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London Mining Company Limited

May 29, 2009
The Editor
Standard Times
Ascension Town
Freetown
Dear Sir,

LONDON MINING COMPANY (SL) LTD. IS A NON-PARTISAN, PROFESIONALLY RUN NATIONAL BUSINESS

I write in response to a series of articles that appeared in the May 25th and May 28th editions of your publication, in order to provide clarification of several extremely misleading assertions concerning London Mining Company and myself personally.

Firstly, it should be pointed out that there is absolutely no nexus between Mr. Andrew Keili's political aspirations and London Mining Company. The company is a Sierra Leonean company which does not have any political affiliations. And at this particular juncture, where we are poised to embark upon a project of significant benefit to national development, we cannot afford to be partisan. Therefore to characterize the objectives of the company as political in nature would do a great disservice to the country at large. In fact, since taking over as Managing Director, I have received tremendous cooperation from government as a whole and am grateful for the support shown by our President and other Members of Government.

Secondly, the article which I authored and submitted to an on-line discussion forum concerning the 2007 national election results (reproduced by your paper) has been taken completely out of context and presented in a deliberately misleading manner. It should be noted that the article was written in 2007 (while I was still resident in the USA), following the August general election results and prior to the Presidential run-off, in circumstances where both the APC and the SLPP supporters had expressed extreme distrust of the NEC and the constitutional process.

The political leadership of our country was as yet undetermined and, in my opinion then, public distrust of the NEC would be extremely dangerous in a country just coming out of war. The goal of the article was to counter some supporters of the then ruling SLPP's wariness of the NEC by demonstrating that the result of the upcoming Presidential run-off may not necessarily be to their detriment.

Thirdly, I would like to address the allegations of impropriety concerning a recent contract considered by London Mining Company. The contract at issue was a design-build contract in which the contractor was required to provide engineering and surveying services as well as the construction of a mission-critical roadway. London Mining could not afford any 27 Old Railway Line Wilberforce Freetown email: dkeili@londonminingsl.com Sierra Leone website:www.londonmining.co.uk significant business risks in the performance of the contractor and therefore it was important that proper due diligence was employed in the selection process.

As a Professional Engineer with over 28 years of experience, I can assert that the selection process followed was in keeping with best professional practices. Specifically, London Mining invited proposals from 5 engineering/construction companies currently operating in Sierra Leone and received responses from 3 of them.

Their design-build proposals were then carefully evaluated on the merits, as submitted, with considerations such as: (i) ability to perform (review of their history of successfully completed projects); (ii) written approach to surveying and engineering tasks; (iii) proposed schedule of work; (iv) price. Following this desk evaluation, a short-list of 2 firms was prepared. London Mining further evaluated the candidates by performing site visits to their respective headquarter facilities and their past/current relevant (roadway) projects, followed by interviews. In addition, consultations were done with their former clients to enquire as to previous performance.

At the end of this process, a selection was made which was in the absolute best interests of London Mining and the project at hand. It should also be noted that the successful contractor coming out of this process is headed by a Chartered Engineer with a verified history of successfully executing roadway works in Sierra Leone at a price and schedule in line with our company's estimates.

Finally, for the benefit of your readers, I would like to clarify London Mining's goals, which are primarily to reactivate the Marampa Mines which closed in 1975 under the ownership of DELCO, and which successive governments have so far been unable to re-open. London Mining expects to start shipping iron ore before the end of 2010. This will not only bring substantial benefit to the local economy in the communities in Port Loko District, but will also have significant impact on the national economy.

These are not just empty promises or posturing, but part of a project that is of necessity already well underway. London Mining would therefore implore all responsible Sierra Leoneans to support these efforts, and not to undermine them by reducing them to partisan issues.

On that note, we look forward to future cooperation and a constructive working relationship with your publication.

Yours faithfully

DAVID F. KEILI
Managing Director
London Mining Company (SL) Ltd.


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