Former Vice President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Victor Boackarie Foh and the former Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Minkhailu Mansaray are currently on two billion Leones bail after being arrested this morning by the Anti-Corruption Commission for corruption related offences.
They were indicted for embezzling funds meant for Muslims to perform the 2017 hajj in the holy land of mecca.
The former Mines Minister was appointed by the former President-Ernest Bai Koroma as head of the Hajj Committee, while the former Vice President has been roped in because he reportedly received 80,000 United States Dollars withdrawn from the hajj account and he has still not accounted for the said amount.
This came following an investigation launched by the ACC in August 2017 relating to the abuse of the Hajj scholarship scheme for the Muslim pilgrims.
The ACC has also indicted Alhaji Mohamed Bundu Mansaray, Chairman of the Mines Advisory Board, on one count of accepting an advantage contrary to section 28 (a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.
Mathew Hird and Waine Venter, Chief Finance Officer and Chief Operations Officer of Sierra Rutile Mining Limited has also been indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence contrary to section 128 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.
This relates to the bribery of officials of the Mines Advisory Board by the Management of Sierra Rutile Mining Limited for the renewal of exploration licenses between July and August, 2016.
In a press conference held today at the commission’s headquarters on Gloucester Street in Freetown, the ACC Commissioner-Francis Ben Kaifala noted that “our hands are not tied to fight corruption.” He went on to state that my appointment is political but my work is apolitical.”
He assured that the issue of the notorious ‘hajj-gate’ will be reviewed.”
The new ACC boss appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to support him in fighting corruption to make the country a better place for all Sierra Leoneans.