Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has given a go-head for the establishment of a Commission of Enquiry to investigate former government officials suspected if corruption, after Cabinet endorsed the recently released Government Transition Team (GTT) report.The GTT was established by President Bio to investigation the state of the country when he assumed office, following the March general elections.
The report revealed massive corruption under the Ernest Bai Koroma-led administration. It recommended the formation of a judge-led commission and the prosecution of any official found wanting.
According to a statement from the office of the President on Monday, Cabinet endorsed the report at an emergency meeting last week and approved the recommendations therein.
“That Cabinet, as the highest decision making body of the Government, has endorsed the Report of the Governance Transition Team, 2018; approved the recommendations of the report and authorized the Chief Minister, in consultation with the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to lead the implementation of the recommendations of the report in a timely manner,” the statement says.
It says Chairman of the GTT, Professor David Francis, who is currently the Chief Minister in the cabinet, is to oversee the implementation of the recommendations with the support and advise of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice who has been directed to immediately lead on the establishment of a judge-led Commission of Inquiry.
The statement said the names of the judges will be announced shortly. The Commission, it adds, will be mandated to conduct the necessary inquiry within a stipulated time.
Bio, according to the statement, also directed the Secretary to the President to engage the Auditor General, Audit Service Sierra Leone, to immediately consider a Special Audit of all MDAs including the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank and Rokel Commercial Bank.
The heads of these government-owned commercial banks have also been ordered to write to all politicians owing them unpaid loans to repay within 30 days or face litigation. The Ministers of Finance and Justice have also been ordered to take action and to recovery all stolen government assets.