By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
Sierra Leone’s Anti-graft body , the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has today indicted Abdul Razak Kabba, Senior Information Technology officer, at the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone on sixteen (16) counts of corruption offences bordering on Conflict of Interest, contrary to Section 45(1), Participating in Proceedings of a Public Body, contrary to Section 45(2), and Abuse of Office, contrary to Section 42(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.12 of 2008, as Amended by the Anti-Corruption (Amendment)Act, No.9 of 2019, respectively.
The indictee is expected to appear in the High Court Holden at Freetown on Thursday 23rd April 2020.
“Between May, 2017 and November, 2018, Abdul Razak Kabba in his capacity as Senior Information Technology Officer at the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone, failed to disclose in writing a direct and personal interest in JPS Electronics of No.2 Upper Brook Street, Freetown, a business Enterprise wholly-owned by him, and contracted the said business entity for several procurement related activities, including, the procurement of electronic items, the networking of the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone Head Office in Freetown,’’the release stated, adding that the procurement of two (2) Designing Software for the Registration and Information Departments, the Repairs of existing Electronics equipment in Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone Bo Office; and the replacement of faulty Router attached to the Office of the Registrar of Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone in Freetown.
According to the ACC, the indictee being the Senior Information Technology Officer at the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone, notwithstanding his personal interest in a procurement contract, unlawfully took part in a decision to be executed by the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone and the West African Health Organization (WAHO), thereby improperly conferring onto himself an advantage, by participating in proceedings in which JPS Electronics was awarded contracts for the supply of equipment, without the indictee disclosing his personal interest. The Commission, however, reassure the public of its determination to curb graft at all levels in Sierra Leone especially, in procurement, which accounts for over sixty (60) percent of Government expenditure.