December 9, 2016 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Anti-Corruption Commission has charged to court seven (7) persons on various corruption offences including the misappropriation of donor funds amounting to over one billion Leones (Le 1,000,000,000), contrary to the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008.
According to a press release from the commission, the said amount was funds donated to Plan International by the British Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of the people of Sierra Leone.
There have been several articles on local tabloids in the country raising a red-flag on alleged misappropriation of donor funds by some officials of Plan International Sierra Leone office.
However, the ACC stated that the Quality Assurance Officer of Plan International, Akuna Daniel Shorunkeh Sawyer, was charged on thirteen counts of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence and misappropriation of donor funds
Also, Moses Ogendeh Kamara, Chief Executive Officer of Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) and Mohamed Ishmyle Bangura, Coordinator of Bombali Youth in Action were charged on four counts of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence and misappropriation of donor funds.
The release continued that Christian Clemens, Programme Accountant of Plan International, Abubakarr Kanu, Salesman at Eddican Investment Enterprises and Hassan Bangura, Businessman at Klish Logistics were also charged on two counts each of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence and misappropriation of donor funds; and
“Patrick Abubakarr Mahoi, former employee of Plan International and of 7e Willoughby Lane, Brookfields, Freetown, charged with one count of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence,” the release stated.
The country’s anti-graft agency reassured the general public of its resolve to pursue justice at all times.