By Pastor Mohamed Sesay
Jamal Shallop, a Lebanese businessman is now on the spotlight tracing a somewhat shady business deals. Events of the past ten years reveals his uncanny business nature with former President Koroma as he handled almost all the big business deals worth billions of cash.
He befriends almost all the powers that be in the course of the last 20 years, including President Ahmad Tejan Kabba of blessed memory. His friendship with out-gone President Koroma was based on several messy shady deals that will be exposed in a series of articles in the coming days .
Now, the same wolf is walking around in sheep’s clothing. He began his usual mafioso onslaught trying to befriend the new President, Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio so that he could take his chance at doing what he was always been good at doing. That is to act as a conduit in highly shady deals.
During the ten years of Koroma era, Shallop reigned supreme and became untouchable though he was involved in deals that could have landed him behind bars under normal circumstances but under Ernest Koroma, there was never any normal circumstances as Ernest wielded unilateral powers the likes of which were never before seen in the history of Sierra Leone .
The man called Mohamed Gento of Hillcot Road construction infamy, has saved himself by coming clean to the new government on some of his shady deals with no more president Ernest Koroma who unceremoniously took that road construction contract to reconstruct Hillcot Road from the original Italian road constructors and handed the contract to Gento because there was high financial gain for himself in doing that.
Gento, it seems, will not spare any bones no more to expose Ex-president Ernest Koroma who brought torment to the young man’s life through shady deals.
Jamal Shallop wants to be dodgy and evasive about his shady deals with Ernest Bai Koroma.
The said deals are complex which involved the running of many shady companies but the pieces of the jig saw will be put in place as things unfold in this new series of the Ernest Koroma/Jamel Shallop deals. Jamal Shallop alone registered a mammoth 32 companies to be running those deals.
« President Bio is sitting pretty while the likes of Jamal Shallop and his kinds close in on him but they will never get close enough to begin to do what they used to do during the Lone Ranger Ernest era », a whistle blowing source explained.
« We at the SLPP are smart enough and are determined to nip things in the bud before they sprout so Jamal Shallop is warned to come clean so he could save himself as Mohamed Gento is already doing », the bursting source maintains.
It was this very Jamal Shallop that got himself involved in a fake dialysis machine deal that ended up as nothing but a scrap of metal that never worked. Health Minister under Ernest, Dr. Soccoh Kabia, got himself ditched through that shady deal.
His successor in the Health Ministry, Mr. Sheku Koroma, was charged by the Anti Corruption Commission and later found guilty of corruption when he tried to stop some of the shady Ernest Koroma/ Jamal Shallop deals by taking contracts from him and giving them to other business people but doing so without following the proper procurement procedures.
NEXT EDITION: THE WEB OF SHADY COMPANIES SET UP BY JAMAL SHALLOP UNDER THE KOROMA ERA.
SUBSEQUENT; WHERE ARE THE REAGENTS ORDERED FOR CENTRAL MEDICAL STORES?