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Sierra Leone Anti Corruption Commission Investigates GAVI allegations
By ACC
Jan 17, 2013, 17:12
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ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION

CATHEDRAL HOUSE

3 GLOUCESTER STREET

FREETOWN

SIERRA LEONE, WEST AFRICA

TEL: 232-22 221468

FAX: 232-22 221900

PRESS STATEMENT

ACC INVESTIGATES ALLEGED MISUSE OF DONOR FUNDS ESTIMATED AT OVER $1 MILLION USD FROM THE GAVI ALLIANCE TO THE HEALTH SECTOR

 

The attention of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been drawn to an allegation relating to the misuse of donor funds at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation totaling USD$ 1, 099,640. The said funds were provided by the GAVI ALLIANCE, an International NGO supported by the Bill and Belinda Gates foundation to the Ministry of Health, Sierra Leone, for improved access and resolving major constraints to immunization delivery.

 

The seeming embarrassment to the country, has resulted in the freezing of the current GAVI grant worth over USD$500,000, and a new two year grant of USD$5,399,371.

 

The allegations included but not limited to undocumented expenses, cash disbursements from Bank accounts without documentation and overcharged procurement costs relating to the purchase of ambulances.

 

In keeping with its mandate, the Commission has initiated an investigation into the matter and will soon bring to book anyone that may be found culpable under the law.

 

Meanwhile, the Commission is calling on persons with relevant information relating to the ongoing investigations to come forward and collaborate with the Commission in order to bring this matter to its logical conclusion.

 

The Commission further wishes to reassure the general public that it shall not relent in its efforts to ensure that the gains made in the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone and good governance in general are not reversed.

 

Signed:

 

Shollay Davies

Director, Public Education and Outreach


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