May 1, 2015 By Patrick J. Kamara
A cross-section of aggrieved executive members of the Sierra Leone Bike Riders Union have called on their president, David Koroma, to resign his position with immediate effect.
The aggrieved executive members say their call came after Koroma expelled the union’s vice president, Mohamed Obai Kamara, and others.
The union’s Public Relations Officer, Alusine Dumbuya, alleged that the president has not been working in the interest of the group, adding that he has got ‘misplaced priorities in his development policy’.
He claimed that during the recruitment of 600 motorbike riders by the National Ebola Response Center, the president was very ‘subjective’ in the selection of riders.
“Even those riders are not receiving their full salary of Le500,000 per week, instead he always deducts Le100,000, thereby claiming that it is going into the union’s account. It’s a blatant lie,” Dumbuya averred.
He also alleged that the president has been deducting three liters from the 10 liters given to the 600 riders employed by NERC.
“This is more or less a pressure group; we should seek the interest of our members and not self interest. He is receiving Le60 million per week on behalf of all the riders employed by NERC,” he further said.
When contacted on phone for his reaction, Koroma declined to comment as he was in the provinces, although he promised to react to the allegations next Monday.
However, an executive member of the bike riders’ union Lumley branch, Vandi Galia, has debunked the allegations made by the PRO. He said the issue of the Ebola funds has nothing to do with the current discontent among some executive members.