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Vol 39 No 10

Published 15th May 1998

Sierra Leone

The Freetown fall-out

Politicians, civil servants and security men slug it out in a Whitehall row as the desperate plight of Sierra Leone comes a poor second

Bafflement and disgust are the main reactions in Freetown to the row that has blown up in Britain about President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah's hiring of London-based security outfit Sandline International in his efforts to topple Major Johnny Paul Koroma&'s military junta.Freetown's Minister of Information Dr. Julius Spencer told Africa Confidential that British press coverage had missed two critical points: the massive unpopularity and brutality of the Koroma junta and the minimal role Sandline played in its overthrow. Both Spencer and Finance Minister James Jonah insisted the dominant role in ousting Koroma had been played by the mainly Nigerian West African Peace-keeping Force (Ecomog) and the local Kamajor militias.

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