Kailahun District

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Kailahun District
Location of Kailahun District in Sierra Leone
Location of Kailahun District in Sierra Leone
Coordinates: 8°10′N 10°45′W / 8.167°N 10.750°W / 8.167; -10.750Coordinates: 8°10′N 10°45′W / 8.167°N 10.750°W / 8.167; -10.750
CountrySierra Leone
ProvinceEastern Province
Largest cityKailahun
 • TypeDistrict Council
 • Council ChairmanSahr Ahmed Lamin[1] (SLPP)
 • Total3,859 km2 (1,490 sq mi)
 (2015 census [2])[1]
 • Total525,372
 • Density140/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Greenwich Mean Time)
HDI (2017)0.390[2]
low · 8th

Kailahun District is a district in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. Its capital and largest city is the town of Kailahun. The second most populous city in the district is Segbwema. Other major towns in Kailahun District unclude Koindu, Pendembu and Daru. As of the 2015 census, the district had a population of 525,372.[1] Kailahun District is subdivided into fourteen chiefdoms.

The District of Kailahun borders Kenema District to the west, Kono District to the north, the Republic of Liberia to the east, and the Republic of Guinea to the north. The border of the district with Guinea is formed by a section of the Moa River.[3] The total area of the district is 4,859 km2 (1,876 sq mi). The population of Kailahun District is largely from the Mende ethnic group.

Kailahun District is the birthplace of former Sierra Leone's president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, who was born in the town of Pendembu.

Government and politics[edit]

Kailahun District is governed with a district council form of government, which is headed by a District Council Chairman, who is chief executive officer in the District and is responsible for the general management of the district and for seeing that all local laws are enforced. The District Council Chairman is elected directly by the residents of the district of Kailahun every four years. The current chairman of Kailahun district council is Alex Bhonapha of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), who easily won the 2012 District Chairperson election with 75.73%, defeating his main opponent Augustine Kortu of the All People's Congress (APC) who took 20.31%.[4]

Kailahun District is a reliable political stronghold of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), the main opposition party in Sierra Leone. The District overwhelmingly supports the SLPP by a large majority in Presidential, Parliamentary and local councils elections. The SLPP had won every Sierra leone president elections in the District by a large majority; including the 2012 Presidential election, when the SLPP presidential candidate Julius Maada Bio won 73.3% of the vote in the District, as he easily defeated the incumbent president Ernest Bai Koroma in the District who took 22.6%.[5]


Radio Moa FM 1015.5 Kailahun

Demographics of Kailahun District[edit]

The population of Kailahun District is almost entirely from the Mende.


Kailahun has a mixed economy, made up of small-scale mining as well as agricultural production of coffee, cacao and rice. Local Government collects property taxes with the assistance of Revenue Development Foundation

Administrative divisions[edit]


Chiefdoms of Kailahun District

The district is made up of fourteen chiefdoms as the third level of administrative subdivision.

Major towns[edit]

Notable people from Kailahun District[edit]

  • Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, former President of Sierra Leone
  • Steady Bongo, Sierra Leonean musician
  • Hindowa Momoh, former President of the National Union of Sierra Leone Students
  • Ibrahim Sheriff, Founder, Sherix Webradio and Philanthropist
  • Moinina Conteh, JP, Master Farmer and former Member of Parliament for SLPP
  • Stephen Vandy Lansana, Senior Journalist, Premier Media and Solutions Media



  1. ^ a b https://archive.is/20121216142937/http://www.world-gazetteer.com/wg.php?x=&men=srcg&lng=en&des=wg&srt=npan&col=abcdefghinoq&msz=1500&geo=0
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ Katrina Manson and James Knight (2009). Sierra Leone. Bradt Travel Guides., page 275.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2013-11-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://www.nec-sierraleone.org/index_files/STATEMENT%20%20FROM%20NEC%20CHAIRPERSON%20(press%20district).pdf

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