Audit Reports years in and out have exposed officials in the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma over billions reportedly unaccounted for- so to say missing.
The ruling All People Congress party last week selected the current Foreign Affairs Minister, Samura, who has had his footprints in both the Ministry of Finance and as Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, but has virtually not helped move the economy of a country now ranked below average.
In the 2015 Audit Report, auditors say that even though guidance had been provided in the form of rules and regulations to ensure probity in the use of public funds, it was realized that the rules and regulations have not been followed by the ministry under which Samura Kamara still serve as Foreign Affairs Minister.
The Report indicated that terms and conditions for employees locally engaged is unavailable, with no guidelines on procurement and on medical claims for diplomats.
That there has been no finance manual for the processing and remittance of money to the consolidated revenue fund.
Office of the Auditor General further reports on how billions of Leones have been missing in the procurement of goods in Ministries under the leadership of President Koroma.
Analysts say it will be difficult for APC’s ordained presidential candidate Samura to answer to questions via avis missing billions in Ministries he has served over the years either as a Minister or as a senior public officer.
Our attention is also drawn to the fact that Samura has served in the NPRC military junta regime of Captain Strasser and Brigadier Bio, the now opposition presidential candidate and rose to the position of Finance Minister.
He is said to have had hands in the management of the economy of Sierra Leone for over two decades. Details on Samura’s roles in an economy classified as below 14% (in a fragility state), which also has seen Sierra Leone tagged ‘the poorest poor’ will be explained in our next edition.