The purpose of the Ambassador’s visit was to show recognition from their part, of the many good works of the Commission and to help consolidate the already established ties between the Embassy and the Commission. The discussions were centered on cooperation and support between the two institutions in the fight against corruption.
In her statement, the Ambassador encouraged the ACC to remain steadfast by ensuring that no sacred cows exist in the fight against corruption. She particularly underscored the need for the Commission to ring the alarm on corrupt practices under this current regime as and when they occur. As evident by the recent joint operation that was successfully undertaken on 12th September 2018 by the two institutions, the Ambassador promised her continued support to the ongoing fight against corruption—a fight she described as unprecedented.
In his response, the Commissioner expressed his satisfaction over the visit of the Ambassador and her team, noting the need for cooperation between the two institutions in an effort to clamp down on graft. He updated the delegation on the work and investigations of the ACC and thanked them for their support in the fight against corruption that was declared by the President. The Commissioner also spoke about the challenges that threaten the work of the commission; requesting support with training and whatever can be available.
The US Ambassador’s entourage was composed of the Head of Political Affairs, the Head of Security, and a staff of the Political Affairs Unit of the United States Embassy in Freetown.