By Aaron Parker
Afro-barometer, Transparency international and the Institute of Governance Reform (IGR), in collaboration with the Anti-Corruption Commission Sierra Leone (ACC SL), launched the Global Corruption Barometer and also celebrated African Anti Corruption day on Wednesday 11 July 2019.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Mrs. Lovina Banduwa from the African Anti-Corruption Commission said that Sierra Leone is joining other African countries to celebrate the 2nd African Anti Corruption Day and pointed out that 11th July was declared as African Anti Corruption Day by the head of the Executive Council of the African ACC in Ethiopia, Mr. Musa Faku Mohamed, to give prominence to the fight against corruption in Africa.
Speaking on the Global Corruption Barometer Mr. Andrew Lavalie, Executive Director of IGR said that this report shows where Sierra Leone stands among other African Countries.
On the findings of the report, he said that the report represents the views of over 46,000 citizens from across the continent, adding that the final analyses puts Sierra Leone at 43% , which means the country is above average on the percentage of people who think corruption has increased in the last 12 months but that the figures are still worrying .
On the people who think government is doing badly in the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone, Mr. Lavalie said the country is way down the list, with 26%, putting Sierra Leone is in the league of Ghana , Lesotho and Tanzania. He said this does not only show that government is doing well in the fight against corruption but also shows that government is acting on what citizen are saying.
The reports also shows that 43% of people think corruption has increased in the previous 12 months, 52% think public service users paid bribe in the previous 12 months, 26% think government is doing a bad job and 39% think ordinary citizens can make a difference in the fight against corruption.
Contrasting between 2015 and 2019 reports on what citizens think, overall bribe rate was 41% in 2015 compared to 52% in 2019, corruptions within the presidency and ministers was 48% in 2015 compared to 24% in 2019, corruption with parliamentarians was 50% in 2015 compared to 25% in 2019. On the question ”has corruption levels increased?” it was 70% in 2015 compared to 43% in 2019, and on ‘has corruption decreased?’ it was 5% in 2015 compared to 33% in 2019.
Responding to the report, Mr. Patrick Sandy, Director of Public Education and External Outreach ACC SL, thanked AFRO Barometer, Transparency international and IGR and said the report is good and impressive compared to 2015, but cautioned that they need to do more in the fight against corruption. He went on to applaud the President for supporting the fight against corruption and also thanked the media and CSO’s for asking the hard questions
Mr. Sandi pledged that they will continue through their outreach campaign to educate people on corruption.
Representing the Sierra Leone Police, an institution that has been rated very low in the fight against corruption, Superintendent Brima Kamara, Head of Media, said they are impressed with the report and they will continue to work very hard to transform the SLP from a force for good to a force of doing better.