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Sierra Leone News: Mudslide inquiry a must

After the 14 August 2017, landslide and flash flood disaster in Sierra Leone, million of dollars flooded State House and NGOs in the form of international and local aid to affected people. But the question many civil society organisations and individuals are keep asking is, “Where is the money”?
According to community activist, Karim Bah, “It is absolutely necessary to have a commission of inquiry to know who is responsible for what happened with the donated money.” He said the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Country Planning with the Environmental Protection Agency and Office of the National Security must all be looked into. He added that any government institution found wanting must be brought to book. Bah said the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sidi Yayah Tunis, promised an inquiry immediately after the relocation of the victims.
The National Grand Coalition (NGC) on Thursday 21 December 2017, at the SLAJ Head Quarter in Campbell Street called on the government to set up a commission of inquiry with regards to funding that came in for victims of the 14 August disaster.
According to the Chair of NGC, Dennis Bright, “We are calling on government to come out with a comprehensive report on monies collected on behalf of mudslide victims.” He said the government should come out clearly with regards to the right amount of monies that came into the country as support to the victims.
Julius Spencer, media and PR guru, said, “Government should be accountable to the people and establishing an inquiry is one way of answering the questions of the people. No country in the world, where over 1,141 people lost their lives, would not have a judicial inquiry to ascertain exactly what happened and where the donations went.”
MJB/21/12/17
By Mohamed J. Bah
Friday December 22, 2017.

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