Suspended SLFA scribe denies loan deal with LEOCEM boss


January 28, 2019

By Regina Pratt

The second accused person in the ongoing Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) corruption case, Christopher Kamara, has denied under cross examination that the association had approached LEOCEM boss, Arnie Johansen, for loan agreement.

Kamara, who is the first defence witness, was responding to questions put to him by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Lawyer, Calvin Mantsebo on Friday, January 25, 2019, before Justice Reginald Fynn.

The suspended scribe said he had proper control over  all  finances of SLFA,as he was acting as the chief administrator and that he also arranged all task assigned to him in the capacity as Secretary-General as at June 2015.

He told the court that he made the preparations for the Sudan trip with supervision from the Executive Committee, who gave him the directives while he did the implementation.

He said two of the members who were supposed to have been part of the delegation didn’t make it because of reasons proffered by LEOCEM.

“They were not left out as a result of their passports,” DW1 said, adding that they were informed by LEOCEM that there was no space for them in the aircraft but  that they would travel on Tuesday 9th June, 2015.

He told the court that LEOCEM bought the tickets and that they have no control over their policy.

On the issue of the USD$5, 000, Kamara said he did receive the money from Arnie Johansen on Sunday 6th June, 2015, which was used as imprest for the entire delegation and for other activities.

“I did not discuss the USD$5, 000 with 1st accused,(Isha Johansen) as I could not reach her because at that moment she was in Canada,” he said, adding that they received USD$90, 000 from LEOCEM for sponsorship to the Sudan match and not a loan.

The  suspended SLFA president, Isha Johansen, and Christopher Abdul Kamara, were initially charged with eleven counts of misappropriation of donor funds, misappropriation of public funds and abuse of office, but after their lawyers made a no-case submission, they were discharged on eight of the 11 charges.

Meanwhile, the duo still faces three count charges relating to misappropriation of donor funds. The first and second allegation involving $50,000 USD received by the SLFA from CAF and the third allegation involves a cheque made out to Arnie Johansen for Le24, 750,000.

The case was adjourned to Monday January 28, 2019.