See also:
» 11.01.2010 - Sierra Leone government bans logging
» 04.02.2009 - Illicit drugs could reverse S Leone peace - UN
» 02.09.2008 - S. Leone enacts anti-graft law
» 22.07.2008 - Sierra Leone ready to tighten drug laws
» 13.02.2008 - Sierra Leone fires poll officers
» 15.11.2007 - Sierra Leone leader renews graft battle
» 12.07.2007 - Sierra Leone warned ahead of polls
» 21.06.2007 - Sierra Leone officials arrested for receiving bribes

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Sierra Leone
Economy - Development | Society

Sierra Leone battles corruption

afrol News, 19 March - Sierra Leone courts have treated their first major corruption case, ending in the conviction of two superior officers of the Ministry of Defence. President Ernest Bai Koroma is now acting tougher action against corruption.

Sierra Leone remains the second-poorest country in the world. And yet, large parts of scarce public funds are lost to corruption, any Sierra Leonean will tell you. Corrupt officials are seen by the public as one of the main obstacles for quick economic recovery in the country.

Therefore, the first major corruption case treated in a Freetown court was seen as a key test on whether the anti-corruption policies announced by the President and the judiciary would yield results. It was also a test case for the 2008 Anti-Corruption Act.

The two accused were no nobodies. They included the Director of Procurement at the Ministry of Defence; and a major in the Armed Forces. Both had wide access to government accounts in terms of procurement of military equipment. They were jointly charged with abuse of office; abuse of position; and using office for advantage.

The accused were said to have abused their office and position by "seeking to influence the successful bidder into purchasing the required supply" from them.

Judge Mary Sey, presiding the High Court of Sierra Leone, convicted the two officials on all counts. The two were fined a total of 90 million leones (euro 17,000) and sentenced to a three-year term of imprisonment.

In her judgment, Judge Sey said the accused knew what they were doing as it was "clear from the video evidence tendered and played before the court." She further stated that the prosecution had proven its case "beyond all reasonable doubt."

After this victory in the fight against corruption, yet another and more prominent case is to appear before the courts. On 4 November 2009, the Minister of Health was relieved of his duties and charged with offences under the Anti-Corruption Act, including failure to comply with regulations concerning the issuance of contracts and abuse of office.

Further cases are being rolled up. In December, President Koroma directed that the Head of the National Revenue Authority be suspended from office pending investigations by a newly shaped Anti-Corruption Commission into the misappropriation of donor funds, the corrupt acquisition of wealth and related offences.

The many emerging corruption cases caused President Koroma to call an emergency cabinet meeting on 26 January. During the meeting, the Sierra Leonean cited several instances of corrupt practices in a number of government entities and unequivocally demanded that immediate steps be taken to prevent their recurrence.

The strong efforts to fight corruption in Sierra Leone, although coming late, are being welcomed by the population, but also by the country's many international donors. The UN and Ireland already have granted increased funds to help authorities fighting embezzlement and corruption.

- Create an e-mail alert for Sierra Leone news
- Create an e-mail alert for Economy - Development news
- Create an e-mail alert for Society news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at