New criminal bus deal?
The public is concerned over a recent announcement by the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Leonard Balogun Koroma (Logus) to procure and bring into the country another consignment of one hundred buses.
This is coming in the wake of a long standing controversy surrounding the earlier consignment of one hundred buses.
Concerns are however being raised that the new consignment believed to be costing over ten million dollars is coming at a time when Sierra Leone is under austerity.
The ‘desperation’ of the minister to bring in more buses amid a controversial earlier deal of buses and amid austerity is being debated widely.
The disclosure by the minister that the earlier one hundred buses cost twelve million dollars remains contentious as the minister refused to announce unit costs of the buses that are believed to be two to three times cheaper than the claimed price.
Maintenance of the buses is also nothing to write home about as they keep breaking down in the middle of the streets with no sight of the mobile garage.
Whatever is the rationale for coming with more hundred buses remains a mystery apart from suspicions from the public that it could not be unconnected to corruption.
The process to procure the new buses is also shrouded in secrecy at a time when the Transport Minister is seen in the company of the President at moments the public believes he should be in his office instead of escorting the president to the airport to travel.
Political analysts are now raising concerns over the loud silence from the president with regards the activities of the Transport and Aviation Minister, under whose watch a couple of airlines threatened to pull out of Sierra Leone as a result of lack of ferry service.
It is also under the leadership of Logus that a rotten airline called Fly Salone almost killed hundreds as a result of lack of due diligence.
The same Logus leadership has witnessed some thirty buses grounded at the SLRTC compound with most of them being parked as a result of lack of tyres.
We could not get Logus to comment but we stand willing to publish his side of this story if he has any or so desires.
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