Sierra Leone enlists police to stop pregnant women delivering at home

By Mohamed T Massaquoi

Faced with a high rate of maternal deaths, the District Health Management Team (DHMT) in the southern Sierra Leone district of Pujehun has called for police intervention to curb a rising rate of home deliveries.

The district health authorities say home delivery is fuelling the rate of maternal mortality for which Sierra Leone is already ranked among the worst in the world. World Bank figures show that the country has 1,360 deaths per every 100, 000 live births.

Paramount Chief “compromised” sexual abuse case

By Prince Musa

A local nongovernmental organisation in Kailahun, eastern Sierra Leone, has accused the Paramount Chief of Mandu Chiefdom of intimidating police to pervert the course of justice thereby compromising a two-year-long sexual abuse case in the locality.

Humanist Watch Sierra Leone says PC Kellie Coomber and the Line Manager of the police Family Support Unit in Daru connived to frustrate progress in the case which involves the Town Chief of Mobai Mandu Chiefdom, Momoh Laa. 

Sierra Leone Minister blames ‘bad politicking’ for poor state of Kenema

By Prince Musa

The underdevelopment and deplorable state of Kenema District should be blamed on bad politicking, a government minister says.

Ishmail Sengu Koroma, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, blamed the situation on local politicians whom he accused of “jealousy, tribalism and selfish leadership.” 

He also vowed to use force, if necessary, to get people to tow the line of the government for development to come to the eastern district.

Sierra Leone journalists union pushes for self-regulation

By Kemo Cham

The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has put in motion a system of self-regulation in a bid to win public support for greater press freedom.

The association last week kick started a campaign to popularize its revised Code of Ethics which seeks to promote professionalism among its members.

SLAJ president, Kelvin Lewis, was quoted saying journalists should choose between journalism and politics and that genuine practitioners should endeavor to let the public easily distinguish them from impostors.

3-minute silence to mark end of Ebola in Sierra Leone

By Kemo Cham

Exactly one year to the day the World Health Organisation first declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, the country will mark the occasion with a three-minute silence.

According to a statement from State House, at exactly 11:00 am on Monday 7 November, flags on all government buildings will fly at half mast. 

All vehicles are expected to stop, and classes in schools and all other learning institutions will also grind to a halt lasting the moment of silence. 

Sierra Leone to end fuel subsidy

By Kemo Cham

The Sierra Leone government is set to end 10 years of state subsidy on petroleum products, officials have confirmed, bringing to an end weeks of speculation on the vexed issue that has left civil society and political opposition up in arms.

Government officials said last week at a special press conference that the decision was being taken as part of austerity measures announced in the beginning of October.

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.