The Irony Of SLPP’s Corruption Fight
According to a corruption perception survey report released by DFID-funded PFM Consortium and CARL, State House which is the Office of the President has been ranked third of the most corrupt public institution in Sierra Leone after the Sierra Leone Police (ranked 1st) and Parliament (ranked 2nd).
Naming the office of the president as third most corrupt office in Sierra Leone has sparked a lot of debate on social media and other platforms as to the sincerity of the New Direction government of President Julius Maada Bio who campaigned on the platform of zero tolerance on corruption.
Ibrahim Sillah from Bo City said he has become skeptical on how sincere is President Bio on the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone. “If the Office of the President is ranked 3rd in corruption perception survey, where is the Anti-Corruption Commission? In my view, President Bio is not serious in the fight against corruption.” He stated.
Reacting to the report, the Office of the Chief Minister at State House said the report is flawed and his office was never contacted and he will not accept it.
It was recommended by the report that to help reduce corruption in the public sector, Government of Sierra Leone should decrease points where cash exchanges hands, according to a Corruption Perception Report released by the DFID-funded PFM Consortium and CARL. It’s added that the ACC should target institutions that ordinary people interact with most, especially service delivery entities such as the police, health care centres and schools.
It continued that the ACC should utilize religious leaders to campaign and pass anti-corruption related messages since most citizens believe religious leaders are not corrupt. “The ACC should strengthen relationship with and build capacity of Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee; the ACC should look into certain key private sector operations, including real estate, transport and communications.” A Corruption Perception Report released by the DFID-funded PFM Consortium and CARL has recommended.
By Emmanuel I. Kamara
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