BY Almamo Kamaso
Out of the 24.6 Million dalasi un-retied imprest, that is sitting in private pockets, which monies should have been retired very long time ago, and yet those holding these monies have only paid less than a million, leaving up to D24 Million outstanding.
Responding to a parliamentary question posed by member for Serekunda West Hon Madi M.K. Ceesay, the Hon Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Mamburey Njie told members that only D667, 100 is so far recovered from the 24.6 Million.
He explains that they at the ministry, are finding it extremely difficult to recover these monies, as they are confronted with data issues. Even to see the vouchers from which these payments were made is posing a problem, because most of the names connected to these monies are difficult to trace.
He said what makes it even more difficult is that, the fact of the matter is that the actual people on whose behalf these imprest were taken are not on record but only the names of the junior officers who received the monies as a conduit to the relevant officers who ere mainly messengers or drivers.
However the minister told the members that after exhausting all avenues his ministry will have to end up in Courts after seeking a legal opinion. He assured members that they are not closing the doors on these monies until they are paid in full.
The Minister however informed the members after a follow-up questions , as what plan are in place to avert such in the future, that no new imprest is given now if the previous imprest is not retired.
On another parliamentary question, the Minister is asked how much of the D8 Million put aside as a revolving fund for cabinet minister is recovered. His answer is D5, 668,881.77 is recovered and most of them have fully paid. However he informs the members that others are on a payment plans with only one who is under police custody.
However he promised that there will be a hundred percent recovery as the said person have properties.