July 6, 2018
By Mohamed Massaquoi
Head of Public Outreach at the Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has disclosed in an exclusive interview with Concord Times that former President Ernest Bai Koroma is yet to declare his asset despite being mandatory by the ACC Act of 2008.
Abu Bakarr Turay said the commission has not received any correspondence from the former president since he left office. He explained that the commission has issued out a statement to inform current and former public officials that “those who have not complied with the declaration process are further reminded of Section 122 (a) of the ACC Act of 2008.”
Citing the relevant section, Turay said it is an offence if a public officer failed to declare his or her assets and upon conviction will pay a fine of not less than twenty million Leones (Le 20,000,000) or imprisonment for a term not less than one year or to both such fine and imprisonment.”
“At the moment, we have not received any declaration from former president Ernest Bai Koroma,” he reiterated.
Turay went further to state that, Section 119(3) of the Act provides that “in the case of every person who ceases to be a public officer, at any time after the commencement of this Act, on the first anniversary of the date on which he ceases to a public officer he shall file in respect of his assets, income and liabilities, covering the period from the date of his last declaration to the date on which he is required by this paragraph to furnish a declaration.”
He added that the commission has noticed with concern that a good number of public officers and former public officers have not declared their assets.