The Anti-Corruption Commission of Sierra and Transparency International Sierra Leone have commemorated African Anti-Corruption Day on the theme ‘Fighting Corruption NOW for the Africa We want’

Today, July 11, is the African Anti-Corruption Day. On this day back in 2003, the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) was adopted in Maputo, Mozambique which came into effect in 2006 and has since then been ratified by 48 Member States of the African Union including Sierra Leone. This year marks the seventh edition of the African Anti-Corruption Day and the twentieth (20th) anniversary of the AUCPCC.

In a joint statement released by the ACC- SL and TI-SL, they explained that the purpose of this Day is to give prominence to the fight against corruption by commemorating the adoption of the AUCPCC as the tool for fighting corruption in Africa.
They went on further by saying that the  ACC and the transparency International are commemorating today on the theme “Fighting Corruption NOW for the Africa We want”.

The statement also states that “The Government of Sierra Leone, together with the Anti-Corruption Commission Sierra Leone (ACC-SL) and civil society organizations including, Transparency International Sierra Leone Chapter, has always expressed its unflinching desire to wage a robust fight against corruption. The President, His Excellency Brig. (Rtd.) Dr Julius Maada Bio recently reiterated his Government’s commitment to curb corruption as it poses “an existential threat’ to the developmental aspirations of the country.”

They went on to say that the “ACC, on the other hand, has been leveraging on the tremendous Presidential and Political will demonstrated by the Government of President Brig. (Rtd.) Dr. Julius Maada Bio in the last five years to wage the war on corruption like never seen before. This has resulted in unprecedented gains in the areas of Public Education and Awareness on corruption issues, Prevention through Systems and Processes Reviews of public offices, Investigations and Prosecutions which have produced over 90 percent conviction rate. Through partnerships facilitated by the ACC, civil society organizations also continue to raise awareness on the dangers of corruption and the need for citizens to take ownership of the fight against the scourge.”
They said, “the robust anti-corruption approach undertaken by the ACC has also seen Sierra Leone make tremendous gains in the fight against corruption as the country currently records 79 percent in the ‘Control of Corruption’ indicator in the Millennium Challenge Corporation Scorecard and 110 out of 180 countries surveyed in the 2022  Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (TI-CPI). The ACC has also in the last five years, recovered public funds over FORTY FIVE (45) Billion (Old) Leones, a two-storey hotel building and two Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles from corrupt individuals as part of the Commission’s Non-conviction based Asset Recovery approach.”

Moving on in their statement they “reflect on the dire consequences of corruption on our Nation, the Continent, and the World at large. It is a threat to the progress and development of citizens and the country at all times, for which reason we should tackle it”. 

In the end of the joint statement the ACC and TI-SL call on ALL Sierra Leoneans to act conscientiously against corruption by speaking up, reporting any suspected acts of corruption to the ACC and embracing transparency, accountability and integrity in public and private life.