We must hold the office of the Attorney General accountable for wrongful prosecutions July 12, 2020 Abdul Rashid Thomas4 Basita Michael: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 July 2020: “Not Guilty.” Two powerful words spoken by the foreman of the jury that brought a sense of relief and feelings of vindication to three accused persons in the […]
Implementing property tax reform in Freetown As with many cities in sub-Sahara Africa, Freetown has been suffering from inadequate municipal services largely due to low revenues collected, in turn explained by weak tax collection and extremely low property taxes. And like all other cities, Freetown has been searching for innovative methods to improve both as a […]
As at 23 March, there is no known case of COVID19 infection in Sierra Leone, but this is unlikely to remain so as all other countries in the MRU basin (Liberia, Ivory Coast, and Guinea) and most member states from ECOWAS have reported positive cases, mostly arriving travellers. Notwithstanding local challenges and limitations, the pre-emptive […]
Still intrigued by the response of the West to COVID 19 as compared to China. Would love to get help in answering the following:1. China with a population of 1.32 billion, and was the guinea pig for the virus, has reported under 3,500 deaths so far. The US has a population of 350 million but […]
Lockdowns will not halt the transmission as long as there are carriers who do not show any symptom but who continue to spread the virus. Other measures such as prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 10 persons are far more effective in a low income country where the average household numbers more than 15 in urban areas. Members of large households are usually together only at night/bedtime. A lockdown forcing them to be together for 14 or 28 days is far more likely to accelerate transmission within the household and thus produce a cumulative effect worse than controlling the congregation of people.
The Sierra Leone Telegraph “Following the recent spate of violence in Freetown among supporters of Sierra Leone’s two main political parties – the SLPP and APC, the body responsible for regulating the activities of political parties in the country – the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), yesterday held a meeting with both APC and SLPP […]