Lebanese businessman Jamel Shallop has walked the corridors of power over the past 20 years and has been wielding much power unchecked in the country especially during the ten years of the All People’s Congress led government.
An eye on his activities shows that he has been so cunning that he befriended all successive governments in Sierra Leone including President Ahmad Tejan Kabba of blessed memory.
But he has been friendlier with ex president Ernest Bai Koroma than he was with President Kabba for many reasons that will be exposed in a series of articles concerning secret deals between himself and former President Koroma who recently vacated the throne at the end of his constitutional two terms.
Now the same wolf Jamel Shallop, walking around in sheep’s clothing, is at it again, as usual, manipulating now 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 but he will be fooling himself this time if he tries anything untoward.
During the ten years Koroma era, Shallop reigned supreme and became untouchable though he was involved in deals that could have landed him behind bars under normal circumstances. Under Ernest Koroma, there was never any normal instance of him being indicted because he was wining and dining with the powers that be. He assumed to be above any police probing because his partner (Ernest Koroma) amassed unilateral powers which were never seen in the history of this country.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Gento of Hillcot Road construction infamy has tried to save himself by coming clean to the new government on some of his shady deals with President Ernest Koroma who unceremoniously took that road construction contract from the original Italian road constructors and handed the contract to Gento because there was high financial gain for himself in doing that.
Gento will not spare any bones to expose no more president Ernest Koroma who brought torment to the young man’s life through shady deals.
Jamel Shallop wants to be dodgy and evasive about his shady deals with Ernest but if he remains stubborn, The Comment Newspaper will spare no bones to expose the two of them big time.
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. Jamel Shallop alone registered a mammoth 32 companies to be running those deals.
President Bio is sitting pretty while Jamel 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.
The SLPP are smart enough and are determined to nip things in the bud before they sprout so Jamel Shallop is warned to come clean so he could save himself as Mohamed Gento is already doing.
It was this very Jamel 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 his sack 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/ Jamel 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 JAMEL SHALLOP UNDER THE KOROMA ERA.
SUBSEQUENT; WHERE ARE THE REAGENTS ORDERED FOR CENTRAL MEDICAL STORES?
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By Pastor Mohamed Sesay