State Witness ‘Had Affair with NPA Comptroller’

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Deneah Martin Flomo, the wreck engineer at the center of the National Port Authority (NPA) US$837,950 case, last Friday in his testimony, alleged that he had an extra marital affair with Christiana Kpabar Paelay, then comptroller at the NPA.

Flomo, whose charges were dropped in exchange of his testimony, told the Criminal Court ‘C’ that it was because of his relationship with Paelay that he did not ask for receipt for payment made to him as a wreck engineer to remove sinking vessels from the Greenville Port in Sinoe County, and also to provide security consultancy to port security.

He made the assertion while answering a question from the defense, who wanted to know whether he obtained receipt from payments he alleged were made to him by the NPA management for the contracts.

“I did not ask for receipt, because I was coerced by the Comptroller of the NPA, Madam Christiana Kpabar Paelay, after she told me that we should have an affair.” Flomo’s response was welcomed with laughter from lawyers, the defendants and spectators in the courtroom.

“So there was no receipt from the transaction because of our affairs,” Flomo added.

According to him, defendant Paelay and Madam Matilda Parker, former managing director, only contracted him to supply stationery to the NPA, where he alleged that the managing director prepared several checks in his name, which he en-cashed at the Vai Town branch of Ecobank and subsequently gave the money to defendant Paelay.

“There were almost 12 withdrawal checks prepared in my name that were signed by both Paelay and Parker, which I encashed and gave them back to Paelay,” the prosecutor’s key witness claimed, adding, “They even gave me some money as my appreciation.”

“This was the reason I could not ask for receipts from checks I encashed at the bank from them and it was how I was making my living,” Flomo told the court.

Flomo maintained that he was not a wreck engineer, and as such, he did not remove sinking vessels or provide security consultancy to any port security, but he received over US$800,000 payment for contracts he did not perform.

Flomo, together with Parker and Paelay, were accused of awarding two contracts to remove sinking vessels from Greenville Port and to provide security consultancy to port security in the amount of US$837,950 to Denmar Enterprise, owned by Flomo.

The government is claiming that the money was paid and the work was never performed by Denmar Enterprise. Parker and Paelay however contend that they paid the money and the work was done.

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