By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
A Senior lecturer in the department of Peace and Conflict Studies Department at Fourah Bay College, (FBC) at the University of Sierra Leone, Foday Teddy Musa, has said, that supporting the Commission of Inquiry (COI) would enhance public governance accountability and bring to an end the culture of impunity thus enhancing the act of probity on people who serve in public offices.
Foday Teddy Musa made the above statement last Thursday 3rd January whilst delivering statement as key note speaker in a press conference organised by two civil society groups, Governance Monitoring Network, (GM- Net) and Citizens Education Watch and Development (CEWAD) at the SLAJ Headquarters, on Campbell street on the need for the Commissions of Inquiry in the country.
‘’By supporting the upcoming commission of inquiry, we will win the trust of the international community as a nation, a guarantee of our foreign policy relations with other countries and our international donor partners,’ ’he said.
He further added that fighting corruption was not just good governance, but self-defence and patriotism thus stating that by supporting the COI, they are sending a message to President Bio and his team that enough is enough and that in the event they fall victims as well, the same commission will be used against them.
The FBC Peace Expert mentioned that fighting corruption is an acceptable global trend serving as an international best practice for governments all over the world adding that in the past two years (January 2017-December 2018) various countries have put on trial or jailed powerful former heads of government for their role in corruption.
‘’Ex- President Lula of Brazil, Ex-president Park, Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, among others were impeached and sentenced,’’ Lecturer Musa said , adding that in Africa ,on the list of corruption are former President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, former President Yayah Jammeh of the Gambia an former President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe .
The Peace expert added that, in Sierra Leone, the citizenry is happy that the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) has engaged in similar trajectory to fight against corruption in the country whilst mentioning that under the leadership of Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala, the country passed the control corruption indicator in the millennium challenge corporation (MCC) score card, scoring 71%, 22 points upwards, moving from 49% last year.
The Peace Scientist, however ended by calling on all Sierra Leonean to come out in their numbers on Saturday 12th January and join the ten thousand –man march to show to the International Community as overwhelmingly the people of the country wanted an inquiry.
National Coordinator, GM-NeT ,whilst reading the press release said ,the two civil societies were calling on all peace loving Sierra Leoneans, civil society organisations and Human Rights Groups to come out in their numbers in white T-shirts and do a peaceful March to Freetown Cotton Tree in support of the setting up of the COI, whilst at the same time , calling on government to intensify the fight against corruption.
‘’This march will take place on Saturday, the 12th January ,2019 at 9am .The team from the East will converge at Up Gun and process through Kissy Road