The new Presidential nominee to serve as Deputy Anti Corruption Commissioner Morlai Buya Kamara yesterday told the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments and Public Services that he was fully ready for the job.
The nominee told the committee that he was aware of the seriousness of the commission, its activities as he stated he had always associated with the activities of the ACC in his various activities citing his back ground.
The nominee alluded that he was raised from a humble background as he had seen poverty and seen what corruption has done in the country. “Certainly at this level of my life, I think it is something serious because as I have had the opportunity of traveling the length and breadth of Sierra Leone and out of Freetown you will see poverty and deprivation in communities as some of these might be the causes of corrupt practices”
He said he has read the old Act and has looked at the new Act which to him has serious developments.
Mr Buya Kamara replied to a question from Hon Eric Jumu’s as to whether he was ready for the job, he answered “I’m yes, certainly I’m ready, I think I am em em it’s the readiness that will be e, e, it’s not something that will be one off you know. It’s getting better by the day but yes, definitely I think I’m getting very very strong every day”
He referred to the job as one of his new challenges for which he was ready to undertake.
Mr Jumu told him that the ACC bill was discussed by MPs where they stated that it should not be used as a witch hunt and urged him to look at the ACC Bill critically.
Eight other Presidential nominees were also interviewed for various positions and one of them was Mr Hassan Kamara interviewed for the position of Board Chairman, Sierra Leone Airports Authority.
He told the committee that when he would have been approved by Parliament he will have to undertake two issues with his Directors. One of which he described as immediate plans to have a tete- a –tete with management and staff to acquaint themselves with the problems and concerns of the Airport. In that regard he said he had to be embracing with workers.
The next issue he told them had to take in to consideration the security implications at the Airport. “We must accept the fact that there must have been lapses at the airport and if for example CCTV cameras are installed at the airport, images would have been captured to lessen the job of the prosecution to charge the cocaine suspects”.
The other nominees interviewed were P.C Melrose Forster of Kpande Kemoh Chiefdom, Mattru Jong as Board member, NACSA. Mary Massallay a former MP as Board member Mining and General Services, Mohamed M. Makaiah also a former MP as Board member Mining and General Services. Alie Commoner Kargbo as Board member Sierratel and Mrs Alice Mariah Onomake, National Public Procurement. Victor Sengu, Alhaji Ibrahim Dainkeh, Dr Ahmed Kromah, Abu Bakarr Fofanah, Jennes Antonio Wright and Emmanuel Tarmoh interviewed as Board members for NIC, SLNSC, Statistics, SLICOM and, Tourist Board respectively.
By Ishmael Bayoh