Judiciary to account for Le282m


Janauary 27, 2015 By Jariatu Bangura

The 2013 Auditor General’s report has revealed that Sierra Leone’s judiciary was unable to account for the sum of two hundred and eighty-two million Leones (Le282,000,000 ) as contract payment to Yeanie Enterprises for the year under review.

The report, which has since been tabled in Parliament for deliberation, states that Yeanie Enterprises pocketed excess payment of Le48,500,000 to clean the Law Court building in Freetown.

The Audit Service report, as a result, recommends that the Master and Registrar should provide an explanation as to why Yeanie Enterprises received such overpayment, given 30 days to do so or refund the said amount into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

However, Master and Registrar, Yayah Mansaray, revealed a letter had been written to Yeanie Enterprises to clarify the said overpayment.

It remains unclear though whether the contractor has shed light on the issue, which will undoubtedly embarrass the judiciary.

Also, auditors observed that during the audit exercise they saw a letter dated 1st September 2014, with attachments, which had apparently been submitted by Yeanie Enterprises, claiming it was owed Le282,000,000 by the judiciary.

However, the judiciary failed to disclose two other contractual agreements with Yeanie Enterprises, the Audit report says.