The matter came up at the Magistrate Court No.1, presided over by Santigie Bangura. Court records state that SALWACO faces two counts charge, ranging from failing to pay Social Security contributions, to failing to comply with NASSIT provision contrary to Section 32 sub -section (1c) and (1e) of Act No.5 of 2001.
According to the charge sheet, the defendants, Sierra Leone Water Company, and Mr. Philip K. Lansana, being an establishment and employer respectively under NASSIT, on a date between April 2017 to August 2018 at Tower Hill in Freetown failed to pay Social Security contributions for their workers to the Trust within the period under review.
When the matter first came up, the prosecution lawyer, T.A. Jah applied for a Bench Warrant for the absent defendants. The application was granted by the Magistrate and a bench warrant was ordered for the defendants. The matter comes up again on 13th April, 2019 for hearing.