I am a freelance and human rights journalist working in West Africa based in Senegal. I report for several international media houses including the BBC, USA Today, Associated Reporters Abroad, Washington Times, Anadolu News and the West Africa Democracy Radio.
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By Alpha KamaraDAKAR, SenegalThe opposition Socialist Party has suspended its leader, jailed Dakar Mayor Khalifa Sall and 65 other top party figures. According to a press release issued by the party’s spokesman, the suspension was voted on during an extraordinary meeting Saturday. “The party has expelled Mayor Khalifa Sall and 65 others with immediate effect.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Barely two years after West African nations defeated a deadly Ebola scourge, they are confronting a new epidemic: corruption. In November, the International Red Cross admitted that its officials, local bankers, volunteers and others had embezzled more than $6 million in aid funds in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. “For it to now behave like corrupt politicians, to steal Ebola money meant for the poor masses, is unacceptable,” said Freetown teacher Musa Koroma, 26.
FILE PHOTO By Alpha KamaraDAKAR, Senegal Ebola survivors with support from a rights group in Sierra Leone on Friday began legal actions against the government at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria over the alleged misuse of Ebola funds.The 15-page application filed by the Center for Accountability and Rule of Law -- a rights-based group on behalf of survivors -- alleged the government violated citizens’ right to life and health by...
Dual citizenship saga- Former UNIDO Boss and opposition politician Dr. Kandeh Yumkella has denounced his US citizenship to contest the Sierra Leone presidencial elections. The Constitution says dual Citizens should not be hold Government positions. It's the talk of the nation.
SL: The denial of party symbols to several diasporans to contest the coming elections is making news across Sierra Leone. Do you think people with dual citizenship should be allowed to be elected MP's? Is it good or bad for our democracy?
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