In aiding the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone, Comium Sierra Leone has presented two free hotline numbers to the Anti-Corruption Commission. The hotline numbers are 101 and 102.
The numbers may be dialed free of charge by any Comium subscriber to report cases of corruption. Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Morlai Buya Kamara praised Comium for providing the Commission with the hotlines as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
He stated that “most people in Sierra Leone want to see an end to corruption and are prepared to make a stand against corrupt practices.” The provision of the new hotlines he said “will provide easy and reliable means for all Comium subscribers to report actual as well as suspected cases of corruption which fall under the Commission’s mandate. This is good, because it will greatly assist the Commission in leading the fight against graft in Sierra Leone.”
ACC’s Report Center Manager, Kelfala Koi, also welcomed the addition of new hotline numbers. The new numbers bring to six the total number of hotlines operated by the Commission. Earlier in the year two other mobile companies, Zain and Africell, had provided the Commission with free hotlines. Zain Subscribers may call 161 and 076 394 111 and Africell subscribers 077 985 985 and 077 986 986 free hotline numbers. Mr. Koi noted that reports provided via the free hotlines continue to be the most effective means of preventing and detecting corruption.
He pointed out that the hotlines will help protect the confidentiality and anonymity of whistle blowers who seek to expose corruption and help to build a better Sierra Leone. The ACC Report Center Manager urged subscribers to use the numbers judiciously and not to abuse the facility to willfully make a false or a misleading complaint. Mr. Koi concluded that the Commission relied on the people of Sierra Leone in the fight against corruption.