By Abdulrahman Koroma
Reports coming from the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has indicated that the matter before the commission relating to the misuse of funds in the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) is now with ACC lawyers awaiting legal advice.
The ACC Boss, Ady Maculey in an exclusive interview with SALONE TIMES stated that the investigation on the matter is delayed because the Commission has to peruse every documents that they collected from the SLFA headquarters in Freetown, as there are plethora of them.
He added that Isha’s (SLFA President) frequent travelling out of the country for international trips has also been a major cause for the matter to be delayed and that the ACC has always been given her the right to carry on with her normal duties as SLFA boss.
He furthered that the lawyers of Isha Johansen have always been applying for her passport whenever she wants to travel out of the country because the ACC act gives them the right to do so based on the provisions of section 63 & 64 of the ACC act of 2000.
The ACC boss denied of receiving any moneys to delay or sweep under the carpet the said matter as alleged by some people, affirming that he cannot drain the outstanding credibility he has earned over the years for anything.
Ady Maculey also confirmed that the Anti-Corruption Commission has never written a letter to the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) accepting or denying that SLFA President has a case or not to answer.
He called on the public to exclude the ACC from whatever saga that is going on in the SLFA and that their work in the commission is to investigate and prosecute corrupt matters which is different from whatever fight that is going on in the SLFA.
He called on the public to be patient with the commission adding that matters of such nature (like the Freetown City Mayor matter) might take 8 to 9 months’ period to be investigated.
Last year, Sierra Leone’s Anti Corruption Commission invited the country’s football governing body to provide answers relating to some alleged irregularities occurring within the SLFA.
Meanwhile, some members of the public have raised questions on what has been the delay of the said matter and at the same time accusing the commission of being compromised.
On the hand, the ACC Boss has denied the said allegations, referring to them as a way of diverting the commission’s attention from the said matter.