As a ‘‘Talk and Do’’ President, we have no doubt in him that the recommendations in the GTT report will be implemented. That is why the President directed the Chief Minister to lead on the implementation of the GTT report recommendation in consultation with the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
During the presentation of the GTT report to the President, the Chairman, Professor David John Francis and his team recommended the establishment of a JUDGE LED COMMISSION OF INQUIRY. This has now been achieved with the ratification of the Commission instruments by Parliament.
The second key update on the GTT report recommendations is the start of the forensic Audit exercise. Dozens of financial and performance auditors from Ghana, Tanzania and Kenya have joined the Sierra Leone Audit Service to carry out a forensic audit on the activities of the government of Ernest Bai Koroma. President. And shall be using the Auditor Generals report as additional evidence.
A press release from the Audit Service says the 43 auditors who are supported by DFID have already started work which will last for one month, and will target the social security agency (NASSIT), the energy, telecoms and civil works sectors and will cover January 2016 – July 2018.
Sierra Leone’s Deputy Auditor-General in charge of special audits, Tamba Momoh said eleven (11) entities within the four sectors would be audited.
He said that even though the audit service was not subject to the direction of any individual or body in the discharge of its duties, section 119 (7) of the country’s constitution allowed for such request because the law did not “preclude the President, acting in accordance with the advice of cabinet, or Parliament from requesting the Auditor-General in the public interest to audit at any particular time, the accounts of anybody or organization.
The audit teams from the Supreme Audit Institutions of Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana comprise staff with specialist skills in civil engineering, telecoms, pensions and investment, the release says.
It followed a request made by the Auditor-General, Lara Taylor-Pearce to the three countries through the African Organization of English-speaking Supreme Audit Institutions (AFROSAI-E) to assist in the technical audit.
There have been serious allegations of widespread corruption during the A.P.C rule.
This move by the President shows how serious the New Direction Government is in the fight against corruption.
Many Sierra Leoneans have applauded the Chief Minister for acting tough by supporting President Bio in the recovery of stolen funds and to investigate the egregious criminal enterprise governance system of the A.P.C Ernest Bai Koroma led government.