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Le250 Million Scandal Displaces Chief Brima Kebbie

By Pat Kawa in Bo:

The Paramount Chief of Malen Chiefdom P.C. Victor Brima Kebbie should now be a very uneasy man as he is accused of allegedly defrauding his own people, of over Le 250,000.000, which was meant for the construction of an Ultra Modern Guest House at Shan Malen Chiefdom in the Pujehun District

According to reports, SOCFIN Agricultural Company operating in Malen Chiefdom as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility allocated the sum of Sixty Thousand Dollars for the construction of an Ultra Modern Guest House sometime in June this year. The report states that Hon. P.C. Victor Kebbie received the sum of 25,000 Dollars, which was equivalent to Le 102 Million from SOCFIN Company on behalf of his subjects for the first phase of the project

Reports say PC Kebbie without the knowledge of the Chiefdom Committee and the Community people unilaterally went ahead to engage a construction firm named Tebawoma Construction Company for the purpose. Reliable reports say the Paramount Chief evaded all Banking procedure to convert the 25,000 Dollars to our local currency and black-market rate engaged

Sources disclosed that P.C. Kebbie secured a black market rate at Four Hundred and Thirty-Five Thousand Leones to a Hundred Dollar, which amounted to One Hundred and Twelve Thousand, Five Hundred Leones.

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According to reports P.C. victor Kebbie is reported to have claimed to the contractor that he changed the 25,000 Dollars at a black-market rate of Four Hundred and Five Thousand Leones to a Hundred Dollar and presented the sum of Eighty-One Million Leones to the contractor. He is said to have also deducted the sum of Ten Million Leones from the Eighty-One Million as commission for engaging the contractors

It is further reported that Chief Kebbie went ahead to strictly caution the contractor Mr. Allie Tarawallie not to discuss the issue with any member of his Chiefdom for fear of being prosecuted. Sources say the Chief later received another $35,000 from SOFCIN for the second Phase of the project and refused to inform the Chiefdom people or the contractor about the money. Up to the time of going to press, reports alleged the incomplete structure has been abandoned by the contractor and work has come to a halt, a situation that has angered both Company Officials and the Community people who are beneficiaries of the project.

It is believed by the people in the chiefdom that Paramount Chief Kebbie used the money to pave his way through to his eleven Paramount Chief colleagues to enable him secure the position of Honorable Paramount Chief of the Pujehun District. The Paramount Chief has refused to respond to calls from this medium when contacted for his response.

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