Politics

Sierra Leone’s Covid-19 response is “ineffective but yet expensive operation” says audit report

Lawrence Williams: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 December 2020: Sierra Leone’s Covid-19 audit report uncovers “massive” corruption in the management and utilisation of funds by the National Coronavirus Emergency Response Centre (NaCOVERC) and other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies. (Photo above – Head of NaCOVERC, Mr Solomon Jamiru). The report highlights [Read More]

Politics

President Bio must now dissolve his government – Op-ed

Yankuba Kai-Samba: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 December 2020: In the light of the historic corruption scandal uncovered by the 2019 audit report in Sierra Leone, President Bio should now seriously consider dissolving his government and call a mid-term election. A president who said he is fighting corruption but his government [Read More]

Politics

Does Sierra Leone need a foreign service academy costing millions of dollars?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 December 2020: There is some consternation in Sierra Leone over news of the Chinese construction of a foreign service academy in Freetown to educate a privileged few. Many in Sierra Leone are saying that, if president Bio seriously believes in his manifesto promise to widen access [Read More]

Economy & Business

IMF approves $49 million for Liberia as economy shrinks by three percent

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 December 2020: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) last Monday completed its first and second reviews of Liberia’s economic performance, which prompted the institution to immediately disburse US$48.86 million to the Liberian government, of which US$38 million will fill the fiscal financing gap arising from the impact [Read More]

Politics

Former rebel leader – Augustine Gbao has arrived in Sierra Leone a free man

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 December 2020: Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) convict Augustine Gbao is the first member of the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) to benefit from Conditional Early Release.  The former RUF convict was transferred on Sunday from Mpanga Prison in Rwanda back to his native Sierra [Read More]

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ACC has commenced action on 2019 auditor general report – says anti-corruption czar

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 December 2020: There is intense debate and speculation on social media and across the political divide in Sierra Leone, about what should now happen to the findings of the damning report into the government’s mismanagement of the country’s financial affairs, published last week by Audit Service [Read More]

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Pastor Chambers and Mohamed Amara – president Bio’s political bedwetters

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 December 2020: The issue of “land grab” is not a new phenomenon to many Sierra Leoneans, especially to those with first-hand experience as victims in this dark art. This is predominantly so in the urban areas. In fact, land grabbing has been around since [Read More]

Economy & Business

Ministry of agriculture signs service level agreement with NGOs

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 December 2020: Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) last week signed Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with local and international NGOs. The symbolic signing ceremony involved 35 agricultural and related projects that are being implemented by 20 NGOs. The SLAs will ensure that the NGOs [Read More]

Politics

President Bio commits to human rights as complaints of violation  double

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 December 2020: President Dr Julius Maada Bio last Thursday, spoke about the stalled constitutional review process, efforts at reforming the criminal justice system and human rights – including the ending of the death penalty in a meeting held at State House with the country’s Human Rights [Read More]