CARL urges uncompromising investigation of MPs

The Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) hailed the announcement by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) that it has launched a full-scale investigation into alleged mismanagement of public funds by Members of Parliament (MPs). CARL said it is a victory for citizens’ voices for accountability and of the Commission’s genuine demonstration of commitment to the fight against corruption. There have been several unproven allegations of corruption against MPs over the last decade, but the latest probe was initiated after Hon. Ibrahim Tawa Conteh of Constituency 132 and the Clerk of Parliament Hon. Paran Tarawally traded accusations of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds during separate radio interviews in Freetown. Members of the public, who were clearly outraged by the accusations, demanded accountability for alleged financial mismanagement, especially by these two officials. “It is about time that the fight against corruption was taken to our elected representatives in parliament”, said Ibrahim Tommy, Executive Director for Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law, adding, “It is commendable that the ACC felt that it was not enough to investigate only the two officials who traded the accusations on public radio, but has chosen to look into the financial management practices of all MPs and the parliamentary administration”.

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