The surety representing Ben Fornah in an alleged Electricity Distribution Supply Authority (EDSA) meter corruption case, Kelfala Mansaray, has withdrawn as surety for the accused. The allegation against Fornah is that between 1st July 2016 and 31st August 2016, in Freetown, Fornah being the Project Head of United Business Systems (UBS), failed to comply with the applicable procedures relating to the allocation of property by allocating to Michael Sambola a Sagem meter. According to the ACC, Fornah’s company, UBS, had a contract with EDSA to pre-finance, supply and install 22,000 prepaid meters. Fornah was a liaison between the two institutions. The ACC claimed that Fornah obtained one million two hundred thousand Leones (Le 1,200,000) from Sambola. He did not go through the formal process to give Sambola the meter.
Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
On 29th January 2019, Fornah appeared before Justice Komba Kamanda at the Siaka Stevens Street High Court in Freetown. He was granted Two hundred and fifty (Le250,000,000) million Leones bail. In addition to the bail condition, he was ordered to have a surety in like sum who should submit to the Master and Registrar a conveyance. It was an unexpected situation for Fornah when his surety informed the court on Tuesday 1st October 2019 that he no longer wanted to serve in that capacity. The Judge ordered that the conveyance of Mansaray, the surety, be returned to him immediately and that Fornah look for another surety. The matter is at a stage where the accused should open his case. The defense counsel for the accused then told the Court that his client will lead evidence in his defense and will call witnesses. The Court adjourned the matter to 3rd October 2019.
By Edna Browne-Dauphine
Login or Subscribe to read the entire article