Freetown: Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission has indicted six officials on corruption charges, including an opposition front-runner for the 2023 presidential election.
Samura Kamara was the presidential candidate for the now-opposition All People’s Congress (APC) party in the 2018 election, and is their candidate for the 2023 elections.
Others include former and current financial attachés to the Head of Chancery and the country’s mission to the United Nations in New York.
Six have been charged with various counts of corruption, including a $4.2 million refurbishment for Sierra Leone’s Chancery building in Manhattan.
According to a statement released by the commission late Thursday, Kamara has been charged with two counts, including misappropriation of public funds amounting to $2,560,000 to fund the reconstruction of the Chancery Building.
He was the foreign minister at the time of the alleged wrongdoing.
Kamra said his legal team is studying the indictment. His campaign team denied any wrongdoing in a brief statement, saying that for his “forty years of public service, his immaculate character has never been questioned both nationally and internationally”.
Hundreds of Kamra’s supporters were with him when he was brought for questioning earlier this month at the Anti-Corruption Commission’s headquarters in Freetown, saying the allegations were politically motivated. Supporters clashed with the police who fired tear gas to disperse them.
The statement of the commission said that the six are to appear in the court on December 10.
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