Commission of Inquiry Counsel commences closing submissions

After months of investigations at the ongoing Commission of Inquiry (COI) as well as arguments by counsel representing Persons of Interest, the Commission has commenced oral closing submissions from both sides. The Commissioner, William Atuguba, has started hearing oral submissions on the Road Maintenance Fund Administration (RMFA), HFC Mortgage bank and the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA). Counsel Africanus Sorie Sesay, representing Persons of Interest, Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay, former Minister of Works and Ahmed Kanu, former Deputy Minister of Lands, highlighted contributions coming into the National Social Security Insurance Trust (NaSSIT) are from individuals and as such, they are “not Public funds.” Sesay noted that there is no law that stated clearly that such contributions are public funds hence, it is not the business of the Commission to investigate. It is the contributors that have the sole right to take an action against NaSSIT because the establishment itself is a private transaction with contributions deducted from employees’ salaries. Counsel Sesay is of the conviction that the Commission is looking into two transactions between landowners in Songo and the Commerce and Mortgage Bank (CMB) because the State is not owner of CMB Bank but rather NaSSIT. He went on that NaSSIT is not in anyway under investigation before the Commission but rather CMB bank, hence, NaSSIT can control its company, CMB bank, using their internal mechanisms as shareholder of the Bank. Africanus Sesay said CMB never acted as an agent for NaSSIT but with the legal capacity outlined in a Memorandum of Article (M and A).

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