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Sierra Leone: Press zooms in on disbandment of fraud unit, others

Monday’s edition of Sierra Leonean papers cover a wide range of issues.Notable among them is the disbandment of a unit aimed at fighting financial fraud within the President Office and the planned debate in parliament of the constitutional instrument on the formation of a commission of enquiry to probe former government officials.

State House in a statement at the end of last week announced the disbandment of a unit set up within the seat of the President to fight graft. The announcement comes after days of criticism over the illegality of the decision by President Julius Maada Bio.

This story is captured by the New Age Newspaper. It carries the story under the banner headline: ‘State House fraud unit… An unnecessary burden on government.’

Today, Monday October 22, parliament is scheduled to host a debate on three constitutional instruments that will pave the way for the formation of the planned Commission of Inquiry to try former government officials.

The debate is the results of negotiations following disagreement between the main opposition APC and the ruling SLPP. The commission is part of new President Julius Maada Bio’s fight against corruption. But the opposition had faulted the process of introduction of the legal instrument.

They particularly called for a debate on it to iron out some of the issues concerned. This story
captured in the Calabash newspaper, under the banner headline: ‘Parliament debate commission of enquiry bill.’

‘Foreign Affairs Ministry to account for over US$2millioon,’ screams the Independent Observer newspaper as its front page lead banner headline.

The Northern Times leads with a story on the release of a long awaited report on the main opposition APC following its defeat in the 2018 general elections.

Other stories of the day include the arrest of two people in a suspected ritual killing saga in the north of the country (Northern Times); a cryptocurrency outfit to be introduced in Sierra Leone (the
Nation Business and Finance); German and Sierra Leonean envoys presents credentials to the President Bio (Calabas); human rights staff in human rights abuse (Independent Observer).

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