Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Population: 6.205 mn.
GDP: 4.5 bn.
Debt: 1.0 bn.

The fallout from the crisis in London Mining and African Minerals and wobbly handling of the Ebola outbreak have weakened President Ernest Bai Koroma's government. Concern about corruption adds to his woes. A divided, ineffective opposition claims that he plans to extend his term beyond 2017.


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  • Vol 56 No 4
  •  20th February 2015

The Ebola bonanza

Freetown's redoubtable Auditor General, Lara Taylor-Pearce, has struck again, publishing a damning report on the misuse of public funds between May, when the Ebola epidemic broke out, and October. Her audit found failure to follow procedures, absence of d...

  • Vol 56 No 3
  •  6th February 2015

Census suspicions

President Ernest Bai Koroma has called off the national housing and population census planned for April after criticism that members of his All Peoples' Congress (APC) were over-represented in its management. Due last December, the census was interrupted ...

  • Vol 56 No 2
  •  23rd January 2015

The politics of Ebola

The government’s handling of the epidemic is increasingly compared unfavourably with Guinea and Liberia

  • Vol 55 No 25
  •  19th December 2014

Freetown under fire on Ebola

The government’s handling of the epidemic comes in for criticism as cases rise in the Eastern Province

  • Vol 55 No 15
  •  25th July 2014

Honour among presidents

Richard Konteh, the State House Chief of Staff supposedly fired for corruption, is claiming that he was in fact the fall guy for President Ernest Bai Koroma’s inadvertent angering of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan . Koroma summarily sacked Kon...

  • Vol 55 No 12
  •  13th June 2014

Koroma sacks top aide

President Ernest Bai Koroma sacked his chief of staff Richard Konteh for alleged corruption over mining and timber deals on 9 June. The dismissal casts a cloud over his presidency but may also embarrass Tony Blair. The ex-British premier's African Governa...

  • Vol 55 No 10
  •  16th May 2014

Only you

President Ernest Bai Koroma’s loyalists in the governing All People’s Congress are again clamouring for him to stand for a third term. That would require a change to the Constitution (AC Vol 54 No 16). A campaign based on the slogan 'After U n...

  • Vol 54 No 25
  •  13th December 2013

Changing the constitution

After two seats controversially changed hands, the governing All People’s Congress (APC) is just one seat short of a two-thirds majority in Parliament. That’s the vote needed, if backed by a referendum, to change the constitution. Constituenci...

  • Vol 54 No 24
  •  22nd November 2013

Koroma’s legacy

The President’s biggest promise was to renew the country’s infrastructure but criticism of his record is growing, especially on roads and power

  • Vol 54 No 24
  •  22nd November 2013

Two divided houses

The opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party is still struggling to find its feet in spite of a series of political and economic slips by the governing All People’s Congress, which is suffering internal stress of its own. The SLPP leader, Julius...

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