Over Mudslide/Flood Disaster Donations …  World Bank Exonerates Gov’t


Contrary to rumours doing the rounds that funds provided by donors for mudslide victims have been chopped by the government, the Country Manager of World Bank – Sierra Leone, Parmider Brar has disclosed that the monies are still safe.

Speaking during the commissioning of the 52 houses constructed for people affected by the disaster at Mile 6, the World Bank Chief disclosed that they were impressed when they perused the full report.

“Let no one think the money provided by donors to Sierra Leone for the victims has been chopped,” he said.

According to Mr. Brar, the funds were well managed, contrary to what is rumoured. He therefore concluded by appealing to Sierra Leoneans to continue to live in peace, love and harmony, while disclosing that the World Bank has approved twenty three million United States Dollars (US$23M) for the establishment of a Disaster Management Centre. God, he said, has bountifully blessed Sierra Leone, but however cautioned the people against unforeseen catastrophes in Freetown, as the country is prone to natural disasters because of her topography coupled with unhealthy human activities.

The Minister of Information and Communication, Hon. Alpha Khan thanked the IMF Chief for the disclosure, maintaining that he has put an end to all speculations and misinformation.

He added that it is not common to see investors or donor partners pumping money into the country during an electioneering year, but that the President’s Koroma’s led government has proved its sincerity and accountability and therefore the commendation by the World Bank Country Manager did not come as a surprise.

He described Mr. Brar as a nice and straight-forward personality who called things by their actual names and hoped that he would stay a bit longer to serve Sierra Leone.