Politics

Sierra Leone will go to the polls in June under proportional representation – Supreme Court rules

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 January 2023: Sierra Leone’s Supreme Court has today made a landmark ruling in favour of President Bio’s decision to change the country’s electoral system to proportional representation, less than five months before presidential and general elections are held on the 24th of June 2023. Chief Justice [Read More]

Politics

Decade of progress is under threat as overall African governance flatlines – says 2022 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 January 2023: The 2022 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), was launched yesterday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The Index shows that African governance has flatlined since 2019, reflecting a series of disruptions caused by a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, increased insecurity, and widespread democratic [Read More]

Politics

Supreme Court decides tomorrow whether President Bio can change the country’s electoral system to proportional representation

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 January 2023: The Supreme Court of Sierra Leone will deliver judgment tomorrow Friday morning, in a lawsuit brought by lawyers acting for the main opposition APC party last month, against the government’s decision to change the country’s electoral laws that will replace the constituency based – [Read More]

Education and Health

COVID-19 vaccine partnership boosts Sierra Leone’s vaccination efforts with $2.8 million  

Sierra Leone Telegraph:  26 January 2023: The COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Partnership, (CoVDP), yesterday handed over vehicles including motorbikes and computers worth over $2.8 million to support Government of Sierra Leone’s COVID-19 vaccine deployment. CoVDP is a joint venture of the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (Gavi), the United Nations Children’s [Read More]

Economy & Business

President Bio at agriculture and agribusiness summit in Dakar

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 January 2023: Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio was at the opening ceremony of the Dakar Summit on agriculture and agribusiness being held at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Centre in Diamniadio, as part of the  development programme of the government to revitalise the economy of [Read More]

Economy & Business

Freetown City Council sends out property rate and business license payment demands

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 January 2023: Freetown City Council (FCC) has started sending out Property Rate and Business License payment demands to over a million households and businesses across the capital. FCC says that 65% of its budgeted revenue comes from property rates and business licenses on which the delivery [Read More]

Economy & Business

More questions about Freetown International Airport as Summa Airport Ltd takes control

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 January 2023: Last week, Sierra Leone’s ministry of transport and aviation announced in a public notice that Summa Airport Sierra Leone Limited will take over operations and management of Freetown International Airport – also known as Lungi Airport, as of last Friday, 20th January 2023. Although [Read More]

Politics

President Bio signs landmark gender equality law – opening doors for more women in parliament

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 January 2023: Last Thursday, President Julius Maada Bio signed a new Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Bill 2022, known also as the GEWE Act 2022, that is seeking to open up the country’s political space and establish a level playing field for women in politics. Political [Read More]

Economy & Business

Africa’s free trade on track, more efforts needed

Douglas Okwatch (Africa Renewal): Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 January 2023: It’s the second year of business on Africa’s biggest trading platform – the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) – and it isn’t going to be business as usual in the continent’s single biggest trading bloc. Expectations are high and a [Read More]