A former senior government minister, Alpha Kanu has confirmed that he was not allowed to travel out of the country over the weekend because the clearance he had obtained from the office of the Attorney General needed verification.
He said the police on the border with Guinea had doubts over the signature of the Deputy Attorney General whom he said had approved of his travel to the UK on medical grounds. He disclosed that the matter had now been resolved with his permit rectified, and that he’d be travelling this week by road to Guinea.
Asked why he did not want to travel by air from Freetown to London, he said he also wanted to apply for a Schengen Visa in Guinea which is not obtainable in Sierra Leone.
Following the release of a damning report by the transition team of the new administration on the activities of the government of former president Ernest Bai Koroma, a travel restriction was imposed on those named in it.
Alpha Kanu’s name was not directly mentioned. But the Inspector General of Police, Richard Moigbeh revealed that he was under instructions from the Chief Minister who chaired the team that did the audit, to restrict the overseas travel of all those who served the Koroma administration in senior capacities such as minister, deputy minister and head of Parastatal.
Alpha Kanu held several ministerial positions: information and communication, mineral resources and political and public affairs. He also served as presidential spokesman and presidential adviser.
In 2007, President Ernest Bai Koroma placed a similar travel ban on senior officials of the government of the man he succeeded, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. Then Vice President, Samuel Sam-Sumana was put in charge of its implementation. He also set up a commission of inquiry led by Gambian Justice Gibril Boubacarr Semega-Janneh.
Since independence almost all administrations have set up commissions of inquiry on the previous one: 1967/8 (when NRC succeeded the SLPP), 1992 (when the military junta succeeded the APC), 2007 (when the APC succeeded the SLPP) and now 2018. The NPRC military junta passed a decree indemnifying themselves – President Kabbah respected that.
By: Umaru Fofonah