Edward King & Co. in court tomorrow
February 4, 2019
Action Director of Information and the Senior Accountant of the Ministry of Information and Communication will appear in the High Court of Sierra Leone, Holden in Freetown, tomorrow, 5th February, 2019 for corruption related offences, according to a release from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The Anti-Corruption Commission indicted Edward King, acting Director of Information,and Sorieba Kamara, Senior Accountant for misappropriation of public funds and public revenue, contrary to section 36(1); failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to the management of public funds, contrary to Section 48(2)b; and failure to pay tax payable to a public body, contrary to Section 48(1)d respectively of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.
The ACC stated in the release that following the MIC’s decision to undertake a nationwide sensitization campaign on the Commission of Inquiry, the Acting Director of Information of the MIC, King , accordingly requested and received the sum of Le 206, 000, 000/00 (Two Hundred and Six Million Leones) on 28th December, 2018, for the said purpose.
After cashing the said sum, he became unavailable until alarm was raised by officials of the ministry.
“The investigations also discovered that between 28th December 2018 and 20th January 2019, Sorieba Kamara, the Senior Accountant , who prepared the cheque in the name of Edward King , later received from King the sum of LE 115, 500, 000/00 (one hundred and fifteen million, five hundred thousand Leones),” the release stated.
Kamara, according to the ACC, disbursed and applied part of the said amount for purposes other than what it was meant for and could not account for the rest.
The Commission advised all public officers who are in control of public resources to comply with laid down laws and procedures in the handling and disbursement of same.
“Public Officers are further advised to desist from applying public resources for private purposes and gains. The Commission shall prosecute anyone found wanting.”