Anti-Corruption Commission Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara has informed President Ernest Bai Koroma that the anti-corruption Commission recovered Two Hundred and Sixteen Million Leones last year already paid into the Consolidated Revenue fund. He was presenting the ACC’s Annual Report and a cheque for Two Hundred and Sixteen Million Leones President Koroma at State House.
The ACC Commissioner informed the President that the presentation of the annual report was in accordance with the mandate of the Act of 2008 of the Anti-Corruption Commission. The report, he said, showcases the operation of the Commission and the work that they have done during the year under review.
With regards to prosecutions, Mr. Kamara told the President that they were able to conclude Seventy One cases, Seventy One charged to Court with fourteen judgements. According to him, Fourteen judgements were in favour of the Commission while Two Hundred and Sixteen Million Leones was recovered and paid into the Consolidated Revenue fund.
He told the President that the commission has heightened its public relations and public outreach more particularly during the Ebola crisis by improving community justice system. The commission has also been able to conduct a national perception survey with over Seventy Eight percent of the response believes that government and the Anti-corruption commission are committed to the fight against corruption.
President Koroma encouraged the ACC team to continue to do the job that they are presently executing, despite the several challenges they have taken up responsibilities and are participating in building the country’s democracy. He stressed that corruption is one of the cancers in the society and as a government it has been very difficult to fight it.