Sierra Leone prosecutes opposition leaders on suspicion of corruption

File Photo: Foreign Minister Sierra Leone, Samura Kamala, will address the 72nd UN General Assembly held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA on September 22, 2017.Reuters / Eduardomnos

November 26, 2021

Umal Fofana

Freetown (Reuters) -Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission has charged six officials with allegations of corruption, including the leading opposition candidate for the 2023 presidential election.

Samura Kamara is currently a presidential candidate for the opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party in the 2018 elections and is estimated to be a candidate for the 2023 elections.

Others include the Secretary of the Legation Office abroad and former and current financial personnel in New York’s mission to the United Nations.

The six have been charged with various corruption charges, including $ 4.2 million for the accidental renovation of a Sierra Leone building in Manhattan.

Kamala has been charged with two counts, including the misappropriation of $ 2,560,000 in public funds intended for accidental rebuilding of the building, according to a statement released by the Commission late Thursday.

He was the Foreign Minister at the time of the alleged misconduct.

Kamala said his legal team is investigating the indictment. “In 40 years of public service, his unscathed personality has never been questioned at both national and international levels,” his campaign team denied cheating in a short statement.

Hundreds of Kamala supporters accompanied him when he was brought to Freetown’s Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters earlier this month for interrogation, stating that the accusation was a political motive. Proponents clashed with police who used tear gas to disperse them.

According to a statement from the committee, the six will appear in court on December 10.

(Report by Umaru Fofana, edited by Nellie Peyton and Michael Perry)

Sierra Leone prosecutes opposition leaders on suspicion of corruption

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