The former Chairman of the National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM), Mr. Momoh Konteh has yesterday 14th August 2018 been released from detention at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters in Freetown as a result of alleged corrupt practices while he was serving as Chairman of NATCOM.
Mr. Konteh was arrested on Friday 10th August by officials of the ACC and later transferred to the CID Headquarters, where he spent four nights until his release yesterday on stiff bail condition of two billion leones with two sureties.
Sources say Mr. Konteh was invited to the ACC on two issues: Firstly, on allegation that former President Ernest Bai Koroma gave Executive Clearance to a request for NATCOM to pay for the refurbishment of the Sierra Leone Embassy in Ghana on behalf of Sierra Leone Government. Secondly, ACC claimed that during his tenure at NATCOM, the Commission delayed to pay five percent tax to the National Revenue Authority (NRA).
Credible evidence however indicates that there was already an agreed payment plan ongoing between NATCOM and NRA at the time Konte handed over to the current chairman, Dr. Prince Harding.
There have been charges of political intimidation being behind the decisions to subject Konte to an arrest. Konte is the main opposition APC Chairman for Koinadugu District. His successor at NATCOM is the National Chairman of the ruling SLPP, Dr. Prince Harding. The ACC has however said their investigations are non-partisan and independent.