Sunday March 20,
2016 - The
corruption mafia exposed again as the World Bank bars
the Dutch company that reportedly sold that marine
patrol vessel and Fly Salone airlines is no more.
It was not so long ago that some sections
of the government-controlled media tried to sell the
usual mantra to the people of Sierra Leone of having a
head who cares about them.
Quite a lot of smoke and noise was made
of what was described as a new patrol vessel, named
after the late Sorie Ibrahim Koroma which would be used
in the battle against illegal fishing within our coastal
On the website of the
State House website,
we found this -
"President Ernest Bai Koroma Wednesday
11 November commissioned the newly acquired Fisheries
Patrol Vessel FPV Sorie Ibrahim Koroma surveillance and
research boat at the Queen Elizabeth 11 Quay, Berth One,
Cline Town in Freetown.
The surveillance and patrol boat is a
multipurpose state of the art vessel that will monitor,
research fishing vessels and poacher in the territorial
waters of Sierra Leone.
Delivering the keynote address,
President Koroma expressed delight to participate in
launching the marine patrol and surveillance boat. As a
result of the fishing potentials of the country, he
said, poachers are individuals who pose serious
challenges in the fishing industry as well as those
involving in illegal fishing. He underscored the
importance of fishing to healthy living, creating
employment and propelling economic activities.
Making a statement, the Minister of
Fisheries and Marine Resources Captain Momodu Alieu Pat-Sowe
said fishing serves as social source of food security
largely with developmental income. He announced that his
ministry is at the conclusion stage of a new fishing
policy and structure to regulate and strengthen fishing
Captain Pat Sowe went further to state
that the surveillance boat will help to intercept, fine
and combat illegal fishing, saying that there is no room
However one source, the
South African based Defence web
had this bit -
"The Minister of Fisheries and Marine
Resources, Captain Momodu Alieu Pat-Sowe, said the new
boat will help to intercept, fine and combat illegal
fishing. The vessel cost $5.93 million to acquire.
It was built by Damen in the
Netherlands and arrived in Sierra Leone in late August.
It appears to be a Stan Patrol model. Sierra Leone has a
small navy, comprising one Shanghai III class vessel,
one Swiftship patrol boat, one LCU and several inshore
patrol craft and harbour cutters."
It would appear, that given the size
of the boat and all the specifications as it was
commissioned on that day, that the amount of nearly six
million US dollars was way above the real cost of such a
boat for which we would urge the Anti Corruption
Commission to trail the money and loss to the people of
Indeed, the World Bank has now issued
a statement which clearly indicates that another massive
corruption enterprise is at work at the centre of which
is one of the money spinners of the rat at State House,
one Captain Pat Sowe who has now been transferred to
He and the other key member of the
corruption mafia, one Logus Koroma of the Transport and
Aviation ministry have now become the rat's sacred cows.
This is what the World Bank says in
a press release on
its website dated March 16, 2016 -
"The World Bank this week debarred
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem (Damen) for 18 months. The
company engaged in a fraudulent practice under the West
Africa Regional Fisheries Program (Phase 1).
An investigation by the World Bank
Integrity Vice Presidency revealed evidence that Damen
engaged in a fraudulent practice by failing to disclose
an agent and the amount of commissions due to the agent
when it submitted its bid for the supply of a Fisheries
Patrol Boat under the West Africa Regional Fisheries
Program (Phase 1) in Sierra Leone in early 2013.
“This case demonstrates what it takes
to meet the World Bank integrity standard in terms of
acknowledging misconduct, cooperating with investigators
and raising the bar on compliance,” said Leonard
McCarthy World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency. The
sanction is part of a Negotiated Resolution Agreement.
Damen has cooperated with the World
Bank’s investigation and has taken remedial action,
including strengthening its corporate compliance
program. For these reasons the debarment period was
reduced to 18 months.
Under the Agreement the company will
continue to cooperate with the World Bank Integrity Vice
Presidency. In addition, the debarred entity is required
to comply with The World bank’s Integrity Guidelines
prior to their release from the debarment list. The
debarment of Damen Shipyard Gorinchem qualifies for
cross-debarment by other MDBs under the Agreement of
Mutual Recognition of Debarments that was signed on
April 9, 2010."
This bit from the World Bank statement
should be of interest to the police and the Anti
Corruption Commission - "An investigation by the World
Bank Integrity Vice Presidency revealed evidence that
Damen engaged in a fraudulent practice by failing to
disclose an agent and the amount of commissions due to
the agent when it submitted its bid for the supply of a
Fisheries Patrol Boat under the West Africa Regional
Fisheries Program (Phase 1) in Sierra Leone in early
Who was the agent and how much was
that agent given as part of this dubious deal?
We would urge the World bank to reveal
this report to the Sierra Leone public lest it be seen
as a part of a system that covers up corruption in
Meanwhile Sierra Leoneans are still
reeling from news that the much-hyped Fly Salone
airlines has folded up after its equally much-hyped
launch late last year. On the website of
the New Citizen
news outlet, a portal with close links to the ruling APC
party and Presidential Adviser I B Kargbo we found this
"The Minister of Transport and
Aviation, Leonard Balogun Koroma, on the night of
Saturday 13th December 2015, at the Lungi International
Airport, welcomed the twice weekly innovative direct
flight from London to Sierra Leone. The 180-seater plane
named 'Fly Salone' will ease the numerous challenges
faced by travelers to and from Sierra Leone and is a
private business venture.
The landing of the plane was
epoch-making as seven out of the nine airlines operating
in the country ceased during the Ebola outbreak.
Onlookers cheered the 70 passengers, both foreign and
local, as they disembarked the plane.
Addressing journalists at the
departure section of the Lungi International Airport,
the Minister of Transport disclosed that about half a
million Sierra Leoneans reside in the United Kingdom
that is their Mecca, the hub of world travel and
underscored that the plane would facilitate travel and
business in Sierra Leone."
However despite this publicity,
McPhilips Travel, an entity that is often associated
with all things relating to passenger and freight
services among others had this message on its website -a
message that was also found on the website of the
"To all the Fly Salone passengers who
have flying arrangements. We regret to inform you that
Fly Salone has ceased trading. All passengers will
therefore be unable to fly with this airline as the
Company will shortly be entering into Liquidation.
All passengers that have paid for
their bookings using Visa/Mastercard debit or credit
cards should seek a refund through their bank directly.
Alternatively if you have taken out a travel insurance
policy, you may be able to claim via your travel
insurer, citing scheduled airline failure.
All other passengers will be contacted
in due course with full details regarding how to make a
claim which will include a claim form to complete and
submit. We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience caused
What's going on?
We would urge law enforcement agencies
including the Anti Corruption Commission to investigate
these two incidents that have tarnished the image of the
country, State House and the Presidency with a view to
bringing to light the true story of the failure of Fly
Salone airlines and the nearly six million dollars
reportedly paid for a patrol vessel, the transaction of
which has led to the barring of the Dutch company