Sierra Leone’s anti graft authority, Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has issued a stern warning to non-governmental organizations that solicit money on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone to be careful with how it utilizes these monies.
The ACC made this warning in a public notice recently in which it informed about its indictment of an Executive Director of one of such organizations allegedly for misappropriation of a fund put in its trust to implement a project aimed at improving justice for persons with disability. The warning made it clear any such action risks being prosecuted by the ACC.
It is in this regard that on Thursday, 22nd May 2014, it indicted the Executive Director of Community Action for Rural Empowerment-Sierra Leone (CAREM-SL), Mohamed Lamin Mansaray in the High Court of Sierra Leone.
The ACC accuses Mr. Mansaray of eighteen counts charges bordering on misappropriation of public funds contrary to Section 36(1) of the Anti Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008. The matter will be heard in the High Court jurisdiction of Bo District.
The anti graft authority alleges that between 20th June 2012 and 16th January 2014, CAREM-SL, a non-governmental organization, received funds from Christian Aid, a British-based charity, totaling 32, 241 GBP (Thirty Two Thousand, Two Hundred and Forty-One British Pounds) to implement a project aimed at promoting policy action to improve justice for persons with disability mainly in the southern region of Sierra Leone.
The ACC maintains that the investigations reveal that Mohamed Lamin Mansaray in his capacity as Executive Director of CAREM-SL, misappropriated more than Le 176, 000, 000 (One Hundred and Seventy-Six Million Leones) representing 76 percent of the funds from Christian Aid.
Monday May 26, 2014