The Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Francis Ben Kaifala, has underscored the achievements of his commission in the ongoing battle against corruption in the country over the past six years. He emphasized the commission’s dedicated efforts in reaching new milestones and ensuring continued success in combating corruption. Kaifala revealed that their endeavors undergo scrutiny not only internally but also by external entities.
“We are under assessment by various bodies, both international and local. Among these assessments, we prioritize a select few based on their significance,” he clarified. Francis Ben Kaifala mentioned that a team commissioned by the British Consortium of Public Management and Finance evaluated the country’s anti-corruption efforts. While acknowledging bribery as a persistent challenge, their findings also highlighted significant progress in combating corruption. “The validation from external entities like the MCC has significantly bolstered public trust in our anti-corruption initiatives. Corruption levels have notably decreased, and we’ve consistently received commendable ratings for six consecutive years,” he affirmed.
Regarding Transparency International’s evaluation, Francis Ben Kaifala noted that Sierra Leone has progressed from the 131st position to the 110th position over the past six years. This upward trend reflects President Bio’s proactive stance and the ACC’s initiatives in addressing corruption.