By Ousainou J Sawaneh (PrinCE OjeE)
The Inspection Team that was instituted by the Local Government Minister few months back has released it’s final inspection report in respect of the fraud allegations at the Kanifing Municipal Council KMC.
Consequent on the purported fraud allegations leveled against the CEO of Kanifing Municipal Council and some staff by the Lord Mayor of the Council, the Ministry of Lands and Regional Government decided to dispatch a team of inspectors to look into the matter and verify the authenticity of the fraud allegations. In order to establish the facts the Inspection Team was tasked to look into the Loan Amounting to Twelve Million Dalasi purportedly secured in order to by a piece of land for the senior management of KMC, and among others.
The inspection reports has recommended that CEO Sainabou Martin Sonko, Baboucar Sanyang, Bakary Jawo and Dr. Alieu Keita must account for the monies that the AGIB bank has debited from the KMC main account with the bank amounting to D985, 539.65 being the outstanding balance of the 12 million Dalasi that the KMCSWA took from the bank.
The report also recommended that the Kanifing Municipal Council should desist from serving as corporate guarantor to any association within the Council adding that The executive members of the association should take up their responsibilities as dictated by their constitution.
Report further said Mr. Baboucarr Sanyang must account for the D1 500.000 that he personally withdrew from the KMCSWA account and he alleges to have paid it to Mr. Sarr.
“Only the executive members of the association as stipulated in their constitution should be signatories to their accounts. The CEO should be replaced as a signatory to the account of the Welfare Association” the report said
On the allege forgery of a latter captioned: Guarantee Purchase of land advance Agreement purportedly written by the Council date 23rd June 2021 and sent to AGIB.
The inspection reports also recommended that those that sign the letter of guarantee committing KMC to fully responsible for the loan must be held responsible for their actions adding that the Bank should have done due diligence when documents submitted by the KMCSWA were sent there particularly on that signatories to the accounts of the association.
The report also indicated that the CEO’s apparent disregard of the Mayor’s advice and acting in silo tantamount to an act of insubordination and should be frown upon accordingly.