Tag: ernest bai koroma

Leaders come under fire as death toll from mudslide tops 600

Leaders come under fire as death toll from mudslide tops 600

| August 23, 2017

(GIN)—Sierra Leone’s catastrophic mudslide that buried over 600 mostly poor people was not just an act of God. Local reporters on the ground have begun to ask why there was no safe housing for thousands of low-income Freetown residents, many of whom cobbled together their own homes with little oversight, few permits, no central planning […]

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Comeback by defeated Gambian leader widely opposed

Comeback by defeated Gambian leader widely opposed

| December 14, 2016

(GIN)—A new constitutional crisis has erupted in Gambia after a change in heart by Yahya Jammeh, the national president defeated in a recent election whose outcome he now refuses to respect. Jammeh initially promised a peaceful transition to the winner, Adama Barrow, but unexpectedly made a U turn and announced on national TV his “total […]

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Jubilation in Freetown as Sierra Leone declared Ebola-free

Jubilation in Freetown as Sierra Leone declared Ebola-free

| November 10, 2015

(GIN) —It came in with a bat, wreaked havoc throughout the West African nation of Sierra Leone, but finally, two years since the outbreak, Ebola is on its way to becoming a distant memory. At a public event this past weekend, Anders Nordstrom, country director of the World Health Organization, confirmed that 42 days had […]

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Sierra Leone celebrates as ban on public gathering lifted

Sierra Leone celebrates as ban on public gathering lifted

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—Sierra Leoneans filled the beaches, nightclubs and restaurants of Freetown and beyond, celebrating their freedom from the yoke of Ebola by a presidential order. President Ernest Bai Koroma lifted the ban on Friday, giving the green light to a wide range of activities including sporting events, nightclubs, eating at restaurants after 9 p.m., football/soccer and […]

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Sparks fly as Sierra Leone’s VP is expelled from party

Sparks fly as Sierra Leone’s VP is expelled from party

| March 18, 2015

(GIN)—An internal war is roiling the administration of President Ernest Bai Koroma with the Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana, at dead center. The VP, expelled last week from the ruling All People’s Congress (APC), is said to be forming a rival political movement from his home district in Kono, the country’s raw diamond capital, and an […]

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Sierra Leone in vendetta against press critics

Sierra Leone in vendetta against press critics

| October 31, 2013

(GIN)—The detention of two journalists for writing articles critical of Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma has been denounced by the human rights watchdog Amnesty International. The UK group urged the government to drop all charges against the writers for simply exercising their right to freedom of expression. “High-level government officials must be prepared to […]

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