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Sierra Leone: Anti-graft commission investigates procurement of buses

APA-Freetown (Sierra Leone) Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has commenced investigation into the procurement processes in the purchase of 100 public transport buses, officials of the commission announced on Tuesday. The investigation followed widespread public outcry over the procurement of the vehicles manufactured in China. There have been claims that the vehicles are not new and that the cost is inflated. Though the purchase of the buses ushered in a breath of relief upon the weight of the transportation burden on the people, the procurement processes cannot be said to be beyond censure, the Commission said. Mr. Sholay Davies, Deputy Commissioner of the ACC, said the Commission had since commenced the investigation even before the arrival of the buses, after receiving complaints on the procurement process. We also have issues with the matter because procurement is a major corruption challenge in Sierra Leone, he said. The anti-graft agency also said that it was investigating another controversial procurement process involving the new biometric passports to be deployed soon. The Le500, 000 (about $100) passport had sparked public outcry, leading to calls for investigation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which claimed that the procurement cost warranted the high cost of the passport.