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In former Works Minister’s case,witness testifies

May 2, 2012, 1:28 PM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Modou Chapman, who was sued at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court along with Lamin Bojang the former Works Minister, testified on 26 April 2012, against the plaintiff.

The plaintiff, Assan Bojang, is claiming D349, 198 being money owed to him by the defendants in respect of a construction project at Sami Pachonki.

In his testimony, Chapmen told the court he is a contractor who lives in Serrekunda.

He said he knew Lamin Bojang and the plaintiff.

In 2007, the defendant Lamin Bojang, and the plaintiff went to his house, he said, adding that the defendant introduced the plaintiff to him as his brother and told him the defendant wanted to help the plaintiff by giving him a sub-contract, which the company, Baaro Construction, did.

It was a construction of two houses at Sami Pachonki, he adduced.

He further testified that the sub-contract was made orally, adding that they gave the plaintiff the contract to the tune of D196, 000 to do all the masonary work.

They never discussed the electrical work, he stated, adducing that the sub-contract was not complete.

He said that according to the report from the consultant, about 60 per cent of the sub-contract was done and the plaintiff was paid D156, 000 in four equal installments and at the beginning, he was given an advance of D39, 600.

He further testified that D39, 200 was supposed to be the last installment after fixing all the doors and windows and finishing all the work.

He was going to Sami Pachonki periodically, he said, adding that Baaro Construction “does not owe anything to some workers at Sami Pachonki who did not do any work there”.

The case was adjourned for the plaintiff’s counsel to cross-examine the witness.

Assan Bojang, the plaintiff, is claiming also damages for breach of contract, interest at the prevailing commercial bank rate and cost of D20, 000.