3 MPs In Trouble


By Thomas S. Kembay

The last Thursday, 7th March, 2019 testimony at the Commission of Inquiry 1 (COI-1) by the Youth in Fisheries Project Manager, Joseph Maada Lahai has brought in three sitting Members of Parliament who, sources say, will soon be invited by Commissioner Biobele Georgewill to answer to questions surrounding loans they obtained from the said project fund.

In his submission to Commissioner Georgewill of instrument 64 in Room No1, Joseph Maada Lahai explained that upon assuming office in August 2018, he discovered that the said MPs were politically compensated with the five hundred thousand United State Dollars (US$500,000) that was donated by the Saudi Arabia Prince, Aluadi for the youth in Fisheries project.
According to the Project Manager, each beneficiary of the boat was to pay thirty five million Leones (Le35m) monthly as refund to enable the Ministry buy more boats for youths involved in the fisheries sector but none of that, he said, ever happened.

“When I took over, I met only one hundred and sixty nine thousand, seven hundred and forty Leones (Le 169,740) in the youth in fisheries project account with six months backlog salaries owed to project monitoring staff to the tune of one hundred and eighty million Leones,” (Le 180m).

The US$500,000, he said, was to procure 70 fishing boats to empower youth in coastal communities.

He continued that he was instructed by the Minister of Youth Affairs to engage all those that took loans from the project fund including the 3 MPs but pointed out that his meeting with the debtors on the loan repayment yielded no fruit as it was discovered that the three MPs were politically compensated.

The three MPs, he disclose, include, Hon. Abdul Karim Kamara, Hon. Amadu Kanu and Hon. Kemoko Conteh.