ACC To Indict Big Names  

   

A new more dynamic and proactive era has certainly dawned in the country’s fight against corruption with the announcement made by the Commissioner of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Joseph Ben Kaifala Esq. during a recent interactive meeting at the Commission’s Gloucester Street headquarters in Freetown with Civil Society and the media.

The ACC Czar, amongst other issues, told stakeholders in Sierra Leone’s fight against graft that the ACC would very soon spring into action with indictments against prominent names that the Commission has finished investigating for alleged corruption.

Unlike previous years, when ACC would take cases to court and lose most of them due to shoddy investigation and unprofessional prosecution methods, this time, under his leadership, the ACC, he said, is very meticulous about examining evidences forensically and in detail.
The Commissioner therefore announced that many cases before the Commission have been discarded for want of concrete evidence to warrant prosecution. On the other hand, he stated that several matters with substantial evidences to warrant prosecution have been investigated, including the Youth Village, Youth Farm and the Sierra Leone Drivers and General Transport Workers Union.

According to Commissioner Kaifala, two options face the defendants in the matters: either they reach an out-of-court agreement with the Commission to pay back what is missing – as in the cases of Edmund Koroma and the two NASSIT ferries and Haja Kallah Kamara and her co-defendant in the National Revenue Authority (NRA) – or face prosecution.

Harping on the case of the alleged diplomatic and service passport racketeering, the ACC boss did not mince his words when he said the matter would not be settled out of court given that it concerns the reputation of the country. The evidence, he said, is strong and overwhelming.

With regards the findings of the pending Commissions of Inquiry into the activities of 52 former senior government officials that include former President Ernest Bai Koroma, former presidential candidate, Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara, Ministers, Deputies and Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Commissioner Kaifala said that the findings would provide rich fodder for ACC’s prosecutions.

“We will use the Commissions’ findings to call all those found wanting of unexplained wealth,” he concluded.