In a letter, dated 18th June 2007 and addressed to President-Alhaji Tejan Kabbah, the minister of transport and communication Dr Prince Harding tendered his resignation with immediate effect of that date.
In a sad and nostalgic tone the minister revealed that, “I have decided to take this unprecedented step to save my integrity and that of my family, the SLPP, and the government. Also this will give me the good opportunity to defend successfully any charge that may be or is made against me out of this unfortunate helicopter crash of 2nd June 2007”
This resignation of Dr Prince Harding comes in the face of an indictment of corruption levied against him by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) immediately after a Paramount helicopter crashed, killing 22 Togolese including their sports minister.
The minister was immediately suspended by the government after the crash, and was also held in custody by the ACC.
The former minister had been holding the position of the national secretary general of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and served as the minister of mines before being appointed the minister of transport and communication.