Health Officials in Sierra Leone Indicted by ACC

Posted: May 13, 2013 in Sierra Leone

In a hallmark example of how corruption is still a pervasive influence in the Leonan government, 29 top health officials have been indicted by the ACC (Anti-Corruption Commission). They have been charged with “misappropriating over a half-million dollars in grant money”.

acclogo_001The organization that the money was donated through, GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines & Immunisation), performed an audit of the funds donated to Sierra Leone in 2012. The audit showed that there irregularities regarding spending from 2008 to 2012. (New York Times)

Much of the money that was stolen was donated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As a result of these findings, GAVI has halted more than 4 million dollars in appropriations. (New York Times)

As of today, there has been no date set for a trial.

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