The trial at the High Court of former Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Haja Afsatu Kabba on alleged charges of corrupt practices ranging from misappropriation of Public Funds to Abuse of Office, continued yesterday with the fourth prosecution witness testifying in camera.
Led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, Calvin Mantsebo, the witness said the former Minister’s son, Abdul Wahid Kabba was initially employed in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources as temporary Marine Protection Officer but he was not given an appointment letter as funds were not available .The witness also stated that the son was reappointed as voluntary officer and he was the one who signed the appointment letter.
At this stage the witness was shown a letter which he said was not the appointment letter he signed and he was shown another one which he agreed was the right one.
The witness further testified that the decision to employ Abdul Wahid Kabba emanated from the former Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Haja Afsatu Kabba who instructed him to do so.
He told the court that the son served the Ministry for about seven months and his salary and recruitment were done by him as Administrative Head after consultation with the Director-General of Human Resources Management Office. The witness told the court that the Establishment of Temporary Marine Protection Officers was done by officials of the Ministry between June and July 2001.
Earlier on the witness said Exhibit J1 is the payment voucher of Le160m minute and signed by himself and the Fines Account is for research and training purposes coupled with other necessary activities deem fit by himself. He further disclosed that the Ministry has two accounts, one at Sierra Leone Commercial Bank and the other at Bank of Sierra Leone.
By Muctarr King