Katrina Manson

Katrina Manson

Katrina Manson

 

Court chases $375m from Charles Taylor's banks

Katrina Manson

Prosecutors for Sierra Leone's war crimes court are trying to track down $375-million they say vanished from two United States bank accounts held by former Liberian President Charles Taylor when he was forced from power in 2003. But lawyers defending the former warlord challenged prosecutors to produce evidence that Taylor had salted away state funds for his personal use.

World credit crunch may be good for Africa, says financier

Katrina Manson

Africa will be well-placed to weather a global economic downturn if it uses high oil and commodities prices to diversify its economies, one of the continent's most successful businessmen said in an interview. Nigerian tycoon Aliko Dangote said the world's poorest continent could benefit while developed nations suffered an economic slowdown.

S Leone leader promises 'zero tolerance' on graft

Katrina Manson

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma promised "zero tolerance" on Thursday for corruption in his country after a leaked government report said rampant official graft had swallowed up donor funds. Speaking at his formal inauguration in Freetown, the 54-year-old former insurance executive called for a change of attitude in the West African state.

Beaches may wash away Sierra Leone's war image

Katrina Manson

Boboh village used to do a roaring trade in the Pa Gbana cocktail, a mix of fermented local grasses, coconut and lime favoured by tourists to wash down freshly-cooked lobster. Nowadays there is little demand for the drink, named after the village's oldest resident: the only foreigners on Boboh's pristine beaches, south of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, are development workers taking time out.

Sierra Leone arrests Guinean 'pirates'

Katrina Manson

Sierra Leone arrested eight Guineans, including military personnel and fisheries inspectors, whom it accused of carrying out a pirate attack on two locally licensed fishing vessels, officials said on Monday. But Guinean authorities rejected the piracy charge, saying the men were on a legitimate fisheries protection patrol.

Sierra Leone presidential frontrunner vows war on graft

Katrina Manson

Sierra Leone opposition leader Ernest Bai Koroma, who looks set to win the West African country's presidential election, says he will wage an implacable war on corruption and work to revive the war-scarred economy. With just over three-quarters of the votes counted from last week's run-off poll, Koroma, of the All People's Congress, has a commanding lead with 60%.