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ACC indicts SLFA’s Isha Johansen, Chris Kamara   

September 22, 2017

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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Thursday, September 8, 2017 indicted President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Madam Isha Johansen and General Secretary, Chris Kamara, on six (6) counts of abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds, contrary to sections 42(1) and 36(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.

The two indictees will make their first court appearance on 30th October, 2017.

“I can confirm that the SLFA President, Isha Johansen and SLFA Secretary General, Chris Kamara have been indicted on six counts relating to abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds,” the ACC boss said in a news conference on Thursday. “They will make their first appearance in court on 30 October 2017.”

The ACC indictment came just a day after Madam Johansen declared her intention to contest for the SLFA presidency in interviews with both the BBC and CNN.

With regards the timing of the indictment, the ACC Commissioner said they are not concern with the politics of SLFA and that their indictment came at the appropriate legal time.

He said: “The Commission filed in a sealed indictment since September 8th, 2017 and we think this is now the legally appropriate time for our decision. We are not concern with the politics of SLFA.”

Meanwhile, the SLFA executive committee is yet to make an official statement but Madam Johansen told the BBC that the announcement by the ACC was inevitable and predictable, adding that she was deeply saddened.

“It’s another sad day for justice, integrity and patriotism in Sierra Leone, another sad day for any woman who dares to pioneer change. I always knew that my announcement to run for a second term would provoke strong reactions,” the indicted SLFA president told the BBC.

The ACC indictment came exactly 379 days after Madam Johansen, Chris Kamara and SLFA Vice-President Brima Mazola Kamara were arrested by the anti-graft agency and detained at the Criminal Investigations Department after they failed to attend a hearing summoned by the Commission.

Unlike Johansen and Kamara, the SLFA Vice President, according to the ACC, has no case to answer.

Johansen and Kamara become the third people from SLFA to be indicted by the ACC after the then Secretary General Alimu Bah was convicted and sentenced in June 2010.
Bah was indicted on one-count charge of misappropriation of funds and was accused of dishonestly appropriating the sum of Five Thousand Two Hundred United States Dollar (USD 5,200) which was part of the sum of Six Thousand United States Dollar (USD 6,000) that was donated to the Sierra Leone Football Association SLFA by the Confederation of African Football CAF. The Learned Trial Judge convicted Bah and imposed a fine of twenty million Leones (Le 20,000,000) or one year imprisonment.

Isha Johansen was elected SLFA boss in August 2013 in a controversial election which saw three of her opponents disqualified.

Her reign as FA boss has been characterised by bickering between a faction which supports her and another opposed to her reign. This has negatively impacted on both the local leagues, which have been suspended since she assumed office, and the national team, which has endured disastrous campaigns in both the World Cup and Africa Nations Cup qualifiers.

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