According to the CPP manifesto, corruption has been the biggest problem of Sierra Leone and it needs a national solution. A CPP government is conscious of the problems and bad publicity that corruption is giving to our beloved country.
It will not stand by and see the good name of this country and her poor innocent people brought down into disrepute by a few corrupt and unpatriotic individuals.
The people of this country were not born corrupt. They have just been influenced into corrupt practices.
The reasons why some Sierra Leoneans are corrupt must be examined and understood if any meaningful solution is to be found to eradicate corruption from Sierra Leone.
A CPP government will therefore declare a national war against corruption and it will ensure that it is uprooted from our country within the shortest possible time after taking over the reins of government in 2007.
The current Act and legislation will be reviewed, the weak portions strengthened, what has been let out added and lapses corrected without delay.
Corruption will be considered a state crime and those caught in corrupt practices will be swiftly investigated, and those found culpable, charged with state offences, prosecuted and if found guilty, heavily punished accordingly so that the punishment can serve as a deterrent to others.
A CPP government will work very closely with the international community to tackle corruption from its roots.
A CPP government will therefore put the following in place to tackle and solve the problems of corruption in Sierra Leone:
Without delay privatize most of the parastatals that are operated by government. Sierra Leoneans will be given the option to invest and control these parastatals and the government will assist them.
Pay the average worker an economically reasonable salary that should meet with their
Create opportunities for employment by developing the private sector and encouraging them to create employment opportunities for Sierra Leoneans.
Ensure that illiteracy is eradicated from the country and skills development is promoted.
Decentralise the ministry of finance and the government financial machinery so that it becomes self accounting
Decentralise the revenue collection system of government and work very closely with local government to enforce payment /collection of taxes at local government level.
Decentralise procurement, work very closely with local government and to set up specialized General Services Administration units to handle procurement and supply of support service to government.
Decentralise the law enforcement system so that it becomes income generating through crime prevention, self-accounting and local to the districts and chiefdoms.
Enforce the autonomy/independence of the Judiciary so that justice is dispensed impartially, quickly with no political interference and within the laws of Sierra Leone.