January 15, 2016 By Victoria Saffa
Outreach Coordinator in the Office of Government Spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay, yesterday told a presser that Hon. Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo was still being investigated for the Lebanon waste saga despite having being sworn in as Member of Parliament representing Constituency 030
The former Senior Presidential Adviser was questioned by detectives in Freetown after he signed a letter which seemingly gave okay for a company to ship waste from Lebanon into Sierra Leone.
Hon. Kargbo insisted he did nothing wrong although the investigation continues.
He was questioned by detectives at the Criminal Investigation Department headquarters in Freetown on 11 January, but was released on the same day.
Some members of the public had called for his swearing in to be postponed until the investigation is complete, but parliament went ahead with the ceremony yesterday.
However, the Outreach Coordinator maintained that Hon. Kargbo was still being investigated by the police and could face criminal charges if detectives concluded he has a case to answer, adding that his position as Special Adviser to President Ernest Bai Koroma had been relinquished.
Meanwhile, the leader and chairman of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP), Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, has petitioned the eligibility of Hon. Kargbo to contest the parliamentary by-election last December while still serving as Special Adviser to the President. Mansaray, who came a close second in that election, wants the High Court to nullify the election, which will automatically have him represent the constituency.
But Bayraytay dismissed the claim, bizarrely stating that Mansaray has no right to question Hon. Kargbo’s eligibility because the National Electoral Commission and the Judiciary know he was qualified.