In a press release dated November 17, 2023, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has issued a stern warning to Public Officials regarding the misuse of officially-assigned Government vehicles and property.

The ACC emphasizes that such actions are inconsistent with the appropriate use of public assets, as outlined in the Interpretation Section of the Act.

According to the Commission, the use of Government property must adhere to the ‘Best Practice Guide on the Use of Government Vehicles, Government Quarters, Telephones, Computers, and Other Office Equipment,’ a framework developed by the ACC. Notably, the guide specifies that Government vehicles are strictly for official business, with any deviation subject to individual merit and written approval by the Head of Department or Deputy. Violations of these guidelines may lead to legal consequences under Section 48 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 2008, as amended in 2019.

Public Officials are reminded that fraudulent or illegal actions resulting in damage to public property constitute an offense, punishable by a minimum fine of Fifty Million (Old) Leones (Le50,000,000) or a prison term of no less than Five (5) years, or both. The ACC warns of invoking relevant provisions of the Act for non-compliance.

To enforce accountability, the Commission urges the general public to report any suspected misuse or damage to Government vehicles and property through toll-free lines (077-985-985 or 077-986-986) or at any ACC office across Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Kono, Makeni, and Port Loko.

The ACC reassures the public of its steadfast commitment to safeguarding all Government property and vows to take decisive action against any transgressions.