The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has cleared the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) on allegations of corrupt practices after their investigations into alleged misappropriation of public funds meant to cushion the effect of the Three (3) Days lockdown on Persons with Disability in May this year.
The ACC launched an investigation into the issue after a news publication by the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Television showed supposed beneficiaries expressing dissatisfaction that NaCSA staff paid people who were not beneficiaries.
The ACC maintained that the allegations were carefully and promptly looked into noting that their findings revealed that the list used by NaCSA staff to effect payment came from various partners working with NaCSA and that the Commission did not generate the list.
That payment of beneficiaries commenced on Saturday 2nd May 2020 at the Makeni City Council and that Two Hundred and Seventy-Six (276) people were paid on that day. On Monday 4th May 2020, payment recommenced and payment teams were divided into two (2) groups to expedite the payments to beneficiaries
“Team One was headed by Brian Smart-Kanu and they paid beneficiaries at the Makeni City Council and Teko Veterinary. The other team was headed by Sheik Ahmed Bobor-Kamara; and Johnette Kanu, the ACC District Monitor, was part of this team. This team paid beneficiaries at National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPD) office at Frontier Road and 10 Arabic College Road,” ACC stated.
That payments went well in all Three (3) payment points except, for 10 Arabic College Road, where there were alleged incidents of corruption as captured by the AYV video footage.
That their investigations revealed that one Mary Kamara, also a beneficiary, residing at the 10 Arabic College Road admitted that she machinated and participated in the scheme of calling neighbours and passers-by to stand in as proxies for four registered beneficiaries who were absent on the day of the payment.
That Mary Kamara made a fraudulent agreement with the four persons that when they answer to the names of beneficiaries that were absent, the sum of Forty Thousand Leones (Le40,000) would be given to each of them (the proxies) as token reward for their stand-in for the absent registered beneficiaries and that the remaining amount would be retained by her in trust for the legitimate beneficiaries.
That the NaCSA paying team was not aware of these illicit arrangements and the investigations has not led to any evidence to show that the NaCSA team solicited or received any money from Mary Kamara or any of her fraudulent proxies.
That the Commission has no clear evidence of misappropriation of funds by officials of NaCSA or their partners.