Sierra Leone’s Anti-corruption commission in a statement on Tuesday said it has launched investigation of corruption allegations involving the First lady.
The anti – corruption agency has come under pressure by many in the country to lead inquiry into state funds received by the wife of the sierra Leonean president – Mrs. Fatima Bio.
However, there are concerns the investigation may not personally include the holders of the Office of the First Lady but its administrative organ.
Some of the allegations against Mrs. Bio, include claims that she received nearly Le30 billion Leones (almost US$3 million) of government funds in less than three years after her husband’s inauguration, Julius Maada Bio as president in May 2018.
According to a local news portal – Sierra leone telegraph, Mrs. Fatima Bio in a video broadcast on Monday January 18, 2021, admitted to having received state funds.
She though argued that the funds were allocated to her organization – Hands Off Our Girls, a program Mrs. said is intended to end child rape and gender-based violence in the country.