ACC warns on handling of COVID-19 funds
-establishes Transparency Task Force
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has warned all those engaged in the receipt and utilization of funds meant for the COVID-19 response to be mindful of the provisions of the Budget and Accountability Act of 2006 and commission’s act of 2008 as amended in 2019, which deals with mismanagement and misappropriation of public and donor funds and property.
In a press release dated April 17, 2020, the commission stated that any complaint of suspected acts of corruption and/or corrupt practices in the Coronavirus response programmes will be investigated as a matter of priority and urgency.
“As such, all national and international on-governmental organizations (NGOs) are encouraged to make public any moneys, donations and pledges received for and on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone with regard the control and containment of this pandemic,” the release stated.
As a matter of urgency, the ACC has established and launched its COVID-19 Response Transparency Task Force, with the primary role of ensuring and instilling integrity, accountability and transparency in the utilization and management of funds relating to the outbreak response activities.
The commission urged the general public to make any complaints or reports to the commission’s offices across the country and assured of its undeterred commitment to control corruption at all levels.