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ACC ropes in former Procurement boss at Maritime


The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed an indictment against Sahr Kemokai, former Head of Procurement at the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) on Nine (9) counts of corruption related offences.

According to a release from the commission, Mr. Kemokai is expected to appear before the High Court in Freetown on Thursday May 21, 2020 to answer to three (3) counts each on abuse of office, contrary to Section 42(1), abuse of position, contrary to Section 43, and failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to Procurement, contrary to Section 48(2)(b) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.12 of 2008 respectively.

According to the particulars of offence, between July and October, 2015, the accused in his capacity then as Head of Procurement at SLMA, abused his office by improperly conferring an advantage on Ishmael Kamara, the Manager of Sheruk Enterprises; Alusine Kamara, co-partner of Hogo Cajeh Investment, and David Beahboye of TTN Global Limited to wit: awarded the said Sheruk Enterprises a contract for the supply of office equipment, the said Hogo Cajeh Investment a contract for the supply of furniture and fittings, and the said TTN Global Limited a contract for the supply of 2 HF Base Radio without advertising in an open bidding process for the supply of goods.

Similarly, the accused, between the same period, knowingly abused his position as Head of Procurement at SLMA, in the award of a contract for the supply of office equipment to Sheruk Enterprises, a contract for the supply of furniture and fittings to Hogo Cajeh Investment and a contract for the supply of 2 HF Base Radio to TTN Global Limited to wit: he failed to issue out Quotation Forms to prospective bidders in contravention of Section 37(1) and Section 44 of the Public Procurement Act No. 1 of 2006; and Part VII of the Public Procurement Regulations 2006.

Additionally, SAHR KEMOKAI as then Head of Procurement at the SLMA failed to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to procurement to wit: failed to issue out Quotation Forms to prospective bidders in contravention of Section 37(1) and Section 44 of the Public Procurement Act No. 1 of 2006; and Part VII of the Public Procurement Regulations 2006.

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