Education and Health

Over 300 new cases of covid-19 reported in Sierra Leone in three days

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 January 2021: Sierra Leone has in the last three days recorded 311 new coronavirus cases, with most of these new cases reported in the capital Freetown. Last Friday, 29 January 2021, there were 100 new cases reported, and yesterday Saturday 30 January 2021 – another 146 [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone’s medium-term national development plan – a call for national ownership

James Samba: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 January 2021: As we start a new decade, President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone faces the daunting task of rebuilding a deteriorating economy that is beset by staggering corruption and the appointment of incompetent officials, in the past decade. Principled leadership is required [Read More]

Politics

Will the opposition APC hold its national convention as ruling SLPP forges ahead?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 January 2021: The future of Sierra Leone’s main opposition All People’s Party (APC) is looking bleak by the day, as questions are being asked about whether it will have the legal authority to hold its national convention in a few months, amid battle to overturn a [Read More]

Economy & Business

More than 270,000 Sierra Leoneans to get better access to electricity – says World Bank

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 January 2021: The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a $50 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) to improve access to electricity in Sierra Leone and enhance institutional capacity and commercial management of the sector. The project will also be co-financed with [Read More]

Politics

Let us speed up Sierra Leone’s constitution review process

Basita Michael: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 January 2021: Diamonds are forever, but constitutions are not. No Constitution is meant to last in perpetuity. That is probably why Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison in 1789 and said, “…it may be proved that no society can make a perpetual constitution or [Read More]

Economy & Business

Pula raises $6mn in Series A to help derisk farmers across Africa 

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 January 2021: Pula, an African InsureTech service provider that specialises in digital and agricultural insurance to derisk millions of smallholder farmers across Africa, has closed a $6mn Series A fundraise. The Series A fund was led by TLcom Capital, with the participation of Women’s World Banking. [Read More]

Economy & Business

EU announces 18 million euros to support IMF debt service relief for Sierra Leone

Amin Key Sesay: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 January 2021: The European Union Office in Freetown has announced that it is giving 18 million Euros to  the government of Sierra Leone to help pay for the country’s loan repayment to the IMF. In a statement published last Monday, the EU said [Read More]

Politics

Sierra Leone increases its performance in combatting corruption

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 January 2021: Sierra Leone has again progressed two places upwards in the Transparency International’s Global Corruption Ranking, moving from 119 in 2019 to 117 out of 180 countries surveyed in the 2020 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (TI-CPI). The country also maintains its score of thirty-three, [Read More]

Obituary

President Bio attends State funeral of former president Rawlings of Ghana

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 January 2021: Yesterday, President Dr Julius Maada Bio attended the state funeral of the late Flt Lt Jerry J. Rawlings, the first President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana who passed away on 12 November 2020, aged 73. In his tribute to the late former President [Read More]