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Former KGI secretary testifies in court

Feb 22, 2010, 1:35 PM | Article By: Dawda Faye

The former Kanilai Group International Secretary, Sally Bojang, on 17 February 2010, testified before Prinicipal Magistrate Kayode of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court as the trial of Modou Manga, former KGI Storekeeper, continues.

Testifying before the court, the prosecution witness, Sally Bojang, told the court that she was working for the KGI as Secretary and that she knew the accused, Modou Manga. She testified that the accused was a storekeeper at the KGI, and that she also knew the former Accountant.

According to her, she issued receipts to customers who wanted rice at the Kanifing warehouse, of which the accused was in charge. She adduced that the KGI office is located at the Standard Chartered Bank building.

She revealed that "if a customer wanted rice, he/she would go to the Standard Chartered Bank office and would be issued with a receipt and later he/she would receive the rice at the warehouse in Kanifing." She said after issuing the receipt, she would check the money and send it back to the accountant.

She confirmed that she did not have any cash dealings with the accused, and could not remember receiving money from the accused. She testified further that she was invited at the NIA about an alleged shortage of bags of rice at the warehouse.

Under cross-examination, she told the court that she was not told how many bags of rice were allegedly stolen. She went on to say that she could not tell the court whether the accused had removed bags of rice from the store.

"It was the responsibility of the accountant or the auditor to find out whether there was a shortage of bags of rice and not me as a secretary," she told the court.

The case was adjourned to 10 March 2010 for continuation of hearing.