Sierra Leone / by Michelle Ryan

Politicians have raised concerns about eliminating political violence during a security sector meeting. The Chairman and Leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has disclosed that the party will run in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Additionally, Secretary General of the National Democratic Alliance Party (NDA) also stated that the NDA plans to take part in the coming by- elections. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has issued a statement to warn the public against staff impersonation. Stakeholders of the Bombali district have raised recommendations on the Sierra Leonean Constitutional review process. Additionally, stakeholders from various ministries have commenced a workshop on the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT). Foreign minister Dr Samura Kamara lauded the Forum for China Africa Cooperation’s (FOCAC) elevation to a summit level event. President Xi Jinping of China has reassured President Ernest Bai Koroma that the Manamah Airport construction project will go as planned. The United States (US) government has decided to bolster support for the Sierra Leone Police. The ‘Dream Index’ indicator of the World Bank (WB) has ranked Sierra Leone’s energy sector the best sector for doing business in the country. Hundreds of Sierra Leonean workers at Shandong Steel have declared a strike claiming unfair treatment. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors will allocate up to $44.4 million to assist Sierra Leone with the provision of essential water and electricity services. The Sierra Leone government has announced its plans to invest more in the health sector and disease control.