ACC Nails Alpha Timbo, 4 Others

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday Tuesday 31st March, 2020 filed an indictment against the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Alpha Osman Timbo, who also served as Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE) of No. 17 Jalloh Street, Wellington, Freetown and four others on fifteen (15) counts of corruption offences including Misappropriation of public Property contrary to Section 36 (1); failure to comply with application procedures and guidelines contrary to Section 48 (2) (b); Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence contrary to Section 128.

Other charges include converting property knowing same to be proceeds of corruption for the purpose of disguising the illicit origin contrary to Section 52(1)(a); and Abuse of Office contrary to Section 42(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 12, of 2008. 

The other four indictees are the Deputy Minister, MBSSE, Emily Kadiatu Gogra of No. 9 Wharf Lane, Shell, Freetown, the Permanent Secretary, MBSSE, Charles Tom Kamanda of H.S. 28 Hill Station, Freetown, Director of Nutrition, School Feeding, MBSSE, Mamusu Massaquoi of No. 8 Emmerson Bockarie Drive, Adonkia Freetown, and a businesswoman of The Lion Inn, No. 16 Wilkinson Road, Freetown, Zainab Binta Kamara. 

It could be recalled that between October, 2019 and December, 2019, Alpha Osman Timbo in his then capacity as Minister of MBSSE, Emily Kadiatu Gogra as Deputy Minister of MBSSE and Charles Tom Kamanda as Permanent Secretary of MBSSE misappropriated public property to wit: 49,000 bags of 50Kg rice meant for the school feeding programme. All three of them face jointly one (1) count of Misappropriation of Public Property contrary to Section 36(1), one (1) count of Failure to Comply with Applicable Procedures and Guidelines contrary to Section 48(2) (b), one (1) count of Conspiracy to commit a corruption offence contrary to Section 128 and one (1) count of Abuse of Office contrary to Section 42(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 12, of 2008. 

As Director of Nutrition, School Feeding, MBSSE, Mamusu Massaquoi between October 2019 and December 2019 misappropriated public property to wit: 49,000 bags of 50Kg rice. She faces one (1) count of Misappropriation of Public Property contrary to Section 36(1), one (1) count of Conspiracy to commit a corruption offence contrary to Section 128 and three (3) counts of Abuse of Office contrary to Section 42(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 12, of 2008.

Zainab Binta Kamara as businesswoman, on the other hand, between October 2019 and November 2019 converted property to wit: 4100 bags of 50Kg rice meant for school feeding programme. She faces one (1) count of Misappropriation of Public Property contrary to Section 36(1), one (1) count of Conspiracy to commit a corruption offence contrary to Section 128, one (1) count of Converting property knowing such property to be Proceeds of Corruption for the purpose of Disguising the Illicit Origin contrary to Section 52(1)(a), one (1) count of Concealing the True Nature of Property which is the Proceeds of Corruption contrary to Section 52(1)(b), and one (1) count of Possessing property knowing same to be the Proceeds of Corruption contrary to Section 52(1)(c), of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 12, of 2008. 

Meanwhile, the indicted persons are expected to appear before the High Court Holden in Freetown on a date to be set by the Master and Registrar.

The Commission therefore wishes to reassure the general public of its determination to curb graft at all levels in Sierra Leone, especially in the implementation of the Free Quality Education programme.