About the Guinea rice – fooling the IMF…?
It has reached desks of Sierra Express Media that the much trumpeted rice from Guinea was virtually not received on loan, but paid for in cash by the government of President Koroma to the government of President Alpha Conde.
A source has revealed to this press that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forewarned government not to participate in any form of business or it will back off from Sierra Leone.
The government of Sierra Leone, which in any case is receiving blames of hardship, has been left without option, but on the sly to pay money to the government of Guinea for the supply of 2,000 tons of rice to enable them to augment Sierra Leoneans with their much needed staple food.
It is a fact that the Minister of Political Affairs, Hon. Alpha Kanu, Friday 16th acknowledged that importers of rice have stubbornly been heedless to government’s calls in relation to the price control of rice in the market.
That because traders refuse to sell rice in accordance with government’s announced price, President Koroma was left without alternative but asked the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, to supply him with 2,000 tons of rice on loan.
Facts have it nevertheless that the Minister of Trade and Industry, Richard Conteh, in a widely broadcast statement last month, announced to Sierra Leoneans that the price of rice was to have been sold below Le 135,000.
The announcement, according to our findings, was approached with deaf ears, particularly by importers of rice in Sierra Leone.
That owing to neglectful conducts of importers of rice in Sierra Leone, President Koroma unavoidably sent his Minister in charge of Political Affairs, Hon. Alpha Kanu, to Guinea so that he could negotiate a permanent rice transaction with the government of Alpha Conde.
Unconfirmed disclosures have it that the government of Sierra Leone and that of Guinea have agreed behind closed doors to do business in the importation of rice to the Republic of Guinea and then to Sierra Leone, to make it look like a gesture or loan.
Facts are that the IMF is strongly in opposition of government’s involvement in any form of business.
Sources say that the alleged 2,000 tons of rice recently collected in Guinea by the Sierra Leone government was paid for in cash.
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