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Alpha Kanu Damned for Telling Lies in USA
By Culled from New People
Sep 30, 2009, 17:20
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The Minister of Mineral Resources, Hon. Alpha Kanu, over the weekend, gave a speech at a dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus. The dinner was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington DC. The Congressional Black caucus is an interest group comprising Black US law makers in the USA and it is very influential in congress.

Accorded the traditional recognition to introduce himself and his country, Hon. Alpha Kanu proceeded to tell a series of exaggerated lies about Sierra Leone.

Without mentioning acts of serial political violence including the looting and destruction of the headquarters of the main opposition political party, the violent intimidation and physical assault of opposition supporters, and the use of sexual violence to intimidate opposition women supporters, Hon. Alpha Kanu asserted that the APC government is a "respecter of the rule of law, political tolerance and economic development" and that it has an excellent record of democratic governance. He failed to mention that his political party maintains a standing militia of violent thugs.

Hon. Alpha Kanu:The Sleek, Smooth Talker told President Obama that Bumbuna is now sending 50MW of Green Energy!

Hon. Alpha Kanu also made the outrageous claim that since assuming office in 2007, President Ernest Koroma has increased energy supply "from a mere 7MW countrywide to 70MW of which 50MW is green energy provided by the newly completed Bumbuna hydroelectric dam."

This blatant lie to the international community and to US lawmakers did not include mention of a dubious $100 million dollar contract for Thermal generators which provide just under 10 MW of the much rationed electricity supply in only Freetown.

Hon. Alpha Kanu also lied even to people with intimate knowledge of the work of the World Bank in Sierra Leone and who live in the Washington DC area that Bumbuna "had been abandoned by the previous government after 35 yrs in construction" and that "it took the political will and commitment of President Koroma to complete and commission it in exactly 2 yrs to the day after assuming the reins of power." This sent a sniggering laugh through a certain table which was occupied by World Bank personnel who know that SLPP government had all but completed 95% of the dam and that APC government needlessly spent more than 2 years to do nothing more than flood the dam and run the turbines.

Other declarations by Hon. Kanu were met with doubts as the participants kept asking one another, "if what he is saying is true, why are there not dozens of investors in the country already?"

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