President Koroma in a state of flip flop
It was all a surprise in the minds of Sierra Leoneans to hear from President Koroma that his government has not inherited Le524 billion as frequently publicized by the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP).
And it was shaming though that the President who once said: “fellow Sierra Leoneans, I am pleased to inform you that I met a solid foundation, upon which my administration will work assiduously to continue to rebuild our country,” has turned round to say: “my APC government met a big hole in the state coffers. There was not a single cent when I took over.”
To the general understanding of the electorates, it is an apparent fact that politicians (both old and new) continue to accelerate in reverse gear; deceive society, overindulge into corruption, siphon state funds and pocket tax payers money into private accounts.
It must be noted that the opposition SLPP, numerous times, maintained they left in the coffers of Sierra Leone government a lump sum of Le 524 billion as at handing over of state governance to the ruling APC in 2007.
The current Finance Minister, Samura Kamara, at the usual weekly press briefing revealed that, “Sierra Leone reached HIPC completion point in December 2006 and as a result most of Sierra Leone’s external debt owed to both multilateral financial institutions (IFAD, IDA, AIDB) and bilateral creditors (mostly Paris club) were cancelled,” making reference to of course the Le 524 billion in question.
The finance minister however contradicts the proclamation of the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone by telling the press that as at 2006-2007, the Bank of Sierra Leone had the sum of Le 524.9 billion in the MDRI special accounts which should have been used to finance future debt service due to the IMF as they fall due.”
“At the time Sierra Leone reached HIPC completion point the Bank of Sierra Leone had the sum of Le 524.9 billion in the MDRI special account which should have been used to finance future debt service due to the IMF fall due,” the finance minister said.
Surveys have it that the President lied to Sierra Leoneans and has virtually put minds of the electorates in serious doubt.
It is however revealed by some top public officers that monies left in accounts at the Bank of Sierra Leone seemed uneconomically and wastefully spent by the ruling APC.
‘Who says what, or the truth,’ the President or his finance minister?
Despite the finance minister’s definitive and orderly presentation of facts in relation to how the Le 524.9 billion was spent by the APC, some ministers including Alpha Kanu keep on deceiving society by telling them his government did not inherit any money from the SLPP at all.
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