Hon. Umar Paran Tarawally has been suspended from his position as Clerk of Parliament of Sierra Leone during an investigation into corrupt actions and conflict of interest by the Anti-Corruption Commission. The investigation was initiated after the discovery of the employment of his wife in the House of Parliament during the redundancy process of over a hundred staff of the House, directed by the Parliamentary Service Commission.
The Anti-Corruption Commissioner hinted at this action during their conference at “integrity House” on Wednesday. This is a standard procedure during the investigation of public officials suspected of corrupt activities, to protect the integrity of the investigation and prevent undue influence in the twin investigation of the Public Service Commission and the Anti-Corruption Commission.
As of the time of publication, the Clerk’s Deputy, Mohamed Lebbie, will be assuming the role of acting Clerk of Parliament