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Sierra Leone News: Former Deputy Works Minister/ACC corruption trial continues

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigator, Umar Sesay, continued his testimony on the alleged corruption against Kadija O. Sesay, former Works Minister under the APC government, on Thursday 7th March 2019. The ACC witness said the allegedly misappropriated government vehicle was caught with an unauthorized driver. During cross-examination by defence lawyer, I. Kanu, Sesay said the unauthorized driver was unreachable during the investigations as the accused stated that she does not know his residence and the phone number she provided was unreachable. Kadija O. Sesay is before the Court facing a charge of Misappropriation of Public Property contrary to the Anti-Corruption Commission Act of 2008. According to the ACC between 7th March 2018 and 19th April 2018, it was alleged that the former Deputy Minister of Works, Kadija O. Sesay, misappropriated a government-owned, Toyota Land Cruiser worth a little over $75,000 USD. Sesay was released on self-bail at the ACC before she was charged to Court. The matter was initially a criminal matter before the Siaka Stevens Street Magistrate Court in Freetown on behalf of the Inspector General of Police. That case has now been dropped and the ACC has taken over. At Magisterial level, Detective Police Constable, Andrew Konneh, tendered documents relating to the alleged vehicle theft involving the Deputy Minister. During his testimony, the DPC who was attached to the Government Vehicle Recovery Unit, said they received a tip that the Deputy Minister had stolen the government vehicle. He said after obtaining a statement from the witness, they invited the accused to the CID. She was cautioned and questioned. He said the investigation team was able to access certain documents, which included Road Safety Vehicle Owner Registration Card, a copy of the Ministry of Transport and Aviation document in respect of the vehicle, and a copy of the Government of Sierra Leone Toyota Land Cruiser Serial Number. The Deputy Minister is currently on self- bail. The matter was adjourned to Wednesday 13 March 2019.

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By Sylvia Villa

Monday March 11, 2019.