August 6, 2018
By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Some officials of the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) will soon have their day in court to answer to charges of alleged misappropriation and procurement irregularities in connection to the building of an ultra-modern hospital estimated at US$1 million.
“There were certain issues involving procurement, as well as allegations of misappropriation. It is a wide ranging investigation with so many people arrested. The file is on its way to the court,” ACC Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala told a presser last week.
According to him, investigations have been concluded and the file is currently with the prosecutors for their opinion prior to drafting an indictment.
Kaifala stated that NASSIT was supposed to represent the interest of the state in building of the hospital as a public-private partnership.
He revealed that many people had been detained in relation to the matter, but have been put on bail, pending their appearance in the High Court.
Also, with regards the NASSIT ferry matter, the youthful anti-graft czar maintained that would stand by the decision already taken, that those involved – Edmund Koroma, Mahmoud Idriss and Ibrahim Bah – each pay five hundred million Leones (Le 500,000,000).
However, he noted that the trio had each paid only Le200 million, with Le300 million yet to paid.
“As we speak, they have entered into a fresh agreement to continue paying the remaining balance. Ibrahim Bah has sent a cheque of Le50 million to reduce his quota. They are supposed to pay within nine months, according the agreement entered into with the commission now,” he disclosed.