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Parliament to commence hearing on COVID-19 Audit Report

The Public Accounts Committee of the Sierra Leone parliament has announced that it will commenced public hearing on the COVID-19 Audit carried out by Audit Service Sierra Leone on Wednesday January 13, 2021.

Chaired by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Segepoh Solomon Thomas, the committee will examined issues raised in the report with regards irregularities and allege corruption in the handling of funds by the National COVID-19 Emergency Response Center (NaCOVERC).

The COVID-19 Audit was tabled alongside the annual Auditor General’s report in the well of parliament on December 18, 2020 by Audit Service Sierra Leone.

Thereport revealed massive irregularities in the handling of the corona funds by NaCOVERC, the body set up by the government to oversee efforts in tackling the pandemic.

Contracts for the procurement of vehicles, motorbikes, laptops and other items running into billions of leones were inflated. The report also mentioned the sudden disappearance of a 5KVA generator donated by the Chinese Government to enhance the country’s response to the pandemic.

The shocking revelations in the report were received with mixed feelings from members of the public, who called on parliament and the ACC to bring to book those found wanting.

The committee is urging civil society organizations, development partners and other interested persons to witness its public hearings on the said report.

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