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Vol 61 No 21

Published 22nd October 2020

Sierra Leone

Koroma probe risks backlash

The government hopes a strong stand on corruption will win votes, but the opposition is set on making the cost of prosecutions unacceptably high

In what government supporters see as a watershed moment and critics say is a precursor to civil unrest, formal corruption investigations have opened against former President Ernest Bai Koroma. He is now immured in his home in the All People's Congress stronghold of Makeni as party youths deny investigators access to him to conduct interviews. Koroma's APC has denounced the investigation as politically motivated and unjust, but President Julius Maada Bio is staking his reputation on seeing through a key election campaign promise he made in 2018.

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