As President Kabbah has reminded us, Julius Maada Bio has a marked history of corruption in the NPRC.
Another instance of the reckless and irresponsible manner in which the affairs of State were conducted by the NPRC regime is in the granting of a general power of attorney to Steven Bio, the brother of the erstwhile Head of State and government, to conclude all and any defence and military contracts anywhere in the world and at his sole discretion, as the accredited agent of the Government of Sierra Leone.
President Kabbah multiplied his charges against the Bio relatives in corruption:
“By virtue of such unusual authority, Steven Bio concluded a number of contracts running into tens of millions of dollars. There is no evidence that most of those contracts have been performed but Steven Bio has already been paid millions of dollars on them and he is claiming further amounts as arrears of payments.”
President Kabbah further charged Julius Maada Bio of involvement in corruption when he emphasized:
“Furthermore, in his capacity as Chairman of the NPRC, Brigadier J.M. Bio himself on the 1st February 1996, few days before he left office, caused the Government to pay into the account of his private firm, P. Banga Investment Limited the sum of Le235,000,000 in respect of contracts that that firm had purportedly entered into with Government for the supply of spare parts for the replacement of helicopter engines which did not belong to Government. Incidentally, it was into the account of this same firm in the Channel Islands that Brigadier Bio paid his own share of US$400,000 from the passport deal which was disclosed recently.”
That Julius Maada Bio was involved in corrupt practices has been ascertained by President Tejan Kabbah and Vice President Berewa among others. On the whole, the report card on Julius Maada Bio indicates a man unfit to hold the highest office owing to all the things the the principal members of the SLPP have said about him. So damning are the assessments by these SLPP men who watched and advised the NPRC, that their estimate of the military regime is a catalogue of follies in leadership and crimes too reprehensible to render Julius Maada Bio unfit to hold public office.
So the sum and substance of Julius Maada Bio is: Lapsed soldier, two-time coup plotter, human rights abuser, wife beater, persona non-grata in the U.S, self-confessed passport thief/seller, and pa-O-pa flagbearer of the SLPP.