Sierra Leone: Parliament opens hearing on Ebola fund audit report

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The Public Account Committee (PAC) of Sierra Leone's Parliament has commenced hearing on the Ebola Audit report which alleges the misappropriation of billions of Leones in the management of Ebola fund.

The Audit Report has generated much public interest since it was made public over a week ago, but could not be debated by the whole House as generally expected.

PAC Chairman and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Chernor Bah said despite public interest, the rules of natural justice must be adhered to by giving audience to those who were mentioned in the report.

Against the background that one MP was named by the Audit report for having received almost two hundred million Leones (US$45,000) within two days from the Ebola fund for which he did not properly account, Bah said MPs have no immunity from prosecution.

In her statement before the Committee, the Auditor-General, Mrs. Laura Taylor Pearce, said the burden of proof now lies with the institutions and individuals mentioned in the audit report and not the auditors.

Sierra Leone is one of the three countries worst hit by the Ebola Virus Disease that has claimed over 9,500 lives in the country as well as
in Guinea and Liberia.
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27 february 2015 08:40:31

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