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US$188,000 For Rotten Trucks

…Police Buys

The doors of the Company that sold old dump truck vehicles to the Sierra Leone for colossal amount of United States Dollars are always closed. The office is located at 114, Jumu Kenyatta Road reportedly managed by one Mr. Paul Bindi. This medium has made several efforts to contact him to find out why he sold and collected money for used and faulty vehicles from the Sierra Leone Police, but he is nowhere to be seen. It would appear that after he had collected the first tranche of the selling price he vanished to prepare himself for the second and final tranches.

The Sierra Leone Police, no doubt is at present battling to manage the faulty dump truck vehicles and see whether its present condition could be road worthy or not, but there are indications that despite the overall make-up giving to three of them from their original yellow colours to blue and white, confidence seems to be shaky, with fear that the deal that has cost the Sierra Leone Police Millions of Leones when converted would soon become a public laughter.

 

Looking new in appearance after the face-lift, but very old in age, all three vehicles are currently parked at the Transport Section at Kingtom of the Sierra Leone Police. AIG Kabia is the Procurement Officer of the Sierra Leone Police, who reportedly gave his blessing for the purchase of these old and dilapidated vehicles while Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Bundor is the Police Estate Officer, himself according to investigation put in the order after discussions had been held between him and Mr. Paul Bindi and promises of smiling faces assured if the transaction goes as expected. Mr. Joseph Dauda of the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) was also not left out in the process, according to sources at the Sierra Leone Police. When contacted by Mr. Paul Bindi, sources say Mr. Joseph Dauda too gave his blessings, but the question as to whether he saw the type of vehicles that were to be purchased for the Police remains complex and hard to imagine. Some say it was a close family business that allegedly involved Bonthe connection and the wife of the Inspector General whom sources alleged is related to Mr. Bindi and everything possible was to be done to make the transaction possible.

It may interest members of the public that both ASP Bundor and AIG Kabia have denied knowledge of their involvement in the transaction that saw the Police buying what could be seen as third-hand vehicles from a close relative of Bonthe ties.

The seller, Mr. Paul Bindi of Sweds Free Development took advantage of every available opportunity to escape repairs of the vehicles that had frustrated him over the years when he put them for private hiring to the public. The three vehicles are, One Septic Scanner, 1996 Model sold for $68,000(Sixty Eight Thousand Dollars), One Tow Truck Scanner 1998 Model sold for $60,000(Sixty Thousand Dollars) and One Ten Tyre Dump Truck-IVECO, 1998 Model sold for $60,000(Sixty Thousand Dollars), all three vehicles totaling US$188,000(One Hundred and Eighty, Eight Thousand Leones).

At the time of sale, the Tow Truck Scanner was having Hose and Water Pump problem, which Mr. Paul Bindi was not able to solve and never reported the problem to the Police as his intention was to get rid of what had been a persistent headache for him. The Dump Truck had been seriously suffering from engine problem at the time. With no official inspection done by a Certified Vehicle Examiner, the Police went into the transaction and damned the consequences.

The first tranche of the purchase price was paid in Leones to the tune of Le396Million in the Month of April, 2013 and arrangement for the second and final payments had already been fixed for the coming months until payments are fully exhausted. Since the purchase and face-lift giving to the vehicles they have not been tested on the roads to appreciate the Sierra Leone Police money’s worth.

Mr. Paul Bindi is nowhere to be found, despite numerous efforts for an interview by this medium. He has avoided his 114, Jomo Kenyatta Road Office and had closed to the public for now until is time to collect money from the Police. It is still not clear how procurement of these vehicles between the Sierra Leone Police and Mr. Paul Bindi of the Sweds Development Company was done. Without even putting the vehicles on the road and tasking them, they have already started signaling signs of weakness as a result of their age that has reached superannuation.

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