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Sports Minister, SLFA boss boycott Le1.5bn Parliamentary probe

NOVEMBER 3, 2014  By Samuel J. Kargbo

Minister of Sports, Paul Kamara and president of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Mrs. Isha Johansen last Friday boycotted a Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Sport summon to look into the impasse between the two institutions.

The Committee had summoned both Mr. Kamara and Mrs. Johansen to resolve the ongoing impasse between the ministry and the SLFA, to investigate reasons for the deportation of ministry’s officials and journalists from Cameroon, and to be updated on how the Le1.5 billion disbursed to the Ministry of Sports by government to finance the Leone Stars match against Cameroon was expended.

Acting Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Amadu Fofanah, said they are not happy with the ugly state of affairs between the Ministry of Sports and SLFA, noting that they intend to put a stop to that.

Hon. Fofanah told officials who had turned up for the hearing that they will not go ahead because of the absence of the minister, his deputy and the SLFA president. He threatened the absentee parties that stern action would be taken against them if they fail to show up during subsequent hearing.

Meanwhile, the committee urged the Permanent Secretary in the Sports Ministry to ensure he produces documents in respect of the Le.1.5 billion disbursed to them for the national team’s double header with Cameroon in October.