Politics

Sierra Leone’s civil society condemns attacks on rights activists

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 May 2019: As political tension continues to rise in Sierra Leone, after last week’s walking out of parliament by the main opposition APC party, in protest at what they see as the SLPP government’s abuse of power, the heat has been directed at civil society activists [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone’s economic growth may hit 5.1% as inflation soars at 17.5% – says IMF

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 May 2019: Sierra Leone’s economic growth is struggling to rise above performance seen during the country’s Ebola outbreak at 3.5%, after peaking at 11% in 2011. With inflation now topping double figures and economic hardship biting hard, there are calls for the SLPP government to think [Read More]

Economy & Business

Gambia’s growth exceeded 6% in 2018 with inflation also down to almost 6 percent says IMF

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 May 2019: On April 24, 2019, the Management of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) with The Gambia covering the period from January to December 2019. This is what the IMF said: “An SMP is an informal and flexible instrument for dialogue [Read More]

Dele Awoonor-Gordon

We are close to the bottom – but Salone shall rise again

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 May 2019: The only thing worse than collective amnesia is wilful selective amnesia. It is a highly potent concentrated brew of sheer hypocrisy, genetic mediocrity and downright amorality. Our worst can’t bring out our best, obviously one would think. People are not interested [Read More]

Dele Awoonor-Gordon

If nothing has changed then let’s start calling a spade a spade

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 May 2019: There is a usual angst when it comes to writing about public figures, especially when these figures are politicians who are caught in the eye of the storm. But it is funny that the dogs are out so soon to give [Read More]

Politics

Ministry of Lands is disobeying the law – says Sierra Leone Bar Association

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 6 May 2019: As anger grows in Freetown over the SLPP government’s continuing forceful repossession of lands and property owned by Krio families in the capital into State ownership, the country’s Bar Association representing Barristers, has today published a statement condemning the government’s action. The ministry of [Read More]

Politics

Government’s dispossession of Krio ancestral land risks fuelling further marginalisation

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 6 May 2019: Last week the editor of the Sierra Leone Telegraph contacted Sierra Leone’s minister of lands – Dr Denis Sandy, about allegations of heavy-handed government grabbing of ancestral land belonging to Krio families in the country’s capital Freetown. Minister Sandy was unapologetic, if not undiplomatic [Read More]

Politics

Krio land dispossession in Freetown – citizens call for president Bio’s intervention

Amin Kef: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 6 May 2019: A concerned constitutionalist has spoken about the many complaints made against Sierra Leone’s  Minister of Lands – Dr. Denis Sandy. He said that the fundamental role of any government is the protection and promotion of the rights and liberties of its citizens, [Read More]

Politics

In this game of intolerant politics – who should blink first?

Winstanley R. Bankole Johnson: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 4 May 2019: Counting down to our 58th Independence Anniversary, our country stands more polarized in the last twelve months, than ever before. We keep denying it, but that fact continues to be inadvertently acknowledged. And it comes out effortlessly from statements of [Read More]