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Anti Corruption Commission Press Release
Jun 25, 2009, 17:04
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Anti Corruption Commission

Three Entities Subpoenaed for Non Compliance on NACS Implementation

Mr. Sheku A. Tamu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports, Mr. John Brima, Ag. General Manager, Sierra Leone Airport Authority and Mr. Alieu Sesay, Commissioner General, National Revenue Authority, were on Friday, 19th of June 2009, subpoenaed by the Steering Committee of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy for failure to submit to the ACC their institutions performance tracking or feedback on the implementation of their respective Action Plans for first quarter of 2009.

Mr. Shollay Davies, the Director of the NACS Coordinating Secretariat, read out to each Public Officer the consequences of non-compliance as stipulated in Section 8 (4) and (5) of the Anti Corruption Act 2008 as amended which states that:

"Sec. 8 (4) The head of a public body which fails to comply with instructions of the Commission or variation thereof commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not less than five million leones.

Sec. 8 (5) In addition to the penalty prescribed in subsection (4), the head of the Public body shall be subject to disciplinary measures including dismissal or removed from office by the appropriate authority notwithstanding the provisions of their letter of appointment or any enactment to the contrary".

The Chairman of the Steering Committee, Mr. Emil Carr, further asked each Public Officer to give reasons why the stipulations of the sections quoted from the Anti-Corruption Act 2008 should not be invoked against them.

The three Public Officers on behalf of their institutions acquiesce to the charge of non-compliance levied by the Steering Committee and pleaded for pardon. The three Public Officers also tabled their institutions responses to the NACS Action Plan and promised to be more pro-active in the future on the implementation of their Action Plans and their reporting responsibilities. The Steering Committee dismissed all the three men and promised to communicate with them in writing the decision of the committee.

It would be recalled that the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) which is our national plan in the fight against corruption commenced in January this year after it was adopted by Government in May 2008. Entities under the various pillars of integrity bear the greatest responsibility for the implementation of the NACS. Samuel Kamara Communication Specialist

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