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Monday, July 4, 2022

In Bonthe: APC ‘owes Le36m in rent’

By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh

The ruling All People’s Party (APC) owes arrears in rent to the tune of Le36m in respect of a tenancy agreement between a former mayoral aspirant for the party in Bonthe district.

Alusine Sao Kong, the landlord, told Concord Times that the ruling party has failed to pay rental fees for his house which the party has occupied since 2008.

Kong said that the tenancy agreement was made on the Island between him and party officials, including the current APC Bonthe District Secretary, Mohamed Sheriff, and the erstwhile National Secretary General and current Ambassador to China, H.E. Victor Bockarie Foh.

“The APC party agreed to be paying me six million Leones (Le6,000,000) per year, in which the then Secretary General of the party, Victor Foh, accepted in a happy atmosphere,” he told this reporter, adding that since 2008 he has not received a single cent from the party.

He further said that several attempts have been made to party stalwarts in Freetown to get them to prevail on the national secretariat to pay the rent, including the current National Secretary General, Osman Foday Yansaneh, but to no avail.

Mr. Yansaneh, he said, advised him to write a formal letter to the party on the matter as he would not act in the absence of tenancy document.

“I was disappointed to have heard from the party’s National Secretary General that without any documentation of the rental fee, he will not be in favour of the party paying the money,” Kong said.

He further accused the party of reneging on a promise to renovate the house, as the current condition of the seven bedroom apartment needs urgent repairs.

When contacted, Mr. Yansaneh, who was on his way from Panguma, said the matter of the rental fee for the party’s office on the island needed proper explaining from the District Secretary General, Mr. Mohamed Sheriff, as he knows nothing about the issue since the agreement was allegedly made during the tenure of his predecessor.

However, Mr. Sheriff confirmed to our reporter that the party should compensate Mr. Kong for the use of his house as party office. He further alleged that party stalwarts in Freetown were not working in the interest of members on the Island.

“Stakeholders of the APC party have abandoned the island and they have failed to give support to carry out the party activities due to their self greed,” he said.

His strong sentiments was reechoed by a party activist on the Island, Alie Lahai, who averred that party stalwarts have abandoned them since 2012 following the dismal performance of the party in the district during the presidential, parliamentary and local council elections.

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