One of the aspirants for the presidency of Sierra Leone in 2018 on Monday mocked the government’s pro-poor development programmes, saying they had failed to remove Sierra Leoneans from poverty.

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“We have done reasonably well but there is a whole lot more to do,” said Dr Kandeh Yumkella, a member of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party.

A former United Nations official, Yumkella hopes to use his expertise at the UN to solve the Ebola-ravaged country’s problems. He bemoaned the growing level of joblessness in the country as a major concern, as well as the prevalence of infectious diseases and a high maternal death rate.

Yumkella said already the World Bank had predicted Sierra Leone’s economy to shrink by 24 percent next year, and that with all the current situation, it’s only going to get worst by every indication.

“From being the fastest growing economy we are becoming the fastest country in decline,” Yumkella told state broadcaster SLBC