As Travel Ban Imposed… Commission Of Inquiry Soon

 

Head of the Governance Transition Team who also doubles as the Chief Minister, Professor David Francis has at the launch of the team’s report at State House, yesterday, 4th July, 2018 disclosed that a special audit would be conducted to ascertain more facts, following which, a Commission of Enquiry will be set up to bring to book all those the report found wanting.

Prof. Francis emphasised that the process was not in any way a witch-hunt but a move to uphold the democratic principles of good governance.

Former officials of the then All People’s Congress (APC) government, he said,  behaved in a manner as if they were above the law by running governance with no regard for democratic accountability and transparency, law and constitutional order.

He explained that state assets were sold without following due process, citing government’s 30% share at Sierra Rutile which, he said, was sold to John B. Sesay who was the CEO of the company and cohorts in 2012.

“Few years later, the company was resold to an Australia Company were John B. Sesay and cohort made a profit of US $113m,” fumed Prof Francis, adding that mining agreements were signed with no tax coming to government.

Sierra Leone, he said, is today at the bottom of the human development index as a result rampant corruption, gross mismanagement of the state resources, coupled with crude tribalism and ethnicity.

The report, he said is a genuine one and that the therein can be well substantiated.

Two of the recommendations – setting up of a special audit and the institution of a Commission of Inquiry – presented to His Excellency, President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio, he said, are imperative, adding that the Inquiry would ensure that all those found wanting return every single cent they have defrauded from the state or be slammed jail term, where necessary.

He concluded that a travel ban has been slammed on all former government officials whose names are in the report, adding that those already out of the country would be brought in to face the law.