By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Stakeholders in the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone yesterday validated the newly developed National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Implementation Action Plan for 2014 to 2018, after thorough scrutiny and discussions on the document.

The validation meeting, held at the conference room of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, brought together participants from the private and public sectors, as well as the media and civil society.

According to one of the experts who developed the document, Mohamed Abu Sesay, the new strategy on corruption is risk-based, as it focuses on prevention, suppression and enactment and sectors with high propensity for corruption.

Sesay said that the new strategy would seek to ensure success in the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’ as well as enhancing the enabling environment for a corruption-free Sierra Leone, and adopt the need for transparency and accountability.

“The new National Anti-Corruption Strategy hinged upon a multi-pronged approach to tackle corruption. We carried out the research September to December 2013 and the Implementation Action Plan is time bound and responsibility is specific,” he said. “The strategy was developed around the National Integrity System with concentration on institutions that have high incidences of corruption.”

Mr. Sesay noted that the new strategy also embraces integrity and encourages the country to become a corrupt-free society and take its place among the top fifty (50) countries in the world.

“The strategy is balance and takes on board both the private and public sectors,” he noted.

Former Bank Governor of Sierra Leone, Dr. John D. Rogers, was part of the four-man team tasked by the Commissioner of the anti-graft body, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, to work on the new plan of action to tackle corruption in the country.