ACC To Invite APC Big Guns


Sources at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) have disclosed that the newly appointed Commissioner of the country’s anti-graft institution in pursuit of President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada  Bio’s zero tolerance to corruption policy is set to invite dozens of APC officials that served in the erstwhile President Koroma government for questioning.

The sources stated that going by his word to scrutinize previous Auditor General’s Reports, Joseph Ben Kaifala has compiled a dossier of evidence of allegations of financial improprieties committed by officials of the former government including ministers, permanent secretaries, vote controllers and heads of parastatals that he wants to investigate.

“The evidence is overwhelming,” one ACC source said.

It could be recalled that on his visit to his home village of Tihun over the past weekend, President Bio said that some officials in the former government took monies that do not belong to them, thinking that they will get away with it. He stated that all those monies will be recovered, adding that if the country’s development has to move forward progressively, the nation must join him to fight against corruption. “I needed all hands on deck for the fight to be successful,” President Bio said.

Already, the ACC has gone after some former government officials including former Vice President Victor Foh, Mines Minister Minkailu Mansaray, Youth Affairs Minister, Bai Mahmoud Bangura, former Financial Secretary, Edmund Koroma, former NRA Commissioner General, Haja Kallah Kamara and her Finance Director Mr. Conteh, former NATCOM Director General Momoh Konteh and some of his directors in a determined bid to recover monies and to investigate corruption.

The Governance Transition Team (GTT) Report which is now the subject of a Commission of Inquiry, forensic audit by the Auditor General’s Office and probing by the ACC uncovered widespread corruption alleged to have been committed by the former government for which it named suspects including former President Koroma.