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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr honoured by Italy’s Florence City Council

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 January 2023: Last Thursday, 5th January 2023, Mayor of Freetown – Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr received a Certificate of Commendation from Italy’s Florence City Council. The award was presented by Ms Antonella Bundu. Speaking about the award, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr said: “I was deeply touched by the words of [Read More]

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President Bio opens new foreign service academy building – misplaced priority for a nation in crisis

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 January 2023: Classed as one of the poorest nations in the world that cannot survive without handouts from the international community, questions are being asked about the rationale for spending millions of dollars in constructing a foreign service academy in Sierra Leone. Why should building a [Read More]

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Ghost of Sierra Leone’s journalist Olu Gordon will continue to haunt the country’s political class 

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 December 2022: Decades of poor governance, corruption and political instability have left the people of Sierra Leone wondering whether the abject poverty they suffer today will ever be a thing of the past, or remain a curse brought upon the nation by rogue, selfish, and inept [Read More]

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Kandeh Yumkella is his own man and will not be defined by the rotten politics of APC and SLPP

Alan Luke (NGC Diaspora Co-ordinator): Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 December 2023 Speaking at the national delegates conference of his party – the National Grand Coalition (NGC) in Freetown last week, the Parliamentary Leader of the NGC – Dr Kandeh Yumkella said that: “For too many Sierra Leoneans, governments change, but [Read More]

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President Bio is so bad, the international community loves him

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 December 2022: You don’t need to be a genius to feel the economic strangulation our country – Sierra Leone is currently experiencing. If the Leone and the Dollar were running in a marathon race, the dollar would complete its race a week earlier. It [Read More]