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ACC ropes Alpha Timbo

April 1, 2020

 By Jeneba A Conteh

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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), has filed an indictment against Alpha  Osman  Timbo,  former Minister of Labour and Social Security also former Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Emily Kadiatu Gogra,  Charles Tom Kamanda, Permanent Secretary,  Mamusu Massaquoi, Director of Nutrition, School Feeding, Zainba Binta Kamara, a business woman of the Lion Inn, for corruption related offences.

The accused persons   were indicted on  (15) counts of  misappropriation of public property, contrary to Section 36(1); failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines, contrary to Section 48(2)(b); conspiracy to commit a corruption offence, contrary to Section 128; converting property knowing same to be proceeds of corruption for the purpose of disguising the illicit origin, contrary to Section 52(1)(a); and abuse of office, contrary to Section 42(1), of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 12 of 2008, respectively.

The ACC alleges that between October, 2019, and December 2019, the first accused, Alpha Osman Timbo, in his then capacity as minister, second accused  Emily Kadiatu Gogra, as deputy minister and the third accused  Charles Tom Kamanda, as permanent secretary, misappropriated public property to wit: forty-nine thousand bags of 50 kg rice, meant for the school feeding programme.

The commission further alleges that the fourth accused, Mamusu Massaquoi,Director of Nutrition, School Feeding, between October 2019 and December 2019, misappropriated public property to wit: forty-nine thousand bags of 50kg rice.

Mamusu, according to the ACC, faces one (1) count of misappropriation of public property, contrary to section 36(1), one (1) count of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence, contrary to section 128, and three (3) counts of abuse of office, contrary to section 42(1), of the anti-corruption act no. 12, of 2008.

The fifth accused person, Zainba Binta Kamara, a business woman, between October 2019 and November 2019, converted property to wit: four thousand, one hundred bags of 50kg rice, meant for school feeding programme.

The said accused faces one (1) count of misappropriation of public property, contrary to section 36(1), one (1) count of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence, contrary to section 128, one (1) count of converting property knowing such property to be proceeds of corruption for the purpose of disguising the illicit origin, contrary to section 52(1)(a), one (1) count of concealing the true nature of property which is the proceeds of corruption, contrary to section 52(1)(b), and one (1) count of possessing property knowing same to be the proceeds of corruption, contrary to section 52(1)(c), of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 12  of 2008.

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