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Sierra Leone Government Spokesman Denies Purchase of Mercedes Benz reports
By Edward Tommy
Feb 15, 2013, 17:14
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Honourable Minister of Information & Communications, Alhaji Alpha Kanu who is also Government Spokesman, has Thursday 14th February 2013, at his Ministrys conference room during the Government weekly press briefing, debunked the front page report of the Global Times Newspaper of Thursday 14 February 2013 with a caption: APC Buys 24 Mercedes Benz Cars. The Minister referred to the report as being unprofessional, fallacious and against the ethics of the noble profession.

 

The Global Times report had alleged that, at a time when the nation is gripped by acute poverty occasioned by the skyrocketing of food prices coupled with perpetual darkness in Freetown, the ruling APC government has taken another imprudent financial decision of buying twenty-four (24) brand new Mercedes Benz cars for use during the presidential inauguration ceremony slated for next Friday 22nd February 2013.

 

The Minister said the report is completely false, baseless and without substance as, according to him, the government did not buy Mercedes Benz cars for inauguration, rather the Head States in neighbouring countries have offered fleets of cars for the ceremony.

 

He reminded of how in 2007 for the first term inauguration, President Abdulai Wade of Senegal loaned cars that were used for that inauguration. He added that this time, other regional Heads of States including President Alpha Conde of Guinea and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia have also consented to provide vehicles for the upcoming inauguration.

 

So for Global Times to report that Government has bought 24 Mercedes Benz cars for the inauguration is completely untrue, misrepresented, blatant and unprofessional to the point of misinforming the populace about government, the Minister said.

 

The report, he furthered, does not only affect the ruling government locally but it paints a negative image about the country to the international world.

 

Hon. Kanu warned journalists not to just report but to be responsible as they owe it to readers to write accurate and balanced stories more so, stories that deal with government activities.

 

The honourable minister also dispelled rumours government plans to forcibly relocate Annie-Walsh School in order to construct a market. He said it was the schools authorities that first approached government asking for its support for a planned relocation of the school as the school authorities had said the current location of the school was no longer conducive for learning but they had no money to do the relocation.

 

Hon. Alpha Kanu also frowned at Lawyer J.B. Jenkins-Johnstons recent open letter sent to His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma complaining about the inadequate supply of electricity to the city.

 

According to the Minister, the lawyer has all right to question the President and Government on any matters of public interest but that no citizen should be so disrespectful when channeling concerns to the number one gentleman in the country.


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