Sorious Samura exonerates VP Sumana
Just about a week of the publication of a video that reproachfully accused the office of Sierra Leone Vice President for ‘eating too much’ of corruption, Sorious Samura Monday 28th admits: “no exchange of money was done at the office of the Vice President of Sierra Leone.”
In the film industry, Sorious told Democracy Radio, there was what the professionals called a ‘montage,’ and journalists who are au-fait to it know what that means. Montage, by description, is an assortment of paraphrased video recordings of the story.
It is a fact that shortly after Sorious Samura’s/Aljazeera’s letting loose of a video that portrays the office of the Vice President (VP) as overindulging into corrupt practices, the media, civil societies, political parties etc, all had their hands on deck meticulously scanning through contents of the published video footage to ascertain whether certainly there was any money transaction between the undercover journalists and Alex Mansaray and Momoh Conteh.
It has been confirmed that money paid to Alex Mansaray and Momoh Conteh by Sorious and team as shown in video, was done not at the office of the Sierra Leone Vice President, but at a building at Percival Street which houses offices of Momoh Conteh (one of the two bribery culprits).
That Alex and Momoh, soon after receiving a bribery from the journalists, deceitfully told them that the Vice President is their body and that they are capable of knocking doors of top offices in Sierra Leone unrestrained.
It’s unambiguously proved that the place used by Alex and Momoh to receive inducement/bribe from the undercover journalists was at Percival Street(office of Momoh); and bears no relation to VP Sam Sumana as alleged by Sorious and team as reported by Aljazeera TV.
Even though the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) recently put out a release updating the public that it is investigating 25 people regarding the published Aljazeera story, unconfirmed disclosures say nevertheless that top politicians of the governing All People Congress (APC) party ceaselessly pressurize the President to unseat VP Sumana.
Facts have it that the published Aljazeera video has brought splits from within the ranks of the APC, nay the observance of Ministers and top government officials holding secret meetings; planning and plotting the unseating of VP Sumana.
Keep in mind though that there has been encounters from among politicians of the governing APC party on the subject of the appointment of running mate to President Koroma in the soon to come elections.
That about five names have emerged; all of whom, we are told, desperately lobbying senior executives of the APC to blow their horn to the President for the position of running mate come 2012.
Public evaluation of the Sorious/Aljazeera video say nonetheless that the Sierra Leone VP is truly not a party to the alleged bribery scam, and must not be accused wrongly.
Some schools of thought say, however, that because Alex and Momoh are close associates of both the President and his Vice, it is undeniable that they’ve been using the names of the forenamed personalities to extort money from innocent and honest investors.
Reference is drawn to the case of Philip Porter, who goes about taking photos with heads of state (President Koroma not excluded) and crookedly using same to swindle money of honest and innocent investors the world over.
Sorious Samura has targeted Alex and Momoh during his investigation of corruption in Sierra Leone because he has had knowledge that the forenamed individuals are close buddies of the VP.
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Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Hes guilty by association and guilty by incompetence either way hes guilty.
We have ministries that employ hundreds of people to do that work so why on earth is the VP entertaining foreign business men in his office if not for personal gain.
Sierra Leone needs a root and brance clear out or were simply playing lip service to anti-corruption and will never move forward.2nd December 2011
DEAR SEM,30th November 2011
I HATE TO USED THE WORD “IDIOT”IS THERE ANYWAY YOU CAN DROP THAT WORD?I KNOW THE WRITER REFERED TO HIMSELF BUT I FEEL EMBARASSED EACH TIME I USED THE WORD.YOU OF CAUSE KNOW THAT SIERRA LEONEANS ARE NOT USED TO THOSE WORDS.
Sir.30th November 2011
Check the travel iterninary of both Alex Mansaray, & Momoh Konte in & out of Sierra Leone within the past four years along with the capacity and status in the present APC led government. I think they are highly placed patroitic Sierra Leoneans who have the interest of our country at heart but their greed for immediate wealthis straining their relationship with the VP whose denial of knowing them in whatever capacity is troubling I pitty the young dynamic VP whose contribution & sacrifice to the APC success is second to none.
I hope he survives during this difficult times.
Time will tell