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Ebola money choppers asked to resign

February 25, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

National Coordinator of Democracy Sierra Leone (DSL) has requested all those implicated in the recent damning report released by Audit Service Sierra Leone on the management of Ebola funds to resign their various offices with immediate effect.

Alhaji Mohamed Warisay told Concord Times in Freetown yesterday that the continued stay in office by individuals currently being investigated for alleged mismanagement of the Ebola funds has the propensity of jeopardizing the whole investigation.

“We are asking all those implicated in the Auditor General’s report into the management of Ebola funds to resign their various offices with immediate effect. We don’t want them to tamper with evidences which may discredit the auditor’s report,” he said and reminded the indicted officials that “Sierra Leone is not for sale at any price”.

According to him, failure by people to follow laid down procedures means there was the intention to corrupt the whole process, noting that “this is exactly what the Auditor General’s report is saying”.

He insisted that those already implicated in the audit report should vacate their offices to give the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and parliament unfettered access to documents that could be vital to their investigation.

“We don’t want the Auditor General’s report to be seen as useless. Also, we don’t want people to start losing confidence in the Auditor Service,” he noted.

It could be recalled that the Audit Service Sierra Leone recently released a damning report on the use of funds meant for the fight against Ebola that were directly received by the government.

The report, which is currently before the house of parliament, raises serious questions about how some civil society organizations, individuals and health officials managed billions of leones between May and October 2014.

Also, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on 17 February issued out a public notice inviting some thirty-nine prominent individuals as well as officials of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for questioning in relation to the management of the Ebola funds.

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