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Media, Civil Society Consortium calls for Transparent Leadership

April 12, 2018 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

A media and civil society consortium in Sierra Leone has urged the new government to be accountable and transparent and to show leadership for national cohesion.

In a statement issued Wednesday, 11 April, the consortium called for accountability and prudent leadership as they urged the new government to avoid a repeat of denials, accusations and counter accusations by taking proper stock of what the previous government left in the coffers.

“The most important result of accountability is trust, which is essential in any governance structure. Accountability and transparency inspire confidence and therefore those who are leaving should account for their stewardship from 2007 to 2018,” said lead campaigner Elkass Sannoh.

The consortium commended the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP)-led government for establishing the Governance Transitional Team of eminent personalities from different academic disciplines to serve as focal point for interface with the outgoing All People’s Congress Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma and incoming Government of President Julius Maada Bio.

They stated that although the consortium commends the outgone APC government for their past stewardship, they wish to remind the former and current presidents about denials as to the amount of money left in the national purse when the Ahmad Tejan Kabbah administration handed over to Ernest Bai Koroma in 2007.

“Also to be noted was the Commission of Enquiry set up by the outgoing APC Government which outcome was not in public domain.”

According to the release, to further justify their call, Section 119 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone empowers the Auditor General to audit the public purses of Sierra Leone, including all public offices and officials.

“The Governments of Sierra Leone (President Koroma and Kabbah) established the Audit Service Act 2014, Financial Administration Regulation 1998, Public Budgeting and Accountability Act 1998 (replaced), Government Budgeting and Accountability Act 2005, Financial Management Regulations and the amended Anti-Corruption Act of 2008,” the release said, adding that the above legal instruments were to hold government functionaries accountable for their stewardship.

“We wish to join majority of Sierra Leoneans who are calling on His Excellency to investigate the outgoing APC Government to account for their stewardship and allow a remedial legal action through the Court of law,” the release concluded.

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