News in Perspective

President Koroma takes the wild bull by its horns – ministers are sacked

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 February 2014 Most areas of Freetown are in a state of darkness tonight, as the people of Sierra Leone digest the latest news from State House, announcing the sacking of both the minister and deputy minister responsible for electricity and water supplies – Mr. Oluniyi [Read More]

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Gloomy prospect for Sierra Leone’s economy as debt rises

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 February 2014 Sierra Leone’s GDP is expected to fall by more than 60% in 2018. Figures released by the IMF last November indicate that Sierra Leone’s economic growth will continue to be buoyed by large-scale iron ore production, but there is stormy weather ahead. By [Read More]

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Polarised politics poses threats to Sierra Leone’s stability – says EIU

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 February 2014 A report published by the London based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) a few months ago, casts a fascinating spotlight on Sierra Leone’s political, economic and social outlook. But like most spotlights, it exposes everything. The report says that; “although the SLPP will remain [Read More]

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Land disputes may fuel another civil war in Burundi

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 February 2014 It is predicted that by the end of the next decade, most conflicts in the African continent would be caused by land disputes, despite efforts by agencies such as the World Bank supporting projects in various African countries to help build land management [Read More]

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Greater focus on conflict prevention and improved security in Africa needed

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 February 2014 Later this year, president Obama will be hosting a summit of African leaders in Washington, where the agenda is expected to be dominated by one key issue: ‘conflict prevention and improved security in Africa’. Although democracy has made a significant impact across the [Read More]

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Sierra Leone’s Freedom of Information Act needs activating

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 February 2014 “What is the point of having a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) that cannot be implemented and enforced, if government has deliberately failed to establish the modalities and systems that will make this happen?” That was the question put to the Sierra Leone [Read More]

Editorial

Do African women have the right to choose female circumcision?

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 February 2014 The global debate on the circumcision of women – dubbed by those calling for the banning of the practice as ‘female genitalia mutilation’ took centre stage once again this week, as the UN celebrates its ‘International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM’. In [Read More]

Economy & Business

$18 million dollar solar park for Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 4 February 2014 Six megawatts of electricity may be a drop in the ocean for a country whose non-industrial consumer needs is estimated at 500 megawatt (MW). But for Sierra Leone, where every watt of electricity produced, can make the difference between life and death, an [Read More]

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Ivory Coast – which way now?

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 2 February 2014 Tensions are still high in the Ivory Coast, and political unrest is simmering at the edges, as the country’s economy struggles to make a comeback. Two regions, loyal to former president Gbagbo, responsible for a high percentage of the country’s cocoa production, are [Read More]