Reference in Manifesto
In the New Direction, the SLPP government will treat corruption not only as a governance issue but as a national security threat. It will therefore leave no stone unturned in its fight against corruption. In particular, the New Direction will:
- Review within the first 100 days the ACC Act to include the publication of all assets declaration forms of all public officials before they take office and upon leaving office.
- Commit the political leadership to lead in the fight against corruption
- Review the relevant provisions of the Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991 (including Section 119 in particular) and the ACC Act to strengthen the ACC’s investigative and prosecutorial mandate with respect to audit reports tabled by the ASSL before
- Parliament to give it powers to proceed without the need to wait for Parliamentary investigations
- Develop value systems and implement a robust merit and reward system in public and private life.
- Categorize corruption and measure it in terms of its economic costs to the nation such as low, medium, high and very serious, in a manner that attracts harsher and stiffer penalties for more serious infractions.
- Ensure the full implementation of all recommendations in annual audits of the ASSL and of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
- Commit to adhering to and implementing the Access to Information Act to deepen the fight against corruption.
- Adopt a new framework to ensure accountability and transparency in the public sector in the form of National Public Sector Transparency and Accountability Initiative (NAPSTAI) to subject the public sector to more scrutiny by civil society and development partners.
- Provide support to CSOs to enhance their capacity to prepare appropriate shadow reports on issues of transparency and corruption.
- Enhance inter-agency cooperation at the local and national government levels to prevent, detect and punish corrupt practices.
- Set up a system for planning, monitoring and reporting on Development Results referred to as Results-Based Management (RBM) wherein development targets will be set at the start of each year and senior managers will be accountable for delivering on these results.
- Improve social accountability in which public officials and non-state actors will give account of their stewardship.
- Strengthen Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS), District Budget Oversight (DBO) by citizens.
- Popularize and enforce a comprehensive code of conduct for public officials to regulate their conduct whilst in public office.
- Establish a special anti-corruption division in the High Court to promote judicial specialization and expeditious trial of corruption cases.