The parliamentary committee on sports has summoned sports minister Ibrahim Nyelenkeh, the executive director of the National Sports Authority (NSA) Dr. Kenneth Brima and the Sierra Leone FA president Thomas Daddy Brima and secretary general Christopher Kamara to parliament to answer to questions relating to Leone Stars’ recent ‘clandestine’ trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the same questions i have been asking.
But does the committee have the power to punish anyone found guilty of any wrongdoing? The answer is NO because their oversight mandate doesn’t allow them. The best the committee can do is to make recommendations which had been ignored in the past when it looked into several other football related matters from the days of the late Justice Tholla Thompson as SLFA president to the reigns of Isha Johansen.
It’s quite clear that the Leone Stars trip to UAE is messy as all evidence is pointing in that direction, and has brought disgrace to Sierra Leone. So people believe we need more than recommendations this time round, those found wanting MUST face the music. If the committee is the only group/body investigating this mess then this is another ‘buff’ case.
Ibrahim Nyelenkeh was part of the trip, and Kenneth Brima, a man who has been in almost all Leone Stars’ trips since assuming office, had his name on the delegation list for the UAE trip but opted not to travel. Daddy Brima who likes to take responsibility whenever things go wrong but has never paid the price didn’t make the trip either.