Salone’s Ambassador to Brussels under scrutiny
Corruption is allegedly weaving its demonic plague within the Sierra Leone Embassy in Brussels.Â The following letter was sent to Sierra Express Media (and other news outlets) in demonstration of the alleged activities of the present Ambassador, Dr. Christian Sheka Kargbo.
In light of the fact that the Embassy is a representation of its country and the people of Sierra Leone, it is imperative that this matter is investigated by the correct authorities and justice is served. At a time when President Koroma is striving to put Sierra Leone on its feet through his Agenda for Change, the clamping down on corruption, and the presentation of the country as a viable investment source to the world, the alleged activities of this privileged position require scrutiny.Â
Yours patriotic Sierra Leonean in Brussels.
I am a Sierra Leonean working at the Sierra Leone Embassy in Brussels as a local staff. I have been working here for the past decade and have seen a total of five Ambassadors come and go. However, the behaviour of our current Ambassador, Dr. Christian Sheka Kargbo is to say the least, undiplomatic, unprofessional and has almost succeeded in painting an ugly picture of our country to the rest of the world. This is why I have decided to write you this letter so as to bring it to the knowledge of the government for the necessary action.
It might interest you to know that Dr. Kargbo came along with three domestic staff, namely Sorie Kagbo and Momoh Kargbo (butlers) and Robert Bangura (Driver). He also came with two adoptedÂ small children who I’m sure are both below six years named, Christian Jr. and Rose. The other two ladies, Linda and Margaret Kargbo he brought as daughters. Each of these two ladies is over 30 years. His legally married wife, Mrs Rosemary Kargbo completes the Ambassador’sÂ delegation that arrived from Freetown on 12th April 2008 to take up duties in Brussels.
The Sierra Leone government is paying the salaries of the domestic staff. But in August last year, all three of the domestic staff, Momoh, Sorie and Robert abandoned their duties and went and reported themselves to the Belgium government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs complaining the Ambassador of maltreatment and non-payment of salaries. I know for sure that the government has been regularly sending the salaries of all workers in record time. The officialÂ salary of each domestic staff is 2,000 Euros (Two thousand Euros) but the Ambassador was only paying them 700 Euros and banning themÂ not to ever use a mobile phone or the house phone to communicate anywhere.
Mr. Editor, since August last year when these domestic staff ran away and reported themselves to the Belgian authorities, the Belgian governmentÂ had sinceÂ sent themÂ to the Belgian Social Services division where they’ve been since. This issue has been kept awayÂ from the authorities in Freetown and the salaries of these domestic staff kept coming and sharedÂ among the Ambassador, Head of Chancery and the Accountant. These are facts which they cannot deny.
Daughters became wives
I mentioned to you earlier the names of Linda and Margaret he came along with as daughters.Â Ironically, Linda Kargbo, one of the so-called daughters gave birth to a baby boy on December 12 last yearÂ and Dr. Christian Kargbo is the only male human being inÂ his officialÂ residence where Linda has been and she’s still staying nursing the baby alongside Mrs. Rosemary Kargbo, the legally marraide wife. Margaret, the other so-called daughter is also carrying a six month pregnancy for Ambassador Kargbo, but she is living in an area in Brussels called Etterbeek.
It is incomprehensible to imagine that an Ambassador could subject himself to such immorality in a foreign land and I understand President Koroma is aware of this development when the official wife called him to complain. This behaviour of the Ambassador has become an embarrassment to staff of the mission in Brussels as they keep provoking us in official gatherings.
Meeting with Sierra Leoneans
The normal practice by past Ambassadors is the holding of regular meetings with Sierra Leoneans in their jurisdiction to know their problems and to educate them about happenings back home. It might interest you to know that since this Ambassador arrived in this country in April 2008, he has never called a single meeting of Sierra Leoneans anywhere, either in Brussels, Holland, France or Luxembourg where our mission is accredited to. His only priority is to raise loans from the banks andÂ buy Jeeps. I am sure the day he will be recalled, our embassy in Brussels might be closed down if we refuse to honour his bank loans.
The embassy is filthy with no repairs. I wonder what they (himself and the Head of Chancery) are doing with the Other Charges that are sent quarterly.
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