Le 40 million child immunisation money “missing” in Sierra Leone

By Prince Musa 

The police Criminal Investigations Department are investigating the alleged disappearance of Le40 million from the Kenema District Health Management Team (DHMT), Politico has learnt.

The money, according to officials, was meant for the just-concluded mass polio immunisation campaign.

At the centre of the investigation is the Finance Officer of the DHMT, Edward Senessie, from whose office the money was allegedly taken. 

Sierra Leone national lottery company in “breach of contract”

By Prince Musa

Agents of the state-owned Sierra Leone State Lottery (SLSL) in Kenema have accused the company of a breach of contract and threatened action if their grievances were not addressed.

They say Lotto has “repeatedly failed” to pay customers with winning tickets, and that they are also unhappy about the technical problems they encounter making it difficult for them to serve their customers.

Kono District Council Procurement Officer detained for "corruption"

By Septimus Senessie

Sierra Leone’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday ordered the arrest and detention of the Procurement Officer of the Kono District Council, Thomas Bangura.

According to Wilfred Bangura who heads the ACC Office in the eastern district, Thomas is being held at the Tankoro Police Station.

He told Politico that the suspect spent the night in detention after failing to meet his bail conditions.

Sierra Leone revenue authority reaches agreement with “largest” telco in "tax evasion"

By Kemo Cham

Sierra Leone’s tax authority has reached a settlement with one of the country’s biggest mobile phone companies in an alleged tax evasion row.

A source at the National Revenue Authority (NRA) says AFRICELL will pay in four tranches the Le 19 billion ($ 2.7million) it owes in corporate tax for 2015. 

This follows the sealing-off last week of the telco’s offices in Freetown in execution of a forceful compliance of what was left of a total of Le 30 billion ($5 million) the company owed.  

Sierra Leone tax authority and importers in a showdown

With just three days before the enforcement by the country’s national revenue authority of a 30-day ultimatum against businesses in arrears of the Goods and Services Tax, President of the Sierra Leone importers association says it will breed bitterness. 

“Failure to properly inform us officially of such ultimatum before issuing it will result in bitterness and misunderstanding between business houses and the government”, Alhaji Alpha Tanue Jalloh told Politico.

Sierra Leone: Koidu blind school risks closure due to lack of funding

By Septimus Senessie in Kono

The Koidu School for the Blind (KSB) in eastern Sierra Leone is at risk of closure due to lack of funding to run it. 

The school’s administrators say government’s failure to pay their subvention and school fee subsidies has led to a situation of hunger which is forcing pupils to abandon the school.