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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. – – Lawyers for Mr Koroma’s…

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Sierra Leone: President’s bodyguards attack Journalists

Sierra Leone’s government has said it will be constituting a committee to investigate the alleged attack on three local journalists. The journalists were “beaten” by presidential bodyguards in an attack at a football match. The Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone said in a statement on Monday that two female TV commentators and another reporter were attacked while covering a World Cup qualifier between Sierra Leone and Liberia on Sunday in the capital Freetown. Frances Barnard and Esther Marie Samura from the state-owned SLBC TV station and freelance journalist Alimmamy Kamara were…

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Sierra Leone launches Africa’s first blockchain online ID platform

Sierra Leone has become the first African country to launch a blockchain national digital identification platform. The country’s President Julius Maada Bio officially launched the system in the capital Freetown on Wednesday. This is the first time an African country is implementing such an online credit system designed by a San Francisco-based tech charity called Kiva. With such a system it becomes easier to identify ordinary citizens seeking loans since accessing their their credit history becomes easier. The platform will enable financial institutions capable of lending to look up citizens’…

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