Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara has called on the House of Parliament to amend the procurement laws of Sierra Leone. According to Kamara, a loophole in the law was allowing the Government to bypass strident procurement processes under the guise of emergency purchasing.
Procurement experts inform this media that all Emergency Sole Sourcing for which a No Objection is secured from National Public Procurement Authority, is legal and not at all criminal. For example, the recent purchase of 100 buses to help solve the transportation crisis in the country, were done as an Emergency purchase under a No Objection for Sole Sourcing. This currently, is actually perfectly legal under the current procurement laws. It is this aspect that the ACC considers as a loophole and wants to be eliminated by amendment of the act so that Government can no longer hide under Emergency purchases to breach strident procurement processes.
Kamara made the call in a Press Statement that assured citizens that even before the landing of 100 buses procured by Government, the ACC had already opened investigations into the procurement processes. The ACC, he informs, is already investigating officials of Finance Ministry, Transport Ministry and the Bus Corporation who are cooperating. Please See below for signed release.
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