June 11, 2018
By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), through their Community Outreach, last Saturday, June 9th, engaged stakeholders of Kwama Community,Koya Chiefdom in the Port Loko District, on their Pay No Bribe campaign.
The Pay No Bribe campaign, with fund from UKaid, was launched in 2014, with the aim of minimising corrupt practices, especially in the health, electricity, water, education and security sectors in the country.
Speaking at the well-attended meeting hosted at the Our Lady of Kwama Secondary School, Head of Public Outreach and Education at ACC, Michael Sesay, said the campaign was designed to help people access facilities they were entitle to without paying any extra cost to anybody.
He defined corruption as agent of destruction, adding that people were losing their lives every day while thousands people could not benefit what they deserve as a result of corruption.
He said corruption was prevalence everywhere across the world, but noted that surveys and reports have over the years shown that the practice was worst in Sierra Leone, especially in police stations, hospitals and schools.
He said the government of Sierra Leone, through the ACC, introduced many ways to at least minimise it and that the Pay No Bribe Campaign was one key step to achieving the goal of the commission.
He encouraged residents of Kwama Community to call the free 515 toll line and report to the commission any corruption practices in their community, adding that teachers should not take money from their pupils before giving them report cards.
He told the community that there were laws that any civil servant receiving salary from government coffers but caught in a corruption practices, the ACC could recommend for a disciplinary action to be taken against that individual.
He disclosed that one of the challenges they were currently faced with was that people do report corruption matters but failed to show up to help the commission with investigation.
Speaking earlier on the purpose of the visit, Head of Communication at ACC, Margaret Jones, said the visit was to engage residents that community about the Pay No Bribe Campaign and how far they have gone with the campaign.
Santigie U. Kalokoh, Community Animator for the Pay No Bribe campaign at Campaign for Good Governance, said there were many ways to report corrupt practices in communities.
He cited the free 515 toll line as one of the ways to reporting corruption to the ACC, adding that they also have application to report and in several local languages.