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‘Breach of contract’

…Heal Sierra Leone wants in excess of Le.1.4B damages from SLBC

January 27, 2015 By Mohamed Masaquoi

Abdulai and Associates – a Freetown law chamber – has written an official letter to the Director-General of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) with respect to claims of ‘breach of contract’ between their client and the public broadcaster.

The letter alleges that SLBC as an institution was in breach of an agreement with one Joseph Sannoh , Director of Heal Sierra Leone, for airing television school emergency educational teaching programme. The letter added that both parties had signed an agreement which came into effect on 10th October 2014, for duration of four months, at the cost of one hundred and twelve million Leones (Le112, 000,000) for 112 TV programmes.

The letter maintained that the contract was illegally terminated by the SLBC, without informing their client, Sannoh.

“We are instructed to bring an action against your institution seeking damages for breach of agreement and the recovery of Le1,467,060,000.00 (one billion four hundred and sixty-seven million, sixty thousand Leones), plus solicitors’ cost. Failing which we shall have no alternative but to carry out our preemptory instructions to institute action against your institution for the said claim,” said the correspondence from Abdulai and Associates, nothing that that was the second and final letter to SLBC regarding the matter.

However, SLBC’s Legal Adviser, Joseph Egbenda Kapuwa, said there was no clear cut agreement between the SLBC and Heal Sierra Leone, but rather a memorandum of understanding which brought the two parties together.

Kapuwa said Sannoh had given the impression that he was doing the TV educational programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, which encouraged the state broadcaster to enter into such arrangement with him.

“Heal Sierra Leone even started the programme on SLBC but later we received a letter from the Ministry of Education complaining about the content and quality of the broadcast. It was even noticed that he was not working in collaboration with the ministry; this development urged the Director of SLBC to put a halt to the programme for further engagements. We have asked Mr. Sannoh to present to us a letter from the Ministry of Education for the programme to continue because he represented to us as if his organization is in partnership with the ministry, that was the reason in the first place SLBC accepted to work with them,” the legal adviser noted.

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