“It is against corruption that we have war, even the civil war in Sierra Leone was as a result of corruption and injustice,” said Mr. Kamara, Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission.
This statement was made past Friday at the Interactive Forum organized by the Ministry of Defence on Corruption and Procurement for Military Officers.
Mr. Kamara said that unfair political practice- absence of freedom to choose leaders, politicizing service whereby forgetting the fact that they should be objective, that is using government vehicles to campaign, were among the political causes of corruption.
He added that over-centralized and administrative system is also part of it.
According to Mr. Kamara, where there is poverty there is corruption, adding that poverty and economic decline in a country is responsible for most corrupt issues.
He said wage level and differential were all responsible for corruption.
Also, the failing educational system in the country where people cannot perform their duties due to lack of quality educational sector, abuse of cultural practices, that is where you have to shake hand before your business can go through, are the sociological causes of corruption.
Unexplained wealth, whereby a personnel is being paid a little money and all of a sudden he builds a mighty house and also buy an expensive vehicle; failure to take vacation or refusal for a transfer; cozy relationship with supplier; supplier who insisted on dealing with one officer; persistent complaint of missing vouchers are all features of corruption, according to Mr. Kamara.
Further, Mr. Kamara disclosed that the cost corruption reduces the overall wealth in the country, and the amount of money the government has to pay workers and purchase of goods for the wellbeing of the citizens.
He added that corruption is unfair and allows those with money or connection to circumvent the law.
As a result, Mr. Kamara said the Commission has designed strategies in the fight against corruption.
The use of preventive measures, educating members of society about the effect of corruption, and enforcement were all strategies in combating corruption.
Inform and consult clients and the public in general, ensure that uniform standards are set, make service provision more transparent, publicize fees or prices and creating hotlines were among the action plan to prevent corruption, according to Mr. Kamara.
By Alhaji Manika Kamara