Revenue collected to the tune of Le 31,192,000 was not banked. Out of the total amount of Le 31,192,000 generated as revenue, supporting documents to substantiate the utilization of funds were only provided for the amount of Le 13,516,300, leaving a difference of Le17, 675.700 not accounted for.
In the same tape recording, Mr. Margai was also heard explaining that during the 2007 campaign trail with President Koroma to Pujehun, the lawyer boasted that had it not been for his company, President Koroma would not have dared enter that area. He added that he even confided to the president that he (Margai) enjoys overwhelming support of thousands of Kamajors; and that therefore, the president too can be confident of getting their support as well.
In another development, hundreds of traders marched first to the Freetown City Council (FCC) offices and later to the Victoria Park to express their anger at being asked to relocate to another area when no alternative in the form of market structures had been provided by the FCC or by the government. The angry traders maintained that they would not move unless the authorities provide them with structures to carry on their trade.
Before he was declared the new substantive Chairman and Leader of the APC, President Koroma warned: “Let me therefore use this moment to warn those who are focusing their energies on forming cliques within the party for the next presidential elections rather than doing the job for which we have been mandated by the electorate in the just concluded elections. They will not be tolerated in my government; I will consider them irrelevant to the work of my government and cast them out.”
The other day too, I was walking across Second Avenue to East 49th Street to get to my office and I saw a potential danger. The lid over a manhole had slid off , partly into the hole , while a huge portion stuck out into the street. Speeding vehicles were dodging it , but it was only a matter of time before an unsuspecting vehicle rode into it and got sent airborne and out of control into the sidewalk , where it could kill a significant number of pedestrians and even crash into the nearby bank and also kill the people in there . I immediately decided to do something about it.
She was also Training Manager, Bo Vocational Training Centre (BVTC) Bo from 2000 to date and Rapporteur- Partnership with Traditional, Religious Leaders and Young People in the Repositioning of Family Planning and the preventing of Teenage Pregnancy and Early Marriage from 27th-to 28th October, 2010; apart from the fact that she was also Training Manager of Bo Small Enterprise, Bo from 1996 to date.
However, it has now been confirmed that Mr. Garmoh was merely reporting unsubstantiated hearsay as he was not present at the Tuesday 9th April 2013 meeting at State House and therefore could not have guessed what had been said by the parties attending the meeting.
He went further to say that since he was appointed to the position of Minister of Finance and Economic Development, there has not been a day which he considered as irrelevant, because, according to him, he problems at the Finance Ministry, but that with the help of his hard working staff, he has been able to address internal problems within his Ministry apart from resolving some of the external issues he met on his table.
Speaking further on the outcome of the recent constituency and district mini-conventions held by the All People’s Congress party (APC), Mr. Kabba maintained that he was in Kono and that he observed that the ‘selection/election’ process as prescribed by the APC Constitution was relatively peaceful and democratic, although there were a few minor scuffles between supporters of different candidates for executive positions.
As a prelude to conducting Constituency, District and Regional Conventions, a meeting was called of all Chairmen and Chairladies of the APC in the Eastern Region in Kenema where we were told that we should conduct our elections on consultation and selection, and existing members of the party should take part in the selection process. There is a document to that effect.