By Victoria Saffa
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday 22nd May indicted the Executive Director of Community Action For Rural Empowerment-Sierra Leone (CAREM-SL), Mohamed Lamin Mansaray, in the High Court of Sierra Leone, Bo District, Southern Province, on 18 (eighteen) counts for various offences bordering on misappropriation of public funds contrary to section 36(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008.
Between 20th June 2012 and 16th January 2014, CAREM, a non-governmental organization, received funds from Christian Aid, a British-based charity, totaling thirty two thousand, two hundred and forty-one British pounds (GBP 32, 241) for the implementation of a project aimed at promoting policy action for improving justice for persons with disability mainly in the southern region of Sierra Leone.
The investigations revealed that Mr. MANSARAY, in his capacity as EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of CAREM-SL, misappropriated more than Le176,000.000 (one hundred and seventy-six million Leones), representing 76 percent of the funds from Christian Aid.
“The general public is hereby warned that organizations that solicit and accept funds for and on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone must utilize these funds appropriately or risk being prosecuted by the ACC,” acting Director, Public Education and Outreach, Koloneh Sankoh, said in a release.