The Anti Corruption Commission Boss, Joseph Kamara, has in his presentation on the Anti Corruption landscape and overview and status update this week, indicted the Sierra Leone Police traffic officers as the highest among corrupt officers with 85.6% of involvement and 1.5 % non- involvement.
He confirmed that the regular police officers’ involvement is 81.5%, with only 1.5% non involvement in corrupt practices across the country.
He explained that the high magnitude of corruption among members of the Sierra Leone police force could be attributed to the level of physical contacts police officers have with the general public, pointing out that there are other notorious corrupt officials in both public and private offices, but police are always in direct contact with the general public and are therefore always looked with suspicion.
Other categories of officers perceived to be involved in corruption are the customs officers 77.8% involvement, law officials 72.8% involvement, tax officials 64.5% involvement, Finance officers including Accountants and Auditors 62.3% involvement, court staff including: Bailiffs, Clerks 61.8% involvement, public works officers 58.1 involvement, procurement/supplies officers 51.5%, Administrative Officers 49.0% and human resource officers /managers 44.9% involvement.
From the above analyses, traffic police officers are considered to be the highest corrupt officers in the country with customs officers as the second highest corrupt officers.
He said civil society and the media add considerable value to their work in both monitoring, recommendation and advocacy.
He however confirmed that the 2008 ACC ACT provided for an independent anti corruption commission for the prevention, investigation, prosecution and punishment of corruption and corrupt practices, and to also provide for related matters.
By Solomon Rogers