Biobele Georgewill, of the Commission of Inquiry, is currently probing the ownership of a $2 million USD house at Bango Farm in Adonkia. The Government assessor, Christopher Olu Campbell, told the Commission they have strong suspicions the former Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Minkailu Mansaray, bought the house using the name of his daughter, Umu Hawa Mansaray. On Friday 22nd November 2019, Mohamed Sahid Kamara, representing Umu Hawa Mansaray, testified before Commissioner Georgewill, through an affidavit he swore in August 2019, that the property in question belongs to Umu Hawa Mansaray, who is the daughter of the former Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Minkailu Mansaray. The witness told the Commission he has known the daughter for over 20 years and she is a childhood friend. He said Umu went to the United Kingdom in 1995 and has been working as a nurse. “Umu is not only working as a nurse but also as a businessperson.” Lawyer Kamara ascertained that he is aware of the property, noting that Umu Mansaray is the rightful owner of the property at Bango Farm. He told the Commission in 2010 he realised that Umu started construction work on the site through her late aunt Nancy Freeman, who was overseeing the project. Kamara said the property is situated on a two town lots purchased for Le16 million.
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According to the evidence in the Commission so far, the structure on the property was valued at $2 million USD. The land is valued $10,000 USD (Le80 million), and the wall fence is worth $112,500 USD (Le900 million). In another engagement, Commissioner Georgewill on Monday 25th November 2019, will continue probing the property of Ahmed Khanou, former Minister of Sport. According to the Valuator, Campbell, Khanou, who was also a former Deputy Minister of Lands, the buildings along Gloucester Road in Regent is valued at $2 million USD, (Le16 billion). The former Minister worked for 88-months and earned Le1.241 billion in salary throughout his tenure in governance.
By Mohamed J. Bah
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