Just after the World’s football governing body, FIFA came out backing the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) of no wrong doing in the alleged 'misuse of the funds', Commissioner of Sierra Leone's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC); Ady Macaulay Esq. insisted that they remain committed to the fight against corruption in the country.
"FIFA has no reason to suspect there has been misuse of funds that FIFA has provided to the SLFA. In addition, over the course of the last three years, FIFA has noticed several activities of third parties that could be considered as interference (in) the running of the SLFA. These have caused continuous instability to the legitimate and recognized leadership of the federation," the BBC quoted the FIFA letter that was also copied to the African football body, CAF.
However, in an exclusive interview with African Sports Monthly, the ACC boss admitted that they are yet to get any correspondence from FIFA but reaffirmed their commitment to hold accountable any individual who are involved in management of public and donor funds.
“Laws of Sierra Leone are supreme and have precedence over all other laws, regulation or personal sentiment,” the ACC boss said.
Earlier, the Commission’s Public Relations Officer, Alhassan Kargbo, said they are not interested and will not interfere with the operation of football or the politics within the SLFA. “We are not interested in the politic of SLFA but doing what is under our jurisdiction and the laws of Sierra Leone which is supreme,” Kargbo said.
On September 7th, the SLFA president, Isha Johansen together with her vice-president Brima Mazola Kamara and General Secretary Christopher Kamara were all detained and questioned by the ACC over corruption.
Johansen was released on bail the following day with no charges so was her Vice President and General Secretary who spent two and seven night’s respectively.
The trio’s arrest came after the ACC said the SLFA President had failed to attend several hearing set up by them. The Commission is investigating the use of funds the SLFA received from FIFA, CAF and the Sierra Leonean local government.