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Former Sierra Leone president ordered to appear before anti-graft commission

Former Sierra Leone president, Ernest Bai Koroma must appear before an anti-graft commission Monday to answer questions about alleged corruption during his tenure.

Koroma and more than 100 other officials, including Koroma’s former vice president, Victor Bockarie Foh, are also barred from leaving the country unless they have clearance from the government.

The investigation into Koroma is in connection to mining, construction and procurement contracts and whether officials illicitly enriched themselves during Koroma’s 2007-2018 tenure.

A government commission report revealed the misappropriation of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Among recommendations are that all those found culpable should repay monies they misappropriated and/or forfeit properties illegally acquired during the period.

The former president already has five of his houses earmarked for forfeiture to the State.

All other officials listed have 90 days to refund the government or face further action.

Reuters reported Wednesday that Koroma had not spoken in public about the controversy, but the All People’s Congress party, which Koroma still leads, is planning to appeal the action against him.

The All People’s Congress rejected the findings, saying they are “politically motivated, legally flawed and procedurally defective”.

Story compiled with assistance from wire reports

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