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Sierra Leone’s President Punishes Uncle for Breaking Ebola Laws

Vanguard   in 
November 18, 2014

Sierra Leone’s president has suspended his uncle from a prestigious position as a tribal chief for flouting laws designed to contain Ebola, officials said on Tuesday.

Amadu Kamara, the head of the northern village of Yeli Sanda, is accused of covering up secret burials of victims who are supposed to be reported by their families to the authorities.

Bombali District Council, the local authority, said President Ernest Bai Koroma had handed his uncle an “indefinite suspension and fine of 500,000 leones ($115, 92 euros)”.

Koroma also fined a brother and an aunt for their involvement in the cover-up, the council said.

Most of Sierra Leone’s six million people live in villages, and their lives are governed by hereditary chiefs who raise taxes, hire the local police and decide who is entitled to land.

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