September 24, 2018
Though appointed by President Julius Maada Bio, Francis Ben Kaifala, the anti-graft chief, has said he would go after any government official in the Bio administration if he has any sufficient evidence linking them with acts of corruption.
Speaking last week in an exclusive interview at his Gloucester Street office in Freetown, he emphatically said, “One hundred percent and absolutely, I will go after them.”
He said: “The current government owes it to the people of Sierra Leone to live up to the promises they made to the people against corruption, and for themselves to be emblems and statement of what a corruption crusader is.
“If among them somebody falls shorts, I believe, we will deal with that person more decisively than others because they do not have an excuse,” the anti-graft chief, who says the fight against corruption is not a shadow-boxing, added.
Furthermore, Kaifala stressed, “The came to power on the promise of fighting corruption. They cannot be seen falling short of that. If anyone places himself out of line, it will be my duty to set an example, and I will set it.”
Since he took over as ACC boss, Kaifala has reinvigorated a hitherto dormant anti-graft agency, proffering a raft of high profile indictments against officials of the past administration, including ex-Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh and Deputy Chairman and Leader of the opposition All People’s Congress, Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray.