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Vol 59 No 5

Published 9th March 2018

Sierra Leone

Flights of fancy

President Ernest Bai Koroma officially launched the Mamamah international airport project and associated 'airport city' for Freetown on 2 March, just in time to boost the prospects of the ruling All Peoples Congress in the 7 March national elections. Koroma has championed the US$318 million project since 2011, in the teeth of determined opposition from the IMF, the World Bank and its own feasibility study. Where he sees a prestigious legacy of his 10 years in office, donors and the opposition only see a white elephant and massive debt repayments to come.

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