Ebola Money Eaters to Face the Law

Individuals and institutions found guilty of misappropriating funds meant for the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country will face the full force of the law, avowed President Ernest Bai Koroma.

In a statement issued by the Office of the President last Friday following the release and tabling in Parliament on Thursday of an Audit Service Sierra Leone report on the management of Ebola funds, the President encouraged the general public to exercise patience and allow allegations contained in the report to be investigated. There and then he said appropriate action will be taken, and those found guilty of siphoning the Ebola funds will be made to pay for their action.

“Government notes the ongoing public interest concerning the Auditor-General’s report on the audit of the management of the Ebola funds which has been tabled in Parliament on Thursday 12th February, 2015,” the statement notes. “As the law provides, Parliament will debate the audit report and make appropriate recommendations on the issues raised therein.”

The release calls for patience from the general public and “allow the due process to continue until it reaches its logical conclusion”.

“As has been emphasised by His Excellency the President on many occasions, government attaches paramount importance to the judicious use of the Ebola funds and will ensure proper accountability for the use of these funds,” the release further notes.

“Government wishes to make it abundantly clear that those who are found guilty of misusing Ebola funds will face the full force of the law,” it concludes.

Source : Concord Times

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