Sierra Leone: Is there enough to celebrate?
Sierra Leone is today celebrating 50 years of Independence. The state is reported to have spend $25 million on festivities to mark the day.
Critics have condemned the government spending terming it 'unnecessary extravagance'
In East Africa, the government of Southern Sudan has approved a budget of $32 million for the celebrations to mark its independence on July 9. The money will be used to spruce up the stadium, and to pay for catering and entertainment.
Last year, there was uproar in Ghana after the government ended up spending $60 million to mark its own 50th anniversary.
Can poor countries justify spending such huge amounts to celebrate national events? Who benefits from these celebrations? How would you like your government to celebrate national events?
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