In Focus

Armed soldiers stormed police station in Freetown to free a senior military officer

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 April 2017 There was pandemonium outside a local police station in the east of Freetown this week when armed soldiers got off a military truck and stormed Ross Road police station, apparently to free a senior military officer who had been arrested and was being held [Read More]

Politics

Political gerrymandering in Sierra Leone? Let the games begin

Abdulai Mansaray Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 April 2017 The return of former vice president Sam Sumana to Sierra Leone politics has set the wagging tongues into overdrive. Since his return, there has been talk of a new political party, which in its embryonic state is just referred to as a [Read More]

News in Perspective

Heavy rains and storm hit Mile 91 community of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 April 2017 At about 6pm yesterday, Tuesday, 18th April 2017, heavy rains and storm struck the community of Mile 91 in the Yoni Chiefdom of Tonkolili district. More than 100 buildings and structures, including houses and schools were destroyed. The roofs of the two Ahmadiyya Muslim [Read More]

Economy & Business

An open letter to president Koroma to end his government’s failed economic policy

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 April 2017 Sierra Leone’s economy is in serious trouble, after the ruling APC government of President Ernest Bai Koroma jettisoned its own fiscal ‘good house-keeping’ policies, amid rising borrowing and falling tax receipts in anticipation of general and presidential elections set for March 2018. Ministers and [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone Mamamah airport – President Koroma’s secret talks with his Chinese counterparts

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 April 2017 An article published last week by Africa Confidential (AC Vol 56 No 23) reported that despite promises made to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, not to go ahead with the construction of a new international airport, president Ernest Bai Koroma is [Read More]

Election Watch

Sam Sumana returns home – a prodigal son or spanner in the works?

Abdulai Mansaray Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 April 2017 The much anticipated return of the erstwhile vice president Sam Sumana to the shores of Sierra Leone is finally here with us. Prior to his return to Freetown, there were a lot of tongues wagging. Speculations are now rife about the how, [Read More]

Politics

Sierra Leone’s former chief of staff Richard Konteh acquitted – nolle prosequi

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 April 2017 A court document received by the Sierra Leone Telegraph, has confirmed unofficial report that the High Court in Freetown on Tuesday, 11th of April, 2017, threw out the forgery and corruption charges made against the former State House Chief of Staff – Richard Konteh [Read More]

In Focus

Sierra Leone parliament approves new Ombudsman

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 April 2017 The Parliament of Sierra Leone last Tuesday, 11th of April, 2017, overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Mr Melron Nicol-Wilson as the country’s new Ombudsman. His appointment to the office of Ombudsman by president Koroma, comes as a replacement for the incumbent Justice Edmond Cowan, [Read More]

Politics

Rebellion is on the march against Zuma – but will it be enough to oust him?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 April 2017 South African President Jacob Zuma celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday, amid mounting public and political pressure for him to step down. But the governing ANC seems unwilling and incapable to do so. For this to succeed, argues Keith Gottschalk, Zuma’s opponents will have to [Read More]