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Makeni is the largest city in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. The city is the capital of Bombali District, and is the economic center of the Northern Province. Makeni is the fifth largest city in Sierra Leone by population. The city of Makeni had a population of 126,059 in the 2015 census. Makeni lies approximately 137 kilometers (85 miles) east of Freetown.The city is home to the University of Makeni, the largest private university in Sierra Leone. It also owns St. Francis Secondary School, one of the most prominent secondary schools in Sierra Leone.Makeni is one of Sierra Leone's six municipalities and is governed by a directly elected city council, headed by a mayor, in whom local executive authority is vested. The mayor is responsible for the general management of the city. The Mayor and members of the Makeni City Council are directly elected every four years in a municipal election in the city. The current mayor of Makeni is Sunkarie Kabba-Kamara of the All People's Congress party. Sunkarie Kabba-Kamara easily won the Mayor of Makeni with 86.95% in the 2012 Makeni Mayoral election.Explore the family-friendly attractions of Makeni and add them to your vacation plans using our Sierra Leone visit site.
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