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ACC recovers Le968m

May 2, 2018

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ACC Commissioner Ady Macauley Esq.

Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Ady Macauley Esq. has said the commission was able to recover nine hundred and sixty eight million Leones (Le 968,000,000) in 2017 from corrupt individuals.

Ady Macauley Esq. made the disclosure during the first Quarterly Civil Society Organisations and Media Updates held at the commission’s conference hall at Gloucester Street in Freetown.

Mr. Macauley said that the commission was also able to recover over three hundred million Leones (Le 300,000,000) and more than sixty thousand dollars ($60,000) from the Hajj investigations, which have almost concluded.

The ACC Commissioner said all monies recovered by the commission are paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

He explained that through the Systems and Processes Review Department, the commission is working on correcting problems around the yearly Hajj programme by putting proper systems in place in the award to pilgrims and administration of the programme.

The ACC boss also spoke about the delay in the Isha Johansen case, which he blamed on the accused’s frequent travels out of the country.

Commissioner Macauley informed CSOs and the media that from the commission’s findings following overt operations conducted at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay last year, there was a significant increase in the amount of revenue generated during the exercise.

On the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign, Mr. Macauley said that the campaign was very important in the fight against corruption, highlighting the number of reports made to the Commission and actions taken by ministries, departments and agencies to address them.

On the issue of double dipping, he said forty one (41) health workers were found wanting and were made to pay back monies received from government.

He also informed CSOs and the media about his recent election as President of the Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA).

Mr. Macauley noted that all the gains were being made amidst numerous challenges facing the commission, including lack of office space and the snail pace of construction of the proposed ACC building at Tower Hill. He acknowledged commitments made by President Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio to fight corruption and give more strength to the ACC, adding that one important area he would put forward to the new administration is the need to dedicate a division within the court’s registry for anti-corruption cases.

Civil society representative Charles Mambu said that the interactive forum was very important in the fight against corruption. Mr. Mambu commended the ACC, noting that amidst all the challenges faced by the latter, there had been notable successes, as stated in the commission’s quarterly reports. He also talked about concerns from the public as to the perceived inability of the commission to investigate high profile cases.

The Director of Public Education and Outreach, Koloneh Sankoh, who chaired the programme, said the event was a quarterly exercise to update the media and civil society activists on the work of the commission.

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