Samura Kamara has said on several radio and television talk shows that he is an honest man.
The recent auditor general report has exposed how government moneys have gone unaccounted for under the stewardship of Samura Kamara as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The report states that payment totaled Le2, 979,821,066 incurred on oversees travelling were not accountable as they were made without supporting documents.
“Supporting documents such as invitation letters, back to office reports, receipt for air tickets etc were not made available for audit inspection,” the report added.
The report continued that contracts worth Le713, 103,483 were awarded to various suppliers for the provision of services during the period under review.
According to the Auditor General’s Report, tendering procedures were not followed as procurement was neither advertised nor bids evaluated but that adverts, quotation, procurement committee minutes were only submitted for Le 323,600,000.
The report also exposed that the procurement of computers, stationary, installation of vertical window blinds and other office equipment which cost Le 1,530,566, 500 was not accounted for.
Furthermore, a report by Action Aid dubbed “Losing Out” revealed how Samura as then Minister of Finance caused Sierra Leone losing billions of country’s moneys, one that could have helped in huge development strides.
The report, however, stated that the annual average loss of revenue for over three years (2009 to 2012), for which Samura was Minister of Finance amounted to 840.1 Billion Leones; a corresponding 119 Million United States Dollars.
“Current tax incentives are resulting in massive revenue losses for Sierra Leone. Using figures obtained from the National Revenue Authority estimate that government lost revenues from customs duty and Goods and Services Tax exemption worth Le 966.6 bn ($224 M) in 2012 alone,” the report states.
The reason Sierra Leone lost so much when it should have been saving for rainy days was because of excessive discretionary tax incentives exercised by the President and the Minister of Finance.
“In Sierra Leone, Parliament and the public lack information about tax incentives granted and are usually not aware of the details until they have been agreed and sometimes not even then,” the report added.