Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara has confirmed in an exclusive interview with Sierraloaded on Monday 7th December 2015 that his Commission is aware of media reports allegedly involving the Minister of Information and Communication Alpha Kanu in travelling and other expenses scandal.
Commissioner Kamara said: “We have received report concerning that from the press and it will not go unnoticed to the Commission.”
He further disclosed that: “We have had a number of discussions around the subject matter and preliminary enquiries are being made. We don’t rush into judgment the moment we hear a compliant, we do preliminary background intelligence work and based on the findings of the intelligence work it will trigger further action on our part.”
“We can’t say that we are oblivious of that complaint.
We are aware of the complaint, for now we are doing a combing-up exercises checking the background, looking for preliminary facts to support the allegation,” Mr. Kamara said.
Commending the role of the media in the fight against corruption, Joseph Kamara noted that that he now sees a greater corporation between the media and the ACC and disclosed that they intend to explore this support greater further.
“There is more reporting now on the part of the press, they understand the issues well, they are more supportive and you can see the landscape changing which we appreciate.
There is more to discuss and the conversation has widened because the press is accepting the fight.
I think I must commend the press for reaching a level that has never been reached before,” the ACC boss emphasized.
Apparently, Parliament has said that the press reports embroiling the Minister are premature and erroneous and have today summoned the Editor of one of the newspapers that ran the story to go and defend his story.
The journalist on the other hand has described his summoning as an ‘intimidation’ and vows to stand by his story.
Theo Nicol Deputy Information Minister has dismissed the press reports as untrue.