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dialogues with the security sector

October 9, 2015 ACC 

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), in its resolve to address issues of corrupt practices in the security sector, on Tuesday (6 October) met with various security personnel at the commission’s conference hall at Gloucester Street in Freetown.

Several participants at the meeting included the Inspector General of Police, Chief Immigration Officer, Director of Serious Organized Crime, Coordinator of the Office of National Security, the Chief of Defence Staff in the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, the Director General-Central Intelligence Security Unit, and head of Anti-Smuggling at the National Revenue Authority.

The purpose of the meeting was to map out plans on how to address the incidences and tendencies of corruption in the security sector.

ACC Deputy Commissioner, Shollay Davies, referenced the discourse to many intelligence reports gathered by the commission. He said it was prudent on the side of the ACC to work and share information with the security sector relating to the fight against corruption, and cited some instances of corrupt practices such as petty corruption, smuggling of goods and drugs by some security personnel, especially those at the various check points in the provinces.

He said the meeting was an open discussion to plot out a plan to decrease the instances of petty corruption within the security sector, noting that the country was challenged in not achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) due to poor service delivery especially in the education and health sectors.

Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu, said he appreciates the effort of the commission in collaborating with them in the fight against corruption, and disclosed that his team was very proactive in fighting corruption in the police force.

He assured the commission of their support and cooperation in terms of improving on accountability and transparency in their work, adding that the SLP was renewing its pledge to serve as an emissary for the ACC in spreading the anti-corruption message.

Chief Immigration Officer, Alpha Kholifa Koroma, spoke on issues relating to the issuance of national passports. He said before taking up office, the immigration department was “infested” with corruption but that with the timely intervention of the ACC in creating a Service Charter for the institution, corrupt practices have significantly declined.

He said they have been partnering with the commission over the years and that they would continue to be partners in the fight against corruption.

Deputy Director of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority, Alice Pratt, expressed appreciation for the initiative and commended the commission for establishing the Service Charter for the services they render to the public.

She mentioned instances when some people outside their office were posing as staff of SLRSA and demanding money from the public in order for them to be issued with driving licenses. She disclosed that in order to improve on the measures of integrity, they have established a banking system where the public will pay for services required, which she said will help to minimize corrupt practices.

Mrs. Pratt disclosed that they have also established an Integrity Management Committee to mainstream anti-corruption measures in their institution. This, she added, has helped them develop a code of conduct for traffic wardens. She requested that quarterly workshops and seminars be organized for their staff.

Several recommendations were made by various speakers on how to confront and manage corruption.

As an outcome of the engagement, a committee comprising the Sierra Leone Police, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, National Revenue Authority, Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority, Office of National Security, and CISU was set up to implement some of the recommendations made.

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