Killing the Rust in ACC’s Misconduct
Distress took over the minds of Sierra Leoneans shortly after officials of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) conspiratorially released an official statement, deceivingly demanding repayment of the sum of Le 2 billion.
Edmond Koroma, then Director General NASSIT, Deputy Director General NASSIT, Gibril Saccoh and two others are said to have chopped monies under the guise of purchasing two ferries.
Public’s protests ignited an investigation which saw the ACC compelling Edmond Koroma, Gibril Saccoh and others pay Le 2 billion for what they say bears corruption flavour.
As an alternative, officials of the ACC inconsiderately ignored proffering charges against all 4 persons, but rather asked them make repayment of money they corruptly misused.
To Sierra Leoneans, it sounds strange that the ACC which used to investigate and prosecute have turned round to do the other wise – settlement out of court.
Records have it that respectable public officials have been humiliated by the ACC for corruption overindulgence.
But in the case of Sierra Leone’s Financial Secretariat, Edmond Koroma, it is the other way; asked to make repayment for monies chopped.
Citations must be drawn to the likes of former Health Minister Sheku Koroma, for Commissioner General Allieu Sesay, former Minister of Fisheries Afsatu Kabba etc, who uncompromisingly faced wells of the courts for corruption.
It is not far from real that the ACC have persons to protect.
The decision to have Edmond Koroma and others pay a fine, but not taken to court, suggests that officials of the ACC overindulged into rotten activities.
Sources say the purchase of the rotten NASSIT ferries is worth Le4/5 billion.
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