Medical Doctor Charged with Corruption Offences in Sierra Leone

Medical Doctor Charged with Corruption Offences in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday, 13th January 2020, charged Dr. Peter Belmoh Samai, a Medical Doctor working at the Bo Government Hospital, with three counts of corruption offences, after he allegedly stole electricity generators meant to provide power for the hospital.

According to the ACC, Dr Samai misappropriated public property, contrary to section 36(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act; unlawfully disposed of public property, contrary to section 48(1)(b) of the Anti-Corruption Act ; and abused his office, contrary to section 42(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act.

The ACC said that “between the 23rd February 2017 and 31st August 2019, Dr. Samai, being a Medical Doctor at the Government Hospital in Bo, conferred an advantage on himself by the unlawful disposal of one 25ES 20 KVA generator from the Bo Government hospital for use in his private premises, while the hospital continued to experience challenges with electricity supply”.

“Our investigations confirm that as medical doctor, he instructed the removal and transfer of the generator from one of the wards and the generator was never returned. The Commission later found a generator of the similar description in his home albeit newly sprayed from green to Yellow.

“He instructed one Muctaru Monrovia, an electrician at the said hospital, to disconnect the aforementioned generator and remove it from the said premise (the hospital). When search was carried out at the residence of Dr. Samai, two generators were found for which he failed to produce receipts.

“It has also been discovered that Dr. Samai, being a Public Officer, failed to declare his assets and liabilities for the period 2018 and 2019, as is provided for in section 119 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.

Dr. Samai is expected to make his first appearance at the High Court of Sierra Leone in Bo, tomorrow 16th January 2020.

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