Sierra Leone’s former defence minister – Paolo Conteh appears in court on treason charges

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 March 2020: Former defence minister and also internal affairs minister in the former APC government of Ernest Bai Koroma – retired major Paolo Conteh, has this afternoon appeared at the Magistrate Court in Freetown, charged with sixteen counts of treason. Conteh was arrested on 19th March [Read More]


President Bio urges Sierra Leoneans to remain vigilant and promote social distancing

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 March 2020: President Dr Julius Maada Bio has today urged Sierra Leoneans to remain vigilant, promote social distancing and avoid unnecessary physical contact, so as to help the fight against the Coronavirus entering Sierra Leone. Speaking to Christian Leaders and clergymen at the “National Prayer for [Read More]


Coronavirus crackdown – police in Kenya use excessive force on residents and journalists

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 March 2020: There is growing fear of serious violation of human rights in several countries around the world, such as India, Pakistan and some parts of Africa, as police use deadly force to enforce the coronavirus social isolation measures. In some Muslim countries, worshippers were publicly [Read More]


President Bio closes Sierra Leone’s land borders with Guinea and Liberia

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 March 2020: President Julius Maada Bio yesterday announced that Sierra Leone will close its land borders, except for essential commodities with effect from midnight last night, as part of his government’s efforts to prevent the coronavirus from entering the country. Sierra Leone’s neighbours – Liberia and [Read More]


Palo Conteh – from placatory poster boy to villain

Andrew Keili: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 March 2020: Palo Conteh’s recent involvement in the corona virus fight, with his overt visibility alongside the President, Chief Minister and Health Minister at various meetings and field visits, was as hailed as it was derided – depending on the political proclivity of the [Read More]


Sierra Leone parliament approves coronavirus state of public emergency

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 March 2020: Parliament of Sierra Leone today continued its adjourned debate on the State of Public Emergency, announced two days ago by president Julius Maada Bio to provide the necessary legal support for the range of tough measures that are now in place to curb the [Read More]


Hundreds of Millions of Dollars misappropriated by former ministers and officials – says commission of inquiry 

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 March 2020: The commission of inquiry reports into the management of Sierra Leone’s public affairs by the former APC government of president Ernest Bai Koroma, were today presented to president Julius Maada Bio in Freetown. The findings of the reports are damning and shocking, showing a [Read More]


President Bio closes Commissions of Inquiry and warns his government officials

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 March 2020: The long-awaited conclusion of the Commissions of Enquiry (COI) into governance processes, assets, and forensic audits of the former APC administration, was officially marked today at a media conference held at the Special Court Complex in Freetown, where the reports of the three COI [Read More]

Education and Health

Coronavirus – President Bio of Sierra Leone declares a state of public emergency

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 March 2020: President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone has this afternoon declared a state of public emergency in response to the growing threat of the coronavirus that has engulfed the whole world, killing tens of thousands of people. Sierra Leone is yet to record a [Read More]