Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Kabbah Sold the Rice in Ghana

Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) leader, Charles Francis Margai Saturday alleged that President Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah sold the much talk of the town controversial rice that was donated to the people of Sierra Leone by the Libyan leader, Muammar Qhadafi in Ghana.

Margai who made this allegation during a press briefing at his party's office, Hannah Benka-Coker Street, said as erstwhile Cabinet Minister in President Kabbah's government he was never aware of the Libyan rice donation.

The PMDC leader said he was never notified that the seed money from the sale of the rice was used to set up the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT).

"As Cabinet Minister I was not aware of any rice given to the people of this country from Libya. The Cabinet records are there," Margai stated adding that the Parliamentarians were also not informed about the rice.

He explained that if he was aware about the whole issue he would have opposed it out rightly.

On his chances of winning the elections, Margai said, he has traversed the country and predicted that the PMDC will win the elections.

"If there is going to be a run-off it will be between PMDC and APC. The SLPP has more to explain to the people of this country than the PMDC and APC," he said.

It can be recalled that over the past days a statement that was made by President Kabbah at the National Stadium during the visit of Colonel Muammar Qhadafi of Libya has been taken out of context.

The Editor of Standard Times newspaper, Philip Neville, who it is claimed misquoted the president will today appear in court after being charged with one-count of publishing false information as provided in the Public Order Act of 1965 under Section 32 (2) and 32 (3) . On Wednesday, the Standard Times ran a story attributing a statement made by President Kabbah to the Libyan leader, Muammar Qhadafi.

allAfrica.com: Sierra Leone: Kabbah Sold the Rice in Ghana - Charles Margai (Page 1 of 1)