Governance Monitoring Network (GM-Net) together with Citizens Education Watch and Development (CEWaD) is calling on Sierra Leoneans to strongly support the fight against corruption in the country.
GM-Net and CEWaD are civil society networks that work to monitor government and donor funded activities, as well as advocating for the rights of citizens and obligation on them by the state.
National Coordinator, Citizens Education Watch and Development (CEWaD), Moses Sesay said that their drive is to support government in the fight against corruption.
Sesay stated that Sierra Leoneans should come together as a way of giving support to the Bio’s administration to fight corrupt practices.
“If we come together, we will surmount this fight which will help in restoring our past glories. Every Sierra Leonean has a role to play in the fight against corruption,” he emphasized.
According to the National Coordinator, Governance Monitoring Network (GM-Net), Mohamed B. Kallon, the fight against corruption is a national concern as corruption is a force that hits the poor and the vulnerable the hardest; it has deprived the citizenry from getting quality services, access to proper justice, delay in growth, access to quality health care and hygiene services and resulting to high level of unemployment.
GM-Nets, CEWaD, partners and the people have observed that corruption breaks the trust between citizens and the state which is critical for development to be realized, he added.
“In view of the above, they are calling on the government to tackle corruption and bring to book people who are suspected of been involved in corruption, and that they are giving them (government) their fullest support for the commission of inquiry to restore trust,” he vowed.
They are seeking the support of all meaningful Sierra Leoneans to take part in what GM-Net and CEWaD refers to as “10,000 Man March” which has been slated for Saturday 12th of January 2019 at 9 in the morning.
This march will see people in the East End of Freetown converging at Up Gun and those from the West converging from Congo Cross and march to Cotton Tree at Siaka Stevens Street.
Diaspora Representative, Mohamed Borbor Bayoh expressed that the fight against corruption should not be viewed as one which is tribal, regional or witch hunting of past government officials but for every government official as and when the need arises.
He stressed that there is nothing wrong by instituting a commission of inquiring as it about holding public officials accountable; citing that past governments did institute commissions of inquiring.
“We should not celebrate our public officials for corrupt practices,” he pointed out.
Lecturer Peace and Conflict Department, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Teddy Foday Musa avowed that the fight against corruption is an acceptable global fight which is serving international best practice.
He explained that in the past two years dating from January 2017 to December 2018 various countries have taken bold steps in putting their former heads of state in trial for corrupt practices to the point of sending them to jail when found wanting.
He added that due to actions of this nature today there were underdeveloped countries that are now empowering themselves to become strongest economies in the world.
He made a clarion call to members of the public to stop referring to the fight against corruption as a fight against officials of the All People Congress (APC) party but to see it as fight against corrupt individuals of state.