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Dennis Vandi takes over finance ministry as JJ Saffa dissolves office of chief minister

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 May 2021: Sierra Leone’s outgoing Finance Minister who is now the government’s Chief Minister Mr. Jacob Jusu Saffa, on Wednesday handed over his ministerial portfolio to his successor Francis Dennis Vandi, as the controversy over Vandi’s appointment continues. Francis Dennis Vandi was expected to face MPs [Read More]

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Reflecting on my three years in office as Mayor of this great and historic city of Freetown

Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 May 2021: I was sworn in as the Mayor of Freetown on 11th May 2018. Three years on, I am grateful for what we have achieved together, conscious of the challenges that we face and confident that collectively we can overcome these challenges [Read More]

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Gambian government must act now to stop environmental destruction in Gunjur

Ebrima Scattred Janneh: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 May 2021: This story was first published in the Sierra Leone Telegraph on 14 April 2021, and is once again being re-published by popular demand, after serious concerns in Sierra Leone about a proposal for a similar fish farming project in the capital [Read More]

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Sierra Leone Association of Journalists condemned for accepting gifts from President Bio

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 May 2021: The President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) and his executives have come under serious fire on social media, after receiving large consignment of cooking items, including 40 bags of rice, 50 gallons of cooking oil, 10 bags of onions, cartoons of [Read More]

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ACC boss says objection by consortium of opposition parties is much ado about nothing

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 May 2021: There was furore last week after a newly formed consortium of opposition political parties in Sierra Leone, published a press statement describing a report by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) which discusses the content of a meeting with the opposition parties, as inaccurate. This is [Read More]

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Sierra Leone’s broken education system will take generations to fix

James Fallah-Williams: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 May 2021: When did Alpha Wurie become a professor? This question came to my mind as I sat in a café in Lumley listening to the SLBC news: the reporter had addressed him as ‘Professor’ Alpha Wurie. I laughed in utter disbelief. What was [Read More]

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Sierra Leone new Foreign Minister meets diplomatic community in Freetown

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 May 2021: Three day ago – 7th May 2021, Sierra Leone’s newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation, Professor David John Francis held a meeting with the country’s international community, whom many refer to as the ‘custodians and moral guarantors’ of Sierra Leone’s democracy, [Read More]

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Young man sentenced to death amid debate to abolish death penalty in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 9 May 2021: Sierra Leone’s High Court Resident Judge in the Kailahun District of the country – Justice Francis Banks-Kamara, on Friday 7th May 2021, sentenced a young man – Kholie Tamba to death by hanging, after he was found guilty of murder. The accused first appeared [Read More]

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President Bio appoints former public official accused of corruption as new finance minister

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 May 2021: President Bio yesterday astounded even his supporters, after announcing the appointment of Dennis Vandy as his new finance minister, prompting critics to remind the president of the adage – “appointing a mouse to look after the cheese”. Can Dennis Vandy be trusted to look [Read More]