Exposed – NRA loses $1.5 M to ‘Harmony’
A company owned by Sylvanus Junior Koroma aka ‘What a Man,’ (President Koromas younger brother), is said to have enjoyed duty free concessions for rice it imports to Sierra Leone for sale. (Photo: Sylvanus Junior Koroma)
Information reaching this press states how officials of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and Finance Ministry knowingly and intentionally endorsed duty free concession to the rice imported by the Harmony Company.
Sources say Harmony should have paid the custom duty of USD 1.5 million, but influentially walked away without paying a cent.
It has reached the desk of Sierra Express Media, that President Koroma’s younger brother, apart from depriving government of the sum of USD 1.5 million, was part of the cabal of persons that manipulated huge chunks of rice donated to Sierra Leone by the Indian government.
It could be recalled that the Sierra Leone government, of late, received rice donated by the Indian government through the foreign affairs ministry.
The rice, according to findings, was part of India’s lending hand to issues of development for Sierra Leone.
Investigations carried out revealed how President Koroma’s brother parades around the offices and residences of top officials, in order to influence and convince them to flout the rules as enshrined in the laws of this country.
Facts as gathered indicate that Sylvanus Junior Koroma intentionally replaced Harmony Company with Sierra Commodity to enable him to detract the minds of Sierra Leoneans on the USD 1.5 million illegitimate duty free concessions given him by ill gotten officials of the Finance Ministry and NRA.
It has also been confirmed that the same ‘Harmony Company’ which woefully evaded payment of dues owed to the NRA, was part of the number of companies that bidded for the Army rice contract.
Harmony was initially disqualified due to irregularities and wrongdoings, but surfaced months after the contract was awarded to African Sunshine – to wit: Sierra Commodity.
Wonders covered minds of society when it was understood that corrupt officials of the national procurement office later put out a report disqualifying African Sunshine, but created room for the business of the brother of President Koroma.
That it was resolved at having a redo of the Army rice contract.
Later, it was confirmed that the head of procurement, a Mr. Samura, the Chief of Staff of State House Marah, Army Force Commander Yirra Koroma, all conspiratorially resolved at withdrawing the contract from African Sunshine and passed the same to Sierra Commodity Company.
Although this press is yet to confirm President Koroma’s understandings of unscrupulous activities of his brother with state officials, it has reached this press that he (President Koroma) ordered his State House Chief of Staff to institute investigation on irregularities as argued by his younger brother Sylvanus Koroma. A scant and and uninvestigated report was submitted by persons designated to such a duty.
Facts, as gathered by Sierra Express, indicate that State House Chief of Staff, Head of Procurement Mr. Samura, Army Chief Yirra Koroma, respectively succumbed to threats from Sylvanus Koroma, thus the cancellation of the contract of African Sunshine and the uncalled for award of sixteen months contract to Sierra Commodity.
It must be noted however that President Koroma, in an interview with CNN Stephen Elain, told the world he has no safety for persons involved in corruption, not even family members.
Revelations leading to Sylvanus Koroma’s overindulgence on issues of corruption seemingly contradict sayings of the President.
What about the unaccountable number of loans dished out to Sierra Commodity by Commercial Bank?
How about unannounced visits of Sylvanus Koroma to the Army Lawyer, Colonel I.M Koroma?
And has the Anti Corruption Commission completed investigation on the allegation of wrongdoings of the Ministry of defence officials? All of these and more will make the front page of our next edition.
The Commercial Bank loans will also creep into our next story.
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