Campaign for Good Governance Ups Anti-Corruption for Getting Back Stolen Funds!
By a press release (31/12/18)
The Anti-Corruption Commission’s strides to recover misappropriated funds have been applauded by the Campaign for Good Governance.
Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) applauds the recent Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) strides to recover misappropriated funds and is calling on the SLPP government not to transfer these funds back to the Consolidated Revenue Fund from which it was earlier misappropriated.
Over nine billion Leones has been recovered from corruption cases in the past five months. CGG believes these funds should not be returned to the Consolidated Revenue Fund but to social services to be used effectively to support the poor.
"Corruption is a grave national security concern. It threatens our existential wellbeing and undermines the effective functioning of institutions and processes of the Rule of law, good governance and socio-economic justice for all.
"The return of recovered funds to the Consolidated Fund has not been effective in preventing corruption over the years, as these returned funds might be misappropriated again, thereby recycling corrupt practices and poverty," said CGG Executive Director Mrs. Marcella Samba-Sesay.
The organization is calling on government to reverse the impact of corruption by using the recovered funds to provide tangible social services especially in addressing the emergencies in the healthcare and education sectors in Sierra Leone.
Bernadette French, CGG Head of Programmes said the recent recovered funds from the National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) as well as other high profile corruption cases, should be used to target poverty alleviation, improved service delivery and citizen’s welfare. "CGG therefore calls on the Government of Sierra Leone to ensure that stolen and corrupt public money benefits the poor," she noted.
The CGG said their call was based on s13, paragraph c, of the 1991 Constitution, which states that every citizen has a duty to prevent, preserve public property and prevent the misappropriation and squandering of public funds.
To this end, CGG calls on all Sierra Leoneans to join the clarion call on Government not to send corrupt money to the Consolidated Revenue Fund as such funds were originally intended for providing citizens essential services.
Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) is a registered national non-government organisation advocating for good governance in Sierra Leone. Leaders of the pro-democracy movement formed CGG in 1996 after the first multi-party elections in three decades.