October 2020

Sierra Leone: Le27.2 billion missing in maritime revenues

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman  Sierra Leone’s Maritime Administration (SLMA), the country’s regulatory body responsible for the development of improved standards of performance and practice in the shipping industry including registration of ships and other vessels, could not account for more than Le27.2 billion Leones in maritime revenues collected during …

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Angolan police detain journalists covering protests

Media freedom groups are calling on Angolan police to stop arresting and assaulting journalists who are covering protest across the country. At least six journalists and one media worker were arrested – with four held for more than two days – and another was harassed while covering anti-government protests by civil society groups and opposition parties …

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Sierra Leone: Le21 Billion missing in three government ministries

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman Details of an internal audit into financial activities of the Maada Bio administration for the fiscal year 2019, an advance copy of which the Africanist Press has seen, reveal how three government ministries in Sierra Leone collectively spent a total of Le21 billion (US$2,115,870) without …

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Sierra Leone: Government Stops Audit into Coronavirus Funds

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman The government of Sierra Leone has stopped an ongoing audit that looks into the use of the coronavirus emergency funds by the country’s National Coronavirus Emergency Response Center (NaCOVERC). Cabinet minutes and a letter from the country’s Law Officers Department, seen by the Africanist Press, …

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Africell, Telecom Operators owe Sierra Leone Le88.1 billion in debts

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman An internal audit into revenue arrears of Sierra Leone’s National Telecommunications Company (NATCOM), the country’s telecoms regulatory agency, has revealed a chronic failure by telecommunications companies and other operators to pay yearly license fees and other operational service charges amounting to billions of Leones owed …

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ACC, SLCAA, and Sierra Leone’s missing foreign travel taxes

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman The Africanist Press has received a press release from Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) that is supposedly responding to our October 15 publication on a Le3.2 billion missing foreign travel tax revenues for the fiscal year 2019 that were paid by Air Peace into the …

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Le3.2 billion foreign travel tax revenue missing in Sierra Leone

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman An internal fraud investigation instituted by the management of Sierra Leone’s National Revenue Authority (NRA) on the collection of Foreign Travel Tax (FTT) has revealed a pattern of missing tax revenues and failure to collect billions of Leones in outstanding taxes from foreign airlines operating …

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Sierra Leone: Audit Report shows a Le2.1 billion missing timber revenue

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman A government audit report into the financial activities of the Maada Bio administration for the fiscal year 2019 shows major discrepancies in the accounting of timber exports by Leadway Trading SL Ltd., the sole exporter of timber in the country. The audit alleges that government …

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