As ACC Intervenes…  Drivers Union Office Closed

 

By Thomas S. Kembay

Officials from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Friday, 18th January, 2019 reportedly shut down the offices of the President, Vice President and National Treasurer of the Sierra Leone Motor Drivers and General Transport Workers Union (MDGTWU).

According to reports, the closure of the Union’s executive offices came about as a result of its officials working in contravention of Section 134(1) of the Anti- Corruption Commission Act No. 12 of 2008, which states: “A public officer who has been charged with corruption shall be suspended at half pay with effect from the date of the charge.”

The report added that the Union’s President, Vice and the National Treasurer, Alpha Amadu Bah, David Ahmed Conteh and Judism Lahai respectively, are alleged to be still sitting tight in their respective offices as substantive holders whilst they are, at the same time, facing trial at the High Court for corruption related offences.

A letter from the Director of Prosecutions at the ACC, Calvin Tichaona Mantsebo addressed to the Minister of Labour and Social Security on the 11th December, 2018 recommended the suspension of the trio from office with immediate effect as their trial commenced on the 12th of December, 2018.

The letter went on to explain that the trio have been indicted for trial in the High Court of Sierra Leone on joint charges of Misappropriation of Public Funds Contrary to Section 36(1) of the ACC Act No. 12 of 2008 (6 counts) and Conspiracy to commit a corruption offence contrary to Section 128(1) of the ACC Act No. 12 of 2008.

Meanwhile, the Union, according to report, is set to conduct its National Election following the expiration of the current National Executive including the trio that are facing corruption trials at the end of the month or early next month.

Members of the Union have therefore warned the trio to stay off the internal politics of the union as they are under suspension, pending trial.