We at CHRDI congratulate the action of the government of Sierra Leone through the ministry of Local Government for suspending 16 local council officials for the misappropriation of donor funds.
In April this year (2017) Campaign for Human Rights and Development International-CHRDI put out a position statement on “BIG GRAFT IN LOCAL COUNCILS – CHRDI TAKES THE ACCOUNTABILITY CAMPAIGN TO COUNCILS AND MUNICIPALITIES “, in which we catalogued a range of accountability issues ranging from misappropriation of donor funds to inadequate reporting on funds received by several councils across Sierra Leone.
We applaud the action of the Ministry of Local Government and we want to encourage other government institutions in Sierra Leone who are still engaged in corrupt activities to have a change of mind and bring identified perpetrators to book.
Corruption has not only crippled the economy but has undermined the rule of law and democracy; it has led to the wasting of public funds; distorted competition; hampered trade and inhibited vital investments. Where corruption is rampant, it becomes a key obstacle to development.
The people of Sierra Leone are suffering from the economic downturn. They need to know that the government is using all of its resources to benefit public services. This requires a serious crackdown on corruption, as well as transparency when it comes to how recovered stolen assets will be used.
Words are not enough. The people need to know who stole the money and when they will be brought to justice. There should be no impunity for the corrupt.
We at CHRDI will continue to go after corrupt people in government institutions as we await a speedy and effective trial of the recently suspended Local Council officials.
Note: Campaign for Human Rights and Development International (CHRDI ) is a Rights based social-policy advocacy Organisation. We Draw attention to the responsibility of duty-bearers to uphold human rights, and seek to support rights-holders to claim their rights. CHRDI is in Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and accredited to many UN Agencies.
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