The Auditor General of Sierra Leone has exposed how 11 diplomatic passports were sold at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation under the leadership of the current flag bearer of the ruling All People Congress (APC), Samura Kamara.
“Diplomatic passports were issued to 11 persons who did not belong to categories specified in the cabinet conclusion of 15th July 1998 and the beneficiaries were also not authorized by the President as per executive orders,” the 2015 audit report revealed.
The report made mentioned of payments incurred oversees amounting to the tune of almost 3 Billion Leones expended without adequate supporting documents, while contract worth 1.5 Billion Leones for procurement of computers, stationary and other office equipment were done without the due process under the watch of Samura as Political Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On the issue of the 11 diplomatic passports, the auditors revealed how they had mandated the Ministry to retrieve the said passports from unauthorized persons, but that the Ministry did not make any effort to get them back and that the matter remains unresolved.
Samura unlike other presidential candidates has had timeless moments campaigning on the legacies of President Koroma.
At one point, he was spotted as saying that it was with his (Samura’s) support that Koroma introduced the Free Health Care delivery services for lactating mothers, pregnant women and children under five, a promised he claimed to improve in a bid reducing infant and maternal mortality.
Even though Samura claimed to have implemented prudent fiscal policies under the Agenda for Change, which he said led to a boom in the mining sector and to a point saw Sierra Leone once referred to as the ‘third fastest growing economy,’ Sierra Leone, as at present, has been rated below standard in the area of management of its extractive industry.
Samura has been rated the worse of a Foreign Affairs Minister in Sierra Leone and that he has certainly not done any good in the areas of international relations with countries the world over.