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.
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QUESTION #11 FROM OUR SURVEYS
- A review of the literature on ACAs indicates that there is no standard approach or model when it comes to the establishment of an ACA and the definition of its mandate.
- Some ACAs have been created from scratch, while others have built on existing ombudsman offices, special units within police departments, or justice departments.
- The ACAs included in this initiative are no different. The majority of ACAs have some preventive and investigating functions, but prosecution is carried out by less than half.
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OF COUNTRIES HAVE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAWS
FROM OUR COUNTRY CROSS-ANALYSIS
The existence of anti-corruption laws is the first step in addressing corruption and creating an enabling environment for ACAs to operate effectively. Anti-corruption laws and regulations such as freedom of information, conflict of interest legislation, whistle-blower protection and financial disclosure, can facilitate the investigative and prosecution functions of ACAs.
For this reason, many countries have introduced this type of laws, as the data collected highlights. This may appear encouraging for the seemingly widespread existence of a comprehensive legal system in support of ACAs activities. It is however important to stress that the data presented capture the existence of the laws (“de jure” system) and not whether the laws are implemented (“de facto”).