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Illicit Mining Delays Kono Road Project


Illicit Mining Delays Kono Road Project

There are reports of growing discontent among residents of the diamondiferous district of Kono over the delay in the construction of the Mototoka to Kono Road project; Global Times can authoritatively report.
According to impeccable sources, while the Mototoka to Yeyi section of the road contracted to the Italian firm, SALCOST may be delivered in time, the Ngo Town (Yeyi) to Koidu city section which was awarded to the Chinese company, CHICO might not after all be completed within the time frame allegedly due to illicit mining activities.
Our Kono sources claimed an Israeli national (name withheld) in connivance with some officials of the Chinese construction company, and top officials of the supervisory agency, the Sierra Leone Roads
Authority (SLRA)  are actively involved in the illicit mining of diamond mainly around Futingaya and Motema axis of  the road.
Amidst rumors of the disappearance of a fifty carats gem recently, a source claimed armed men loyal to the Israeli, the main sponsor of the illicit mining, halted road work for three days last week as miners
extracted gravel from the road site hundred meters away from the Motema  Police Station.  The source also claimed the gravel extracted from the site is being washed at the back of the Engineers Camp site, opposite the Diamond Lodge Hotel along the highway.
A certain Mr. John who is the Project Manager for the Chinese construction company arrogantly turned down our request for comment on the allegations.

Investigations continue.

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