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Vol XI No 7

The tendency sometimes to protect perpetrators for the sake of peace...doesn't help society. Impunity should not be allowed to stand. - Kofi Annan on Waki report

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Monday March 16, 2015 - As investigations hone in on the real culprits - those who gave the orders for the illegal contracts, the smoke and mirrors rat of a President tries to divert public attention from their plundering by attempting to remove Sierra Leone's Vice President. The accusations were as childish and petty as could only be drummed up by a sick, very sick mind. How dare the APC talk about academic qualifications when quite a good number of its own operatives carry invented titles.

We would want to remind all those directly linked to the massive looting of funds meant for the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease that they were given seven days, by the Auditor General to come up with supporting documents in respect of massive looting of the funds meant for the fight against the scourge.

We have just taken a look again at a small area of the report and came across this -


Review of the records for the above contract revealed that the contract was awarded to Kingdom Security Logistics. Analysis of the contract in line with the NPPA rules regarding Sole-Source Procurement for Emergency Needs revealed significant audit observations on the lapses in the procurement process. These lapses have been summarised below:

1.  Records such as procurement and evaluation committees' minutes and matrices to disclose how Kingdom Security Logistics was selected for sole sourcing for this contract were not submitted for audit review.

2.  Clause 16.1 of the General Conditions of Contract (GCC) required the payment of an advanced payment of 60% within thirty (30) days of the signing of the contract, to be followed by the final 40% payment within forty-five (45) days of acceptance of delivery. The final payment of 40% was however paid even before the ambulances were tested or examined on delivery.  

3.  Even though the contract was between the MoHS and Kingdom Security and Logistics Services Ltd., we realised that payments were made to a foreign bank account of Uniworld General Trading LLC who was not a party to the agreement/contract held in the United Arab Emirates.

4.  It must be noted that the arrangement for making direct payments to Uni-world was not factored in the contract agreement and there was no evidence to show that Uniworld was a party to the contract.

Uniworld General Trading Llc is based in Dubai a recent place of interest of the rat. We suspect that had had joined the ranks of corrupt African operatives who use this new channel to launder ill-gotten gains.

We suspect that orders must have come from the rat himself to have that contract awarded to this company as a way of laundering the Ebola Virus Disease funds and we are looking forward to both compromised bodies - the Anti Corruption Commission and Parliament to follow the money trail and see where it leads. Some of the children at the orphanage.

This excerpt from the excuse of Ministry of Health officials makes interesting reading -

"Even though the contract was between the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) and Kingdom Security, there was a direct link between the contractor and Kingdom Security. In fact it was the contractor who authorised the payment to Uniword General Trading (LLC) account of which the request letter was attached to the contract agreement and that can be verified."

The Auditor General was unimpressed and after looking at the documents presented observed - "The relevant documentary evidence such as for the unconditional bank guaranty, the payment of US$360,000 to air freight the ambulances and the status of the remaining four ambulances were not submitted for verification. Therefore, the issue is unresolved."

We have noted with interest that the Dubai-based UNIWORLD GENERAL TRADING LLC states on its website that it is involved in Procurement, Trading business activities - and there's a contact person on one of the sites -

one Alhaji Maju Bah.

Jamie Hitchen a researcher at the Africa Research Institute has noted that the audit report on the Ebola Virus Disease has quite a lot of failures when it comes to accounting for the disbursement of funds and the awarding of contracts.

"Particular criticism was directed at a failure to follow procurement procedures set out in the Public Procurement Act of 2004. The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) was the major culprit, issuing contracts despite inadequate bidder documentation and without carrying out the necessary due diligence. Government employee justification that procurement procedures could be waived because of the prevailing state of emergency is not supported by legislation, according to the report. In short, incompetently written contracts and poor controls over the disbursement of funds were commonplace.


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