November 2020

President Bio, Leadway Trading, and Sierra Leone’s timber export devaluation

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Anne Baber Wallis, and Matthew Anderson A few weeks ago, we reported in the Africanist Press how Leadway Trading Company used standard 20-foot shipping containers rather than cubic meters as a unit of measurement to value timber exports. This measurement difference has resulted in calculations that show a massive loss …

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Zimbabwe detains anti-corruption journalist

Zimbabwean authorities have again detained award-winning anti-corruption journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, the recent in a spate of arrests and strings of trials in recent months. Chin’ono’s recent detention follows the decision on Thursday by magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa to deny the journalist bail on a charge of defeating or obstructing justice. The Harare magistrate  court claims that …

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Sierra Leone: Le21.3 billion spent on irregular procurement

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman An internal audit into procurement activities of the Maada Bio administration for the fiscal year 2019 has revealed how Le21.3 billion was spent on diverse procurement activities by two government ministries that were not in their respective procurement plans. Auditors say officials of the country’s …

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