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bobbykay
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I need someone to help me out. Possibly my anger over the rampant corruption and glaring cover-ups is causing me to lose my sense of objectivity. Maybe not. I believe I am one of many who just believe that the right thing has to be done for us to make progress as a nation. That is why we will continue to ask questions hoping that one day things will get better. I have been following the John Bonoh Sisay allege bribery scandal with  great deal of interest not least because it involves the president cousin but in what would be the outcomes of the investigations currently being conducted by both the UK Serious Fraud Office and the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). I am one of those who believe the anti-corruption is not independent. There are several reason that I can proffer to substantiate my claim but let me just provide one. The erstwhile ACC boss JFK, is a card holding member of the ruling APC and might become its flag-bearer in the 2018 presidential and parliamentary election. The legal minds would have to help me out here but to my mind, an individual holding such an office should not only be independent but should be seen to be independent. Imagine JFK (a presidential wannabe) investigating Logus (a sitting minister, APC campaign manager, etc). In the eye of the independent observer, JFK may not be seen to be independent even if he is independent. I may be wrong though. Back to the Illuka mining bribe/ fraud saga. In an interview on radio this morning the ACC Commissioner said that the investigation is on-going and some government officials have been interrogated but that he wouldn't want to mention their names until they gather some more evidence. Meanwhile the names of other suspects, current and former employees of Rutile are in the public domain. The ACC boss left me with more questions than answers.  The ACC has sufficient information to release the names of the Rutile employees but not the government officials (oh boy). My view is that the anti-corruption is protecting the government officials because they are very sacred cows. I not a prophet but mark my words; I foresee a battle between the UK Serious Fraud office who would want to bring those found culpable to book at all cost and the ACC who would want to leave no stone unturned to protect their sacred cows. Watch this space.   




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