According to the GTT, these officials “are all under investigation for corruption and theft; and have returned to work after hiding for a few weeks following the election of the current Government.
In addition, the GTT recommends that FBL Manasary; Dr. Sullay Kamara; Mr. Mohamed King Koroma; and SLL Transition Management Team be investigated with a view to commence criminal prosecution against them.
According to the GTT report that was recently released at State House by the Chief Minister Prof. David Francis, the former APC Government seriously compromised the effectiveness of
Statistics Sierra Leone (SSL) so as to make politically motivated decisions, including the creation of new districts and the gerrymandering of new constituencies, mainly in the APC’s strongholds.
The report adds that in fact, until the appointment of Professor Osman Sankoh, a competent and credible scientist in March 2018, the SSL had been a dysfunctional and corrupt institution without proper leadership.
The report adds that beginning in June 2017, the former Minister of State, Finance and Economic Development, Foday B.L Mansaray, effectively ran it aground using Dr. Sullay Kamara, who continues to hold on to the position of Chairman of the Statistics Sierra Leone Council, as head of a Transitional Management Team.
The report claims that recruits were not properly vetted, and most of the middle to senior level personnel are allegedly unqualified and incompetent; while many are corrupt. The report adds that Mr. Mansaray and the Transitional Management Team systematically looted millions of dollars in funds remitted by the Government to SSL to the point that by the time the new Statistician General took over management, the SSL only had the equivalent of about US $50 in its account.
It adds that four of SSL’s vehicles were recently recovered from the home of Mr. Mansaray; vehicles the Government purchased for the conduct of the 2015 National Housing and Population Census simply disappeared, presumably stolen by the APC appointed officials, and almost all remain unaccounted for. The former Statistician General, Mr. Mohamed King Koroma, it went on, who built himself several large mansions probably from funds stolen from SSL, is also believed to have looted some of those vehicles and is still to return them.