Politics

Coronavirus crackdown – police in Kenya use excessive force on residents and journalists

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 March 2020: There is growing fear of serious violation of human rights in several countries around the world, such as India, Pakistan and some parts of Africa, as police use deadly force to enforce the coronavirus social isolation measures. In some Muslim countries, worshippers were publicly [Read More]

Politics

President Bio closes Sierra Leone’s land borders with Guinea and Liberia

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 March 2020: President Julius Maada Bio yesterday announced that Sierra Leone will close its land borders, except for essential commodities with effect from midnight last night, as part of his government’s efforts to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country. Sierra Leone’s neighbours – Liberia and [Read More]

Economy & Business

Should coronavirus surface in Sierra Leone – what then?

Dr. Johnathan S. Bangura (PhD): Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 March 2020: There is a common sense case for a Diaspora Trust Fund to be established, as an economic recovery measure, for Sierra Leone to come out of this crisis even stronger. This week, we have seen many African leaders declaring [Read More]

Politics

Palo Conteh – from placatory poster boy to villain

Andrew Keili: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 March 2020: Palo Conteh’s recent involvement in the corona virus fight, with his overt visibility alongside the President, Chief Minister and Health Minister at various meetings and field visits, was as hailed as it was derided – depending on the political proclivity of the [Read More]

Politics

Sierra Leone parliament approves coronavirus state of public emergency

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 March 2020: Parliament of Sierra Leone today continued its adjourned debate on the State of Public Emergency, announced two days ago by president Julius Maada Bio to provide the necessary legal support for the range of tough measures that are now in place to curb the [Read More]

Education and Health

Dealing with Coronavirus – how can we learn from Africa’s experience?

Professor Richard Black: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 March 2020: Whilst journalists and commentators have focused recently on lessons from Asia in relation to the current Covid-19 pandemic, with some referencing pandemics that have hit Europe and North America in the past, a less obvious question to ask is whether there [Read More]

Politics

Hundreds of Millions of Dollars misappropriated by former ministers and officials – says commission of inquiry 

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 March 2020: The commission of inquiry reports into the management of Sierra Leone’s public affairs by the former APC government of president Ernest Bai Koroma, were today presented to president Julius Maada Bio in Freetown. The findings of the reports are damning and shocking, showing a [Read More]

Education and Health

Sierra Leone does not have a case of coronavirus contrary to rumours

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 March 2020: A fake news report published in an online publication – ucrtv.com, claiming that Sierra Leone has recorded its first case of the coronavirus, is maliciously untrue according to government officials in Freetown. Despite the deputy minister of information earlier this week warning the media [Read More]