ACC Continues To Show Its Political Colour As ‘Ricegate’ Investigation Swept Under The Carpet
It is no longer a secret according to majority of Sierra Leoneans that the current Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) under the leadership of Francis Ben Kelfala is nothing but a political tool primarily used by the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) led government to target opposition actors.
This, citizens say, is evident in the manner in which the ACC has continued to demonstrate angst in running after key opposition members on a daily basis whilst it has woefully failed in fighting the stinking corruption that continues to ravage the SLPP government.
Since his controversial appointment and subsequent take over some close to two years ago, citizens believe the ACC Boss, Francis Ben Kelfala is seen to have done nothing but chasing opposition actors while cases of alleged corruption by members of the ruling SLPP are being swept under the carpet.
The deliberate attempt by the ACC to sweep the over 50,000 bags China Rice investigation under the carpet is a clear justification that the commission under FBK is only used as a political stooge for the ruling party to fight the opposition in the guise of fighting corruption.
It could be recalled that the Government of China donated large quantity of rice as part of it support to the SLPP Government’s Free Education Drive.
Sadly, some over 55,000 bags of the said rice was alleged to have been misused by top members of the ruling government which later saw the ACC launched investigation into after the sacking of a good number of the players involved by the president.
However, it is almost over two months now since the China Rice investigation which saw some key government players including the former minister of Labour, Alpha Timbo, among others set aside, there is still no indictment made by the commission.
Of more worrisome is the deliberate silence of the commission on the progress or the outcome of that investigation.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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