Pay No Bribe Campaign, the BSL Governor and his $68M Bribery

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A frontpage Commentary by Aruna Turay 

The Pay No Bribe (PNB) platform is an innovative reporting mechanism for citizens to anonymously report incidents of petty corruption and bribery through a toll-free hotline phone number (dial 515); a mobile app that can be downloaded and used without data charge and through CSO partner organisations.

PNB is designed to collect real-time evidence on bribery and corruption and provides a useful database on petty corruption and bribery trends to support the work of the ACC. 

In keeping with the government’s commitment to tackle petty corruption and bribery in key service areas, the ACC will share data on corruption trends with relevant MDAs, which they, in turn, will use to address corruption at source, through administrative or systems reforms. 

The PNB campaign has helped the Anti-Corruption Commission and Sierra Leone to get good grading in the world’s fight against corruption.

“We wasted Sixty-Eight Million Dollars to bribe people who were hauling leones to bring it to the Bank of Sierra Leone”. 

The above words, from the mouth of the country’s Central Bank Governor (Bank of Sierra Leone), Professor Kelfala Murana Kallon, while addressing top foreign diplomats, parliamentarians and government officials among other dignitaries in the House of Parliament. 

Corruption experts say in any serious country that has a serious anti-corruption commission, Governor Professor Kelfala Murana Kallon should be behind bars or police cell awaiting trials on direct corruption charges including Bribery. 

For Professor Kelfala Murana Kallon to proudly stand in front of well-respected personalities in the country’s most honourable house, before the country’s honourable members of parliament and battery of journalists and their cameras, recorders and pens and proudly boast that he bribed Sixty-Eight Million Dollars and still sitting in his Air Conditioning office, triggers doubts on the seriousness of the ACC on the PNB campaign. 

However, the ACC is currently enjoying the fullest of confidence and support from Sierra Leoneans who are fully confident that the no-nonsense ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala will leave no stone unturned to investigate the Bank Governor, Professor Kelfala Murana Kallon and get him to refund tax-payers money he wasted wastefully on bribery.