sanitary inspectors, MET Police and community volunteers kicked off the council’s fifth annual flood mitigation exercise at Taylor Street, Wellington. The exercise, which involves removing garbage and silt from [Read More]

Politics

Public outcry over the cutting of popular musician’s dreadlocks by police in Freetown 

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 June 2022: The Sierra Leone Bar Association yesterday published a statement expressing concern over the arrest, detention and physical abuse of popular musician Alhaji Amadu Bah (LAJ), who is reported to have had his famous dreadlocks chopped off by the police after his arrest. He is [Read More]

Abdulai Mansaray

Real causes of civil wars – Have we learnt our lesson? A tale of two countries – Op ed

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 June 2022: Sierra Leone and Rwanda may be diametrically placed on the globe but share an unenviable common history that many would like to forget – brutal civil war in which, both countries achieved the gold standard for personifying humankind’s propensity and penchant for [Read More]

Education and Health

Sierra Leone’s fake education qualifications’ scandal: My two cents (Part 2) – Op ed

Saidu Bangura, PhD: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 June 2022: As a follow-up of my initial article, “Sierra Leone’s fake education qualifications scandal: My two cents” (https://www.thesierraleonetelegraph.com/sierra-leones-fake-education-qualifications-scandal-my-two-cents/), this article seeks to answer the question that builds a nexus between education and development, and how the upsurge of fake universities and the [Read More]

Economy & Business

Growing hunger, high food prices in Africa don’t have to become worse tragedy

Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 June 2022: The cascading global events of the 2020s seems to have no end in sight. The once-in-a-century pandemic (COVID-19) has been followed by the destructive Russian invasion in Ukraine, strong inflationary pressures around the world linked, ominously, to a surge in global food [Read More]

In Focus

Two years after the killing of George Floyd, urgency to end racial inequalities and discrimination beckons

Winnie Byanyima: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 June 2022 On May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, New York, a white supremacist livestreamed his terrorist attack against black people at a local supermarket killing ten, injuring three others, yelling racial slurs during the incident. 11 of the victims were black. The killer endorsed [Read More]

Economy & Business

Freetown-Zurich city to city cooperation implementation phase launched

Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 June 2022: On Monday, 14 June 2022, I was hosted by Mayor Corine Mauch of the City of Zurich. We concluded negotiations and the preparatory stage for the Freetown-Zurich ‘City-2-City Cooperation’ (C2CC) and simultaneously launched the implementation phase of the Freetown Central [Read More]

Economy & Business

U.S. government’s MCC team in Sierra Leone to discuss new funding to improve electricity access

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 June 2022: A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) arrived  in Sierra Leone yesterday for a series of bilateral meetings designed to advance the development of the country’s first compact program – a large grant designed to facilitate economic growth. According to a [Read More]

Education and Health

Over 45,000 out-of-school children in Sierra Leone to benefit from Qatari support

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 June 2022: Sierra Leone’s free quality education programme could get a boost with support from the Qatari Education Above All (EAA) Foundation. Speaking to Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio in Doha, Chief Executive Officer for the Foundation, Fahad Al-Sulaiti, said that at least 45,000 out-of-school [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone government borrowing grew to record high of almost 80% of GDP as fiscal deficit doubles

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 June 2022: A new report published by the World Bank yesterday in Freetown, says that Sierra Leone’s real GDP growth is projected to average 4.4 percent during 2022-24, with contributions from mining and agriculture, and a partial recovery in tourism and manufacturing. However, the growth outlook [Read More]

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