VP JULDEH Declares Asset

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Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh has declared his assets
and past earnings to the Anti Corruption Commission on Monday.

The former UN official and Campaign for Good Governance human rights activist told this media house that “we fought for this while at the CGG and now it is refreshing to live it as a public servant”.

The declaration that comes in the wake of the president’s declaration
has no doubt send a strong signal to public servants in the country
that assets declaration is a vital requirement and that this new
administration takes it very seriously.

On Thursday June 28th 2018, President Bio declared his assets before the Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Francis Ben-Kaifala, in line with Section 119 (1) of the ACC Act of 2008.

The section stipulates that: “Every public officer shall, within three
months of becoming a public officer, deposit with the Commission a sworn declaration of his income, assets and liabilities and therefore not later than 31st March in each succeeding year that he deposits further declarations of his income, assets and liabilities and also while leaving office”.

Shortly after the ceremony at State House, President Bio said that: “Every public officer like me is compelled by law to declare their assets but beside that I want to lead by example and ensure that it is done within the stipulated time. As President, I think it is good to lead by example. I hope others will follow”.

The Commissioner of ACC said it was good that President Bio took the move in setting the stage for the fight against corruption and thanked him for leading by example. He said the occasion was going to set the stage for accountability and public integrity. He called on other public officials to follow the move of President Bio in declaring their assets.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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