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Sierra Leone: Ex-president questioned after ‘arrest threat’

– Advertisement – The former Sierra Leone leader, Ernest Bai Koroma was questioned on Monday in a secure location after his lawyers expressed safety concerns last week. Sierra Leone anti-corruption commission had said it was considering issuing an arrest warrant against Ernest Bai Koroma. Koroma failed to comply with summons from the commission which is investigating him for corruption under his regime. The commission wanted to quiz Mr Koroma following an inquiry which concluded that corruption during his presidency brought the country to the brink of economic collapse. But his…

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Sierra Leone: Arrest warrant could be issued for ex-leader

– Advertisement – Sierra Leone anti-corruption commission has said it is considering issuing an arrest warrant against the country’s former president, Ernest Bai Koroma. Koroma failed to comply with summons from the commission which is investigating him for corruption under his regime. The commission wants to quiz Mr Koroma following an inquiry which concluded that corruption during his presidency brought the country to the brink of economic collapse. But his lawyers said it hadn’t been safe for him to travel from his home in the north to the capital Freetown.…

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Sierra Leone: Vickie Remoe is Girl Ambassador for Save the Children

– Advertisement – Save the Children Sierra Leone launches National Girls Week 2020 by introducing Girl Ambassador, Vickie Remoe, Girls advocate, entrepreneur, TV host, and multimedia storyteller. Vickie has made it her life’s work to use her platform to raise awareness on issues affecting girls and women with the goal of igniting social change.  Seeing Sierra Leone as the “next frontier”, Vickie believes that women and girls have a critical role to play in nation-building and feels that the country needs to be ready “to  take on opportunities that the world is…

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Sierra Leone’s ex-president banned from leaving country

Sierra Leone’s former president Ernest Bai Koroma is among several past government officials banned from leaving the country. He and other officials who served in his government are facing allegations of corruption and are under investigations. Koroma’s party has already dismissed the corruption allegations. The government has now ordered Mr. Koroma and more than 100 people indicted to pay back stolen money, forfeit their houses, or face further investigations. These officials have now been told they would not be allowed to leave the country. – Advertisement – Lawyers for Mr…

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Sierra Leone launches drone corridor for medical supplies

Sierra Leone on Friday launched West Africa’s first drone for good corridor to help in fast and efficient health care delivery of medical supplies. A drone corridor is an airspace where drones and drone solutions can be tested for use to support different sectors. With support from UNICEF Sierra Leone and UNICEF’s Office of Innovations in New York, Sierra Leone’s drone corridor is to explore using aerial drones for medical deliveries, emergency response activities, agroforestry, and geospatial mapping to start. The initiative is under the technical leadership of Sierra Leone’s…

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Easy Solar reaches 300,000 users in Sierra Leone

Easy Solar, Sierra Leone’s leading provider of accessible and affordable solar products announced today it had reached a new milestone of 300,000 users nationwide. “We are thrilled to be making life easier for so many individuals who do not have access to reliable electricity. No one should have to live in the dark.” said Nthabiseng Mosia, co-founder and Director of Customer Experience at Easy Solar. “Our customers are families and small scale entrepreneurs in urban and rural areas. We believe they should be empowered by electricity, not limited by it.…

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Sierra Leone: Dutch doctor dies from Lassa fever

A Dutch doctor has died after contracting Lassa fever during his stay in Sierra Leone. He was flown back to his home country but died in hospital, according to local media reporting. The doctor whose name was not disclosed was reportedly evacuated home this month after being infected in the northern town of Masanga. He showed symptoms of the viral haemorrhagic illness after operating on a pregnant woman. Sierra Leone’s Health Ministry said in a statement that the deceased doctor showed symptoms of Lassa fever after performing a Caesarean section.…

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Sierra Leone’s tech agency wins $773k grant from Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $773,476 grant to Sierra Leone‘s Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI). It is to assist it to continue the development of an Integrated GIS Portal that will utilize technology, software and devices to collect, label and model data to inform real-time government and development partner decision making. The grant will also seek to strengthen the local ecosystem around human capacity development. This grant for expanding the GIS Portal is in addition to the support already provided by the Foundation to…

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Sierra Leone: TED fellow Sengeh gets ministerial post

Musician and TED Senior Fellow, Dr. Moinina David Sengeh has been appointed as head of Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE). He is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI). The directorate on Friday announced in a statement that Dr. Moinina David Sengeh was appointed to serve as a minister by President Julius Maada Bio. Dr. Sengeh will serve as Chief Innovation Officer and Minister of MBSSE concurrently, the statement added. It said “Dr. Sengeh, as Minister, and Chief…

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Israel shuts embassy operations in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Israel has shut down it’s embassy operations in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The country said it has suspended diplomatic activities until further notice. The development has been attributed to internal budgetary issues between the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israel’s Ministry of Finance. This has resulted in strike actions by all Israeli missions abroad. In a statement the Israeli Embassy in Ghana’s capital Accra said this has affected all services including consular services, meetings and events. “Due to the decision of the Israeli Ministry of Finance to breach…

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