African governance performance declined for the first time since 2010

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 November 2020: The 2020 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), launched today by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, highlights a decline in African governance performance for the first time since 2010. The 2019 African average score for Overall Governance falls by -0.2 points below that of 2018, [Read More]

Education and Health

Buying a baby on Nairobi’s black market

BBC Africa Eye – Peter Murimi, Joel Gunter and Tom Watson: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 November 2020: Babies are being stolen to order in Kenya to feed a thriving black market. Africa Eye infiltrated the trafficking rings selling children for as little as £300. Somewhere, Rebecca’s son is 10. (Photo [Read More]


Legalizing State corruption in Sierra Leone – Op-ed

Chernoh Alpha M. Bah: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 November 2020: Few weeks ago, we reported in the Africanist Press how Leadway Trading Company used containers rather than cubic meters as a unit of measurement thereby violating Section 3 of the Finance (Amendment) Act of 2018, leading to a deliberate undervaluation [Read More]

Economy & Business

Bio-nomics soon at the IMF chopping block

Mahmud Tim Kargbo: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 November 2020: The decision by the Bio government to axe the former government’s Mamamah Airport project was a catastrophic mistake.  Some might argue, with justification – based on spotted commentaries on social Media – that regional politics is at play here. However, many [Read More]


Political accountability in Sierra Leone – a policy briefing

CHRDI: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 November 2020: Political accountability means that the government, civil servants, and politicians are accountable to the public and legislative bodies such as the legislature in the case of Sierra Leone. Without political accountability, the systems may degenerate into autocracy and dictatorship. (Photo above: Mr Abdul [Read More]

Economy & Business

African countries must improve good governance and foster national cohesion – says president Bio

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 November 2020: Yesterday, Thursday, President Dr Julius Maada Bio addressed the second annual Pan-African development conference on innovations in agriculture, trade and investment titled: “Creating the Africa, We Want, Creating the Sixth Region We Want – through Agribusiness, Research, and Innovation”. The virtual meeting, convened by [Read More]

Economy & Business

Time for Africa to stop managing poverty and start managing development — says  UN Special Adviser on Africa

Elizabeth Scaffidi: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 November 2020: Cristina Duarte of the Republic of Cabo Verde is the new Special Adviser on Africa to the UN Secretary-General.  A former Minister of Finance and Planning in her country, she intends to bring to her role a renewed strategic narrative of ‘Africa by [Read More]


Samura died an unnatural death – says pathologist Owizz Koroma

Dauda Koroma: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 November 2020: Pathologist Simeon Owizz Koroma last Thursday testified in the ongoing murder trial of journalist Ibrahim Samura that the deceased sustained a fracture to his skull and backbones. He said the fracture resulted from a blunt force to the head, and the cause [Read More]


UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed visits Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 November 2020: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General (DSG), Ms. Amina J. Mohammed will arrive in Freetown, Sierra Leone on Saturday, 14 November 2020, for a two-day official visit as part of her solidarity mission to West Africa and the Sahel region. The DSG is visiting Nigeria, Niger, [Read More]