High Court Convicts Two Head Teachers

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The High Court of Sierra Leone, Holden at Makeni, on Wednesday 8th May, 2019, and presided over by HON JUSTICE UNISA KAMARA, convicted two Head Teachers on counts of corruption contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

They include: EDWARD MOMODU SALIFU MANSARAY of the Roman Catholic Primary School Kabala; and ANDREW SAIO MANSARAY of the Wesleyan Church Sierra Leone Primary School, Kabala, Koinadugu District.

Both were charged for Soliciting and Accepting Advantage, contrary to Section 28(2); and Abuse of Office, contrary to Section 42(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 12 of 2008 respectively, after they pleaded guilty.

Both are fined THIRTY MILLION LEONES (Le 30,000,000/00) on each count; or serve a three-year imprisonment to run concurrently.

The third accused person, MOHAMED SULAIMAN QURAISHI, Head Teacher of the KDEC Primary School, Bankolia, Kabala, pleaded not guilty on both counts. He has been granted bail in the sum of ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILLION LEONES (Le 150, 000,000/00). The matter has been adjourned to the 29th day of May, 2019.

A press release from the Anti-Corruption Commission states that: the ACC indicted all three Head Teachers for soliciting and accepting advantage, in the form of monetary payments, from parents and pupils, as a condition to receive the National Primary School Examination Results. The Commission was represented by Lawyer Timothy P. M. Sowa.

 

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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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