In the wake of the August 14th mudslide and flooding that rocked Regent village and other places like Kaningo and Lumley there was a massive influx of donation in the form of cash and other material from the international community and locals to help affected victims.
In this vein, members of the public and affected victims have asked President Koroma to explain about the funds and how it was expended.
Since then, this government has been tight lipped about the exact amount of money donated towards the victim’s welfare- thus as to date they have failed to give account of the money donated despite several calls for them to do so.
Despite the massive cash and kind donation from the China, European Union (EU), African Union (AU), US government and others towards the victim’s welfare there was a hue and cry from victims about the deplorable conditions they were living in at the Old School and Murry Town Barracks temporal camps.
Even the Office of National Security (ONS) and the Vice President Office that were at the forefront in receiving those donations are still not in a position to say what they collected on behalf of the victims despite several assurances that they would come out clean on the issue.
It could be recalled that Presidential Spokesman, Abdulia Baratay boastfully stated in several media interviews that the government has hired the service of a reputable auditing firm to compute the total amount of money donated but yet still three months after the disaster nothing has been done towards that direction.
To express their dissatisfaction over the manner in which the authorities were handling their affairs, the victims embarked on series of protests, which the government was insensitive to and rather insisted that victims move out of the camps on the promise of giving them a small token that could not even rent a single room in the village let alone in the city.
Reports are that early this month, the authorities forcefully threw out victims from the various camps forcing many of them to go out onto the streets as the infinitesimal discharge package given to them was rather ridiculous to say the least.
Many people are of the opinion that the mudslide-fund saga is likely to take the same pattern the Ebola gate fund went through as despite several probing by the Audit service and Parliament hundreds of millions of Leones of Ebola funds are still unaccounted for.
It is against this backdrop that members of the public and affected victims are calling on the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Audit Service and Public Account Committee in Parliament to probe more into the issue so as to unravel how pertinent issues surrounding on the exact amount donated and how it was used.