The Clock on the Clock Tower facing Fourah Bay Road is without its minute, second and hour hands. The clock has again sparked off rumours of alleged mismanagement of funds by the Freetown City Council (FCC).
A similar situation sparked political violence on March 13th, 2009 when the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), All Peoples Congress (APC) and City Council officials clashed after the clock was dubbed as fake.
The City Council engineer Franklyn Garber confirmed yesterday to Awoko that the motor of the clock on the side of Fourah Bay Road was faulty and has been sent via DHL to Shuck Nall Court, Weston Begard, Hertfordshire, UK for replacement.
The motor was sent on August 21 and is going to be received by Adrian Sharp Stable Fabrication.
The caretaker of the Clock Tower disclosed Tuesday evening to Awoko that the minute and second hands of the clock stopped working abruptly and were taken by the national anthem operator for repairs.
People around commented that they were amazed to have seen the clock facing the Fourah Bay Road had stopped.
An FCC source stated that the clock was bought for about £ 45,000 (Pounds Sterling) but faced sharp criticisms for its white marble tiles replacing the historic stoned wall structure.
Another criticism was what critics dubbed as inaccuracy in the roman numbers and a cassette player being used to sing the National anthem.
The March 13th violence carried on till the 16th when it was alleged, women were raped during the fracas at the SLPP Headquarters. That event caused the setting up of the Justice Bankole Thompson Commission of Inquiry. By Ishmael Bayoh