Sierra Leone Gov’t spokesman confirms open confrontation inside State House

...but denies any fist fight

By Kemo Cham

A government spokesman has confirmed reports of an open confrontation between two cabinet ministers over the race for the party's ticket for the presidential election but maintains it was a verbal altercation and not a fist fight.
Information Minister Mohamed Bangura and Justice Minister Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara early this week engaged in a heated argument inside State House – the office of the president.

Over 2,000 die of cancer every year in Sierra Leone

By Kemo Cham

A United Nations experts’ investigation has revealed a worrying trend of cancer prevalence in Sierra Leone, with an annual death rate of over 2, 000 people.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) say estimated 3,000 people develop cancer each year in the country which lacks the capacity and resources to diagnose or provide care for victims. Much of the cancer cases in the country are preventable or curable if discovered early, the agency said as part of the findings of an assessment conducted last month.

Sierra Leone Islamic preacher reprimanded for organizing religious debate

By Prince Musa

A Kenema-based Islamic preacher was reprimanded recentlly on allegation of promoting religious division.

Sheikh Abass Sesay angered the Christian community in the eastern Sierra Leonean district with his annual religious crusade which some pastors say portray their faith in a bad light and have warned that unless action is taken could ignite religious confrontation.

Sierra Leone parliament orders detention of accountability campaigner

By Kemo Cham

There has been an outpouring of condemnation over the detention of a Sierra Leonean civil society activist who called on parliament to be accountable.

Abdul Fatorma was detained in early february by agents of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Sierra Leone Police on the orders of parliament which accused him of “fabrication and incitement”. He was released on bail after spending a night in a police cell, for "further investigation" by the House.

Sierra Leone's airport gets high speed Wi-Fi service for travelers

By Kemo Cham

Air travelers on transit at the Freetown International Airport (FNA) will henceforth have an opportunity to browse the internet like in many other international airports across the world.

The management of the Sierra Leone Airport Authority (SLAA) recently unveiled a high speed Wi-Fi service, with officials saying the move is part of an ongoing exercise of modernization of the country’s only international airport.

Ebola vaccine is 100% successful – study 

By Kemo Cham 

An Ebola vaccine candidate which was tried in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has been found to provide 100 percent protection, raising hopes for a potential prevention of the deadly hemorrhagic fever disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced Friday. 

The experimental vaccine called rVSV ZEBOV was found to be effective against the virus in a trial in Guinea, details of the study published on the medical journal, the Lancet, earlier in the week show.