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Federal Foreign Office

Reference: 701-0-654.33COVID 19

Circular Note No. 13/2021

C i r c u l a r N o t e

The Federal Foreign Office has the honor to inform the diplomatic missions and  international organizations in the Federal Republic of Germany of the following in  addition to and in partial amendment of Circular Note 03/2021:

The Coronavirus entry regulation aims to limit the entry of corona infections. This  is important not least against the background of the spread of new virus variants.

With the First Ordinance amending the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance, the  regulations for air travellers who want to enter the Federal Republic of Germany have been supplemented. Accordingly, people who travel to Germany by plane must present  negative evidence to the transport company prior to departure in accordance with § 3 (3)  of the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance. This applies to any flight to Germany, regardless of  whether the place of departure is in a risk area or not. A medical certificate or a test result  with regard to the absence of an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus is valid as  proof, whereby the smear on which the certificate or test result is based must have been  taken no more than 48 hours before entering the Federal Republic of Germany.

Antigen tests for the direct detection of the coronavirus SARS-Co-V-2 are  generally recognized from all countries provided they meet the minimum criteria  recommended by the WHO for the quality of SARS-CoV-2-Ag rapid tests. The exact  requirements that are placed on the tests can be found on the website of the Robert Koch  Institute: www.rki.de/covid-19-tests.

The regulation does not apply (i) to travellers in international transit for direct  onward travel (non-Schengen) or, (ii) if appropriate protection and hygiene concepts are  adhered to for people who for professional reasons transport people, goods or goods across borders, including in particular Aircraft-Crews and diplomatic couriers.

To the

Diplomatic Representations and

International Organizations

in the Federal Republic of Germany

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This regulation comes into force on 30th March 2021, midnight and applies until  12th May 2021, midnight.

The previous regulations continue to apply to all travellers who enter the Federal  Republic of Germany by bus, train, car or ship.

The diplomatic missions are requested to inform their career consular missions  about the content of this Circular Note.

The Federal Foreign Office avails of this opportunity to renew to the Diplomatic  Missions and International Organizations in the Federal Republic of Germany the  assurance of its highest consideration.

Berlin, 29th March 2021

 

Maldives Ambassador Makes Courtesy Call on Ambassador Baryoh

Ambassador Ahmed Latheef of the Maldives Embassy in Germany made a courtesy call on the Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Germany Dr. M’Baimba Lamin Baryoh on 9th February 2021 at the Sierra Leone Embassy in Berlin, Germany.
In his welcoming statement, Dr. M’Baimba Lamin Baryoh expressed his appreciation of the cordial and friendly relationship that exists between them. He explained that the Republic of Maldives is a nation of islands in the North-Central  Indian Ocean.

Ambassador Baryoh assured the Maldives Ambassador that Sierra Leone will continue to maintain its bilateral relationship with the Maldives. He added that both countries will continue to enjoy educational and cultural exchange programmes, which he said will create more opportunities for both countries to learn from each other. He informed the Maldives Ambassador about the strides made by His Excellency President Bio in the fight against Covid-19. He also informed his counterpart about the introduction of Free Quality Education by His Excellency President Bio that has been of great benefit to Sierra Leone. Ambassador Baryoh also mentioned the famous project under the office of the First Lady, Her Excellency Mrs. Fatima Bio. The ‘Hands Off Our Girls’ campaign is protecting women and girls from abuse and providing free sanitary pads to help them manage hygiene issues during their menstrual cycle.

Responding to his counterpart, Ambassador Ahmed Latheef expressed his thanks and appreciation to Ambassador Baryoh for his warm reception. He called for more cooperation between the two countries. He called on both countries to come together to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic. He concluded by saying he would convey Ambassador Baryoh’s diplomatic courtesies to his authorities in the Maldives. He is looking forward to further strengthening of diplomatic ties between Sierra Leone and the Maldives.

By Idrissa Hilton Gogra
Information Attach’e
Sierra Leone Embassy
in Berlin Germany.

 

German Ambassador to Sierra Leone Pays Courtesy Call to Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Germany

 

The German Ambassador to Sierra Leone Horst Gruner has paid a courtesy call to the Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Germany, Dr. M’Baimba Lamin Baryoh on Friday 20th November, 2020 at the Sierra Leone Embassy, Berlin in Germany.

Ambassador Baryoh in welcoming the German Ambassador expressed his satisfaction for the cordial and friendly relationship existing between both countries. He stated that the relationship was established in the 18th century when the early Germans came to Sierra Leone for the purpose of trade, education and religion. The marks left behind by these early Germans are still very visible in Sierra Leone where some German names are still being carried by Sierra Leoneans eg.  Gustavus, Boltman etc. He stated that diplomatic relations between both countries were established in 1961 and this relationship has continued to grow from strength to strength. He thanked the German Government for its continued assistance to the country through GIZ and highlighted the recent provision of diagnostic kits to fight the Corona Pandemic.

 

Ambassador  Gruner in his reply thanked Ambassador Baryoh for his friendly and warm reception and stated that he feels very much at home in Sierra Leone. He praised His Excellency President Rtd Brig Julius Maada Bio, the Government and the people of Sierra Leone for the effective fight against COVID-19 and that Germany will continue to support Sierra Leone particularly in health related matters. He is very satisfied with the strong bilateral ties that exist between both countries.

Other topics discussed during the courtesy call included: The Schengen Visa and Immigration. Germany, he said will continue to support Sierra Leone through the European Union and other regional bodies.

 

Both Ambassadors meet at least once a year either in Freetown or Berlin where they discuss issues of common interest affecting both countries.

Idrissa Hilton Gogra

 Information Attaché

 Sierra Leone Embassy in Berlin Germany

Ambassador Baryoh Addresses African Group Ambassadors, Applauds DG of World Trade Organization

The Sierra Leone Ambassador to Germany, His Excellency M’Baimba Lamin Baryoh has on Thursday 4th March 2021, served as one of the guests of honor in a meeting that was held in Berlin Germany and addressed members of the African Group Ambassadors on the need for Sierra Leone to become one of the two Non-Permanent members for African States in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and congratulated the newly elected Director General of the World Trade Organization, Her Excellency Ngozi Okonjo-Iweda.

“Let me start by congratulating our very own, the newly elected Director-General of the World Trade organization (WTO), Her Excellency Ngozi Okonjo-lweda, the 7th World Trade Organization  Director-General,” said Ambassador Lamin Baryoh, adding that madam Ngozi Okonjo is the first woman and the first African to assume the office of Director General of the World Trade Organization. He adds that the battle was long and fierce but madam Okonjo won at the end of the day.  He went on to say that her elevation has brought lots of hope for the African continent and by extension, the world. Ambassador Baryoh informed members of the African Group Ambassadors that the key priority of Her Excellency Ngozi Okonjo-Iweda, is to work with member states to quickly address the economic and health consequences brought about by COVID-19.

“I wish her every success on behalf of the Government and people of Sierra Leone in her endeavors,” Ambassador Baryoh told members of the African Group Ambassadors. He also expressed  Sierra Leone’s desire to become one of the two Non-Permanent members for African States in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the term 2024-2025.

“My mission has already sent Notes Verbale from the Government to your respective missions soliciting your support during the UN General Assembly to vote for Sierra Leone,” he reminds members of the African Group Ambassadors from various countries. He adds that the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio is presently Chairman of the Committee of Ten (C 10) of the African Union. He said that, this group consist of Senegal, Republic of Congo, Libya, Namibia, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone. He went on to say that, the committee advocates and canvases for reforms in the UN Security Council. He adds particularly for Africa to have one more seat as Non-Permanent and two Permanent seats with VETO POWER in the UNSC.

Ambassador Baryoh disclosed that President Bio in a meeting of the AU on 11th February 2019, whilst presenting the report of the Committee at the Plenary Session of the United Nations warned that the recognition and legitimacy of the African demands to take its rightful place in the global Governance, he adds that it is achievable only if we continue to work together in articulating our aspirations and goals as a continent. As a matter of fact, he said that Sierra Leone has been heading this Committee for the last two successive seasons. He adds that, it is therefore our view that the experience gained by President Bio has put him in a very good position to negotiate and canvas on reforms in the UN on behalf of Africa in the UN-Security Council. He disclosed that President Bio and the other members in the Committee have been very instrumental in achieving these goals and aspirations of the AU, adding by encouraging them that Sierra Leone needs their supports in voting for a seat as Non-Permanent member in the UNSC.

Idrissa Hilton Gogra
Information Attach’e
Sierra Leone Embassy in
Berlin Germany.

AMBASSADOR DR M´BAIMBA LAMIN BARYOH PARTICIPATES IN 64TH IAEA BILATERAL CONFERENCE & HIGHLIGHTS PROGRESS MADE

 

Sierra Leone Ambassador in Germany, Dr. M’Baimba Lamin Baryoh has participated in this year’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) bilateral conference that was held virtual and has highlighted the progress that Sierra Leone has made in actualizing the activities of IAEA.

 

His Excellency Baryoh informed that in the field of animal and human health, various technical Corporation programs have in the past helped Sierra Leone to improve the nutrient content in crops through the development of new plant varieties as well as training of our Scientists in both plant breeding and nutrient analysis, e.g. new varieties of Rice (our staple food) and cassava are now being developed at NJala University College. He disclosed that the Veterinary Scientists of IAEA are currently training their counterparts in the country to catch, sample and diagnose potentially virus transmitting Bats using Nuclear derived techniques, adding that Sierra Leone is currently working on establishing a Radiotherapy Center for which one Medical Physicist has already been trained, adding that two more and one Medical Oncologist are presently undergoing training through its Technical Cooperation (TC) programs.

 

“I would want to mention the fight against Zoonotic diseases as well as the support and assistance the country got in the form of PPE’s, test kits and RT-PCR equipment, which went a long way in helping us in combatting COVID-19,” he said, adding by thanking the IAEA for the additional support provided to strengthen the regulatory infrastructure and the management of our water resources, which include training and research on using Isotope techniques to provide invaluable information to water resource Managers, Government and Scientists. He went on to say that in October 2019 IAEA’s Division for Nuclear Safety visited Sierra Leone to give support to the country and review the six functional areas of the Integrated National Security Support (INSSP) and to identify achievements as well as additional needs which would assist the country prioritize the implementation of nuclear security activities.

 

“I had the honor and privilege to give the keynote address in the session on “SIERRA LEONE’S OBLIGATIONS TO THE FIELD OF NUCLEAR SECURITY UNDER RELEVANT INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS, ” he said, adding that the Small Quantity Protocols (SQP) had been signed and the other additional Protocol (AP) are also on their way.  He informed that these will increase IAEA’s ability to verify the peaceful use of nuclear material in Sierra Leone and subsequently enable the country to contribute to the strong infrastructure and nuclear non-proliferation regime.  He added that during the 63rd General conference of IAEA held in Vienna last year which had as its main topic “A DECADE OF ACTION AND CANCER CONTROL, AND THE WAY FORWARD”, he went on to say that IAEA stepped up efforts in helping Sierra Leone to establish the Radiotherapy Center.

 

“I hope this bilateral meeting will make us get closer to achieving the priority areas that both parties have identified,” he said, adding by thanking members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for convening the conference amidst the fight against the corona virus. Ambassador Baryoh added that the 2nd Country Program Framework (CPF) for Sierra Leone 2019-2023 was signed by the Hon. Minister of Energy and Power Mr. Kanja Sesay and H.E Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of Technical Cooperation on the 14th and 20th of May 2019, respectively. He said that before they reached the expected consensus five priority areas were identified. These are: Nuclear and Radiation therapy, Food and Agriculture, Human and animal health, Water resource management and Environmental application.

The IAEA is also organizing Fellowships to provide young Professionals and University graduates with an opportunity to develop hands-on experience to achieve academic accreditation related to the application of nuclear technology.

Idrissa Hilton Gogra

Information Attache

 Sierra Leone Embassy in Berlin Germany

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio Receives Reports of Commissions of Inquiry and White Papers, Assures Full Implementation of Reports

State House, Freetown, Thursday 24 September 2020 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has today received the reports of the Commissions of Inquiry and the White Papers and has assured that government will fully implement the recommendations therein.

“Government has carefully looked at the reports of the Commissions and the recommendations. The White Paper documents the recommendations the Government has accepted in the interest of the people of Sierra Leone. Unlike other Commissions, citizens are assured that this Government will fully implement all recommendations. I repeat, Government will implement all recommendations to the letter,” he said.

The reports of the various Commissions of Inquiry established by Constitutional Instruments Nos. 64, 65 and 67 of 2018 were officially published together with their white papers.

President Bio, who opened his address to the press with a short announcement of his return from a private visit to Lebanon in excellent health, publicly instructed the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to effect the recommendations of the Commissions of Inquiry and “to recover all monies recommended to be returned to the people of Sierra Leone and to confiscate all assets recommended to be confiscated, and all other such penalties as recommended”.

He, however emphasised respect for the rule of law, adding that: “Persons and entities affected by the recommendation are guaranteed a peaceful and transparent judicial appeals process through which they can seek relief. So let me therefore caution every Sierra Leonean that the rule of law is supreme. Those who may wish to incite or engage in unrest and violence in order to obstruct the process of implementing the full enforcement of the recommendations will be subject to the full force of the law”.

“This is not the last of investigations into corruption by former leaders. The ACC and other law enforcement agencies are mandated to investigate issues that the Commissions of Inquiry did not have sufficient time to investigate. Investigations, arrests, and prosecutions for corruption will continue as long as they are permissible in the laws of this country,” he assured.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Anthony Yeihwoe Brewah, said that the publication fully complied with the provisions of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone and that the White Papers contained the reactions of President Bio’s Government to the recommendations in the report submitted to him. He added that the publication would not only satisfy the constitutional requirements but would also seek to meet the expectations of the general public as to the outcome of the Commissions of Inquiry.

“The Commissions of Inquiry were impartially conducted as the commissioners gave the persons of interests the opportunity to defend allegations that were made against them. Regrettably, the majority did not turn up to account for their stewardship. That notwithstanding, it is trite law that unchallenged evidence is good evidence, and so the commissioners held,” he said.

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Summary of Justice Biobele Comission of inquiries report presentaion.

By : JMAN

223 Bilions of Leones where Misappropraited by person of intrest($94Million) investgated by Justice Biobele

126 person of intrest investigated in his comission

84 indicted by Justice Biobele, they include

1 indicted former President of Sierra Leone ( Ernest Bai Koroma)

13 indicted Former Minister

6 indicted Deputy former minister

1 indicted CEO of National Ebola Response Center

1 indicted former secret to the former President.

2 indicted former Governor of the bank of Sierra Leone

1 indicted former chairman of National Comission for Privatisation

3 indicted Member of Parliment

10 Permament Secretary

1 former coordinating officer of National Election Commmission.

1 former head of case management Team at the Ebola operation Center

2 former Director General

1 former CEO of Small Medium Enterprise Development Agency

1 former Managing Director of Sierra Leone Commercial Bank.

5 of the former Director of youth project where indicted.

3 heads of Musicial groups in Sierra Leone. (Kolabo and others to refund the money giving to then back to the Government of Sierra Leone)

26 Person of intrest where Discharge.

5 Former Minister where discharge

10 former deputy minister where discharge

2 Permament Secretary where discharge

9 other person of intrest where discharge including

(a ) Kawsu Kebbie

(b) Chief Sadiq Kapuwa

(c ) Ibrahim Swarry of NPPA.

The most guilt of all indicted was Linkokwing university, that was not in the intrest of the people of Sierra Leone. Everything about it formation is corrupt.

17 person of Intrest on asset declaration where investigated by Justice Biobel they are

(1) Madam finda Diana Konomanyi

(2 ) Miatta Kargbo

(3) Ibrahim washinga Mansary

(4 ) Abdul linoux Koroma

(5 ) Minkalu Mansary

(6) Ahmead Kanu

(7 ) Alimmay Kamara

(8 ) Mabinty Daramy

(9 ) Bai Mahmoud Bangura

(10 ) Alfred Paolo Conteh

(11) Dr Minkalu Bah

(12) Alimmay P Koroma

(13) Mahmoud Tarawall

(14 ) Dr Richard Conteh

(15) Franklin Bai Kargbo

(16) Sulata Cooper

(17 ) Rahmond Saidu Kargbo

14 of the asset of person of intrest of unexplained wealth where indicted

3 Person of intrest asset Discharge

All person indicted who failed to declare there asset should serve imprisonment of Six Months or pay 30 Million leones, diffrent from the money they shoud refund.

All Person of intrest who declare there asset only one or twice have also be found guilt, but been discharge at least they try said the justice Biobele.

All property own by Person of intrest that is within there earning are discharge

All account own by Person of intrest within there earning are discharge and giving acess to them back.

All propery acquire by Person of intrest indicted with fund beyond there means of income , are product of unlawful and unjust enrichment , hence forth there property would be forfeited forth with to the Government and people of Sierra Leone

All forfeited property should be sold to any intrest person in Sierra Leone as a fair value, and the money should be remitted immediately to the consuldated revenue fund of the Government of Sierra Leone.

All funds in the bank account of person indicted that is beyond there means of earning must be forfeited to the Government of Sierra Leone, within 30 days from the date the recommendation are ratified.

In the event anybody fail to return or repay the money Government shall use all law within there power to confiscate all money own by that individual , either money in the bank account, or property moveable or immoveable including houses, vehicles, stock belong to Person of intrest, with the purpose of selling it, in order to pay the amount belonging to the people of Sierra Leone.

All person of intrest that failed to attend the the hereing of the Comission of Inquries are there by indicted and ban 5 years for holding public office.

All Person of intrest who are ban from holding public office, after there ban is finish should write an appology letter to the people of Sierra Leone openly and publish it back to various news paper, and copy justice department for it records.

It is my hope that the Government of Sierra Leone under the leadership of H.E President Julius Maada Bio would recover all stolen money and property and return back to the people of Sierra Leone.

And this recommedition would serve as a reminder to all Present Government Minister, Deputy Minister, Director General, Permament Secretary that corruption has no place in sierra leone any more and they should work purely for the benefit and intrest of the people of Sierra Leone.

Justice Atuguba call on all Africa President to emulate President Bio who never interfer with the work of the COI.

PLEASE READ THE FULL WHITE PAPER REPORT ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JUSTICE BIOBELE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY BELOW

WHITE PAPER ON THE REPORT OF THE HON. SIR JUSTICE BIOBELE GEORGEWILL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY TO INTER ALIA EXAMINE THE ASSETS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS IN RESPECT OF PERSONS WHO WERE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENTS, MINISTERS, MINISTERS OF STATE AND DEPUTY MINISTERS; AND HEADS AND CHAIRMEN OF BOARDS OF PARASTATALS, DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES WITHIN THE PERIOD FROM NOVEMBER 2007 TO APRIL 2018.

1. The SLPP New Direction Government in its commitment and desire to eradicate corruption, mismanagement and indiscipline in the affairs of government, as well as the recovery of all State assets and properties acquired through unexplained wealth and unjust enrichment, by Constitutional Instrument No. 64 of 2018 published in the Supplement to the Sierra Leone Gazette Vol. CXLIX, No. 65 dated 1st August, 2018, instituted the Commission of Inquiry (Examination, Inquiry and Investigation) Notice (1), 2018 with Hon. Sir Justice Biobele Georgewill as Chairman and Sole Commissioner in order to:-

a) examine the assets and other related matters in respect of-

(i) persons who were President, Vice President, Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers; and
(ii) Heads and Chairmen of Boards of Parastatals, Departments and Agencies within the period from November 2007 to April 2018

b) Inquire into and investigate whether assets were acquired lawfully or unlawfully;

c) inquire into-

(i) persons who were President, Vice President, Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers; and

(ii) Heads and Chairmen of Boards of Parastatals, Departments and Agencies;

d) ascertain as to whether the persons referred to in sub paragraphs (a) to (c) –

(i) maintained a standard of life above that which was commensurate to their official emoluments;

(ii) owned or were in control of pecuniary resources or property disproportionate to their official emoluments or there are evidence of corruption, dishonesty or abuse of office for private benefit by them;

(iii) collaborated with any person in respect of such corruption, dishonesty or abuse of office;

(iv) acted wilfully or complacently in such a manner so as to cause financial loss or damage to the government, local authority or parastatal including a public corporation;

(v) acquired directly or indirectly financial or material gains fraudulently, improperly or wilfully to the detriment of the government, local authority or a parastatal including a public corporation, statutory Commission, body or any university

e) to inquire into and investigate any persons or matters as may from time to time referred to the Commission by his Excellency the President.

2. The Commission has submitted its Report on the assets and other related matters in respect of persons who were President, Vice Presidents, Ministers, Ministers of State and Deputy Ministers; and Heads and Chairmen of Boards of Parastatals, Departments and Agencies within the period from November 2007 to April 2018 and Government has since reviewed the Report and recommendations therein.

3. Government wishes to reiterate its commitment in the fight against corruption and public malfeasance as well as restoring decency, accountability, transparency and good government in the administration of our country.

4. Accordingly, it is hoped that public officers would learn from the findings of the Commissions of Inquiry.

Chapter Two

Investigation into the Ebola Response

Government notes the Commission’s findings (2.5, p38) on Miatta Kargbo; Madina S. Rahman; Alfred Palo Conteh; Dr. Donald Bash Taqi; and Steven Gaojia as they “… were involved in gross abuse of their offices in the reckless manner in which they dealt with the finances of the Government under their care and failure to provide leadership and supervision of the Ministry or Department or Agency put under their charge”, resulting in the misappropriation of Le85, 239, 738, 225. 94 and USD2, 471, 993. 41.

This money remain unaccounted for between the EOC/Ministry of Health and Sanitation; NERC, and their several Collaborators. For instance, BDO received Le316, 501, 686, 207. 99, out of which the sum of Le293, 103, 937, 677. 71 was spent on approvals by Alfred Palo Conteh as CEO of NERC for payments, leaving a balance of Le23, 397, 748, 530. 28 which has remained unaccounted for.

Also, there were supporting documents for only Le1, 964,950,000.00 of US$360,000.00 paid to sea freight of 4 Ambulances and the balance has remained unaccounted for by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. In addition, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation paid the sum of US$6, 000, 000. 00 without supporting documents.

Mr. Steven Gaojia also insisted that Le7, 000, 000, 000. 00 and US$1, 183, 000.00 were withdrawn by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation but was not accounted for by NERC. Further, that a total of 254 Vehicles and Motorbikes out of the 702 Vehicles remain unaccounted for by NERC.

Government accepts recommendations 1-6

1. The following persons shall jointly and severally refund and pay into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Government of Sierra Leone the sum of Le33, 643, 447, 070. 00 and USD1, 050, 000. 00 that were misappropriated and or had remained unaccounted for, namely: i. Miatta Kargbo; ii. Madinah Rahman; iii. Dr. Donald Bash – Taqi; iv. Charles Mambu, and v. Mohammed Paul Kamara of Kingdom Security and Logistics Limited.

2. The following persons shall jointly and severally refund and pay into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Government of Sierra Leone the sum of Le50, 955, 471, 155. 95 and USD1, 183, 000. 00 that were misappropriated and or had remained unaccounted for, namely: i. Alfred Palo Conteh, and ii. Steven Gaojia.

3. i. Alfred Palo Conteh, ii. Steve Gaojia and iii. Omaru Badara Sisay shall produce and hand over to the Government of Sierra Leone the total number of 254 vehicles and motorbikes that were not handed over to Office of National Security at the folding up of NERC.

4. Splash Mobile Communications shall refund and pay into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Government of Sierra Leone the sum of Le640, 819, 999. 99 hazard allowances which it has failed to refund till date.

5. Samuel Abayomi Noldred and his Firm, BDO shall refund and pay into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Government of Sierra Leone the sum of USD52, 347. 55 being outstanding balance from the Ebola response fund it has failed to transfer to IHPAU.

6. Alpha Umaru Jalloh, Head of IHPAU unit of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and his finance team headed by Ayodele Martyn shall refund the sum of USD186, 645. 86 transferred to them by BDO which had remained unaccounted for as spent on bogus operation cost of IHPAU.

Government accepts recommendation 7. However, Government directs that all amounts due and recommended to be refunded and paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Government of Sierra Leone shall be done within 90 days from the date of the publication of the Report together with this White Paper.

7. All amounts due and recommended to be refunded shall be refunded and paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Government of Sierra Leone within 30 days from the date of the ratification of the recommendations by the Government of Sierra Leone.

Government notes recommendation 8 having regard to its response to recommendation 7 above.

8. In the event of failure or neglect or refusal to make the refunds and payment into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Government of Sierra Leone within the 30 days period by any one as indicted above, the Government shall use all lawful means to confiscate all monies standing to the credit of any of the indicted persons in any bank accounts and properties, movable and immovable, including houses, vehicles, stocks belonging to any of the indicted persons for the purposes of selling them to recover the said amounts.

Government rejects recommendation 9 as it tends to distract from the object of the Commission of Inquiry. The focus of Government is to recover the people’s money and not to restrain anybody from political participation.

9. The following former public officials: i. Miatta Kargbo, ii. Madina S. Rahman, iii. Alfred Palo Conteh, iv. Dr. Donald Bash Taqi, and v. Steven Gaojia, be barred from holding any public offices on subvention or howsoever funded by the Government of Sierra Leone for a period of Five Years from the date of acceptance of this recommendation by the Government of Sierra Leone.

Chapter Three

Investigation into the Granting of Unsecured Credits to Politically Exposed Persons by Sierra Leone Commercial Bank between November 2007 and April 2018

Government notes the Commission’s findings (3.5, p47) on i. Idrissa Alooma Kamara, ii. Tapsiru Lamin Dainkeh, iii. Abu Kamara, iv. Winstanley Bankole Johnson, v. Crispin Deigh, vi. George Carl Taylor, vii. Idrissa Amadu Kamara and all former Chairmen of the Board and Managing Directors of the SLCB. The Commission found, among other things, that Crispin Deigh, a former Managing Director of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank from February 2008 – June 2013 “… was grossly negligent in the performance of his duty and failed to put his authority as the Managing Director to proper and diligent use…”

For instance, he deliberately abdicated his supervision responsibilities of his subordinates who “… recklessly granted several unsecured loans to politically exposed persons and also to businesses owned by politically exposed persons” resulting into huge debt burden of Le7, 100, 159, 352. 29. Mr Deigh did admit under clarifications by the Commission that “… he takes the blame for the unpaid unsecured loans granted to a customer previously owing the bank…”

Government accepts recommendations 1-3

1. As a deterrent and lesson for present Bank Officials in Sierra Leone to exercise utmost caution and due diligence when dealing with funds of shareholders and customers in their custody on issues of unsecured loans and credits, Mr. Crispin Deigh, a former Managing Director of SLCB from February 2008 – June 2013 shall pay 0.05% of the outstanding amounts on the debts due from African Sunshine Co. Ltd, Le3, 071,153,464.26 amounting to Le1, 535, 576. 00; 0.15% of the debts due from Club Tourism and Entertainment Ltd, Le247, 374,225.47 amounting to Le371, 061. 00 and the 0.10% of the debts due from West Africa Trading Company, Le497, 798,843.00 amounting to Le497, 798. 00.

2. Following from the above, Mr. Crispin Deigh shall pay the total sum of Le2, 404, 435. 00 to the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank as his contribution towards the liquidations of the above outstanding debts arising from his lack of supervision and negligence in the course of his duty.

3. All the Directors of the Companies as well as all the individuals indicted above shall pay to the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank all the due outstanding debts less the amounts apportioned to be paid by Mr. Crispin Deigh in paragraph 3.6.1 above

Government accepts recommendation 4. However, Government directs that all amounts due and recommended to be refunded and paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Government of Sierra Leone shall be done within 90 days from the date of t