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In Sierra Leone, Elected MPs Storms Anti-Corruption Commission
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Jun 18, 2010, 13:28
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Nine members from the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Defence and Presidential Affairs on 16th June 2010 stormed the Headquarters of the Anti-Corruption Commission on 3 Gloucester Street in Freetown, Speaking as Head of the Parliamentary delegation, Hon. Charles Kalawa said they were delighted about the work of the Commission. Hon. Kalawa commended the staff of the Commission for their good works. Hon. Kalawa informed that the purpose of their visit was to see the Commission at work, to learn about the improvements made by the Commission in the last twelve months, to have first-hand knowledge about cases that have not been addressed as well as the challenges faced by the Commission and the time frame for investigating and prosecuting a matter.

Addressing the Honorable Members, the Acting Commissioner Anti-Corruption Commission, Morlai Buya Kamara informed that the Commission is enjoying a normal and steady working relationship within and out of the Commission even after the departure of the former Commissioner Abdul Tejan-Cole.

Commissioner Buya Kamara expressed delight in welcoming the Honorable members to the Commission. He stated that ACC has been acting impartially in its dealings with the general public, adding that the Commission normally takes the three-pronged approach in fighting corruption. This, he said, includes education, prevention and enforcement.

He also revealed that the Commission has two regional offices located in Bo and Makeni. Mr. Buya Kamara went on that the Commission has just received the keys to their newly constructed office in Kenema and that a piece of land has also been allocated to them in Freetown for the construction of another modern office.

He further thanked the Government for its support to the Commission, noting that between 70% to 80% of the Commissions financial support comes from the Government of Sierra Leone, adding that the Commission also receives support from other donor partners such as DFID, Irish Aid, GTZ and the World Bank. Commissioner Buya Kamara highlighted accommodation, capacity building, and security as some of those challenges faced by the Commission in its work.

The Director Systems and Processes Review Department, Neneh Dabo explained briefly the systems review process, Mrs. Dabo said the Systems and Processes Review Department (SPRD), review the Systems in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). She said corruption occurs in the Public Sector because of the lack of control mechanism and the SPRD reviews seeks to put these mechanisms in place in the MDAs, adding that it is an holistic process which include examining financial procedures, human resource, procurement procedure and Code of Ethics/Conduct.

Mrs. Neneh Dabo informed the gathering that Systems Review has been carried out in a number of institutions including the Ministry of Local Government and Internal Affairs, Agriculture and Food Security, Sierra Leone Police, Prisons, National Fire Force, Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the Ministry of Education.

Amongst other matters discussed was the Commissions relationship with the Attitudinal and Behavioral Change Secretariat, Transparency and Accountability Committee and Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, the Ombudsman and the Judiciary.

The visit was climaxed with a conducted tour to various departments in the Commission.


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