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FALSE! UK has no plans to stop development programmes in Sierra Leone

Claim:  A Twitter user claimed that all UK-funded projects, including the FQE (Free Quality Education), has been immediately suspended by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). 

FALSE! UK has no plans to stop development programmes in Sierra Leone

Verdict: False; UK High Commission said they had not made any such announcement. 

Full Text 

In the wake of the general elections in Sierra Leone, international bodies and missions which have been long-term partners to the country have repeatedly expressed major reservations about the credibility of some aspects of the June 24 general elections. 

Following those concerns, there have been claims about what some of those bodies might decide regarding consequences.  

A Twitter user, @Jeminatusesay, tweeted last week that all UK-funded projects, including the FQE, have been suspended by FCDO. 

@Jeminatu Sesay’s post has since been viewed by over 13,000 people and liked by more than 200 people as of Monday, July 24.

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) merged a few years ago. British diplomats say the merger will allow the UK to blend diplomacy and development. UK-supported development programs across Africa and many parts of the world go through the FCDO. 

Verification

To verify this claim, DUBAWA checked the post’s comment section to see whether any link was posted as the source of the information the user was sharing.

Despite numerous questions about the source of the information, the user did not attach any link to validate the authenticity of the information posted. 

DUBAWA then contacted the British High Commission in Freetown to ascertain the claim’s veracity. In an email response on Monday, an official representing the commission said no announcement about any changes to the UK’s development program in Sierra Leone had been made.

The UK and Sierra Leone are close friends. We have put on record our concerns about aspects of the election process. We have made no announcements about changes to our development projects and programmes,” the response from the British High Commission states.

FALSE! UK has no plans to stop development programmes in Sierra Leone
FALSE! UK has no plans to stop development programmes in Sierra Leone
Screenshots of the email.

Conclusion

There is no evidence to support the claim made by @JeminatuSesay, and the UK High Commission has also said they have not made such pronouncements. Hence, the tweet is false.

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