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”Not my daughter” – Mother Denies missing Daughter, Massah KaiKai, found Dead

Massah KaiKai, found Dead

Mrs Ayodele Babalola (nee Ademu-John) Massa’s mother has strongly denied police statement at a press conference that the body exhumed today are the remains of her daughter Massah KaiKai. Mrs. Babalola has asked for the remains to be taken to the United States for forensics analysis.

Her daughter was a Sierra Leonean American who last seen in August 2018. The Sierra Leone Police today held a special press conference on the missing person case of 40 year-old Kaikai. In early August 2018, the news of the sudden disappearance of Massah KaiKai went viral social media.

After 3 months of no word, the public began to ask questions. What had happened to KaiKai, who had returned to Sierra Leone to work for an NGO. Why had police not found any leads? How had this woman described as kind and generous by friends just disappeared in Freetown without a word. Mrs. Babalola who resides in the US came to Sierra Leone to locate her daughter.

She enlisted the help of Standard Times’ Philipp Neville who began to run the missing woman’s image, and mother’s plea for new information in the paper. Back at Police headquarters the public was informed that the body of KaiKai had been found and the truth came out on the 2nd of April 2019, when a man Ibrahim Mansaray who is in custody confessed he was the one that killed Kaikai. Her body he said was buried inside of the compound in which she had lived.

Police and Mrs. Babalola went to the site and indeed human remains were found. “Some of the investigators went there with people that knew her, so from the physical feature identified yes we are convinced, but since we are going to court we have to present professional evidence identification, and should be provided by the forensic pathologist,” said Police Chief Inspector Moigbeh While the police appears sure Mrs. Babalola, KaiKai’s mother said she has her doubts. ” I am seeking to have the body sent to the United States for forensics, you cannot just say this is Massa without forensic confirmation, ” she said.

”I myself saw the body from the way it looks and knowing my child, that body is not my child.” At the end of the press conference Mrs. Babalola accused her husband of being aware of the death Kaikai. This led to a confrontation between them and other family members. Ibrahim Mansaray the accused is said to be a driver whom Kai Kai had helped to acquire his driving license, so that he could better support himself and his family.

At the press conference the one question that was left unanswered was why? If indeed Mansaray did kill Kai Kai what were his motives?

Premier League Board chairman responds after brawl mix-up

Sierra Leone Premier Board (SLPB) Chairman Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai

The result-oriented and charismatic Sierra Leone Premier Board (SLPB) Chairman Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai has debunked an allegation of a brawl involving him and match officials on Wednesday 3rg April 2019 at the Siaka Steven Stadium.
Several social media platforms reported that match officials officiating between Ports Authority and Old Edwardians during the break refused to officiate the second half.
Names of match officials are yet to be known but, the reports stated that the Old Edwardians Chairman, who doubles as the Premier League Board Chairman was directly tangled in mix-up confrontations after some mediation the match was allowed to continue.
“New reports making rounds that I was involved in a punch-up with one of the Referees is untrue,” Saffa stated after the news broke out.
“I met a few fans fighting with match officials during the half time at the national stadium. I merely went into it to stop the fight and, separate them. In the process, I was slapped by the Referee’s Assessor.”
“I stopped him from slapping me again and walked away. I don’t fight and, I will never be involved in a fight in a league that I am organizing. Match has resumed,” he explained.
Ports Authority went on to defeat Edwards 2-1 in the ongoing domestic league season.

1st of 3 Court Martial accused Testifies

The first accused in the military court martial trial involving ammunition discovered at the Presidential Lodge in June 2018, Captain Patrick E. Kamara has started giving evidence in his defense. Testifying before Justice Alhaji Momoh-Jah Stevens on Tuesday 2nd April 2019, the accused tendered a series of documents in his defense.
He said he worked at the Lodge between 2009 to April 2018 and that he left the premises he occupied on the periphery of the Lodge on 3rd April 2018 after the election. He said he went to the Lodge after he vacated the premises. He said he came to the Lodge because the entire guard force for both the President and Vice President were on 24 hours duty.
Kamara said on 7 April 2018 he was called by Brigadier General A.Y. Kargbo to do a back loading of arms and ammunition that were in the stores controlled by the former President. He said during the back loading, a comrade, Captain James Robin and himself were in the store issuing the ammunition to other soldiers who transported them to the vehicle where Brigadier General Kargbo received it at the vehicle.
The accused said during the back loading it became apparent that the 12.7mm A.A. that were back loaded came from different countries. He gave a detailed description of the records he took during the back loading stating that 3,000 of 14.5 mm A.A. were issued to the Force. He added the same were back loaded.
He further stated that 5,000 of the 12.7 mm A.A. were issued however 4,920 were back loaded. The accused also identified his voluntary caution statement to the police stating that during the investigation, he was not informed of his right to legal representation.
He also said there were training and test firings being conducted in 2009 and 2013. He said when he was deployed at the Presidential Guard Force in 2009, the officer commanding the force by then wrote for training exercises for personnel and also to test fire the heavy weapons. The training for the personnel in that year was done at the now Peace Mission Training Centre at Hastings.
The firing exercises were moved to the Armed Forces Training Centre at Benguema. He tendered a series of documents relating to the trainings. The accused, Captain Patrick E. Kamara is jointly charged with Samuel Conteh, a Warrant Officer Class One, and Abu Bakarr Jalloh, a Warrant Officer Class Two. The three were believed to be senior officials of former President Koroma’s guards.
Between 1 January 2008 and 19 June 2018 in Freetown, it is alleged that Captain Patrick Kamara, Samuel Conteh, a Warrant Officer Class One, and Abu Bakarr Jalloh, a Warrant Officer Class Two, conspired and stole from the Government of Sierra Leone, 4,245 rounds of 12.7 millimetre anti-aircraft (AA) rounds of ammunition, 3,828 rounds of 14.4 millimetre AA rounds, 11 grenades and 6 rounds of 7.62/39 millimetre gun, 14,100 rounds of 7.62/39 millimetre tracers, amongst many others.
The trio are before a military Court Martial to answer to five charges, ranging from Conspiracy, Larceny by Servant, Willful neglect and ordering damage to service property, willful damage of service property, and conduct that was prejudicial to the group order and military discipline contrary to the Armed Forces of the Republic of Sierra Leone Act No.34 of 1961, as amended.
First accused Captain Patrick E. Kamara is represented by lawyer Ady Macauley, and D. Taylor represents the second accused, Samuel Conteh. Third accused Abu Bakarr Jalloh is represented by Amadu Koroma.

Former Pres. Koroma to address Horasis Global Meeting

Former Sierra Leone President, Ernest Koroma

Former Sierra Leonean President Ernest Koroma has flown out of Freetown on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 in the evening hours to Portugal where he will be a guest at an international business forum,
It was learnt that Mr Koroma will be a guest at the 2019 Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais, Portugal, which is being convened from 6 to 9 April. The annual Horasis Global Meeting is one of the world’s foremost gatherings of business and government leaders, offering an ideal platform to explore and foster cooperation, impact investing, and sustainable growth across the world.
This year discussions, according to a statement on the event’s website, will center around the theme of “Catalysing the Benefits of Globalization”. Dozens of sessions have been lined up, with speeches and panel discussions featuring experts and authorities in diverse walks of life: banking, technology, food, energy and politics.
President Koroma is listed as speaker on the first day on a working dinner session dedicated to Peace. The former President will give a special address in front of a panel that include the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Adviser for Reconciliation, Canon Sarah Snyder.
Koroma served as President of Sierra Leone from 2007 to 2018 when the APC party was defeated in elections that brought Julius Maada Bio to power. Koroma assumed control of the country when it was just coming out of an eleven year civil war.
Report on the local media indicates that the former Sierra Leone President will fly to Germany for “routine” medical check-up after his Portugal engagement. He is expected back home towards the end of the month.

Falaba, Kono and Kailahun Districts benefit from NaCSA Sensitization on Cash for Work

The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), through its GIZ Funded Employment Promotion Programme (EPP 111), has under taken a one week sensitization meeting in Falaba, Kono and Kailahun districts respectively on the implementation of its ‘cash for work’ programme which is targeting a total of 8,500 rural and peri-urban youth of which 30 percent shall be female. The main objective of the sensitization is to raise awareness about the project across the communities and its stakeholders in which the project is been implemented.
Welcoming guests and participants to Mongo Bendugu, the District headquarter town of Falaba District, the Regent Chief P.C. Sheku Korio Jawara thanked NaCSA and GIZ for choosing Falaba District for such a project, as Falaba district is a highly agricultural driven district in terms of rice, beans, vegetables, cattle rearing etc.
The Chairman of the Falaba District Council, who also doubles as Chairman of the occasion, Alhaji Sajor Bah, praised NaCSA for its intervention in his sister district of Koinadugu, where he noted that if had it not been for NaCSA, Falaba District would have been a hard- to- reach area due to the deplorable roads conditions. He said that NaCSA has constructed and rehabilitated roads, bridges and culverts across Koinadugu District linking to Falaba District, and as such making the two districts accessible.
Giving an overview of the project, the NaCSA District Coordinator Koinadugu/Falaba, Musa Dauda, explains that the project is a pilot phase mainly for the youths, and as a new project, NaCSA is always doing consultation and sensitization before the commencement of its projects. Mr. Dauda informed the gathering that the project will be implemented in seven chiefdoms in Falaba District. Mr. Dauda also informed the gathering that the project will be implemented only in areas where GIZ has not operated in the past.
The District Agriculture Officer for Falaba District, Mr.Philip Moi Rogers thanked NaCSA and GIZ for collaborating with the Ministry, describing it as the right step in the right direction. Mr Rogers further stated that, as a Ministry, they are responsible to provide technical support to all government ministries and agencies implementing agricultural programmes, and that they are ready to provide key skills and the support needed to make the project a success. He encouraged farmers to pay more attention on Inland valley Swamps (IVS), which is one of the components of the project, as it increases more yield than up land farming.
On behalf of farmers in Falaba District, Chief Ansumana Sesay pleaded to the donor to provide fencing for their swamps so as to avoid further threats from stray animals as they are ready to embrace the project.
The Project Officer for the Employment Promotion Programme (EPP 111), Jonta Fatima Moiba said, the project is a GIZ funded grant that is being implemented by NaCSA in three districts which includes Falaba, Kono and Kailahun. Madam Fatima went on to say, that the project is an employment promotion project and is geared towards job creation and youth employment through three cash for work components and a facility for innovation programme.
She explain that among the three district, Kono stand to benefit from all the three cash for work components including, garbage collection and disposal, rehabilitation of cocoa and coffee plantations and rehabilitation of inland valley swamps (IVS) as well as facility for innovation programme, while Falaba she noted, will only benefit from IVS Rehabilitation and Kailahun from Cocoa and Coffee Rehabilitation.
Madam Jonta revealed that the total targeted youth population in Kono District is 6,360, out of which, 3,400 will be working on garbage collection and disposal. 60% which is 2,040 of 3,400 targeted for IVS Rehabilitation comprise youth and 920 youth which is 40% of 2,400 targeted for Cocoa and Coffee will be targeted in Kono. From a gender perspective she said, 35% of the targeted population should be women across the board and the age bracket for youth is within 18 and 35 years she went on to say.
Madam Fatima also informed the gathering that in all three districts that the sensitization meeting is to inform the authorities about the upcoming targeting process which will commence soon, as to know who and who will be working on the swamps. She said there will be a total number of 9,100 beneficiaries for the three districts, 1,360 for Falaba, 2,040 for Kono, 1, 150 for Kailahun all for the IVS Rehabilitation and 3,400 for garbage collection only for Kono District.
In Kono the team was welcomed by the District Council Chairman Mr Solomon Sahr Gbondo, who praised NaCSA for its intervention in Kono District through its GPC and SSN Projects. Chairman Gbondo said that the people of Kono are more of farmers than miners in recent years now as they will welcome the project with open hands. Speaking on behalf of the farmers in Kono, PC Duramany Solouku the fifth of Toli Chiefdom thanked NaCSA and GIZ and called on all Kono People to join hands together for the success of the project. Chief Solouku further went on to say that Government will not be able to employ everyone but call on the youths to use this opportunity to make the people of Kono once more be proud as they are the only district to implement all three components of the projects.
On behalf of the youths in Kono, the Chairman Kono Development Youth Coalition, Melvin Konguwa said, the youths of Kono today are development oriented young people and that they are ready to join hands together to see this project come out as a success as they will be competing with the other two districts.
The team was welcomed in Kailahun by the Town Chief, Chief Moiwo B. Kogie, who expressed his greatest admiration for NaCSA and GIZ. The Chief called on the donor to continue its support to the Kailahun people not only with the rehabilitation of their swamps but also in the area of Tree Crop rehabilitation.
On behalf of the Kailahun District Council, the Development Committee Chairman, Councilor Nasiru Deen Cole expressed his concern for the sustainability of the project as it is key for the overall achievement of the goals and objectives of the project as a whole. Councilor Nasiru Deen said, as a youth, he will be a watch dog and promised that council will provide oversight in monitoring the project.
Similar sentiments were expressed in Falaba, by the District Agricultural Officer for Kono, Mr. Lamin A.B. Mbogba and Kailahun, Mr. Daniel G.B. Kamara who both said when the time comes they will cascade to their people the agronomic practices, which is the different ways of growing crops, as they are the expert in charge of agriculture in the country.
Speaking at the end of each district sensitization, the Project Officer Madam Jonta Fatima Moiba said, the project will be providing Le 22, 000 per day for each worker and that they will be working for 23 working days and a total of 78,200 man days, and that the following chiefdoms will be benefiting from the project: Falaba District: Dembelia Musaia, Barawa Woray, Niya, Mongo, Morfindugu, Kamadugu Yiraia and Dembelia Sekunia Chiefdom.
And for Kono District: Lei, Mofindor, Gbane, Nimiyama, Siama, Gbense, Tankoro, Gorama Kono and Nimikoro Chiefdom.
Kailahum District: Jawei, Malema, Upper Banbara, Mandu, Njaluahun, Kpejeh Bongre, Kpejeh West, Yawei and Kissi Teng Chiefdom.

Correctional Service Gets New Director General

Mr. Joseph Lamboi, Director General of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service

As the former Director General of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service retires His Excellency the President Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio has appointed Mr. Joseph Lamboi as Director General of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service, and Mr. Dennis Harman as his Deputy, subject to Parliamentary approval.
Addressing the DG’s muster parade, on Wednesday 3rd April, 2019, at the SLCS’ Headquarters New England Ville, Mr. Lamboi said he was thankful to the President for appointing him to the most exalted seat in the Department.
He expressed delight over his being alive to witness a moment of that uplifting nature.

“Do you remember sometime ago, in a gathering like this, the erstwhile DG was admonishing that the infights over who should replace him should stop. When I got the opportunity to speak, I told you not to be tensed over who would be the next DG, because I believe that power comes from God.”

He said he had reached that peak not because he was “lobbying” or “bootlicking”, but because he was a disciplined and forward thinking person.

Mr. Lamboi assured the parade that his appointment to the DG’s office will not reduce him into witch- hunting any of his subordinates.

He recalled that the former DG left a lot of pointers, which he would like to strengthen and flesh out “through team work”.

Stepping forward to speak, the newly appointed Deputy Director General- Mr. Harman said, in just over a month in office as then Acting DG, Mr. Lamboi had brought a lot of enviable changes to the institution.

“We now have a Conference Hall put up at the Male Reintegration centre, where the Special Court was stationed. That hall has helped us a lot in terms of meetings and workshops.”

“Apart from the Conference Hall, Mr. Lamboi and I have made a commitment to ensure that inmates get all what is due them, cautioning that any officer who is caught pilfering any item belonging to inmates, would face disciplinary action,” he revealed.

He encouraged all to be alert and attentive so that they can all work to fan the flames of development in the institution.

Milton Margai College Ends 1st Solade Adams Memorial Public Lectures

Cross section of staff and students at the event

The first Solade Adams Memorial Public Lectures was held on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 a the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology Polytechnic Great Hall, Goderich campus at which event the guest speaker, Dr. Victor Kabia articulated that the lecture is a brain-teasing analysis, that he is aware that his audience is made up of various learners including tutors and students and affirmed that the lecture would also create awareness about the successes and challenges in education.
Mr. Solade Adams was the first black and third Principal of the college from 1966-1980.
Dilating on the theme, ‘Means to an End: An Analytic Approach In Educational Practices,’ Dr. Kabia recalled that he was a student during the Principalship of the late Solade Adams in the 1970s, observed that the level of education in the country has changed dramatically but cautioned that we must cope with the environment we find ourselves, highlighted the benefits of the lectures and the factors that influence the means to an end, described psychology as any action to achieve the purpose to an end asserting that all factors in life are a means to an end and that education is to make students better citizens in society.
Dr. Kabia went on to enlighten that tutors/curriculum developers are faced with the problem of what to teach, that tutors must be committed to learners, recalled the recent massive failures in the country, the reason government established a commission of inquiry, underscored that teacher training is very important and continued that there are five points that affect education: what the learner brings to the learning environment, the learning environment itself, what is taught, the teaching and learning process and outcomes all of which are a means to an end.
“Teaching and learning is a team work. I have been involved in several efforts to reform the educational system in the country. To make good teachers, the authorities also have the opportunity to support teachers to give of their best. Also, over the past six years, girls have performed well than boys in the West Africa Examination Council and even in science subjects,” he asserted.
Dr. Kabia said a curriculum is the major aspect of learning and that learners must be involved in its development emphasizing that a syllabus is a smaller unit of a curriculum and underscored that a curriculum must be in line with the objectives of learning and observed that the means to learning is graduation.
He said other factors that affect education are the homes from which students come, the political will of the state, talents from God, that in some cases some learners refuse to accept teachers by refusing to learn for which he suggested the following:-that learners must acquire information, proffer logical reasons, present materials, that knowledge comes in units, that it is the duty of learners to be responsible and that both the learner and tutor must develop positive attitude.
Dr. Kabia furthered that the lethargy by students to read as well as organize and store materials are responsible for the massive failures in public examinations and warned that to study is not to memorize as the brain is like a store and went on, “anything could be taught no matter the state of the learner. The issue is the presentation that should be at the level of the learner.”
Among others, Dr. Kabia said a curriculum is divided into three:-knowledge, attitude and skills and lamented that examination malpractices are the road to a bleak future for the country reiterating that reading helps in communication, that students must learn to be competent and independent, have working skills and get results concluding that Sierra Leone needs a strong national educational system if quality education is to be achieved.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting Principal of the college, Dr. Philip John Kanu said the event is another milestone in the history of the college and recalled recently when the Chief Minister, Professor David Francis commissioned the Solade Adams Public Lectures but that since then they have been looking for a competent person to deliver the first lecture.
He said Dr. Victor Kabia is an outstanding academic with longstanding reputation and encouraged students to ask salient questions after the lecture.
The moderator of the event, Dr. Victor Massaquoi, Commissioner, Tertiary Education Commission, said the public lecture is part of the continuous assessment of students, affirmed that the administration wants the college to return to its past glory, that the event is part of the college’s activities and informed that one of the recommendations of the principal, his administration and the College Council is to organize public lectures to give students the opportunity to interact with lecturers and professionals and highlighted that someof the benefits of the lectures are to maximize thework of students, an opportunity to become academics as well as help them to learn and apply skills.
Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor-Morgan, who introduced the guest speaker, said he is an academic icon who started lecturing at the college in 1986 and has played several roles in the college and the country including serving as Head of Department-Education, Vice Principal, Acting Principal, Chairman of the college’s Academic Board and now Chairman of the Polytechnic Council.
Highlight of the public lecture was the question and answer session.

Amb.Omrie Golley attracts more Investors

Ambassador Omrie Golley

Omrie Michael Golley who was Sierra Leone’s former Ambassador to South Korea under the previous All Peoples Congress (APC) leadership of President Ernest Bai Koroma, has still not ceased, but continues to woo more investors to come and revamp the economy of Sierra Leone.
Ambassador Omrie Golley, who was sacked by the current Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) leadership of President Julius Maada Bio, has himself called on all political actors in Sierra Leone to work together to ease the political hate and tension in Sierra Leone.
Whilst dilating on ways to help the current Government for the very good of all Sierra Leoneans, the very renowned UK based lawyer, Ambassador Omrie Golley who is the current CEO/Chairman Board of Directors of Afric-Asia Asset Holdings Limited based in London, United Kingdom, said “notwithstanding the fact that there is a new Government, we must come onboard to improve the lives of the people.”
Ambassador Omrie Golley further said: “Those of us, who have small ways, should come onboard to help,” adding that through his Afric-Asia Asset Holdings Limited as key vehicle to engineer his lobby, he has been able to engage several investors from Kazakhstan, United Kingdom, Turkey and Guinea to come into Sierra Leone and see how they can revamp the economy. He said “I intend to bring more investors from Kazakhstan in the coming months.”
In addition, Ambassador Omrie Golley added that only by enticing potential investors to come and meet the people of Sierra Leone will interest them to come in and work to develop the country.
“I am determined to assist the Government of President Bio, and I believe the key to reviving the economy is through the private sector,” Ambassador Omrie Golley stated. He said, through private sector investment, he is keen on bringing investors to contribute in key areas of the economy, especially in areas like Agriculture, Fishing and Transportation. Thus, he said, already the idea of an improved cocoa production by providing incentives for farmers and assist in revenue generation for Government within the cocoa world.
Meanwhile, it could be recalled that in 2013, long before his appointment as Ambassador to South Korea, Ambassador Omrie Golley had already mobilized the sum of $54 million for the construction of a 15 story building here in Freetown which will comprise of an auditorium, car parking facilities together with office and residential units.
Also, during the Ebola outbreak, Ambassador Omrie Golley facilitated the sum $ 500,000 for the fight against eradicating Ebola. He also facilitated two separate cash and humanitarian donations of $ 300,000 and $ 100,000 by the Korean Government and by the Korean construction conglomerate respectively during the August 14, 2017 Mudslides and Flooding.
Through his quest in developing Sierra Leone in the Water Sector, Koica had also approved the sum of $1 Million grant towards to Sierra Leone for a water rehabilitation project. Ambassador Golley had also facilitated the Construction of the medical centre at Tokeh. He was instrumental in the development of progressive fishing policies between the Korean Government and the Government of Sierra Leone.
Ambassador Omrie Golley promised to reactivate his contacts by bringing onboard all of them through his Afric-Asia Asset Holdings Limited to ensure that all key players of Sierra Leone political system work together for the betterment of the people.

Ambassador Omrie Golley

Let Us Give President Bio and ACC A Very Big Hand

Corruption impacts most heavily on the poor and vulnerable members in society, but underdevelopment affects the future growth and prosperity of all people.
Thus, fighting on behalf of the disempowered and ensuring Sierra Leone’s development means that the responsibility for dealing with corruption falls squarely on all, from the Government and donors to civil society and citizens.
Corruption is a pervasive problem in both the developed and developing world. It is endemic in most African societies but is worst in countries where:
• Institutions such as the legislature and judiciary are weak;
• The rule of law is not strictly enforced;
• Political patronage is the norm;
• The independence and professionalism of the public and private sectors have been eroded; and
• Civil society lacks the means to hold perpetrators to account.
In recent years, the problem has gained much interest due primarily to a series of high level corruption cases in industrialized countries, an increasing awareness of the cost of corruption throughout the world and the practical and economic changes many countries are undergoing.
In Africa however, corruption is a development issue, as it is a crime against development, democracy, education, prosperity, public health and justice – what many would consider the pillars of social well-being.
While Government commits large sums to addressing the plethora of problems hindering development, corruption remains a major obstacle to achieving much needed progress. It is therefore imperative that anti-corruption measures form part of the country’s development agenda to ensure future growth and prosperity.
Corruption is defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, in public and private sectors. Countries are scored based on assessments of the prevalence of bribery of public officials, embezzlement of public funds, kickbacks in public procurement, and questions about the effectiveness of public anti-corruption efforts.
Realizing the SDGs puts the effects of corruption in perspective. A bribe demanded by a teacher to enroll a girl at a ‘free’ elementary school could irreversibly block that girl’s education and future opportunities. A hike in the local cost of drugs might put treatment out of reach of sick people, leaving them unable to work and earn a living. Amounts paid as bribes are often quite small, but the implicit costs are great.
Where bribes are paid, there is a lower literacy rate. Bribery is also associated with higher maternal deaths, regardless of the country’s wealth or how much it invests in health.
The effects of bribery and kickbacks in the education, water and healthcare sectors represent the implicit costs of corruption. These incidents transform corruption into a “regressive tax” on services that the poor cannot afford, making basic services unattainable.
Thus, it is the poor and vulnerable who suffer most due to corruption as they are more reliant on Government services and public systems to satisfy their most basic needs.
In addition to the bribes that are demanded of those who cannot afford them, corruption results in the deviation of funds intended for development and undermine Government’s ability to provide basic services. It also undermines the rule of law, feeding inequality and injustice, discouraging foreign investment, further impeding development.
A lack of transparency, integrity and accountability is related to economic under-performance and fetters progress toward poverty eradication.
In addition to the implicit costs of corruption due to bribery, there are also hidden costs associated with corruption. The costs of a form of corruption termed “quiet corruption” by the World Bank, adversely affect the poor in particular.
The World Bank’s Africa Development Indicators 2010 shows that civil servants’ failure to deliver Government-run health, education or agricultural services, further jeopardizes Africa’s long-term development.
A holistic approach to the problem of corruption includes a comprehensive array of anti-corruption strategies ranging from good governance and structural reform to the participation of civil society.
Its four pillars – prevention, criminalization, asset recovery and international co-operation serve to promote open, honest and efficient decision-making, fair competition and ethical procurement systems, supporting effective Government development strategies.

Alleged Two Police Saboteurs Arrested at State House

L-R President Bio, Internal Affairs Minister and Police Richard Moigbe

In an unpalatable development two Police Officers deployed at State House were arrested on the grounds of circulating a sensitive outcry on the Social Media regarded to be very inciting.
The Sierra Leone Police have therefore opened an investigation into alleged corruption and welfare complaints by State House secret services and bodyguards. According to Police Head of Media, Brima Kamara, they received a complaint in an audio recording claiming, “Presidential guards are not okay” with regards to their welfare.
“The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) has established beyond all reasonable doubt that the audio recording making the rounds is the handiwork of a few police officers who are bent on smearing the good image of the office of the presidency,” Brima Kamara said. Police officers, on condition of anonymity, allege that they are paid a meager Le70,000 as Daily Service Allowance (DSA) which is often not paid on time. “Our boss, AIG William Fayia Sellu, is not addressing our welfare concerns at State House,” they claimed.
They also accused some senior Police Officers of corruption and soliciting bribes for deployments at State House. “We have arrested two police officers and investigations are ongoing,” Kamara added. Police officers have been arrested and placed under formal investigation by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) with the view to determining the veracity of all the claims highlighted in the audio recording and also finding out what precipitated the release of the audio to the public.
The Media and Public Relations Unit stated that want to reiterate that the SLP is a disciplined institution with well-established communication channels and redress mechanisms, which guide, direct, and address complaints emanating from personnel within the Force. Brima Kamara assured the public that all allegations of sabotage and corruption referred to in the audio recording are false and a misrepresentation of what obtained at the office of the presidency. Information from other police officers indicate dissatisfaction among other units of Police, who say they have legitimate complaints.
Some officers mentioned a tribal connection also afflicts State House security operations. “Issues raised in the audio will also be equally investigated,” Brima Kamara concluded. According to a senior official at State House they are currently conducting an internal investigation and President Bio has been briefed on the issue. Some state security bodyguards disclosed that it’s better and rewarding to work at the Office of the First Lady Fatima Bio than State House.