Sierra Leone / by Alistair Galloway

Sierra Leone President Koroma hosted Gambian President Adam Barrow and the two leaders discussed their commitment to upholding democracy in the region. Samuel Sam-Sumana, the former vice president of Sierra Leone, returned to the country. Sam-Sumana is a controversial political figure, having been involved in the ‘Timbergate affair.’ Sierra Leone’s parliament voted against bills that would have legitimised the electoral registration and boundary changing process that began earlier this year in preparation for next year’s general election. Armed soldiers surrounded and entered a police station to free a senior military official who had been arrested and held in custody. The World Health Organisation confirmed a case of monkeypox virus, which is the third known case of the virus in Sierra Leone. A joint effort by Greenpeace and Sierra Leone fishery authorities found four illegal fishing cases. The United Nations Office for Project Services held training events for solar energy companies. Sierra Leone’s only privately owned indigenous bank negotiated a US$6 million line of credit from the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector, a multilateral development financial institution. The World Bank and International Monetary Fund announced they expect most sub-Saharan African countries to grow by around 2.5 per cent in 2017.