ACC Boss ‘Baranta’!

 

For those who believe that corruption and racketeering are part of our state governance, the exuberant Commissioner of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Francis Ben Kaifala has emphasized that starting this 2019 and beyond, the Commission would make the price of corruption so high that those who dare would either go to jail or become bankrupt or both.

Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala gave the ominous warning when giving a recap of the Commission’s successes against corruption through collective efforts.

Sierra Leone significantly passed the very crucial Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Control of Corruption score card from a failing position of 49% to a respectable 71% in 2018. At the same time, Afro Barometer’s corruption perception dropped from over 70% in 2015 to an all time low of 43%.

Also, according to Afro Barometer, over 66% of the citizens now believe in government’s effort in the fight against corruption, jumping from an all time low of 40% in 2015.

Admirably, whilst ACC used to embarrassingly lose high-profile prosecution cases, in the last six months, it has achieved 100% conviction rate and no appeal from prosecutions.

Also, in the last six months, over Le8.4 billion (nearly US$1 million) was recovered and returned to the people for provision of social services with almost Le6 billion already committed to be recovered in the next 6 months after completed investigations.

At the same time, ACC cases that used to drag on in court frustratingly are now dealt with by the courts speedily. According to the ACC boss, prosecution now moves faster, as well as investigations covering all spheres of public life with no room for corruption.

Meanwhile, the three Commissions of Inquiry into the activities of principal officials in the former government, whose outcomes the ACC boss said they would be keenly interested in, have commenced.

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, who heads the panel of State Counsels prosecuting the matter, has said the inquiries are one instrument used by the government to recover stolen public funds.