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ACC TAKES THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL CHARGES TO SCHOOLS IN MAGBURAKA – 19.01.2011 (NEWS)

In its determination to address the numerous reports of corrupt practices in schools in the northern region, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has taken the fight against illegal charges to ten secondary schools in Magburaka.

In four days sensitization drive titled ‘Meet the Schools Campaign’, officers of the Northern Regional office of ACC addressed pupils of all secondary schools in Magburaka about corrupt practices in their schools and how they can join the Commission to stop them.

Speaking at the start of the campaign on Monday 17th January 2011 at the Baptist Secondary School in Magburaka, Public Education Officer of ACC, Mr. Al- Hassan Sesay lamented that one of the main factors inhibiting the provision and delivery of effective services in the schools is the sustained presence of corruption.

He said the schools have been plagued with corrupt practices such as:  teachers asking pupils to pay some amount of money before their assignments and test papers are marked, teachers forcing pupils to buy pamphlets and pay for extra lessons, examination malpractices, illegal admission and promotions, falsification of examination results, payment for collection of report cards and BECE/WASSE results among many practices. Sesay emphasized that all these practices fall under the offences in the 2008 Act.   He urged the pupils to maintain discipline and desist from corrupt practices.

Addressing pupils of the respective schools during the campaign, Miss Fatmata Finda Bockarie called on them to report to the Commission any act of corruption in their schools. She emphasized that as students, they have a role to play if corruption is to be wiped out in the schools. She assured them of the Commissions’ full protection if they make report. Bockarie urged the pupils to say bye- bye to corruption and no to corruption. ACC mobile

Hotlines were made available to the pupils to enable them have access to the Commission.

In his address, ACC’s District Coordinator for Tonkolili Abdulai Saccoh emphasized that the Commission is now closer to the people of Magburaka. He called on the pupils and teachers of the respective schools to change their corrupt attitude and support the Commission

At the end of each address, the pupils and teachers were given the opportunity to ask questions which were answered by ACC officers. The schools visited are:
1. Government Secondary School For Girls
2. Benevolent Islamic Secondary School
3. SLMB Secondary School
4. Pampana High School
5. St. Joseph’s Vocational Secondary School
6. St. Thomas Secondary School
7. Government Secondary School For Boys
8. Missionary Church of Africa Junior Secondary School
9. Baptist Secondary School  

The campaign ended Thursday 20th January 2010 at the National Commercial Secondary School.

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FOUR PUBLIC OFFICERS TO PAY TWO BILLION LEONES ON THE NASSIT FERRY CASE -25-01.2011
 (PRESS RELEASE)

The Anti-Corruption Commission wishes to inform the general public that it has now reached a decision on its investigations, in respect of the NASSIT Ferries (Bai Bureh and Masimera) Case File.

In line with its mandate to take all necessary steps to prevent, eradicate or suppress corruption, the Commission hereby directs that the former Director General Edmond Koroma, the Deputy Director General, Gibril Saccoh, the former Director of Finance Ibrahim Bah and the former Director of Investment Mamoud Idris should together pay the sum total of Le2,000,000,000 (Two billion Leones).

Each of the said persons is to pay the sum of Le500, 000,000 (Five hundred million Leones).

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SEVEN MORE CONTAINERS WITH TIMBER APPREHENDED – NEWS (17.02.2011)

Seven (7) more containers with timber for illegal export have been apprehended by the Anti-Corruption Commission’s at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay. This exercise took place on Wednesday 17th February 2011. The total number of Containers with timber   apprehended by the Commission is now thirty one (31).

It could be recalled that on the 3rd and 8th of February respectively, Investigators from the ACC went on sting operations after receiving tip-off from a member of the public. During the exercise, twenty four containers loaded with timber for illegal export were apprehended.

Sixteen officials from Customs, Sierra Leone Port Authority and Shipping agents are helping the Commission with investigations.
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5OTH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTE UNDER INVESTIGATION (19.02.2011)

The Anti-Corruption Commission wishes the general public to know that it has formally instituted an investigation into the activities and management of funds of the 50th Anniversary Committee Celebrations.

Under section 63 of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2008, the Commission has advised the following persons of interest to surrender their travel documents to the Commission:

• Dr. William Conteh
• Dr. Julius Spencer
• Yeniva Sisay-Sogbeh
• Brima Kamara
• Mohamed Kutubu

The Commission on Wednesday 23rd February 2011, put the said persons on bail in the tune of five hundred million Leones (Le 500,000,000) each with two sureties in like sum and two properties in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

The conditions of the bail were met by all of the said persons and they were released to their sureties.

The Commission welcomes any vital information that would assist its investigations. Regular updates will be provided.

The investigation continues.
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IMPERSONATION OF ACC OFFICERS – 28.02.2011 (PRESS RELEASE)

The Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) wishes to inform the general public that its attention has been drawn to the fact that certain unscrupulous persons are falsely posing to be officers of the Commission.

The Commission would like the public to know that ACC investigating officers carry ACC identification cards as well as a letter of authority signed and sealed under the hand of the Commissioner.

The Commission would also like to inform the public that it is an offence under the common law as well as under section 76 of the ACC Act 2008 to impersonate serving officers. Anyone found guilty of this crime will be liable to a fine not less than three million Leones or to imprisonment  for a term not less than six months or to both fine and imprisonment.

The general public is solicited to report cases of suspicious persons claiming to be officers of the ACC.

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PROCUREMENT MATTERS - FORGED OR FALSE BID AND PERFORMANCE SECURITIES (PRESS RELEASE)

The Anti-Corruption Commission has received information and expresses grave concern that some bidders vying for Government and Donor contracts are submitting forged or false bid securities in support of their bids.

Suspicious similar practices have also been reportedly happening under Procurement Post Review (PPR) processes through the National Competitive Bidding (NCB) procedures.

In this regard, the Commission under powers conferred by section 7(1) (g) and (h) of the ACC Act 2008 directs Implementing Agencies to institute a thorough verification procedure to authenticate the following:

i. . Award of contracts to qualified bidders

ii.  Bid Securities to be validated

iii.. Performance Services to be supported by proofs of evidence and statement confirming verification

The Commission further directs with immediate effect that Bid Evaluation Reports (BERs) be accompanied with statement confirming verification of authenticity by all winning bidders.

The cooperation of the general public is highly solicited.

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25 PERSONS INDICTED FOR VARIOUS CORRUPTION OFFENCES AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II QUAY (NEWS) – 21.03.2011

The public is hereby informed that 25 Persons ; 6 Sierra Leone Ports Authority Officers, 1 NRA officer, 6 persons in the transportation of goods, 9 business men connected with Timber trade and 3 INTERTEK Officers were on Friday 18th March 2011 indicted on a 40 count charge under the ACC Act 2008.

The names of indictees include,  ALPHAJOR Y. BAH; ALHAJI MOHAMMED ALLIE BAH; MOHAMMED KUTUBU CONTEH, ABU BAKARR SORIE CONTEH; ERNEST MOISIA; MOHAMMED SESAY; ALHAJI SULAIMAN SIDIBAY; MOHAMMED KAMARA; ALLIEU TURAY; RAYMOND DECKER; JOHN BANGURA; JAMES WANGER; FODAY F.M. MANSARAY, MOHAMMED Y.M. KHAN; WADAR AHMED MALIK; ALIMAMY TURAY; ABDUL KARIM SAMURA; JOHANNES KAWA; MOHAMMED JALLOH; MOHAMMED CONTEH; ALIMAMY TURAY; ISSA MANSARAY; ABDULAI JALLOH; JONATHAN DEIGH; JOHN DAVID WILLIAMS and LAMINUE BAH. They were charged with the following offences:

Giving an advantage to public officer as an inducement to abstain from performing an act in his capacity as a public officer, contrary to section 28(1)(a) of the ACC Act 2008
• Accepting an advantage to assist a person in the transaction of business with a public body, contrary to section 28(2)(a) of the ACC Act 2008
• Misappropriation of Public Revenue, contrary to section 36 of the ACC Act 2008
• Fraudulent failure to pay levies payable to Public Body, contrary to section 48 (1)(d) of the ACC Act 2008
• Attempt to mislead the Anti-Corruption Commission, contrary to 128(1) of the ACC Act 2008
• Conspiracy to commit a corruption offence, contrary to section 128 of the ACC Act 2008

It would be recalled that the Commission had earlier put out a “Wanted Notice” for Messrs. Alphajor Y. Bah, Abu Bakarr Sorie Conteh, Ernest Moisier, James Wanger, Mohamed Y. M. Khan, Wanger Ahmed Malik and Mohamed Conteh who still continue to be at large. Any information on their where about and arrest will be greatly appreciated. The accused were scheduled to be arraigned before the High Court on Thursday 24th day of March 2011 at 9 am in Freetown. The Public will be updated on further development.

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ACC PRESENTS BRAILLE EMBOSSED DOCUMENTS TO THE SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND OF SIERRA LEONE

(NEWS) 12.05.2011

The Anti-Corruption Commission has today 11th May 2011 presented the Braille version of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008, an abridged version of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2008-2013, and the Best Practice Guide on The Use of Government Property to the Milton Margai School for the Blind at the Cathedral House Hall in Freetown.

Presenting these documents, the Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission Mr. Joseph F. Kamara said that the   aim of the exercise is to promote the campaign for recognition of equality for all before the law. He further said that the gesture is to bring equality to the blind people in Sierra Leone and widen public access to information. Commissioner Joseph Kamara said that he took passion in working with the blind because as he put it ‘the history of blind people is largely unrecorded and their accomplishment is shrouded in obscurity’. He said that the Commission would appreciate to see educational programmes that would acknowledge the talents of the blind.  He appealed to participants to support the Commission in the fight against corruption so that Sierra Leone would be free from corruption.

Mr. Albert Sandy Principal of the Milton Margai School for the Blind commended the Commissioner and Staff of the ACC for their support to the school and the Blind in particular.  Mr. Sandy noted that the Braille embossed document will give blind people access to information about the work and activities of ACC. He called on other Non-Governmental Organizations to emulate the work of ACC.

Mr. George Coleridge Taylor who chaired the Occasion remarked that the event signifies a new trend in providing for the needs of the physically challenged.  He commended the Anti-Corruption Commission for producing the Braille embossed documents and   said that it  would help to   elevate, educate and guide the visually impaired persons.  He further said that these documents would help the blind to have access to the Anti-Corruption messages.   The Chairman concluded with an appealing prayer for participants contribution as all of these would help for a corrupt free Sierra Leone.

Ms. Mia Seppo, Country Director of UNDP, similarly expressed support and enthusiasm for the project. Extracts  of the documents were read by two young pupils of the Milton Margai School for the Blind, and participants  unanimously agreed that the  Braille documents  be distributed to all Libraries in Tertiary Institutions, the House of Parliament and all Blind Schools in the Regions.
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UPDATE ON CONVICTIONS – COURT CASE – 20.05.2011

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was established by the Anti-Corruption Act 2000, which gave the ACC its legal existence. It was set up primarily to investigate alleged instances of corruption and to prevent corrupt practices within the society. The Anti-Corruption Act 2008 was repealed to   replace the 2000 Act with the aim of strengthening the ACC, gives prosecutorial powers, encourages integrity in public life, and increases the range of corrupt offences.

Included in the mandate of the Commission are powers to:

• Receive complaints, initiate and conduct investigations corruption;
• Examine the practices of public bodies and to secure their revision;
• Receive, examine, retain and verify all declarations of assets;
• Undertake educational and preventative actions to deter corruption;
• Advise the government on legislative or systems reforms;
• Undertake international cooperation in the fight against corruption;
• Institute legal proceeding to identify and recover the proceeds of crime;
• Prosecute all offences committed under the Act.
• Coordinates the implementation of the NACS

The Commission has over the years effectively exercised these powers in an effort to curb corruption in Sierra Leone and this can be evident in the many successes it has gained. This article will focus on the area of convictions since 2000 to present as one of the successes amongst others

List of convictions and their related fines and outcome. 

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THREE PUBLIC OFFICERS CONVICTED ON 10 COUNTS, ACQUITTED ON 5 AND DISCHARGED ON 2 COUNT CHARGE – PRESS RELEASE – 20.05.2011

The Former Executive Director, National Coordinator and Regional Coordinator  of the Attitudinal and Behavioral Change Secretariat, Philip Conteh,  Allieu Badara Kamara and Lansana Zanto Kamara have been found guilty and convicted for corruption offences under the ACC Act 2008 by the High Court of Sierra Leone,  Philip Conteh and Allieu Kamara were found guilty on ten (10) counts inclusive of failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines with regards management of donor funds, misappropriation of donor funds, abuse of office and abuse of position.
 
Lansana Zanto Kamara was found guilty on three (3) counts for misappropriation of donor funds, abuse of office and abuse of position.

The Presiding Judge, Nicholas Browne-Marke fined both Philip Conteh and Allieu Badara Kamara Sixty Million Leones (Le 60,000,000) each. The third Accused, who was the Regional Coordinator, Lansana Zanto Kamara was fined Thirty Million Leones (Le 30,000,000).

The three Accused persons were acquitted on 5 counts and discharged on 2 counts of the Indictment

Representing the State was Ms. Miatta Maria Samba. Representing the Accused persons were J.B Jenkins-Johnston, Easmon Ngakui and Musa Sangari.
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ACC 2011 Convictions

Since the inception of the Commission in 2000, the Commission has gained over sixty convictions of Ministers, Senior Public Servants, Lawyers, a Magistrate,  and business people to name a few. 2011 has been a success story for the Commission.

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Advancing The Agenda For Change

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Here is the News Letter published by Anti-Corruption Commission, Sierra Leone

Please click on the link below to open/download the News Letter.

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What is New. Reports. Head Office

REPORT ON “MEET THE SCHOOL CAMPAIGN” IN FREETOWN

INTRODUCTION:
As part of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s sensitization, awareness raising and the empowering of pupils and teachers in the educational sector, the Commission has taken the Anti-graft crusade to schools in Freetown, during what is referred to as “Meet the school Campaign”

The extensive event which commenced in May and ended on the 19th June 2012, has equipped many school pupils and teachers with knowledge on corruption and the operations of the ACC. The message disseminated to the schools and the reasons for such engagement, as catalogued by the team of ACC officials, were very clear and motivational.

 
STATEMENTS:
It was stated that corruption is like a vicious circle, which is being transmitted from one generation to the other through various means. If the fight against corruption is to be sustainable the children that hold the future should be part of the formulation and implementation process of the Anti-Graft policies. The reason for teaching school children on corruption and its devastating effect is couched in one phrase which is to “capture them young”.  If children can now imbibe the virtues of integrity, transparency, accountability, and patriotism; when they become adults they would exhibit the same in their public life.

In these meetings, Pupils were guided and encouraged to desist from acts of low integrity. When pupils come to school late, dress recklessly, abuse, fight, steal and cheat in examinations or offer bribes for grades, these are referred to as attributes of low integrity. Invariably, a child who usually steals or cheats in an examination has the tendency to embezzle public funds, when he starts working as an adult. Integrity was impressed in the minds of pupils as the watch word and the golden principle.

 

The team of ACC officials cautioned teachers and heads of schools on the mischievous practices going on in schools, which has resulted to the appalling standards in the educational system of this country, adding that the Commission frowns at extortion or illegal charges in schools. From the interactions with pupils in various secondary schools, it is disheartening to realize that some teachers even ask for money for correcting assignments and for the awarding of marks, or they sometimes ask for sex in exchange for marks.

If we are to regain our dignity and morality, every Sierra Leonean should join in the fight against corruption in schools. The Commission which is the lead agency in the fight against corruption can not do it all alone. Therefore, a clarion call was made to both pupils and teachers to see this fight as a national fight.  Teachers and pupils were encouraged to report to the commission any corrupt practices going on in their respective communities or schools, as the free toll hotline were made available to participants. Pupils were strongly cautioned not to send false reports about their teachers to the Commission, and assured them of the Commission’s protection against victimization, for reporting to the Commission. Each of these meetings was climaxed with a question and answer session, which were noted and taken to the Commission for consideration. 

COMMENTS, CONCERNS AND QUESTIONS:
1. Who investigates ACC officials when they become corrupt?
2. Are there checks and balances for the ACC?
3. Should we report examination malpractices directly to the ACC?
4. Is unemployment the root cause of corruption?
5. Can ACC prosecute NGO’s and non-Sierra Leoneans working in Sierra Leone?
6. Are the ACC laws applicable to children under 18 years?
7. Can a 13 year old girl give witness in court?
8. Are we permitted to report teachers who extort money from us to the ACC?
9. If my father is corrupt, can I make such report to the Commission?
10.  Does the ACC address reports regarding rape?
11.  Why is it that the leaders we trust are the ones who always corrupt this country, and in most cases their matters are not treated seriously in court?
12.  It is really bad for pupils to pay for mark or to be awarded marks they do not deserve.

SCHOOLS VISITED:
The following schools were visited at different schedules or meetings for both the JSS and the SSS at this first round of the “Meet the School Campaign”.

SCHEDULE
SCHOOL LOCATION PROPOSED DATE OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE

SCHOOL

 

 

LOCATION

 

 

PROPOSED DATE

 

 

OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE

 

 

Baptist Secondary School

 

 

Allen Town - East

 

 

21st May, 2012

 

 

Margaret, David, Kangaju

 

 

Methodist Boys High School

 

 

Thunder Hill-East

 

 

22nd May, 2012

 

 

 John, David

 

 

Richard Allen Sec. School

 

 

Kissy Shell  -East

 

 

23rd May, 2012

 

 

Margaret, David, Michael

 

 

Ahmadiyya Sec. School

 

 

Ferry Junction-East

 

 

31st  May, 2012

 

 

Kangaju, David,

 

 

Albert Academy Sec. School

 

 

Berry Street- Central

 

 

 6th June, 2012

 

 

Mohamed, David

 

 

Freetown Sec. School For Girls

 

 

Brookfields- West

 

 

 7th June, 2012

 

 

David, Margaret

 

 

Prince of Wales Sec. School

 

 

Kingtom  - Central

 

 

 7th/8th June,2012

 

 

Kangaju, David, Mohamed

 

 

Michael

 

 

Annie Walsh Sec. School

 

 

Eastern Police-East

 

 

 8th June, 2012

 

 

Kangaju, Margaret, David

 

 

Collegiate Sec. School

 

 

Wilkinson Road- West

 

 

13th/14th June, 2012

 

 

David, Kangaju

 

 

Govt. Technical Sec. School

 

 

Congo Cross- West

 

 

14th/15th June, 2012

 

 

David, Mohamed

 

 

Lady Pat. Kabba Sec. School

 

 

Goderich - West

 

 

 19th June, 2012

 

 

David, Margaret

 

 

See photographs below:

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What is New. Reports. Regional Office - Makeni

REPORT ON CUSTOMISED MEETING WITH STAFF AND STUDENTS OF GOVERNMENT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE MAGBURAKA ON 21ST FEBRUARY 2013.

Introduction:

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is a body established by an Act of Parliament to lead the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone. The Commission was set up primarily for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of corruption and corrupt practices and to educate the public on the dangers of corruption and solicit their support to combat graft. However, the public education unit has been strategic in the execution of its mandates through outreach and customized meetings to help change the mindset of the public about corruption and the ACC. These engagements have enhanced the level of public awareness on the ills of corruption and the effective monitoring of the use of government resources in their communities.

With reference to the above ACC Tonkolili office held a customized meeting with staff and students of the Government Technical Institute (GTI) at the Institute Hall in Magburaka.

The Principal of GTI Mr. Amadu E. Dantis Turay who chaired the meeting in his welcome statement heaped praises on the Commission for its determination to reach out to every spheres of the society in a bid to ensure that they are enlightened on the ills of graft in their community.

Mr. Turay encouraged staff and students to give their unflinching support to ACC to combat graft for the development of the nation.

ATTENDANCE:

ACC Staff:

Abdulai Saccoh-District Coordinator, Tonkolili District -Patrick Sandi- Regional Manager North

Al Hassan Sesay- Senior Public Education Officer

PRESENTATIONS:
In his presentation on the purpose of the meeting and overview of ACC, the District Coordinator Mr. Abdulai Saccoh told the participants that corruption does not discriminate so they must join the Commission to combat it. The Coordinator emphasized that combating corruption is every Sierra Leoneans duty noting that ACC alone cannot succeed in this fight without the collective effort of the public.

Mr. Saccoh maintained that the engagement is part of the Commission’s purposeful public education drive to ensure that all facets of the country are enlightened on the ills of corruption and enlist their support to report cases of corruption to the Commission. The Anti-Corruption Commission he said was a brain child of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which recommended that a body be set up to address one of the major causes of the brutal civil war-rampant corruption. Consequently, the Commission was established with the enactment of the 2000 AC Act to spearhead the fight against graft in Sierra Leone. The 2000 AC Act gave the ACC the mandates to investigate nine offences and  charged cases to court with the approval of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice. In 2008, the 2000 AC Act was repealed and replaced with the 2008 AC Act in order to strengthen the work of ACC. With the enactment of the 2008 AC Act the offences increased from nine to twenty seven and was entrusted with the power to prosecute it own cases to court without any recourse to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice he opined. The Coordinator told them that the ACC uses three pronged approach in the fight: Prevention, Public Education and Confrontation. Mr. Saccoh implored them to take the fight against corruption very seriously as the education sector would only be rejuvenated to its past glory when it shall have been freed from corruption. 

The Regional Manager Mr. Patrick Sandi in his presentation on the offences, penalties, mode of collaboration and updates on the Commission's work, underscored the significance of education describing it as the bedrock of a nation's development. The Manager maintained that students have a crucial role to play in the fight against graft by ensuring that they change their mindset about corruption and see it as not part of the country's cultural heritage. He noted that ACC has done a lot of work in uplifting the education sector by developing reports and other documents as a roadmap to put the sector on its right footing. The Commission has established Integrity Clubs in some schools and tertiary institutions named Accountability Now Clubs (ANC) in its pursuit to enlist public support to combat graft Mr. Sandi opined.
 
Updating them on the work of the Commission, he noted that the Commission is investigating the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on allegation of misappropriation of donor funds and has asked all MDAs to respond to the Auditor General's report within (30) days to the ACC. Speaking on the offences and penalties, he stated that all the offences in part five on the AC Act 2008 covers everybody regardless of profession, status, sex, tribe or region. Mr. Sandi explained some of the offences embedded on the AC Act such as: Offering Soliciting or Accepting Advantage, Misappropriation of Public Funds, Misappropriation of Donor Funds, Conflict of Interest, Abuse of Office, Protection of Public property and revenue, Peddling influence and Bid rigging etc. He told the participants that the penalties for the above mentioned offences is a fine of not less than thirty million Leones or imprisonment for not less than (3) years or suffer both fine and prison term. He entreated them to be the ambassadors of the ACC and spread the good news of combating corruption in the country. 

The Senior Public Education Officer Mr. Al-Hassan Sesay said the standard of education has fallen drastically due to corruption that has inundated the sector. Mr. Sesay implored them to be optimistic in the crusade against graft for the development of the country. He emphasized that they should not allow deceit to take primacy over integrity in the advancement of their community. The Senior Public Education Officer told the participants that the Commission has built a BOAT and it is an acronym meaning change of B-behavior, O-opinion, A-attitude and T-thought about corruption and believe that it is possible to eradicate graft in the country.

He opined that the Commission has created a three (3R) weapon in this fight: resist, reject and report corruption to the ACC in order to ensure that graft is weeded out in all public and private sectors. To report cases of corruption to the Commission will expose corrupt officials to the public and also lead to development in their community so they must “Congo report”.  He informed them of the 10% reward that will be given to any individual who gives information to ACC that will lead to successful conviction and recovery of the stolen funds. ACC want them to report corrupt practices and corruption related offences but he said should not be done with malice. The Senior Public Education Officer assured them of protection for informers; but cautioned them to refrain from making false reports to the Commission as it is also an offence upon conviction liable to a fine of not less than five million Leones or not less than six months imprisonment or suffer both fine and prison term. He went on to explain the means by which the public can make reports to the Commission: in-person to the Commission's offices across the country, letter, email and telephone and read out the mobile hotlines, the Northern Region office, and that of the District Coordinator which could be used to make reports to the Commission.

At the end of the presentations by ACC staff, they were availed with the opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions, give comments, and raise concerns. 

The Student Union Acting President GTI gave the vote thanks. He expressed gratitude to the Commission for educating them on corruption and the work of ACC which he said has changed their perceptions about the ACC. He encouraged his colleagues to be steadfast and give their unflinching support to ACC to combat graft for the good of all citizens.
 
The presentation of educational and information materials to the Principal of GTI climaxed the meeting.

Questions, Comments, Concerns and Suggestions:

Has ACC the mandate to indict a judge who presides over a corruption matter and accepts an advantage?
How independent is the Judiciary?

ACC should advocate for better conditions of service for public officers.
Has ACC engaged the Inter Religious Council in the fight against corruption?
Does ACC serve as a witness and complainant in a matter?

The Commission should have a weekly sensitization programmes on the district radio.

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13/11/2012

DETAILED REPORT ON TOWN HALL MEETING WITH THE DISTRICT HEALTH MANAGEMENT TEAM (DHMT), COMMUNITY HEALTH OFFICERS (CHOs), NURSES AND KEY HEALTH STAKEHOLDERS IN TONKOLILI DISTRICT AT THE OUTPATIENT HALL, PRIMARY HEALTH CARE COMPLEX MAGBURAKA.

INTRODUCTION:

The Anti-Corruption Commission which is the main conduit in combating graft in Sierra Leone has continued to engage different entities that constitute the pillars of integrity on specific issues that have the potential to derail the development aspirations of the country. On that note, the Commission has endeavoured to promote its relations with the public by providing relevant and timely public education programmes and information about ACC and its activities and to enlist and foster public support in combating corruption.

In view of the above, the Commission has held an awareness raising and sensitization meeting with staff of District Health Management Team (DHMT), health workers, traditional leaders, beneficiaries of the Free Health Care (FHC) programme, key health stakeholders and students of the Maternal Child Health Aid Training School (MCH Aid) in Magburaka.
The Primary Health Care Unit Social Mobilization Officer Mr. Aiah Sam chaired the meeting. In his statement, he heaped praises on the Commission for her good work, noting that it has heightened public awareness on corruption and corruption related issues across the country. Mr. Sam entreated participants to support the Commission to combat graft for the good of the country.

Welcoming the participants to the meeting, the Kholifa Rowalla Chiefdom Speaker Pa Alimamy Koroma who represented the Paramount Chief thanked the Commission for its resilience in ensuring that graft is wiped out in the health sector. Pa Koroma assured the Commission of their unflinching support to monitor the implementation of the Free Health Care programme so that the beneficiaries would get the optimum services required.

ATTENDANCE:

ACC Staff:
Mr. Abdulai Saccoh-District Coordinator, Tonkolili
Mr. Al-Hassan Sesay –Public Education Officer
Mr. Patrick Sandi- Regional Manager North
Mr. Osman Bassie Bangura-Driver
Date: 20th JUNE 2012

PRESENTATIONS:

In his address, the District Coordinator Tonkolili Mr. Abdulai Saccoh expressed gratitude on behalf of the Commission to the participants for the commitment they have demonstrated to partner with ACC to stamp out graft in the health sector. Dilating on the purpose of the meeting, he said the meeting was meant to sensitize community members, beneficiaries, key health stakeholders and health workers on the Free Health Care (FHC) for them to abundantly understand and collaborate with the Commission in a bid to address the challenges that inhibit the successful implementation of the policy particularly where it has to do with corruption related issues.
 
Mr. Saccoh maintained that the meeting was also to enlighten them on how corrupt practices can negatively impact on the district health care service delivery system.  The Coordinator, Mr. Saccoh emphasized that combating corruption especially in the health sector should be the concern of all patriotic Sierra Leoneans as it negative ramifications are indiscriminate.

Giving an overview of the Free Health Care, the District Medical Officer (DMO) Tonkolili Dr. Sartie M. Kenneh told participants that the initiative started in 2010 as an intervention by government to address the problems of high infant and maternal mortality rate in the country. Dr. Kenneh said the scheme was designed to cater for the three categories of vulnerable people namely: lactating mothers, children under five, and pregnant women, a measure employed to drastically reduce the acute child and maternal mortality. He stated that since the commencement of the programme these people mentioned above have been receiving free health treatment of all kinds including, anti natal service, immunization, HIV/ AIDS, delivery, post natal, cesarean operations with no consultation fees etc.

The District Medical Officer emphasized that since the introduction of the programme, they have experienced tremendous increase in the number of people accessing the health facilities noting that has reduced preventable death among these people. Highlighting some of the challenges in the implementation of the initiative are: theft of drugs and medical equipment, frequent shortage of drugs, lack of personnel at the Magburaka Government hospital, Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) and Community Health Centres (CHCs), no vehicle for the distribution of drugs to the various PHUs and CHCs across the district and lack of reagents and medical implements. The DMO opined that amidst these challenges that have bedeviled the implementation of the FHC, it has been a success as some of the shortfalls have now been addressed. One of such action taken was the introduction of the channel system to address the theft of drugs and medical implements.

In his statement, the Medical Superintendent Magburaka Government Hospital Dr. Christian Ayodele Pratt said the implementation of the Free Health Care is on its right path. Consequently,   they as medical practitioners have been doing their work within the ambit of the policy of administering free health services of all kind to the three categories of people catered for in the programme Dr Pratt said. He said the initiative is a laudable one but a lot more needed to be done if the desired goal was to be achieved.

 Dr. Pratt encouraged the men to support their wives during pregnancy and the community people to donate blood in the bid to save lives.   

Free Health Care Beneficiary Zainab Kamara said, before the introduction of the Free Health Care accessing the health facilities was difficult due to the huge financial commitment involved. But with the advent of the FHC, they have experienced massive improvement in the treatment received at health facilities which are free of cost. She called on the government and donor partners to do more in order to continue saving their lives.

Peripheral Health Units representative Adam Sarah Sesay said amidst the challenges that confront them in the smooth implementation of the scheme, they will continue to do their utmost to ensure that the dream of His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is achieved.

Chairman Health Committee at the Tonkolili District Council, Councilor Ramata Mansaray told participants that even though there were hiccups at the initial stage of the FHC implementation, Council have been working closely with the health sector not only to monitor the process but also to ensure that some of the challenges bedeviling the process were addressed. She stated that in spite of the numerous improvements that have taken place, certain strata of workers needed to be employed for smooth implementation of the policy such as, drivers, porters, nurses and cleaners.
 
Councilor Mansaray pledged Council’s support to the programme and promised upholding the good initiative of the Free Health Care Programme to improve the lives of the poor.  

Coordinator, Health for All Coalition (HFAC) Tonkolili Sallieu B. Conteh lauded the initiative of the Free Health Care noting that it geared towards reducing the suffering of the masses. He stated that as civil society group they have endeavoured to monitor the implementation of the programme. The Coordinator highlighted some of the ways they conducted their monitoring by categorizing them i.e.:F1 patient user fees: they look at staff attendance, District Health Management Team (DHMT) visit, ambulance services etc, F2 to monitor the activities of the hospital and it staff, F3 to ensure that food stuff supply reaches the beneficiaries, F4 patient satisfaction and F5 to monitor offloading of drugs and medical supply. Mr. Conteh maintained that their work was not to witch hunt anyone but rather was a way of ensuring that health workers comply with the laid down laws.

 Anti-Corruption Commission Regional Manager North, Mr. Patrick Sandi said combating corruption should be the duty of all citizens noting that ACC alone cannot succeed in this fight without the support of the public. As such, the Commission has endeavoured to work in partnership with other pillars of integrity to enhance quality service delivery. The Manager underscored the role of health practitioners which he said is crucial to the country’s development aspiration. Speaking on the offences and penalties as contained in the 2008 Act, the Regional Manger North Mr. Patrick Sandi told participants that the Commission has the mandate to investigate all forms of corruption; no matter the amount of money or individual involved. Some of the offences he explained are: Offering soliciting or accepting advantage, Misappropriation of public funds, Misappropriation of donor funds, Protection of public property and revenue, Gift, Abuse of office, Abuse of position, and Possession of unexplained wealth.

 Mr. Sandi maintained that these laws are not made by the Commission but rather by the people of this country through Parliament. The Manager went on to state that the punishment for such offences is a fine not less than thirty (30) million Leones or imprisonment for not less than (3) years or suffer both fine and prison term. The penalty for gifts he went on is a fine not less than fifty million Leones, or the offender would be asked to pay five times the value of the gift solicited and accepted whichever one is greater. Mr. Sandi implored the participants to join the Commission to eradicate graft in their community so that the nation can take it rightful place among well meaning countries of the world.

Public Education Officer North Mr. Alhassan Sesay said, corruption is one major disease that has eaten into the fabrics of this country’s institutional make up. Mr. Sesay maintained that as health workers they should work in the interest of the people so that the desired result of the Free Health Care would be achieved. He told them that the easiest way to join the Commission in this fight is to resist, reject and report corruption. Reports can be made through the following ways: in-person, letter, email and telephone. He noted that in as much as the Commission is encouraging everyone to make reports of suspected corrupt practices, he cautioned them not to make false report as the punishment is a fine not less than five million Leones or not less than six months imprisonment or suffer both. He informed them of the 10% reward for any information provided that will lead to recovery and assured them of protection for informers. Mr. Sesay read out the mobile hotlines for Headquarter, Northern Region office and that of the District Coordinator which can be used to make reports to the Commission. He also indicated that the hot line are free of cost and are always on.
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What is New. ACC Activities

Detailed Report on Training in Advanced Strategic Intelligence Analysis
Chapter One- Introduction:
Section 1- Necessity of the Report:

Reporting is very key to an organization's growth and it normally illuminates the ingredients contained in a work or study. The Deputy Commissioner, ACC Mr. Shollay Davies and team of five (5) benefited from a training program in Midrand, South Africa which has enhanced their capacity. Therefore, a report that chronicles the course details and that which was achieved is necessary for the attention of Management and particularly the funding agency-the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Section 2- Overview of the Report:

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) puts primacy on the development of its human resource by providing trainings in areas that would enhance staff performance in  the discharge of their duties. Trainings of varied nature in anti-corruption related issues had been organized for staff cutting across different Departments within the Commission. Support to these study programs were funded by the Commission, and in some instances by donor partners such as the American Embassy, World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB). Specific to this training, the AfBD provided the funds for which the participants are most grateful. The training was provided by Foundation for International Development Africa (FIDA).

The team comprised the Deputy Commissioner Mr. Shollay Davies, Director of Prosecutions Mr. Reginald S. Fynn, Deputy Director Public Education and Outreach Mr. Patrick Sandi, Senior Prosecutor ACC Mr. Abdul Rahman Mansaray and  Intelligence Officer Mr. Martin Tarawally. They left the shores of Sierra Leone on Friday 25th July 2014 and arrived in Midrand South Africa on Saturday 26th July 2014. Mr. Issa D. Kanu Chief of Intelligence joined the team on Monday 28th July 2014 having left Sierra Leone on Sunday 27th July 2014.

This report entails syopsis of the training package and the specific aspects that proved very essential to participants as they relate to the work of the Commission. Additionally, it will showcase the priority needs of the Organization in relation to an Intelligence outfit.


Delegates from Sierra Leone for the training and the tutors
(in pic)

Section 1- The main topic:

The course is ADVANCED STRATEGIC INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS (Foundations, Principles and Implementation) with the main topic as Management, Processes, and Techniques for strategic intelligence.

The objectives of the training are:
1.  To enable Executives analyze issues so that forecast can be made to achieve the over-arching strategic objectives of the organization.
2. Executives to acquire the knowledge on the principles of managing strategic intelligence projects.
3.  To acquire the skills to implement strategic intelligence programs and strategic analysis input into policy making.
4. Executives to acquire the knowledge and techniques of blending analytical strategic support and management thinking.

Section 2- The sub-topic:
The training commenced in earnest on Monday 28th July 2014 at the Half Way House, 49 New Road Midrand South Africa. The training covered topics such as;  the theory of intelligence, the strategic intelligence process and its impact on Management, the role of intelligence management, structuring a strategic work plan, collation and evaluation of data, role and responsibilities of the analyst, special challenges for the analyst,  managing strategic intelligence projects, and case studies. 

The training was excellent. The course facilitator, Charles Obiri-Yeboah used the appropriate methodology to convey his message. He made a power point presentation, coupled with real life scenarios for better understanding of the subject matter. Topics such as the intelligence process, evaluation of source and data, types of analysis and the analytical process, security and the intelligence process, intelligence sources, and management of the Intelligence Unit were useful areas covered by the trainer. Whilst the participants though not totally unfamiliar with the issues, however acquired new knowledge, skills and tactics that will undoubtedly create huge impact on their job output.

Delegates learned the difference between information and intelligence, and the need for an intelligence analyst who analyses the large volume of data collected. They were introduced to the basic model of the intelligence cycle and the modern or develop model. The required competencies of an intelligence analyst which include: the mental capacity to analyze issues; the commitment and dedication to duty; the ability to use technology to analyze information, a good team player and assertive and a risk taker. Moreover, participants were empowered on what constitutes, operational, strategic and tactical intelligence. Operational intelligence deals with the development of methods, capabilities that could be used to respond and forestall specific criminal networks involved in unlawful activities. Strategic intelligence relates to the long term aims, direction of an organization or law enforcement body using current or emerging threats in order to develop counter programs. Tactical intelligence points at the immediate and direct response to targets.
 
Moreover, participants were made to fully appreciate the importance of intelligence in not only matters relating to investigations, but in every decision making.

Information collected when properly analyzed yields better intelligence.

Furthermore, the course also enabled ACC staff as members of a law enforcement agency to avoid fishing expedition (wild guesses about issues that are unsubstantiated).

The course provided delegates the opportunity to learn skills in strategic planning and tackling crime.

The training encompassed one day working visit with the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC)- Swaziland and the certification of participants which took place in Swaziland. The participants were certified at the Lugago Hotel for having successfully completed a training course in Advanced Strategic Intelligence Analysis. At the certification ceremony the group program Manager FIDA, Mr. Cudjonu expressed immense satisfaction in the performance of the ACC staff and wished them every success in their official endeavors believing that their minds were sharpened enough to deal with corruption crimes in Sierra Leone. He was particularly grateful to the Anti-Corruption Commission Sierra Leone for having confidence in FIDA to enhance the capacity of their workforce. Mr. Maurice Taylor tutor at FIDA expressed warm sentiments to the delegates and underscored learning was a continuous process, from the cradle to thegrave and therefore implored all to continue improving on their skills for better productivity.


Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Shollay Davies receiving his certificate from FIDA Program Manager, Michael Cudjonu

The certification ceremony included participants from Lesotho, South Sudan and Malawi who had also acquired skills in different areas of study.

Delegates from Sierra Leone after the certification ceremony   R-L I. Kanu, R.S. Fynn, S. Davies, P. Sandi, A.R. Mansaray, M. Tarawally, Mr, Cudjonu (FIDA)

Prior to the certification,  the Deputy Commissioner Mr. Davies held fruitful discussions with the Commissioner of the anti-corruption agency in Swaziland  Advocate Thanda Mngwèngwe on Thursday 7th August 2014 at the Sibane Hotel Ezulwini.  At the meeting was the Swaziland Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)  Nkosinathi Maseko, the Public Relations Officer Jabu Phakatin and the Principal Accountant Nikiwe Nyoni. It was an auspicious moment as the Commissioner, a south african national of police background warmly welcomed the team and discussed pertinent issues relating to the fight against graft in Swaziland. In his statement, the Deputy Commissioner Mr. Shollay Davies highlighted the deliberate steps taken by ACC SL to deal with graft, including the powers to prosecute, asset declaration regime and the recovery of millions of dollars from corrupt offenders which had been paid into the national purse.  

Commissioner ACC, Swaziland, Mr. Mngwengwe and Deputy Commissioner ACC Sierra Leone, Mr. Shollay Davies (in pic)

Mr. Davies dilated on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2014-18 as a robust instrument that would drive the crusade forward. He emphasized the Strategy's risk based approach and the integration of all public and private institutions as pillars of the national integrity system.

The Commissioner of ACC Swaziland thanked the delegation from ACC SL for the meeting and strongly maintained that Sierra Leone was on a very good path of fighting corruption and impressed with her performance. The Commissioner of ACC Swaziland Mr. Mngwengwe articulated that the fight was a mammoth task and required; political will, right attitude,  the public to provide the necessary space and ACC staff to remain vigilant as corruption crimes continue to take different forms. He encouraged all to resist the temptations of those wanting to pull them down.

 Mr. Mngwengwe confidently maintained that Sierra Leone has played an exemplary role in the fight against corruption in Africa from which other countries would emulate.


ACC Sierra Leone delegation with ACC Swaziland team at the Sibane Hotel, Ezulwini (in pic)
 
Chapter Three- Conclusion and Recommendations:

Section 1- Summary of Contents:
The training was of huge benefit to all. Participants were reasonably capacitated, which would go a long way to adding value to their performance. Essentially also, the manner in which the  course was rolled out provided an enabling opportunity to participants to fully understand the issues and also laid bare the significant strides made by the ACC in Sierra Leone in the fight, as this was very glaring during the meeting between the Commissioner ACC Swaziland Mr. Mngwengwe and the Deputy Commissioner ACC Sierra Leone Mr. Shollay Davies. The trainer Mr. Obiri-Yeboah had added his voice to the outstanding performance of ACC SL as over 75% of the citizenry have confidence in the Commission which is good for the country and unique to other African countries fighting corruption.

The delegates to the study program created a whatsapp group for ease and continued communication and the sharing of vital information pertaining to intelligence related issues. The course facilitator from Ghana is part of this group. The name of the group is (ASI) Advanced Strategic Intelligence and the No is +232-77201531.

Section 2-Recommendations:
With the knowledge gained from the training the following recommendations are proffered for the attention of the Commission's management:

One, there is need for Intelligence collection plan detailing problem, project aim and scope before any intelligence work is commenced.

Two, that any intelligence work undertaken must generate a detailed report including but not limited to:
a) Task (b) Aim of the Task (c) Scope of the Research/Task (d) Data collected with sources (e) Data Integration (f) Data Interpretation (g) Inferences from the data/research (g) Data dissemination plan including sanitization of the report.

Three, that there is need for the Intelligence Unit to undertake strategic intelligence work using the National Anti-Corruption Strategy NACS for future investigations.
Four, the need for regular security assessment of data and personnel of the intelligence outfit, and questionnaire for the recruitment and vetting of intelligence officers developed.

Finally, where necessary intelligence officers should be excluded from investigations although they complement the work of investigations, but their security is very paramount.

Chapter Four: Appendices/Annexures:
1. Lecture Notes
2. Course materials-Case Studies (Scenarios)

Other Key Events the Team took part in (Study Tour):
The team visited key monumental locations in South Africa, including but not limited to; the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the Union garden where the effigy of Nelson Madiba Mandela is, Soweto at Mandela's House where he stayed after his incarceration at Reuben Island, Sun City in Rustenberg.

Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Davies before the effigy of Nelson M. Mandela at the Union Garden, Pretoria (in pic)

 On Wednesday 6th July 2014, the course organizers took the team through a study tour of Mbabane visiting key places such as FIDA office, the botanical reserve (Summerfield), the cultural village and the Queen mother's palace. Of particular mention is the visit to the cultural village, where we were educated on the customs and traditions of the people of Swaziland. In fact, the Deputy Commissioner Mr. Davies and Prosecutor Mr. Mansaray took part in the cultural dance.

A.R. Mansaray (L) and Deputy Commissioner Davies (2nd from R) taking part in the cultural dance in Swaziland (in pic)

cultural dance performed by the troupe in Swaziland (in pic)

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ACC ARMS THE ARMED FORCES

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday 9th June 2014 empowered junior officers of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) in the fight against corruption at the Horton Academy, IMATT.  The Horton Academy administers courses for security personnel in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal and few other countries in the sub-region.  Presently, the Junior Staff Course which commenced on April 7 2014, for military personnel, police officers, prison officers and staff from the Office of National Security (ONS), is currently underway at the Academy and will end on July 25 2014.

The course package integrates topics that require specialist presentations.  One of the topics is about the ‘Fight against corruption in Sierra Leone’.  Delivering a paper on behalf of the ACC, the Deputy Director of Systems and Processes Review Department, Barbar Rashid Turay, explained what corruption is and he also took them through some of the causes of corruption in Sierra Leone.  ‘Although corruption is a universal phenomenon, its causes may vary from country to country’, Rashid Turay said.

According to him, endemic corruption in Sierra Leone cannot be divorced from pre-colonial encounter as well as the era of military rule in Sierra Leone and other political dispensations.  The economic and social causes are in most part a chunk of the network of the previous causes mentioned, he opined.   

Corruption all over the world has negative effects, the Deputy Director affirmed.  Among them, he noted, that it has the propensity to undermine national development.  Whilst talking about the fight against corruption in a broader perspective, the Deputy Director also threw light on its causes in the area of defense.  In a further attempt to explain what constitutes corruption, Rashid Turay briefly took the participants through the twenty seven corrupt offences in the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008.  The fight against corruption is not the Commission’s standalone fight, he reaffirmed. 

He also highlighted the role of defense personnel in the fight against corruption and state security.  He reminded them that the state comes first and everybody’s actions should be in consonant with state interest.  He encouraged students of the Academy to always be patriotic and that they should extend their patriotism to reporting corruption at the Anti-Corruption Commission.  He assured them that the fight against corruption is a winnable one.  In other to achieve that, he cheered them to a change of bad behaviours, negative opinions, attitudes and negative thoughts as well.

A Liberian military officer asked whether corruption can be eradicated in its entirety.  In his response, Rashid Turay said though it is a colossal task to completely get rid of corruption, he added that he is convinced the fight against corruption could be a winnable one.  Whilst concluding, the Deputy Director of Systems and Processes Review Department of the Anti-Corruption Commission encouraged the students to be steadfast and positive in the fight against corruption. 

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ACC AND MMCET VOUCH TO FIGHT CORRUPTION

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has recently engaged over eight hundred students and lecturers of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET), Congo Cross Campus as part of its “Meet the University Campaign”. Addressing the gathering, Public Education Officer, ACC, Joseph Kangaju said the role of students in the fight against corruption is not a favour but a moral duty and responsibility towards national development.

 Mr. Kangaju stated that like malaria, corruption fights back. He described most Sierra Leoneans as innocently living with malaria parasite (like corruption which has been accepted like a culture).  He informed them about the importance of whistle blowing and that it is a civic and moral responsibility of all students. Stressing that anonymous reporting is permitted in the Commission.

David Conteh, Public Education Officer reiterated the importance of partnering with the ACC to fight corruption. He attributed corruption to selfishness and greed. He encouraged them to live a corrupt free life, which he emphasised will benefit their community and the country as a whole.

The Students Union Governor of the MMCET appreciated the timely visit of the Anti – Corruption Commission which he described to have spurred up keen concern in students as they vouch to join in the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone.          

Cross Section of Students of MMCET Congo Cross (in pic)

 Public Education Officer, Joseph Kangaju addressing students and lecturers of MMCET (in pic)

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ACC DEVELOPS MOBILE PHONE APP TO REPORT CORRUPTION

 

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has developed an application (app) to make reporting of corruption much easier and quicker.


The Director of Public Education and Outreach Department, ACC, described the app as one way to make people feel more comfortable to report acts of corruption to the Commission.

Koloneh Sankoh said as the use of mobile applications has been widespread therefore is the Commission making use of the technology to strengthen the fight against corruption. She said the app is an additional tool for reporting corruption and can be used by whistleblowers, informants and complainants who may want to remain anonymous. Ms. Sankoh said the Commission will popularize the use of the app to the general public so that people will be aware and be able to report incidents of corruption at their convenience.

Titus Salankole, the Information Technology Manager at the ACC said the application is part of the ‘SIERRA LEONE APP’ on Google Play and users of smart phones can now download it using their Google account free of cost. He said the ‘SIERRA LEONE ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION APP’ (i.e. the ACC app) can be found on the top right hand corner of the ‘SIERRA LEONE APP’. He said there are provisions for users to easily type their reports or messages and even attach photo and audio files before submission.

In recent times, the ACC Commissioner, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara spoke of the app as one of the initiatives of the Commission to bring more people on board the fight against corruption. Mr. Kamara has often spoken of the need to come up with more initiatives so that the country will continue to score more marks in the fight against graft.

Staff of the Public Education and Outreach Department of the ACC have already been training on the use of the technology.



The Sierra Leone App
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ACC MEETS WITH TOP MANAGEMENT OF THE SIERRA LEONE POLICE

 

As part of its ongoing strategic partnership drive in the fight against corruption, the ACC has on the 29th of February, 2012 held its first strategic partnership meeting with Senior Management Staff of the Sierra Leone Police at the Commission’s Conference Room in Freetown.  The meeting is to strengthen their partnership and to map out strategies in dealing with the incidence of corruption in the country generally and more particularly with the Police.


SIERRA LEONE POLICE FORCE TOP MANAGEMENT (in pic)

Speaking at the meeting, the Commissioner of the ACC, Mr. Joseph F. Kamara said that it is becoming far more important for the public to understand that the Police and the ACC are working together as a team in the enforcement of the law.  The Commissioner cited the support of the top-management of the Police in terms of meeting the mandate of the Commission and took the opportunity to update the Police about the outcomes of the 2010 National Perception Survey which ranked the Police as one of the most corrupt institutions in the country.  He mentioned the attitude of some Traffic Police and Wardens in soliciting bribes as worrying.  The ACC Commissioner therefore called on Senior Management of the Sierra Leone Police to implement the recommendations contained in the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and to work towards improving the public perception about their institution, stating that “the ACC will not be able to fight corruption without the credibility of the Police standing out”.

Responding, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Richard Moigbeh, expressed delight for the engagement noting that since the inception of the ACC, the SLP has been a key strategic partner.  He acceded to the comments made by the ACC Commissioner and catalogued the many efforts of the Police to deal with corruption, stating that over 100 police personnel have been dismissed on corruption related matters since last year.  He called on the ACC to provide further assistance to deal with the scourge.  Other members of the team commented on the challenges faced by the Police including logistical constraints and poor conditions of service.

A number of recommendations were made including the setting up of a Working Committee and the appointment of a Liaison Officer in both institutions to address the challenges faced by the Police in dealing with corruption.
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DEPUTY COMMISSIONER SHOLLAY DAVIES JUSTIFIES ACC 2015 BUDGET

The Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Shollay Davies on Monday 13th October, 2014 justified the 2015 budget of the Commission in a jammed-packed Hall at the Ministry of Finance, and Economic Development (MoFED). He maintained that, the fight against corruption continues unabated and ACC continues to tighten its grip on wastages in the delivery of services in the public sector while at the same time promoting transparency and accountability across public sector institutions.

Mr. Davies opined that a research conducted by the Word Bank in 2010 on Control of Corruption has shown that support to anti-corruption agencies have had increased dividend in their effectiveness to deliver on their mandate.

Since the passage of the Anti-Corruption Act in 2008, the ACC has been able to recover and pay into the consolidated revenue fund over 12 Billion Leones. The success rate in court has doubled since last year and the level of awareness on corruption continues to increase, he emphasized.

In 2015 the Commission envisages an increase in the level of activities especially on investigations and prosecution of corruption related matters. This would require investment in capacity development and staff welfare in order to attract and retain more professionals.

In line with the Commission’s Strategic Plan and the Agenda for Prosperity, the ACC will deepen the recovery of government resources, address wastage in local government and take advantage of sector specific initiatives in the extractive industry such as the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiatives (EITI). This would mean that additional system reviews will be conducted to prevent corruption in the extractive sector and other MDAs.

The Deputy Commissioner noted that as a means of promoting a corrupt free society in which good governance, effective and efficient public financial management, integrity, accountability and the rule of law are upheld, the National Anti-Corruption Strategy will be rolled out with renewed vigor and with a view to mobilizing sustained public support for the ideals of anti-corruption campaign.

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ACC OBSERVES INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION (IAC) DAY WITH THANKSGIVING PRAYERS

The Anti–Corruption Commission (ACC) in commemoration of this year’s International Anti–Corruption (IAC) Day offered thanksgiving prayers at the Hamdallah Mosque, Naimbana Street and the Ebenezer Methodist Church Regent Road on 5th and 7th December respectively.

Speaking at the Hamdallah Mosque, Chief Imam, Sheikh Abubakarr Conteh underscored corruption is evil and cajoled his jamaat to deviate from all corrupt practices and join the Commission to eliminate the bane. Sheikh Conteh observed that ACC has done tremendous work to reduce on the incidences of corruption but noted there were still challenges in the fight such as the glorification and celebration of the corrupt by some sections of the public.

In his sermon, the Circuit Superintendent of Ebenezer Methodist Church, Reverend Elijah Akibo-Jones urged ACC staff to be courageous as not all would be in support of the fight. “There are people who will go after you because you are doing what is right, but if you hold on to God, they will never succeed to destroy you”, he stressed. Reverend Akibo – Jones encouraged the congregation to always frown at corruption and shun the corrupt. The man of God emphasized that corruption needed to be dealt with so that Sierra Leone will forge ahead.

The ACC Deputy Commissioner Shollay Davies in his statement at the mosque and church thanked the Almighty for his continued guidance over the institution and its staff. He furthered that International Anti-Corruption Day is important, as it is meant to raise awareness on the ills of corruption and highlight the strides made to prevent and combat the pandemic. Mr. Davies maintained that the fight against corruption was the business of all as its negative consequences are wide-ranging. The Deputy Commissioner implored the jamaat and congregation to be steadfast in supporting the ACC so that the scourge will be eradicated in the country.



DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, SHOLLAY DAVIES DELIVERING ANTI-CORRUPTION MESSAGES TO MUSLIM WORSHIPPERS AT HAMDALLAH MOSQUE IN COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY 2014


Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Shollay Davies at Ebenezer Methodist Church with Directors and Staff of the Anti-Corruption Commission to commemorate IAC Day 2014 (in pic)

The commemoration was also marked with a statement to the nation by the ACC Commissioner, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara and a radio quiz completion for secondary school pupils.

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ACC SIGNS MOU WITH EVERY CHILD MATTERS

In a bid to continue strengthening its partnership with civil society organisations, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday 20th November 2014 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the child advocacy organisation, Every Child Matters Sierra Leone (ECM-SL). Welcoming members of the organisation at the ACC’s Gloucester Street Head Office in Freetown, the Director Public Education and Outreach, Koloneh Sankoh said corruption tramples upon the rights of everyone, especially the vulnerable. She said it is good that the organisation is partnering with the ACC to address issues of corruption, especially those affecting the wellbeing of children.

The Executive Director of ECM-SL, Abdul Karim Koroma said his organisation was formed in 2004 to promote the rights of children, youths and women and foster the values of transparency and accountability in the country. He said the organisation has been moved by the work of the ACC, which has been very effective in combating corruption in order to enhance the wellbeing of the citizenry. Mr. Koroma said they would assist the ACC with its public education drive by educating young people to change their mindsets and imbibe a life and culture of integrity.

 

Cross section of the audience at the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding between Anti-Corruption and Every Child Matter- Sierra Leone (in pic)

The Deputy Commissioner of the ACC, Shollay Davies, said the ACC takes the plight of children very seriously, which is why the Commission has been working-through its ‘Meet the School Campaign’ to enlist school pupils in the fight against corruption and to develop corrupt-free minds. He said “to advocate for the rights of children is to advocate for a brighter future for the nation”. Mr. Davies said the ACC believes in the objectives of ECM-SL, something he said is the major driving force to form a partnership with the organisation. The Deputy Commissioner encouraged ECM-SL to be reporting acts of corruption to the Commission as they go about implementing their programmes.

The MOU calls for the development of a “synergy of cooperation and partnership between the Public Education and Outreach and the Monitoring and Evaluation Departments of ACC and ECM-SL respectively; and share common platform on public education, customized community and town hall meetings.”

The signing of the MOU by the Deputy Commissioner on behalf of the ACC and the Executive Director of ECM-SL on behalf of his organisation climaxed the event.

 

R-Deputy Commissioner ACC, Mr. Shollay Davies and L-Mr. Abdul Karim Koroma Executive Director ECM displaying the signed MoU. (in pic)
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THE ACC COMMISSIONER, JOSEPH FITZGERALD KAMARA, ON FRIDAY, 28TH NOVEMBER 2014, HONORED AN INVITATION FROM THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO A CONFERENCE WITH THE DIPLOMATIC CORP ON THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC

Prior to the group photo above, the presence of the ACC Commissioner (fourth, second row from left) illuminates the Conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diplomatic Corp on the ultimate fight against Ebola at the aforementioned Ministry, Tower Hill Freetown

Meanwhile, at the end of the Conference, the Cuban PlenipoteMinistry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, unveiled its Service Charter not just in the presence of each and every Diplomatic Mission in Sierra Leone, but in the presence of the honcho of the Anti-Corruption Commission, standing behind the newly appointed ntiary (in pic)

The unveiled Service Charter (in pic)

The Honorable Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura Kamara and his Deputy Dr. Ebun Strasser King flanked the Commissioner (in pic)

The glowing smiles of Madam Deputy Minister and the Anti-Corruption Maestro symbolize a sense of fulfillment after the unveiling ceremony of the Service Charter (in pic)

The Service Charter is erected at the mini orchard of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (in pic)
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ACC and NEC are dividends of good governance - ACC Commissioner

The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has described his institution and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) as dividends of democratic good governance in the country. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara made the statement Wednesday during a courtesy call made by the Chairman of NEC and his team. Welcoming the NEC top management team at the ACC Head Office in Freetown, Mr. Kamara congratulated the NEC Chairman on his appointment.

The Chairman of the NEC Mohamed Nfa-Alie Conteh said the courtesy call is a bid to identify his institution with those that share similar functions in terms of providing good governance, public trust and accountability. He said a close relationship with the ACC would ensure transparency and accountability as his institution often handles huge public funds in the conduct of public elections. Mr. Conteh said his Commission believed in the fight against corruption in the country, which is why they have made the Integrity Management Committee in their institution fully operational.

The NEC Chairman stated that the next three years would be challenging as they plan for the conduct of several election exercises including boundary delimitation, upgrade of the voter register, conduct of local council elections, the constitutional review referendum and the 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections. Mr. Conteh therefore called on the ACC to render the necessary support to his Commission.

The NEC Commissioner for the Northern Region, Maxoud Gibril Sesay also highlighted a series of current activities including ongoing work on amending the Public Elections Act in a bid to address issues of manipulation of elections. He said NEC would also address issues of corruption that came up during the last general elections to ensure that members of the public have faith in the electoral process. Mr. Sesay noted that his Commission would be engaged in several public education activities in a bid to educate the public about their activities and the electoral processes in an effort to address issues of suspicion which are normally prevalent during electioneering periods.

Responding, the ACC Commissioner pledged his support to NEC especially in the area of public education and legal assistance to ensure that the electoral body operates within the confines of the law.

Meanwhile, the Advisory Board of the ACC has officially handed over the report of a four-day tour of the Commission’s regional offices of Makeni, Bo, Kenema and Kono. Presenting the report to the Commissioner, Chairman of the Board Bishop Tamba Allieu Koroma described the tour as one meant to assess the work of the regional offices and acquaint themselves with the staff and major stakeholders in the fight against corruption. 

Making a presentation on behalf of the Board, board member, Gertrude Taylor presented a congratulatory card to the Commissioner on his election as member of the Africa Union Advisory Board on Corruption, an achievement, she said, speaks volume of the country’s strides in the fight against corruption.

Responding, the ACC Commissioner thanked members of the Advisory Board for the tour, noting that the Commission has already started addressing some of the issues highlighted in the report. On the message of congratulations, Mr. Kamara thanked management and staff of the Commission whom he said had always provided the required support to execute his duties efficiently and effectively. He also spoke of the election of the Deputy Commissioner, Shollay Davies as Financial Secretary of the West African Anti-Corruption Agencies.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY

Sierra Leone and the world over are commemorating the International Anti-Corruption Day (IAC Day) – a day set aside by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 58/7 in October 2003 to raise awareness on the dangers of corruption.

The day has become a reminder to political authorities, civil society organizations and business people for a more robust action and positive attitude towards tackling graft. Nations have realized the devastating effects of corruption to the peoples of the world and to the foundations of democracy and good governance. No democracy that can be buoyed in the face of prevailing and rampant theft of government resources, siphoning of state funds, conversion of state properties, and twisting of the law.  These anti-democratic principles have hollowed out African democracy for centuries, but deliberate and concerted effort in the last twenty years is redeeming the continent.

African countries have been gripped for years by unprecedented greed and selfishness, tribalism, political instability, and rampant corruption. This has affected every facet of society, from the human mind to the human behavior and attitude, and from social and economic institutions to political and legal framework. This no doubt has resulted to underdevelopment in the broadest sense, and more narrowly to poverty and appalling violence and sometimes uprising. In the last twenty years, Sierra Leone suffered the heat of a brutal war, losing a huge chunk of its physical infrastructure, and a large percentage of its human resources. Apart from those who died, those who fled the country many are yet to return to contribute to nation building. 

The country’s economy lost its shape – an economy which had taken off from a slate of certainty was reversed and almost located on the fringe of recession. Sectors booming such as mines, agriculture, education, electricity, revenue generation almost gave up. A leading cause for this overturn is corruption.

Sierra Leone plotted a redemption strategy; this came full force, particularly so after the institutionalization of democracy in 1996, when the country signed the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on 9th  December 2004. Prior to the signing, the ACC had been established  four years earlier. The existence of the Commission and the domestication of the UNCAC document in September 2004 indicated government’s commitment towards eradicating corruption, and towards addressing bad governance.  Celebrating the international anti-corruption day is a mark of victory over bad governance, and an indication that the people of Sierra Leone have pledged to support development, and uphold integrity.

 9th December serves to galvanize political authorities and rekindle their interest in tackling the scourge. Authorities in ministries, departments and agencies and in the private sector are reminded of their pledge to work on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone. They are reminded and urged to take action against individuals engaging in dubious activities significantly undermining the public good. Authorities are reminded to protect public property and revenue, avoid taking and giving bribes, avoid using influence for contract, avoid giving and taking kickbacks, and avoid misappropriating donor and public funds.

The Anti-Corruption Commission has lined up events marking the significance of the day. The Commissioner is all set to address the nation on corruption issues and on the progress Sierra Leone has made in the fight. An address as this will serve to assure the nation that there is commitment to sustain the progress made to eradicate the bane. 

This Day serves to remind actors to safeguard the trust placed on them by the public on the one hand and urge the public to fulfill their part by taking keen interest in issues of corruption on the other hand. Public trust is a vital element to secure public support. The fight against corruption will be nowhere without public trust. The ACC jealously safeguards that trust and has been enjoying public support more than ever. IAC Day serves to strengthen that trust.

Additionally, IAC Day is commemorated to highlight challenges facing the Commission and the successes it has achieved.

The Commission has made tremendous effort in strengthening systems and processes of several MDAs including Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Ministry of Agriculture,  University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation, to name but a few, to enable them adopt best practices. Partnership with relevant MDAs and civil society organizations including the media and community based organizations has increased the outreach scope of the Commission and essentially quadrupled public education programmes on the radio, TV, and through community meetings. On the prosecution front it has secured 100% conviction this year. In spite of the achievements, the Commission continues to faces challenges in respect of finance to support its activities. Challenges also subsist in terms of transforming attitudes and behaviours in the fight against corruption.

The Anti-Corruption Commission will be commemorating the Day with a week-long event. The nationwide commemoration will be marked with activities ranging from a radio quiz competition involving JSS and SSS pupils, Muslim and Christian thanksgiving service, and a statement to the nation by the Anti-Corruption Commissioner. These events underscore the importance the Commission places on involving the populace in marking the Day.
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STATEMENT OF THE COMMISSIONER, MR. JOSEPH FITZGERALD KAMARA ON THE
COMMEMORATION OF INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION
(IAC)  DAY 9TH DECEMBER 2014

Commissioner, ACC - Mr. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara (in pic)

Today December 9 is the day set aside by the United Nations as the International Anti-Corruption Day.  Countries all over the world observe this day by raising people’s awareness on the damaging effects of corruption and what is required for combating and preventing it.

As we observe this day in Sierra Leone under the dark cloud of the Ebola epidemic which has negatively impacted every sector of life in the country, the Commission sympathizes with our compatriots who have lost their loved ones to this affliction. The ACC fully appreciates the selfless services of health workers who face life threatening challenges daily to defeat the pandemic. We as a Commission, will continue to pray for deliverance from this disease.

Proactive measures have taken by the Commission to ensure transparency and accountability in the use and management of public/donor resources meant to contain the virus. the A press statement cautioning on judicious expenditure was issued followed by a senior management team visit to regional Ebola operational centres. The Commission is also keenly monitoring the disbursement and expenditure of Ebola funds.

The Anti-Corruption Commission as the statutory organ that provides leadership in fighting corruption continues to discharge its mandate assiduously.
 
The National Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2014- 2018 was formally launched in June 2014. This strategy provides a comprehensive framework to curbing corruption in Ministries departments and agencies with the establishment of Integrity Management Committees in all MDAs.   To strengthen this initiative, the ACC has undertaken the mainstreaming of anti corruption measures in the civil service. 

In July this year the Commission launched the 2013 National Corruption Perception Survey report which indicated that 76% of Sierra Leoneans have confidence in the effectiveness of the ACC.  This finding is also reflected in the 100% willingness of sierra Leoneans to join the fight against corruption. Manifestation of these is evidenced in the 100% conviction rate in corruption cases prosecuted in the high court of Sierra Leone.

For the first time the ACC secured convictions on the offences of “possession of unexplained wealth" and "failure to declare assets". The Commission in 2014 also paid into the consolidated fund an amount of about five hundred million leones as recoveries from individuals and organizations.

International recognition of these successes resulted in Sierra Leone attaining the first place benchmark by the Commonwealth heads of anti corruption agencies in Africa as a country for transfer and peer learning.

The Transparency International corruption perception index of 2014 shows Sierra Leone has made steady progress in the fight against corruption. Out of 174 countries surveyed in 2014, Sierra Leone is ranked 119, with a score of 31, which rates the Country ahead of Gambia, Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Kenya, and even Russia. The country has moved 39 spaces upwards in the TI rankings within the last five years, from 158 in 2008 to 119 in 2014. 

It is worthy to note that winning the fight against corruption requires our united and determined efforts. National integrity institutions such as the judiciary, the Sierra Leone correctional services, the Sierra Leone police, the auditor general, office of the ombudsman, the national public procurement authority, must take on anti corruption as a major activity in their annual program plans.

Civil society organizations will need to become more involved in the fight against corruption by expanding the scope of anti corruption partnerships which are critical for good governance.

To make reporting of corruption easier and faster, the Commission has developed a new internet application which can be accessed on Google play in the Sierra Leone app using a smart phone.

In the face of these successes there are great challenges for us as a nation. The inability of Sierra Leone to meet the qualification for the threshold and compact package of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) was due to the inadequate control of corruption. The delay in the implementation of the right of access to information needs immediate action.
Given the dire consequences of allowing corruption to thrive in our country, as we observe the international  anti corruption day let us remain steadfast and resist with all enthusiasm any acts of corruption in all spheres of life for the progress of our beloved country.

I wish for us all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
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ACC MONITORS SOCIAL SAFETY NET ENROLMENT PROCESS
IN THE NORTH

In its resolve to combat corruption through prevention in all facets of the society, the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on Saturday 7th February 2015 commenced monitoring exercise in the enrolment of Social Safety Net (SSN) beneficiaries.

The project which is funded by the World Bank is being implemented by the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) in some communities in Magbaimba Ndowahun and Tambaka Chiefdoms respectively in the Bombali district. It is a programme designed to improve on the poor condition of Sierra Leoneans thereby providing them with funds on monthly basis via SPLASH. 

As part of its responsibility in the project implementation, ACC provides oversight role in the whole exercise in order to prevent misuse of donor funds. Consequently, it monitors and receives complaints from the SSN and Cash for Work beneficiaries and takes appropriate action. The registration exercise which took place in December 2014 was supervised by the Commission. The ACC provided toll free lines (161) Airtel and (077 986-986 or 077 985-985) to the communities to enable them report any problem or concerns that they may encounter during the course of the implementation phase of the programme. 

ACC ARMS THE ARMED FORCES

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday 9th June 2014 empowered junior officers of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) in the fight against corruption at the Horton Academy, IMATT.  The Horton Academy administers courses for security personnel in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal and few other countries in the sub-region.  Presently, the Junior Staff Course which commenced on April 7 2014, for military personnel, police officers, prison officers and staff from the Office of National Security (ONS), is currently underway at the Academy and will end on July 25 2014.

The course package integrates topics that require specialist presentations.  One of the topics is about the ‘Fight against corruption in Sierra Leone’.  Delivering a paper on behalf of the ACC, the Deputy Director of Systems and Processes Review Department, Barbar Rashid Turay, explained what corruption is and he also took them through some of the causes of corruption in Sierra Leone.  ‘Although corruption is a universal phenomenon, its causes may vary from country to country’, Rashid Turay said.

According to him, endemic corruption in Sierra Leone cannot be divorced from pre-colonial encounter as well as the era of military rule in Sierra Leone and other political dispensations.  The economic and social causes are in most part a chunk of the network of the previous causes mentioned, he opined.   

Corruption all over the world has negative effects, the Deputy Director affirmed.  Among them, he noted, that it has the propensity to undermine national development.  Whilst talking about the fight against corruption in a broader perspective, the Deputy Director also threw light on its causes in the area of defense.  In a further attempt to explain what constitutes corruption, Rashid Turay briefly took the participants through the twenty seven corrupt offences in the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008.  The fight against corruption is not the Commission’s standalone fight, he reaffirmed. 

He also highlighted the role of defense personnel in the fight against corruption and state security.  He reminded them that the state comes first and everybody’s actions should be in consonant with state interest.  He encouraged students of the Academy to always be patriotic and that they should extend their patriotism to reporting corruption at the Anti-Corruption Commission.  He assured them that the fight against corruption is a winnable one.  In other to achieve that, he cheered them to a change of bad behaviours, negative opinions, attitudes and negative thoughts as well.

A Liberian military officer asked whether corruption can be eradicated in its entirety.  In his response, Rashid Turay said though it is a colossal task to completely get rid of corruption, he added that he is convinced the fight against corruption could be a winnable one.  Whilst concluding, the Deputy Director of Systems and Processes Review Department of the Anti-Corruption Commission encouraged the students to be steadfast and positive in the fight against corruption. 

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ACC AND MMCET VOUCH TO FIGHT CORRUPTION

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has recently engaged over eight hundred students and lecturers of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET), Congo Cross Campus as part of its “Meet the University Campaign”. Addressing the gathering, Public Education Officer, ACC, Joseph Kangaju said the role of students in the fight against corruption is not a favour but a moral duty and responsibility towards national development.

 Mr. Kangaju stated that like malaria, corruption fights back. He described most Sierra Leoneans as innocently living with malaria parasite (like corruption which has been accepted like a culture).  He informed them about the importance of whistle blowing and that it is a civic and moral responsibility of all students. Stressing that anonymous reporting is permitted in the Commission.

David Conteh, Public Education Officer reiterated the importance of partnering with the ACC to fight corruption. He attributed corruption to selfishness and greed. He encouraged them to live a corrupt free life, which he emphasised will benefit their community and the country as a whole.

The Students Union Governor of the MMCET appreciated the timely visit of the Anti – Corruption Commission which he described to have spurred up keen concern in students as they vouch to join in the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone.          


Cross Section of Students of MMCET Congo Cross (in pic).

 Public Education Officer, Joseph Kangaju addressing students and lecturers of MMCET (in pic)

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ACC DEVELOPS MOBILE PHONE APP TO REPORT CORRUPTION

 

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has developed an application (app) to make reporting of corruption much easier and quicker.

The Director of Public Education and Outreach Department, ACC, described the app as one way to make people feel more comfortable to report acts of corruption to the Commission.

Koloneh Sankoh said as the use of mobile applications has been widespread therefore is the Commission making use of the technology to strengthen the fight against corruption. She said the app is an additional tool for reporting corruption and can be used by whistleblowers, informants and complainants who may want to remain anonymous. Ms. Sankoh said the Commission will popularize the use of the app to the general public so that people will be aware and be able to report incidents of corruption at their convenience.

Titus Salankole, the Information Technology Manager at the ACC said the application is part of the ‘SIERRA LEONE APP’ on Google Play and users of smart phones can now download it using their Google account free of cost. He said the ‘SIERRA LEONE ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION APP’ (i.e. the ACC app) can be found on the top right hand corner of the ‘SIERRA LEONE APP’. He said there are provisions for users to easily type their reports or messages and even attach photo and audio files before submission.

In recent times, the ACC Commissioner, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara spoke of the app as one of the initiatives of the Commission to bring more people on board the fight against corruption. Mr. Kamara has often spoken of the need to come up with more initiatives so that the country will continue to score more marks in the fight against graft.

Staff of the Public Education and Outreach Department of the ACC have already been training on the use of the technology.


The Sierra Leone App (in pic)
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ACC MEETS WITH TOP MANAGEMENT OF THE SIERRA LEONE POLICE

 

As part of its ongoing strategic partnership drive in the fight against corruption, the ACC has on the 29th of February, 2012 held its first strategic partnership meeting with Senior Management Staff of the Sierra Leone Police at the Commission’s Conference Room in Freetown.  The meeting is to strengthen their partnership and to map out strategies in dealing with the incidence of corruption in the country generally and more particularly with the Police.

 


SIERRA LEONE POLICE FORCE TOP MANAGEMENT (in pic)

Speaking at the meeting, the Commissioner of the ACC, Mr. Joseph F. Kamara said that it is becoming far more important for the public to understand that the Police and the ACC are working together as a team in the enforcement of the law.  The Commissioner cited the support of the top-management of the Police in terms of meeting the mandate of the Commission and took the opportunity to update the Police about the outcomes of the 2010 National Perception Survey which ranked the Police as one of the most corrupt institutions in the country.  He mentioned the attitude of some Traffic Police and Wardens in soliciting bribes as worrying.  The ACC Commissioner therefore called on Senior Management of the Sierra Leone Police to implement the recommendations contained in the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and to work towards improving the public perception about their institution, stating that “the ACC will not be able to fight corruption without the credibility of the Police standing out”.

Responding, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Richard Moigbeh, expressed delight for the engagement noting that since the inception of the ACC, the SLP has been a key strategic partner.  He acceded to the comments made by the ACC Commissioner and catalogued the many efforts of the Police to deal with corruption, stating that over 100 police personnel have been dismissed on corruption related matters since last year.  He called on the ACC to provide further assistance to deal with the scourge.  Other members of the team commented on the challenges faced by the Police including logistical constraints and poor conditions of service.

 

A number of recommendations were made including the setting up of a Working Committee and the appointment of a Liaison Officer in both institutions to address the challenges faced by the Police in dealing with corruption.
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COMMISSIONER’S REGIONAL WORKING VISIT TO MAKENI,
BO AND KENEMA -25TH – 30TH SEPTEMBER, 2014

 

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DEPUTY COMMISSIONER SHOLLAY DAVIES JUSTIFIES ACC 2015 BUDGET

The Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Shollay Davies on Monday 13th October, 2014 justified the 2015 budget of the Commission in a jammed-packed Hall at the Ministry of Finance, and Economic Development (MoFED). He maintained that, the fight against corruption continues unabated and ACC continues to tighten its grip on wastages in the delivery of services in the public sector while at the same time promoting transparency and accountability across public sector institutions.

Mr. Davies opined that a research conducted by the Word Bank in 2010 on Control of Corruption has shown that support to anti-corruption agencies have had increased dividend in their effectiveness to deliver on their mandate.

Since the passage of the Anti-Corruption Act in 2008, the ACC has been able to recover and pay into the consolidated revenue fund over 12 Billion Leones. The success rate in court has doubled since last year and the level of awareness on corruption continues to increase, he emphasized.

In 2015 the Commission envisages an increase in the level of activities especially on investigations and prosecution of corruption related matters. This would require investment in capacity development and staff welfare in order to attract and retain more professionals.

In line with the Commission’s Strategic Plan and the Agenda for Prosperity, the ACC will deepen the recovery of government resources, address wastage in local government and take advantage of sector specific initiatives in the extractive industry such as the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiatives (EITI). This would mean that additional
system reviews will be conducted to prevent corruption in the extractive sector and other MDAs.

The Deputy Commissioner noted that as a means of promoting a corrupt free society in which good governance, effective and efficient public financial management, integrity, accountability and the rule of law are upheld, the National Anti-Corruption Strategy will be rolled out with renewed vigor and with a view to mobilizing sustained public support for the ideals of anti-corruption campaign.
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ACC OBSERVES INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION (IAC) DAY WITH THANKSGIVING PRAYERS

The Anti–Corruption Commission (ACC) in commemoration of this year’s International Anti–Corruption (IAC) Day offered thanksgiving prayers at the Hamdallah Mosque, Naimbana Street and the Ebenezer Methodist Church Regent Road on 5th and 7th December respectively.

Speaking at the Hamdallah Mosque, Chief Imam, Sheikh Abubakarr Conteh underscored corruption is evil and cajoled his jamaat to deviate from all corrupt practices and join the Commission to eliminate the bane. Sheikh Conteh observed that ACC has done tremendous work to reduce on the incidences of corruption but noted there were still challenges in the fight such as the glorification and celebration of the corrupt by some sections of the public.

In his sermon, the Circuit Superintendent of Ebenezer Methodist Church, Reverend Elijah Akibo-Jones urged ACC staff to be courageous as not all would be in support of the fight. “There are people who will go after you because you are doing what is right, but if you hold on to God, they will never succeed to destroy you”, he stressed. Reverend Akibo – Jones encouraged the congregation to always frown at corruption and shun the corrupt. The man of God emphasized that corruption needed to be dealt with so that Sierra Leone will forge ahead.

The ACC Deputy Commissioner Shollay Davies in his statement at the mosque and church thanked the Almighty for his continued guidance over the institution and its staff. He furthered that International Anti-Corruption Day is important, as it is meant to raise awareness on the ills of corruption and highlight the strides made to prevent and combat the pandemic. Mr. Davies maintained that the fight against corruption was the business of all as its negative consequences are wide-ranging. The Deputy Commissioner implored the jamaat and congregation to be steadfast in supporting the ACC so that the scourge will be eradicated in the country.


DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, SHOLLAY DAVIES DELIVERING ANTI-CORRUPTION MESSAGES TO MUSLIM WORSHIPPERS AT HAMDALLAH MOSQUE IN COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY 2014 (in pic)


Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Shollay Davies at Ebenezer Methodist Church with Directors and Staff of the Anti-Corruption Commission to commemorate IAC Day 2014 (in pic)

The commemoration was also marked with a statement to the nation by the ACC Commissioner, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara and a radio quiz completion for secondary school pupils.
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ACC SIGNS MOU WITH EVERY CHILD MATTERS

In a bid to continue strengthening its partnership with civil society organisations, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday 20th November 2014 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the child advocacy organisation, Every Child Matters Sierra Leone (ECM-SL). Welcoming members of the organisation at the ACC’s Gloucester Street Head Office in Freetown, the Director Public Education and Outreach, Koloneh Sankoh said corruption tramples upon the rights of everyone, especially the vulnerable. She said it is good that the organisation is partnering with the ACC to address issues of corruption, especially those affecting the wellbeing of children.

The Executive Director of ECM-SL, Abdul Karim Koroma said his organisation was formed in 2004 to promote the rights of children, youths and women and foster the values of transparency and accountability in the country. He said the organisation has been moved by the work of the ACC, which has been very effective in combating corruption in order to enhance the wellbeing of the citizenry. Mr. Koroma said they would assist the ACC with its public education drive by educating young people to change their mindsets and imbibe a life and culture of integrity.

Cross section of the audience at the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding between Anti-Corruption and Every Child Matter- Sierra Leone (n pic)

The Deputy Commissioner of the ACC, Shollay Davies, said the ACC takes the plight of children very seriously, which is why the Commission has been working-through its ‘Meet the School Campaign’ to enlist school pupils in the fight against corruption and to develop corrupt-free minds. He said “to advocate for the rights of children is to advocate for a brighter future for the nation”. Mr. Davies said the ACC believes in the objectives of ECM-SL, something he said is the major driving force to form a partnership with the organisation. The Deputy Commissioner encouraged ECM-SL to be reporting acts of corruption to the Commission as they go about implementing their programmes.

 

The MOU calls for the development of a “synergy of cooperation and partnership between the Public Education and Outreach and the Monitoring and Evaluation Departments of ACC and ECM-SL respectively; and share common platform on public education, customized community and town hall meetings.”

The signing of the MOU by the Deputy Commissioner on behalf of the ACC and the Executive Director of ECM-SL on behalf of his organisation climaxed the event.

 

R-Deputy Commissioner ACC, Mr. Shollay Davies and L-Mr. Abdul Karim Koroma Executive Director ECM displaying the signed MoU. (in pic)
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THE ACC COMMISSIONER, JOSEPH FITZGERALD KAMARA, ON FRIDAY, 28TH NOVEMBER 2014, HONORED AN INVITATION FROM THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO A CONFERENCE WITH THE DIPLOMATIC CORP ON THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC

 

Prior to the group photo above, the presence of the ACC Commissioner (fourth, second row from left) illuminates the Conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diplomatic Corp on the ultimate fight against Ebola at the aforementioned Ministry, Tower Hill Freetown (in pic)

 


Meanwhile, at the end of the Conference, the Cuban PlenipoteMinistry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, unveiled its Service Charter not just in the presence of each and every Diplomatic Mission in Sierra Leone, but in the presence of the honcho of the Anti-Corruption Commission, standing behind the newly appointed ntiary (in pic)

 

The unveiled Service Charter (in pic)

 

The Honorable Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura Kamara and his Deputy Dr. Ebun Strasser King flanked the Commissioner (in pic)

 

The glowing smiles of Madam Deputy Minister and the Anti-Corruption Maestro symbolize a sense of fulfillment after the unveiling ceremony of the Service Charter (in pic)

 

The Service Charter is erected at the mini orchard of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (in pic)
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ACC and NEC are dividends of good governance - ACC Commissioner

The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has described his institution and the National Electoral Commission (NEC) as dividends of democratic good governance in the country. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara made the statement Wednesday during a courtesy call made by the Chairman of NEC and his team. Welcoming the NEC top management team at the ACC Head Office in Freetown, Mr. Kamara congratulated the NEC Chairman on his appointment.

The Chairman of the NEC Mohamed Nfa-Alie Conteh said the courtesy call is a bid to identify his institution with those that share similar functions in terms of providing good governance, public trust and accountability. He said a close relationship with the ACC would ensure transparency and accountability as his institution often handles huge public funds in the conduct of public elections. Mr. Conteh said his Commission believed in the fight against corruption in the country, which is why they have made the Integrity Management Committee in their institution fully operational.

The NEC Chairman stated that the next three years would be challenging as they plan for the conduct of several election exercises including boundary delimitation, upgrade of the voter register, conduct of local council elections, the constitutional review referendum and the 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections. Mr. Conteh therefore called on the ACC to render the necessary support to his Commission.

The NEC Commissioner for the Northern Region, Maxoud Gibril Sesay also highlighted a series of current activities including ongoing work on amending the Public Elections Act in a bid to address issues of manipulation of elections. He said NEC would also address issues of corruption that came up during the last general elections to ensure that members of the public have faith in the electoral process. Mr. Sesay noted that his Commission would be engaged in several public education activities in a bid to educate the public about their activities and the electoral processes in an effort to address issues of suspicion which are normally prevalent during electioneering periods.

Responding, the ACC Commissioner pledged his support to NEC especially in the area of public education and legal assistance to ensure that the electoral body operates within the confines of the law.

Meanwhile, the Advisory Board of the ACC has officially handed over the report of a four-day tour of the Commission’s regional offices of Makeni, Bo, Kenema and Kono. Presenting the report to the Commissioner, Chairman of the Board Bishop Tamba Allieu Koroma described the tour as one meant to assess the work of the regional offices and acquaint themselves with the staff and major stakeholders in the fight against corruption. 

Making a presentation on behalf of the Board, board member, Gertrude Taylor presented a congratulatory card to the Commissioner on his election as member of the Africa Union Advisory Board on Corruption, an achievement, she said, speaks volume of the country’s strides in the fight against corruption.

Responding, the ACC Commissioner thanked members of the Advisory Board for the tour, noting that the Commission has already started addressing some of the issues highlighted in the report. On the message of congratulations, Mr. Kamara thanked management and staff of the Commission whom he said had always provided the required support to execute his duties efficiently and effectively. He also spoke of the election of the Deputy Commissioner, Shollay Davies as Financial Secretary of the West African Anti-Corruption Agencies.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY

Sierra Leone and the world over are commemorating the international anti-corruption day (IAC Day) – a day set aside by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 58/7 in October 2003 to raise awareness on the dangers of corruption.

The day has become a reminder to political authorities, civil society organizations and business people for a more robust action and positive attitude towards tackling graft. Nations have realized the devastating effects of corruption to the peoples of the world and to the foundations of democracy and good governance. No democracy that can be buoyed in the face of prevailing and rampant theft of government resources, siphoning of state funds, conversion of state properties, and twisting of the law.  These anti-democratic principles have hollowed out African democracy for centuries, but deliberate and concerted effort in the last twenty years is redeeming the continent.

African countries have been gripped for years by unprecedented greed and selfishness, tribalism, political instability, and rampant corruption. This has affected every facet of society, from the human mind to the human behavior and attitude, and from social and economic institutions to political and legal framework. This no doubt has resulted to underdevelopment in the broadest sense, and more narrowly to poverty and appalling violence and sometimes uprising. In the last twenty years, Sierra Leone suffered the heat of a brutal war, losing a huge chunk of its physical infrastructure, and a large percentage of its human resources. Apart from those who died, those who fled the country many are yet to return to contribute to nation building. 

The country’s economy lost its shape – an economy which had taken off from a slate of certainty was reversed and almost located on the fringe of recession. Sectors booming such as mines, agriculture, education, electricity, revenue generation almost gave up. A leading cause for this overturn is corruption.

Sierra Leone plotted a redemption strategy; this came full force, particularly so after the institutionalization of democracy in 1996, when the country signed the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on 9th  December 2004. Prior to the signing, the ACC had been established  four years earlier. The existence of the Commission and the domestication of the UNCAC document in September 2004 indicated government’s commitment towards eradicating corruption, and towards addressing bad governance.  Celebrating the international anti-corruption day is a mark of victory over bad governance, and an indication that the people of Sierra Leone have pledged to support development, and uphold integrity.

 9th December serves to galvanize political authorities and rekindle their interest in tackling the scourge. Authorities in ministries, departments and agencies and in the private sector are reminded of their pledge to work on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone. They are reminded and urged to take action against individuals engaging in dubious activities significantly undermining the public good. Authorities are reminded to protect public property and revenue, avoid taking and giving bribes, avoid using influence for contract, avoid giving and taking kickbacks, and avoid misappropriating donor and public funds.

The Anti-Corruption Commission has lined up events marking the significance of the day. The Commissioner is all set to address the nation on corruption issues and on the progress Sierra Leone has made in the fight. An address as this will serve to assure the nation that there is commitment to sustain the progress made to eradicate the bane. 

This Day serves to remind actors to safeguard the trust placed on them by the public on the one hand and urge the public to fulfill their part by taking keen interest in issues of corruption on the other hand. Public trust is a vital element to secure public support. The fight against corruption will be nowhere without public trust. The ACC jealously safeguards that trust and has been enjoying public support more than ever. IAC Day serves to strengthen that trust.

Additionally, IAC Day is commemorated to highlight challenges facing the Commission and the successes it has achieved.

The Commission has made tremendous effort in strengthening systems and processes of several MDAs including Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Ministry of Agriculture,  University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation, to name but a few, to enable them adopt best practices. Partnership with relevant MDAs and civil society organizations including the media and community based organizations has increased the outreach scope of the Commission and essentially quadrupled public education programmes on the radio, TV, and through community meetings. On the prosecution front it has secured 100% conviction this year. In spite of the achievements, the Commission continues to faces challenges in respect of finance to support its activities. Challenges also subsist in terms of transforming attitudes and behaviours in the fight against corruption.

The Anti-Corruption Commission will be commemorating the Day with a week-long event. The nationwide commemoration will be marked with activities ranging from a radio quiz competition involving JSS and SSS pupils, Muslim and Christian thanksgiving service, and a statement to the nation by the Anti-Corruption Commissioner. These events underscore the importance the Commission places on involving the populace in marking the Day.
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STATEMENT OF THE COMMISSIONER, MR. JOSEPH FITZGERALD KAMARA ON THE
COMMEMORATION OF INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION
(IAC)  DAY 9TH DECEMBER 2014

Commissioner, ACC - Mr. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara (in pic)

Today December 9 is the day set aside by the United Nations as the International Anti-Corruption Day.  Countries all over the world observe this day by raising people’s awareness on the damaging effects of corruption and what is required for combating and preventing it.

As we observe this day in Sierra Leone under the dark cloud of the Ebola epidemic which has negatively impacted every sector of life in the country, the Commission sympathizes with our compatriots who have lost their loved ones to this affliction. The ACC fully appreciates the selfless services of health workers who face life threatening challenges daily to defeat the pandemic. We as a Commission, will continue to pray for deliverance from this disease.

Proactive measures have taken by the Commission to ensure transparency and accountability in the use and management of public/donor resources meant to contain the virus. the A press statement cautioning on judicious expenditure was issued followed by a senior management team visit to regional Ebola operational centres. The Commission is also keenly monitoring the disbursement and expenditure of Ebola funds.

The Anti-Corruption Commission as the statutory organ that provides leadership in fighting corruption continues to discharge its mandate assiduously.
 
The National Anti-Corruption Strategy for 2014- 2018 was formally launched in June 2014. This strategy provides a comprehensive framework to curbing corruption in Ministries departments and agencies with the establishment of Integrity Management Committees in all MDAs.   To strengthen this initiative, the ACC has undertaken the mainstreaming of anti corruption measures in the civil service. 

In July this year the Commission launched the 2013 National Corruption Perception Survey report which indicated that 76% of Sierra Leoneans have confidence in the effectiveness of the ACC.  This finding is also reflected in the 100% willingness of sierra Leoneans to join the fight against corruption. Manifestation of these is evidenced in the 100% conviction rate in corruption cases prosecuted in the high court of Sierra Leone.

For the first time the ACC secured convictions on the offences of “possession of unexplained wealth" and "failure to declare assets". The Commission in 2014 also paid into the consolidated fund an amount of about five hundred million leones as recoveries from individuals and organizations.

International recognition of these successes resulted in Sierra Leone attaining the first place benchmark by the Commonwealth heads of anti corruption agencies in Africa as a country for transfer and peer learning.

The Transparency International corruption perception index of 2014 shows Sierra Leone has made steady progress in the fight against corruption. Out of 174 countries surveyed in 2014, Sierra Leone is ranked 119, with a score of 31, which rates the Country ahead of Gambia, Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Kenya, and even Russia. The country has moved 39 spaces upwards in the TI rankings within the last five years, from 158 in 2008 to 119 in 2014. 

It is worthy to note that winning the fight against corruption requires our united and determined efforts. National integrity institutions such as the judiciary, the Sierra Leone correctional services, the Sierra Leone police, the auditor general, office of the ombudsman, the national public procurement authority, must take on anti corruption as a major activity in their annual program plans.

 

Civil society organizations will need to become more involved in the fight against corruption by expanding the scope of anti corruption partnerships which are critical for good governance.

To make reporting of corruption easier and faster, the Commission has developed a new internet application which can be accessed on Google play in the Sierra Leone app using a smart phone.

In the face of these successes there are great challenges for us as a nation. The inability of Sierra Leone to meet the qualification for the threshold and compact package of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) was due to the inadequate control of corruption. The delay in the implementation of the right of access to information needs immediate action.
Given the dire consequences of allowing corruption to thrive in our country, as we observe the international  anti corruption day let us remain steadfast and resist with all enthusiasm any acts of corruption in all spheres of life for the progress of our beloved country.

I wish for us all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
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ACC MONITORS SOCIAL SAFETY NET ENROLMENT PROCESS
IN THE NORTH

In its resolve to combat corruption through prevention in all facets of the society, the Northern Region Office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has on Saturday 7th February 2015 commenced monitoring exercise in the enrolment of Social Safety Net (SSN) beneficiaries.

The project which is funded by the World Bank is being implemented by the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) in some communities in Magbaimba Ndowahun and Tambaka Chiefdoms respectively in the Bombali district. It is a programme designed to improve on the poor condition of Sierra Leoneans thereby providing them with funds on monthly basis via SPLASH. 

As part of its responsibility in the project implementation, ACC provides oversight role in the whole exercise in order to prevent misuse of donor funds. Consequently, it monitors and receives complaints from the SSN and Cash for Work beneficiaries and takes appropriate action. The registration exercise which took place in December 2014 was supervised by the Commission. The ACC provided toll free lines (161) Airtel and (077 986-986 or 077 985-985) to the communities to enable them report any problem or concerns that they may encounter during the course of the implementation phase of the programme. 

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