Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has taken a different view point on the Transparency International Report, saying it provided an opportunity to review how the country fights graft.
In a statement on Thursday, the ACC said while the report said there was still an increase in bribery when compared to 2013 ranking Sierra Leone is found to have recorded a decrease in bribery incidences.
Transparency International (TI) on Tuesday released its Global Corruption Barometer Report, titled, People and Corruption: African Survey 2015,which surveyed 43,143 respondents in 28 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.
It showed that a majority of Africans believe corruption has risen in the past 12 months in the continent, and that most African Governments are seen as failing in their duty to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals.
On Sierra Leone, the report found that 41 percent of respondents admitted to have paid a bribe within the past year in Sierra Leone.
However, the obverse seems to suggest that 59 percent of respondents did not admit to have paid a bribe for the same period,ACC said.
The previous Global Corruption Barometer Report of 2013 reported that 84 percent of respondents admitted to have paid a bribe, while in the latest Report of 2015, 41 percent accepted to have paid a bribe.
Therefore, the 2015 report evidenced a 53 percent reduction in the rate of bribery in Sierra Leone for the period under review when compared to the previous 2013 TI Barometer Report, it added.
Although the report points to the fact that government is not doing very well in fighting corruption, the spirit of this report vindicates the call the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has continuously being making that corruption in Africa, and Sierra Leone in particular, is a serious cause for concern, the Commission went on.
Invariably, this report gives Sierra Leoneans the opportunity to reset the country’s resolve to achieving zero tolerance for corruption, and accordingly, the Anti-Corruption Commission, solicits
public support, it added.
This contrast sharply to the reaction earlier from deputy Information Minister Theo Nicol who dismissed the report as mere opinion.