Contrary to reports that he was sacked from his post the former Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), Professor Henry Joko-Smart, has said he was not sacked but rather relinquished his position. In his letter to President Ernest Bai Koroma dated 22nd October, the Professor stated that, “I have lost the support of the majority of my staff, the Advisory Committee of the Commission and some stakeholders in the fight against corruption due to my stance on discipline, accountability and transparency. Therefore, I have decided to relinquish my post effective from a date that a suitable replacement is made.” The letter further added that, “I have decided to leave the date open because I do not want to create a vacuum in the office bearing in mind that the ACC Act provides for a Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner and there has not been no Deputy for the past 16 months during which I have manned the commission single-handedly.”
Few weeks back in an interview with Awoko the Commissioner said he was never asked by the ruling All People’s Congress (APC) to resign.
His resignation is in accordance with the ACC Act of 2000 section 2 sub section 5 which states that, “a member of the commission may resign his office by a written notice to the President and may be removed from office but only for inability to perform the functions of his office, whether arising from infirmity of body and mind or for stated misconduct.”