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Ex-Vice President of Sierra Leone arrested for corruption

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Sierra Leone’s former Vice President Victor Foh has been arrested on charges of corruption.

Former Mines Minister Minkailu Mansaray was also arrested on similar charges of corruption.

Both former government officials were arrested on Thursday, according to the country’s anti-corruption commission.

Corruption allegations

President Julius Maada Bio’s government set up a commission to investigate the previous government over corrupt acts.

The commission claimed there was massive act of corruption under the previous government.

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There were also reports of theft of state property and the award of contracts to relatives of government officials.

Saving the economy 

Julius Maada Bio who became President this year earlier announced the sacking of all political appointees at the country’s foreign missions.

Those sacked included ambassadors and information attachés. Bio went further to ask all public sector workers who have attained the age of 60 to retire.

Other measures taken by Bio’s government to control public spending include ensuring that “All new contracts by MDAs and public corporations should be cleared by the Ministry of Finance to ensure they do not constitute a financial risk to the national budget.”

Sierra Leone witnessed a brutal, diamond-fuelled civil war in the 1990s and the new president faces a huge task of trying to fix the West African country’s economy, still recovering from the war and recent Ebola epidemic.




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