Here are the top 5 things that made the news in and around Sierra Leone for the Week of April 28 2014 – May 4 2014
- “After U an U” – The rumored 3rd term – Awareness Times – Don’t scare us with Gbago scenarios – John Baimba Sesay – in Sierra Express blames the opposition discusses all the accomplishments of this regime. We expect both Awareness Times’ SEA and Sesay to be pro government as they are both APC employees.
- Sierra Leone lost $224 million to tax incentives to mining and agribusiness companies in 2012 – 8.3% of the national GDP. – Christian Aid UK – Mining NGOs are therefore calling for the state to review incentives as the amount of monies lost will otherwise increase. Alvin Mosioma, director of Tax Justice Network Africa, one of the NGOs that worked on the report, said: “Hosting foreign investors requires government investment in infrastructure, while local people often face pollution, land grabs and forced resettlement … Society can benefit from the employment investors bring, but mining and agribusiness provide few jobs. So instead, we should benefit from the taxes the investors should pay.” The report argued that too many tax incentives have been granted in Sierra Leone at the discretion of individual ministers and other government officials, leading to an increased risk of corruption. Transparency was also found to be extremely poor, with the NGOs pointing out that the government has yet to make a convincing economic case for why so many tax breaks are needed. Losing out: Sierra Leone’s massive revenue losses from tax incentives”, is the first attempt to analyse the government’s “tax expenditure”: revenues lost by the granting of tax breaks. Its figures are conservative, since they cover neither all companies nor all forms of tax incentives and exemptions. The report contains comments from anonymised government officials who expressed concern at the size of recent tax breaks granted to companies in the extractive sector. Officials reportedly argued that the government should focus on making infrastructure investments, which can only happen when revenue collection increases, making tax breaks counterproductive. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/apr/15/sierra-leone-tax-incentives-foreign-investment-before-poor-ngos The Full Report: Losing Out – Sierra Leone’s Massive revenue losses from tax incentives – http://www.christianaid.org.uk/images/Sierra-Leone-Report-tax-incentives-080414.pdf
- Sierra Leonean immigrant in Halifax in ongoing race discrimination law suit in Nova Scotia in Canada. He didn’t have proper ID so they said they couldn’t serve him. So he ordered water and sipped on it. The bar workers then called police on him and he was arrested and slept in jail for one night for public drunkenness. His law says that Gilpin suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and his arrest triggered bad memories from his past in war-torn Sierra Leone – so his lawyer says. http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/1203985-bars-businesses-closely-following-halifax-discrimination-case
- Soundway records to release Muyei Power Sierra Leone in the 1970s music from a college circuit tour in 1975-76 in California. They were a dance band that fused “electric Congolese and Nigerian music with fast, syncopated, uptempo modernised arrangements of traditional music.” Muyei means our Country, they were also known as Ochestre Muyei. http://soundcolourvibration.com/2014/05/01/muyei-power/ http://www.soundwayrecords.com/product/sndwcd062-sierra-leone-in-1970s-usa
- GTBank Marathon – 21 KM won by Osman Charlie who ran for YSC from Kissy Grass Field to Family Kingdom Lumley http://awoko.org/2014/04/29/sierra-leone-news-osman-charlie-wins-gtb-marathon/