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14th December 2018

APC Party Urges SLPP to Apologise for the Dubious Transition Report on Corruption!

By a press release (06/07/18)

Angry APC party officials have called on the SLPP government to review, correct and apologise for the blatant mistakes in the Transition Report.

 

Few hours after the 12-Man Transition Report chaired by Dr. David Francis was presented to President Julius Maada Bio on Wednesday, many APC party officials accused in the Report for corruption went haywire by identifying blatant inaccuracies on their personalities. They have therefore demanded the SLPP party to correct the blunders in the Report. (Photo: Joseph Kamara, 1st left, former Justice Minister under President Ernest Koroma, who is also accused in the SLPP Report).

Below are two APC heavyweights in the persons of the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Joseph Kamara and Mr. Henry Macauley, the Former Minister of Energy who have come out fighting to protect their hard earned reputations.


Joseph Kamara: Putting the Transition Report Records Straight!



JFK & PARTNERS
42 BATHURST STREET
Freetown, Sierra Leone

Prof. David Francis
Chief Minister
State House
State Avenue
FREETOWN

4th July 2018

Dear Sir,

I write in respect of the above and constrained to comment so soon on the recently released Transition Report authored by a Team of which you were the Chairman. Let me hasten to state, that this is an attempt to put the records straight and not designed in any way to undermine the desire to curb corruption in our beloved country. To that, we have a symmetry.

However, I note with consternation, the last line on page 17, through to the findings on page 18. The statement refers to a meeting held in June 2014 at the Offices of the former Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, wherein the Sewa Gounds Market Company Limited was formed and project cost agreed at US$36.1 Million.

The allegations are factually inaccurate and meretricious. For ease of reference and understanding, I will restate the impugned dictate:

"In June 2014 at a meeting in the office of the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Joseph F. Kamara, the Acting Director of NASSIT, Mayor of Freetown City Council, Herbert Williams, agreed on a project to transform Sewa Grounds into a Shopping Mall and parking lot. For this purpose, they formed the Sewa Grounds Market Company Limited. The Project cost was agreed at US $36.1million, of which US $27.3million was to be used for "construction engineering and consultancy”. NASSIT was to invest US$7.5millions as well as provide a loan amounting to US$13,908,057."

Mr. Chief Minister, let me make it categorically clear that on the said date of June 2014, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, was not Attorney-General & Minister of Justice, as alleged, and at no point in time in my entire life was a meeting held to which I was present and matters of the nature as described above were discussed, nor such conclusions reached.

Without holding brief on behalf of Herbert George Williams, I wish to state that, he was not Mayor of the City of Freetown, in June 2014 as alleged in the Report. Herbert George Williams, ceased being Mayor in 2011.

A simple diligent inquiry would have averted what now appears to be a deliberate attempt to cast a slur on my integrity and reputation that has been duly earned in the course of over 40 years.

Importantly also, the comments on paragraph 21 regarding the exercise of "prosecutorial discretion" are unfortunate and regrettable. I wished you would have sought the advice of the Attorney-General in that regard.

But of course, even the language used to describe my person in the referenced material speak volumes also – "the politically ambitious Attorney-General." To be politically ambitious is suddenly a ‘corrupt’ and an ‘unacceptable’ conduct under the ‘New Direction’ and therefore, must be investigated. To that end, I say no more.

In any event, grateful if you could review and revise objectively and do the needful to meet the needs of fairness and quality investigations.

Meanwhile, please accept the assurances of my regards and wish you well. The whole country stands with the Government in the fight against corruption, where the evidence is "irrefutable, cogent, reliable and not politically motivated."

Yours faithfully,
Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, CoRSL

CC: Secretary to the President


Henry Olufumi Macauley's Reaction against the SLPP Report!

 

25 Babadorie Hills, Lumley, Freetown, Sierra Leone. (Photo: Henry Macauley).
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel:+232 78 726 084

July 5th, 2018

Dr. David J. Francis
Chief Minister
State House

Dear Chief Minister

My attention has been drawn to the launched Government Transition Report which made references to me with respect to the Aggreko Contract et al.

I believe there are several inaccuracies in the report and crave your indulgence in making the following observations.

1. As dry seasons approach, in anticipating the drop in power from Bumbuna, and to avoid blackout which has various terrible and crippling consequences on the lives of the people, the standing Dry Season Committee, (with the membership of the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Finance, Attorney General's Office, PPP Unit, State House SPU, EDSA and EGTC), would meet every week for deep discussions on plans to keep the power on, and decisions jointly taken. It has never been a unilateral action and the Minister does not sign any Agreement alone. Please see "Annexe A", minutes of one such Dry Season meeting, evidencing the attendance of the above mentioned MDAs.

2. The Aggreko contact was the subject of an international tender launched by EDSA and supervised by the World Bank in 2016, that went through a rigourous procurement process. Aggreko won the bid following which there was extensive negotiation by the Dry Season Committee. The contract was also cleared by the NPPA and the AG's Office. The Board of EDSA , the Offtaker, deliberated and approved for the Chairman EDSA and the DG to sign the Agreement. See "Annexe B". Invitation to Tender.

The contract signed in December 2017 was simply an extension occasioned by the dwindling water level at Bumbuna and the fast approaching dry season. Even though Karpowership had berthed, construction of the transmission towers and other delays meant it could not be deployed immediately.

3. Aggreko is an Emergency Power Rental contract, for only 6 months of the Dry Season. This cannot be compared to a normal IPP of 2 years or more. The tarif calculated by EDSA for Agggreko was 23cents per kwh inclusive of fuel and not 35cents per kwh without fuel. Please see "Annexe C" EDSA 's Report.

4. If Ethiopia is 14 times less expensive than 35cents, that would put that tarif at 2.5cents. Hardly feasible.

6. EDSA selected the locations of Blackhall Road and Wellington as the most optimal sites given the network contraints.

7. As an Emergency Power rental contract, the contractor is not expected to leave his plant behind as this was never part of the Tender or the Agreement.

8. Please refer to clause A of the attached Aggreko Contract. The $1.69million referred to is the Capacity Charge for the power supplied and not an advance payment per se. Please see "Annexe D", relevant portion of the Aggreko Contract."

9. Finally, on this, electricity is an expensive business but the cost of darkness is much higher than the cost of light. We put many measures in place, such as the Electricity Crimes and Offenses Committee, to ensure EDSA becomes viable and independent of Government's financial input. This and other initiatives and guidelines were in my Hand Over Notes.

10. With respect to a corporate, not personal loan with Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, satisfactory arrangements had been made and the matter put to rest.

With respect to holding two diplomatic passports without due process, this is impossible as the Foreign Ministry aproves all renewals of diplomatic passports.

I hope the foregoing would be taken into consideration and the negative impression created around my character and reputation corrected.

May I also seize this opportunity, dear Chief Minister, to forward to you a copy of my 4 Year Final Term Report 2014 to 2018, which outlines the activities and achievements of the Energy Sector under my tenure. Hoping you may find it of some use. See "Annexure"

Thank you for your kind attention.

Yours faithfully

Amb. Henry O. Macauley
Former Minister of Energy
Att:

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