The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Sierra Leone has launched a Corona Virus Disease Response Transparency Task Force that aims to ensure and instill integrity, accountability and transparency in the use and management of funds related to COVID-19.
Director of Public Education and Outreach, Patrick Sandi, implored institutions engaged in the receipt and use of COVID-19 funds to be mindful of the provisions of the Budget and Accountability Act of 2006 and the Anti-Corruption Act 2008 as amended in 2019.
He announced, “As such, all National and International Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are encouraged to make public any moneys, donations and pledges received for and on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone in regard the control and containment of this pandemic. Any complaint of suspected acts of corruption and/or corrupt practices in the Corona Virus Response programmes will be investigated as a matter of priority and urgency under the Anti-Corruption Act 2008 as amended in 2019.”
Patrick Sandi urged the public to make any complaints or reports to the ACC (full contact details for different regions and the ACC hotlines are below). He also reassured the public of the Commission’s undeterred commitment to controlling corruption at all levels in public and private institutions in Sierra Leone.
Anti-Corruption Commission Contact Details:
- Freetown: 3 Gloucester Street, or Lotto Building, Tower Hill offices
- Bo: 10 Bo-Pujehun Drive, Kebbie Town
- Kenema: Reservation Road, Off Maxwell Khobe Street
- Makeni: Mena Hills
- Port Loko: 27 Conteh Street
- Kono: 37 Masingbi Road, 555 Spot
- Phone Hotlines: 077-985-985, 077-986-986, or 515-free on all networks except Qcell.