January 18, 2016
The top management of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) led by the Deputy Commissioner, Shollay Davies, on Wednesday 16th January paid a courtesy visit to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, at his Guma Building office, Lamina Sankoh Street, Freetown.
Briefing the Attorney General on matters of serious importance to the fight against corruption, Mr. Davies underscored the many challenges faced by the commission in the courts relating to: the high number of cases on appeal and pending judgments, and the issue of bail pending appeal; “which erodes the confidence of the people in our resolve to deal with corrupt individuals”.
He entreated the Justice Minister to continue supporting the ACC, as he had emphasised that anti-corruption is his constituency. He also took the opportunity to inform the Attorney General on the need for a review of certain legislations relevant to the fight against corruption.
The Deputy Commissioner used the moment to thank Mr. Kamara for his remarkable work at the ACC, whilst he served as Commissioner. He assured him that the fight against corruption would be advanced as the management team remains resolute to build on his impressive legacy.
Responding, Mr. Kamara welcomed the team and reiterated his commitment to the fight against graft, noting that his office will further strengthen the work of the ACC and not weaken it.
He stressed that he is always willing to provide support to the ACC, but stated that such engagements will not in any way undermine the commission’s independence.
The AG maintained that he is confident of the team he has left at the ACC, believing that they possess the capacity to take the fight against corruption to higher heights.
The visit was climaxed with a conducted tour of the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.