Kamaraimba says: ‘I want to show transparency’
October 26, 2017 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
Chairman and Leader of the Alliance Democratic Party (ADP), Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, at a presser yesterday declared his assets and told pressmen the move was to show transparency.
Speaking to journalists at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists headquarters in Freetown, the ADP leader said that in order to promote transparency in the country, and in line with the citizens’ manifesto developed by ‘Standing Together for Democracy Consortium’, it was significant that those occupying high public offices disclose their financial status to the public.
“The first testament of how my Government will tackle public service corruption, if elected president, will be that everyone appointed to high positions of public trust, such as Cabinet and heads of public corporations, will be required to declare their assets publicly.
The ADP leader stressed that his government would also accord high priority to the formulation and passage into law a National Code of Conduct which all public servants will be subjected to.
“I hereby publicly declare my total assets as sign of commitment to meeting the expectations of the citizenry if elected president of Sierra Leone,” he said.
The ADP leader’s total assets are valued at US$2,058,473.11, which according him includes five houses in the United States of America, two houses in Sierra Leone, and six vehicles.
“This asset declaration also shows that Mohamed Kamaraimba Mansaray has US$59,380.67 in his personal current account and US$11,906.36 in his savings account, both at the Bank of America, USA, including a cash in hand of 50 million Leones,” he revealed.
The ADP leader urged other presidential and parliamentary candidates to, in their own interest, declare their assets, adding “I will lead by example ‘Kamarainba leads, others follow.”
While responding to the news, Executive Director of Institute for Governance Reform (IGR), Andrew Lavali, described it as “historic and remarkable in the political landscape of Sierra Leone.”
The IGR boss said the ADP leader has set the bar high for his opponents in the 2018 elections and that such was crucial for Democracy.
“We are appealing to other political leaders to do the same as stated in the Citizen’s Manifesto”, the IGR boss stressed.
The country’s anti-graft law makes it mandatory for all public officials to declare their assets yearly by submitting details of it to the Anti-Corruption Commission, although such should not be made public.
However, in 2007 President Ernest Koroma’s assets was leaked in the local press and he was reportedly worth US$60,000 plus real estates in Freetown and Makeni. It remains unknown whether the president has been in compliance since the leak, but civil society groups have urged him to publicly declare his assets as he leaves office while also calling on all presidential aspirants to do same.