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ACC LAUNCHES DISASTER RESPONSE TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE (DRTI)

ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION
CATHEDRAL HOUSE
3 GLOUCESTER STREET
FREETOWN
SIERRA LEONE, WEST AFRICA

PRESS RELEASE
6th September, 2017

ACC LAUNCHES DISASTER RESPONSE TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE (DRTI)

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has set up a Task Force to directly monitor the management of financial and non-financial resources donated in response to the August 14, 2017 mudslide and flooding disasters in Freetown and its environs.
The Terms of Reference of the Disaster Response Transparency Initiative (DRTI) include; ensuring accountability and transparency in the management of all resources provided by the Government of Sierra Leone and donors. The DRTI will also conduct on-the-spot checks on the distribution of food and non-food items to the disaster affected persons and monitor the use of funds allocated for disaster management operations.
In view of this, all manner of persons who solicit, receive or disburse funds for the disaster response are urged to seek the approval of the Accountant General in the opening or setting up of bank accounts in respect of such funds, consistent with Section 129 (1) of the Financial Management Regulation, 2007.
All local and international non-governmental organisations and individuals in and outside Sierra Leone are urged to inform the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development about moneys and pledges received for the disaster response and publish same. Mindful that “public body” under the Anti-Corruption Act 2008 includes: “any organisation, whether local or foreign, established to render any voluntary social service to the public or any section thereof or for other charitable purposes, which receives funds or other donation for the benefit of the people of Sierra Leone or a section thereof.”
Any complaint on assistance not reaching the desired beneficiaries will be investigated as a matter of priority, consistent with the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.
Persons wishing to make complaint relating to the management of disaster response resources should do so by visiting the Anti-Corruption Commission’s Head Office, Cathedral House, No. 3 Gloucester Street, Freetown, or call our toll free lines 161 (Airtel) or +232 77 985-985.
The ACC reaffirms its commitment to the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone.
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KOLONEH SANKOH
DIRECTOR, PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

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