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Enmore NDC says it owns computers that SARU seized; denies “illegal” sale plot

Vice Chairman of the Enmore Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Iqbal Dawud on Saturday denied that there was a plot to sell several computers that were seized by  government earlier this week, saying they are the Council’s property and a decision had been taken to sell them because they are outdated.

He said the decision was made at a public statutory meeting of the NDC and recorded in the Minutes, and so there was “nothing sinister, secretive or illegal”  about the move as was being claimed by the eGovernment Department of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA).

“The truth is that these computers are the property of the NDC. They are outdated and most of them were malfunctioning. As a result, a decision was taken by the NDC that these computers would be sold, if possible, and replaced by the NDC with a new compliment, so that the community can continue to benefit from their use,” said Dawud.

The Enmore NDC said it rejected government’s claims that there was “a plot was discovered to sell” the computers, which were seized by State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) on Thursday.  “There was no such plot and nothing clandestine or unlawful was intended,” said Dawud.

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), which controls that NDC, says legal action was being contemplated.

The Ministry of Public Telecommunications  has said the the 15 computers, which were in a state of disrepair,  improperly stored in dusty conditions and appeared unused for a long time, would be returned to the Enmore community once it has been agreed that they would not be sold or otherwise disposed of.

Government assured that eGovernment fully intends to support the residents of Enmore/Hope under its Community ICT hub initiative which provides free Internet service and computer skills training.

However, the The Enmore NDC maintained that it is an autonomous legally elected body that is independent of the Government and is legally authorised to make its own decision. “SARU and the Government have no authority to interfere with decisions of the NDC.  Therefore, we reject the Government’s attempt at justifying SARU’s illegal actions of trespass and unlawful deprivation of the property of the NDC.”

The Enmore NDC stated that SARU officers and Ministry of the Presidency employees acted unlawfully, excessively and abused their authority when they unlawfully entered upon the NDC’s premises and seized the NDC’s property. “This is nothing short of Executive lawlessness.”

  • rudeo

    is awee ruling now….guh suh

  • Emile_Mervin

    1. Under local government law and system, the Enmore NDC can dispose of property it no longer needs. However, if the computers were part of the E-Governance program, and were given to the Enmore NDC by the State, then Enmore NDC officials should inform the State of any decision to dispose of the computers.

    2. If the computers are obsolete and beyond repair, why would the Enmore NDC officials sell them to anyone? Is the person, to whom they are being sold going to canabalize them for reusable parts, or can that person actually repair them?

    3. Usually, if government property is being disposed of via public acquisition, officials would put out a ‘notice to dispose’ so that members of the public can express a written interest. A date and time are set and public bidding begins. If that doesn’t happen and one person is arbitrarily chosen, it can raise the spectre of cronyism and insider dealing.

  • Gtloyal

    This is just an implementation of the policy to enrich party comrades with assets of the state.
    “The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), which controls that NDC, says legal action was being contemplated.” This action will be carried out by another party comrade and in keeping with the aforementioned policy, it will be quite handsomely paid for with the neighbors’ money.
    All this is in accordance with the above law status of these councils, committees, ex presidents and who knows who else! What a way to develop a nation!

  • Dax23

    SARU is acting with the same kind of lawlessness like the Rabbi and the House of Israel thugs during the dictatorship. They invaded private citizens’ homes and seized jewellery and cash on the pretext of money laundering. Acting in such illegal manner has its support base; Congress Place and Office of the President. Plans are hatched at the former and are executed and directed by the latter using SARU as the executing arm. The grip of fear is being tightened more and more frequently using state agencies. Sure sign of the return of dictatorship
    “All are involved all are consumed”

  • Gtloyal

    How can anyone get to the bottom if everyone is above the law and any effort to do so is considered “… illegal actions of trespass and unlawful …” with the government having “…. no authority to interfere with decisions …” and where we see legal action being contemplated at every turn to block any effort of achieving transparent governance?
    We have so many laws designed during the last few years to enable corruption that we are now beyond what we call a cowboy country. The incumbent will find it nigh impossible to achieve anything worthwhile.