As he returns to his home town of Makeni, where he says he intends spending retirement as Sierra Leone’s ex-president, Ernest Koroma, last week, exhibits million dollar house but yet to declare assets so far acquired.
A house believed to have been constructed during Koroma’s presidency is seemingly the subject of public talk vis-à-vis cost, where and how such money may have been acquired though.
The house is reportedly worth over five million united state dollars, save for how the amount was acquired remains the unthinkable in minds of number of Sierra Leoneans.
They say Koroma has earned himself nameless houses nationwide including countless business associations the likes of RITCORP insurance company; one following his taking over of presidency, was half dead, but which later surprisingly resurrected and has become one of country’s big nest eggs, having branches in roughly all the districts in the country, with an investment value worth unspecified millions of dollars.
His (Koroma’s) retirement abode (in Makeni) came public shortly after his showy return to his place of birth as was last week observed, of course, accompanied by number of opposition APC followers, many of whom have held ministerial and public positions, but who are yet to come clean of assets they may have acquired in ten years of governance preceding APC’s losing to the SLPP in the concluded presidential elections.
The house, now a subject of concern, seems draw attention of unease within ranks of the Bio government, who weeks endlessly claimed they inherited a “worse” economy much more than any since independence in 1961.
Allusions are drawn to the establishment of a transition team by the Bio government, which is to purely look into governance mishaps in ten years of APC rule, a report purportedly submitted to the presidency but which has been kept in dusty drawers, restraining the public from perusing what is contained in it and how public monies have been used by the Koroma government over the years.
Sources say the report exposes nameless former ministers and public officers of the defunct Koroma’s APC government.
It is also alleged that some members of the transition team have been accused of placing themselves under some form of pecuniary obligations thus having them turning blind eyes to issues of corruption on the part of officials of the former government, a reason the report has not been made public till date.
The Koroma’s multimillion dollar retirement abode, we are told, may not be unconnected to corruption observations in the now out-of-sight transition team report document.
Findings are that because Koroma is nervous of a pending inquisition vis-à-vis allegations of corruption, his best bet is to move to Makeni where he has huge following; of course, his hometown too.