ACC Investigates MPs for ‘Bad Habit’

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By Aruna Turay

Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is currently investigating the country’s Parliament on allegations of extensive acts of corruption allegedly practiced by Members of Parliament (MPs).

The Commission has questioned Member of Parliament, Hon. Hindolo M. Gevao, who on Wednesday 9th September, 2020 confessed to the world, through the BBC Focus on Africa Programme, that there are instances of corruption happening in Parliament.

It can be recalled that allegations of corruption within the House of Parliament emanating from the 2019 Perceptions Survey Report commissioned in April, 2020, by the Public Financial Management Consortium led by the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL).

The Report said Parliament is the 4th Most Corrupt institution in Sierra Leone and Parliamentarians are the 2nd Most Corrupt persons in Sierra Leone.

The ACC has immediately commenced probing into the issue by taking statement from the Hon Gevao who confirmed the general claim that parliamentarians or parliament is corrupt.

The ACC has assured to continue investigations on parliament and now relies on other sources if the Commission is to make the progress that is desired on unearthing the corruption in parliament, considering the seriousness of the claim by Hon. Gevao.

In that regard, the Commission has requested all persons who have paid monies to, or from whom monies have been solicited by any member(s) of the current parliament, or staff of parliament, in order to approve their appointments, institutional budgets, legislative instruments, or such other public service to make same known to the ACC with, where possible reasonable specifics to assist with the investigations.

In a similar development, the ACC has informed that the investigation into allegations of corruption involving the Clerk of Parliament, Hon. Paran Tarawally and Hon. Ibrahim Tawa Conteh of Constituency 132, it had commenced in November, 2019 is at an advanced stage for conclusion and that the public will be accordingly updated on developments regarding the investigations.