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. 

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.