A Sierra Leonean Brima Karl Samura has written an opinion that rather than vilifying Mr. Alieu Sesay, the Commissioner General (CG) of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), the press should be giving him a "pat on the back". This was said against the background of recent media reports that Alieu Sesay had abused his office to make so much money for himself that he had built two mansions within the short 13 months he acted as CG.
Samura describes himself as a long time admirer of Alieu Sesay and he is also strenuously denying the allegations in the wake of Alieu Sesayís own recent denial. According to Samura, "few malcontented and misguided scoundrels have taken upon themselves to irrationally vilify the CG simply because he refuses to bow to their Ďbrown envelopí and ambush journalistic tendencies".
Quoting from one of the countryís Elder Statesmen, Samura went on, "their substandard writings cannot be unrelated to what the former president Alhaji Dr. Ahmed Tejan Kabbah popularly referred to as Ďbad heartí. These human owls always fly around searching for vermins and never a noble game".
Proceeding to defend Alieu Sesay, Samura revealed that the NRA Boss earned relatively fat salaries from the day he graduated from college with his first degree. During his Masters studies in Japan, it now emerges that Alieu Sesay was earning more than $5,000 every quarter and was spending less than $300 a month thus saving thousands of dollars for himself even as a student in Japan.
Samura states that Alieu Sesay was a frugal man who as a Ministry of Finance employee, used his per diem in a judicious manner whenever he traveled out of Sierra Leone thus saving for himself quite a lot of money which he put to good use during the ten years he was at Finance.
NRAís Alieu Sesay is reported to be a teetotaler who does not smoke or drink or engage in a wasteful lifestyle. Aside from Finance, Sesay has also worked as an international consultant for the UNDP and other projects with his last job being the Ghana based West African Monetary Institute where he earned over $6,000 per month and where upon leaving, he was given an end of service bonus of $25,000. Sesay is reported to have been very well off before taking over as NRA boss so much so that he had five vehicles of his own and had already built a house for his father.
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