The maverick former intelligence chief, General David Sejusa (aka Tinyefuza), found himself at the centre of a siege by armed police this month, despite having returned from exile less than three weeks previously. Before the set-to outside his home, it looked as though Sejusa had struck an amicable deal with his old comrade-in-arms, President Yoweri Museveni, to return to the fold.
In its last report on Ebola, the United Nations World Health Organisation offered Sierra Leone some good news. The incidence of infection appeared to be decreasing, the WHO said, with 184 new confirmed cases reported in the week to 11 January, compared with 228 in the previous week. This still leaves Sierra Leone ahead of Liberia, with only seven new cases in the week to 11 January, and Guinea, which had 42. In fact, Freetown alone recorded more new cases, 59, than Guinea and Liberia combined.
A tentative step forward has been made with a political reunification deal signed in Arusha on 21 January between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his sacked Deputy Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, whose forces have been at war since December 2013, and Deng Alor Kuol for the former detainees. Presiding over the ceremony were Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete and Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta, two regional leaders seen as having stronger links with Riek than their regional counterparts, such a Uganda's Yoweri Museveni.