Ahmed Gento Kamara, owner Bento Villa Company abandons the Hill Cut and Waterloo feeder road construction works in the wake of the just concluded Sierra Leone general elections.
That during the political campaigns, Gento was spotted in the company of campaigners of the defeated APC presidential candidate Samura Kamara, and on number of occasions, was also found dishing out moneys to voters, luring them voting the APC party solidly.
And in the just concluded run-off presidential polls, he was reportedly assigned to Kono, a swing political district in the eastern part of Sierra Leone, which also is key to the country’s electioneering process.
It is alleged that weeks to the run-off pools, Gento was spotted convincing Kono voters vote the APC presidential candidate, with no consideration of him thinking of supervising the completion of the Hill Cut and of course Waterloo feeder road contracts awarded his company, which many say should have longed been completed.
Claims are that Bento Villa Company has spent some five years in the construction of the Hill Cut bypass road, but is yet to reach finishing point; thereby causing government spending more on the project.
Sources say the Hill Cut bypass road contract has caused government losing millions of dollars just like that, but so far not much has been done to complete it.
Rumours making the rounds have it that the government of President Julius Maada Bio intends do a review on how both the Hill Cut bypass and Waterloo Feeder road contracts were awarded Gento’s company, how much money so far spent on them and why they have taken so long to be completed.
It is not known whether a committee of experienced experts will be setup to enable government come out with a report on moneys spent on such projects, whether same reflects the quality of work done on them.
Although President Bio has distanced himself from any form of witch-hunt, residents of Hill Cut bypass road have called for a thorough investigation on the quality and delay of work on the said road contract.
Allegation of Gento’s political participation has seen number of Sierra Leoneans including civil society organizations compelling the government of President Bio put a stop to approaches that are hampering development and good governance in society.
It is not known whether Gento is still in Kono district or has returned to Freetown to continue work on the Hill Cut Road construction.
However, efforts getting Gento comment on allegations of him dishing out money to voters for their votes, and for the APC proved futile.