Election Watch

Peace in the Gambia will be costly – but is it worth the expense?

Abdulai Mansaray Sierra Leone Telegraph:  30 December 2016 Despite attempts by West African regional heads of state to reason with Jammeh, he remains strong headed in his desire to cling on to power. This is borne out of hubris. We are all victims of our own hubris at times. Some [Read More]


Sierra Leone’s social welfare minister Blyden sets standard of transparency, openness and accountability

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 December 2016 Few ministers, if any in Sierra Leone – including the president, have gone all out to ensure that as a matter of duty they routinely inform their paymaster the tax payer about their daily work activity. But as many Sierra Leoneans would admit, only [Read More]

In Focus

Are these the top one hundred most influential Sierra Leoneans of 2016?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 December 2016  Every year as the world says goodbye to the end of the year and welcomes the new, after Santa Claus has come and gone, it seems some people’s brain go into overdrive, as they struggle to reconcile reality from fiction. It is also a [Read More]


Sierra Leone Bar Association mourns the death of Barrister Imran Rahman

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 December 2016 Families and communities across Sierra Leone will today – Christmas Day, be mourning the deaths of Barrister Imran Rahman and the country’s former head of the military Lieutenant-General Samuel Omar Williams, after both were gruesomely killed by armed attackers in their homes. Speaking yesterday [Read More]


Sierra Leone is fast becoming the murder capital of West Africa

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 December 2016 Communities around Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone are tonight gripped by fear and shock after the brutal murder last night of another well know public figure –  the highly acclaimed Barrister Imran Rahman. (Photo: President Ernest Bai Koroma). The former Magistrate and Barrister [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone economic prospects – government writes to the IMF

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 December 2016 Two weeks ago – 6th of December, 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed its sixth review of Sierra Leone’s performance, under the economic program supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement it had signed with the government. Its [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone – money, politics and patronage

Jamie Hitchen (Africa Research Institute) Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 December 2016 As Sierra Leone struggles with the aftermath of the devastating Ebola epidemic, it must fight fires on several fronts: as well as being one of the most corrupt countries in Africa, it is facing an acute cash shortage and [Read More]


Sierra Leone’s former military chief shot dead

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 December 2016 Sierra Leone’s former defence chief of staff lieutenant general Samuel Omar Williams was shot dead by unknown gunmen at his home in Freetown in the early hours of this morning, according to police report. (Photo: S.O Williams in the centre). The military chief retired [Read More]

Education and Health

Tips for safe driving in Sierra Leone during the festive season

Victor Mengot Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 December 2016 If you look at the pages of the newspapers in most African countries today, one will notice the high rate of road accidents, especially during the festive seasons. The main cause is that there is an increase in pedestrian movement, vehicle traffic, [Read More]