An aide to the Sierra Leonian President, Fatmata Edna Kargbo has been relieved of her position following a testimony she reportedly shared at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) led by Pastor T.B. Joshua.
Several online media had reported that Ms. Kargbo, who worked as President Julius Maada Bio’s State Chief of Protocol had travelled to Nigeria to share her testimony, during which she reportedly showed photos of her appointment letter and luxurious house.
One media outlet reported that Kargbo made a PowerPoint presentation during the said testimony, detailing how God had blessed her ‘within a short period of her appointment’.
“I want to thank God for blessing me with this job as SCOP to the President of Sierra Leone, ambassador at large and the blessings that come with it. If you look closely at this picture, you will see my luxurious house God has blessed me with.
“I was living in a single room apartment. But my story is now different,” Kargbo reportedly testified.
Spokesman for the country’s anti-corruption agency, Success Kamara was quoted on August 27, 2019 to have told the Africa Review that ‘such a testimony, we think is a cause for concern’.
“The Anti-Corruption Commission began probing State Chief of Protocol, Fatmata Edna Kargbo after a video of her talking about her wealth went viral early August.
“In the video, Ms. Kargbo gave a testimony about her wealth at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, a church based in Nigeria, sparking outrage from citizens,” a statement from the government said.
It was reported that the Sierra Leonean public have been discussing the issue with frustration, especially at a time when the government says it’s trying to minimize public spending.
Quoting a letter by the Office of the Sierra Leonean President, online media stated that the ‘official has been relieved of her duties following a testimony she gave in a Nigerian church’.
Also, in a press release on Wednesday, Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission said Kargbo is being investigated.
“The Anti-Corruption Commission has opened an official investigation into the conduct of the official and her testimony. We will also look at her source of wealth in acquiring her house and other properties.
“If it contradicts the anti-corruption act or we find instances of unexplained wealth, she will be charged to court and will be asked to pay a fine,” the release said.