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ACC commences examination of 2019 Audit Reports

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has commenced immediate examination of the Auditor General’s report of 2019, which was tabled in Parliament on Friday December 18, 2020.

The report once again exposed so many irregularities in the use of government funds by ministries, department and agencies. Billions of leones is said to have been missing or unaccounted for by MDAs.

A release from the ACC yesterday stated: “The ACC is now examining the Reports with a view to ascertaining violations of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008 as Amended in 2019, or needs for intervention by the ACC; and/or identify system weaknesses within the audited institutions for appropriate prevention efforts to address them.”

According to the ACC, they attached utmost importance to the Auditor General’s Reports, which is why in recent times, they had provided and will continue to provide updates to the public through serialized media releases on the many interventions and outcomes with regards the Audit Reports for 2015-2018.

The country’s anti-graft agency welcomed the release of the 2019 audit report and the COVID-19 Report by the Audit Service Sierra Leone and noted: “The commission preliminary notes that that there are various issues in the report that it had already commenced or concluded investigations into either due to the fact that they arose in the year 2019 or, they were already the subject of investigations before the conclusion of the audit.”

The commission’s intervention into the Audit Reports for 2015-2018 has resulted in investigations, prosecutions, convictions, recovery of huge sums, prevention measures, and, in appropriate situations, exoneration and clearing of persons and institutions.

The ACC promised to work with Parliament and Audit Service Sierra Leone to ensure that each party performs its role to ensure that the various issues of concern in the 2019 report are speedily and accordingly addressed without favour for anyone.

While encouraging the public to exercise patience while they do a thorough review and analysis of the Reports and thereafter commence taking action as may be expedient, the ACC assured that anyone found wanting shall face the full consequences prescribed by law with no exceptions.

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