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HAJJ GATE SCANDAL…

VP Foh On 2 Billion Bail

July 6, 2018

By Elkass Sannoh and Alusine Sesay

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Minkailu Mansaray

Sierra Leone’s former Vice President, Dr. Victor Boackarie Foh and the former Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Minkhailu Mansaray have been put on two billion Leones bail after being arrested yesterday morning by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

The duo were yesterday, 5th July 2018 arrested on corruption related offences regarding funds meant for Muslims to perform the 2017 pilgrimage in the holy land of mecca.

The former Mines Minister was appointed by the former President-Ernest Bai Koroma as head of the Hajj Committee, while the former Vice President is alleged to have received 80,000 United States Dollars reportedly withdrawn from the hajj account and still being unaccounted for.

This came following an investigation launched by the ACC in August 2017 relating to the abuse of the Hajj scholarship scheme for the Muslim pilgrims.

The ACC has also indicted Alhaji Mohamed Bundu Mansaray, Chairman of the Mines Advisory Board, on one count of accepting an advantage contrary to section 28 (a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.

In similar vein, Mathew Hird and Waine Venter, Chief Finance Officer and Chief Operations Officer of Sierra Rutile Mining Limited has also been indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence contrary to section 128 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.

This relates to the bribery of officials of the Mines Advisory Board by the Management of Sierra Rutile Mining Limited for the renewal of exploration licenses between July and August, 2016.

Addressing journalists at the commission’s headquarters on Gloucester Street in Freetown, the ACC Commission-Francis Ben Kaifala said “ACC under my leadership will not chase people because of their belief/s, affiliations and party colours.” He affirmed that “our hands are not tied to fight corruption.”

The new ACC boss called on all Sierra Leoneans to join him in fighting corruption to make the country a better place for all Sierra Leoneans.