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23rd July 2018

"If We Do Not Fight and Win, Corruption will Destroy Sierra Leone," Maada Warns

By a press release (09/07/18)

The view expressed by President Julius Maada Bio to fight and eliminate corruption in Sierra Leone is every true Sierra Leonean's dream.


Sierra Leone President said at State House in Freetown that corruption is at a level that can destroy this nation if we do not fight and win. He made this disclosure on July 4, when he received the Governance Transition Team (GTT) Report, chaired by the Chief Minister Professor David John Francis. (Photo: President Bio recently appointed a new Anti-Corruption chairman Kaifala, left).

It could be recalled that on April 4, two days after he was sworn in, President Bio mandated the 13-man team that comprises academics, experienced former civil servants and professionals from different backgrounds, to interface with the outgoing All Peoples Congress (APC) government, conduct an immediate assessment of the state of affairs and to submit a report on its findings.

At State House, during the presentation of the GTT Report, the GTT chairman summarised his findings and told to journalists, government officials, former government functionaries and members of the consular and diplomatic corps that they have uncovered evidence of egregious infractions by the former APC government.

"An astonishing level of fiscal indiscipline and rampant corruption by the former APC Government of President Ernest Koroma had led to the near-collapse of Sierra Leone’s economy by the time the Government of President Julius Maada Bio was sworn into office," he said.

He noted that apart from the fact that 14.4% of the country’s GDP was wasted, external debt was US $1.6 billion, domestic debt was at US$658 million, partly caused by bloated salaries and other compensation for government employees amounting to US $263 million.

"Besides, the State’s liabilities as at 30 March 2018 amounted to US $3.7 billion. Inflation as at March 2018 was 17.2% while on the whole economic growth dropped from 6% in 2016 to 3.7% in 2017," he lamented.

He disclosed that as a consequence the APC government was unable to close the fiscal gap and adhere to agreed actions under the Extended Credit Facility, leading to the suspension of disbursement of both budgetary and balance of payment support by the IMF to Sierra Leone in 2017.

The report, in addition to specific recommendations made in each section generally pertinent across all governance related institutions, also specifically asked that the Auditor General undertakes special audits of all MDAs and on how public assets and funds had been utilised by the former APC Government.

Key suggestions were that the government should immediately institute a Judge led special commission of inquiry with a limited time frame and mandate to recover all stolen wealth, inappropriate conversion of state funds and other assets by officials of the APC Government.

It added that the said Commission should recommend for prosecution and seek explanations from former officials under Section 26 of the Anti-Corruption Act dealing with ‘unexplained wealth’, if it determines them to have accumulated such wealth during their time in public office.

Courtesy: State House Media and Communications Unit +232 (76) 758-764/+232 (76) 267-664


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