Former Sierra Leone Tourism Minister Faces Ebola Corruption Charges

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)
of Sierra Leone has disclosed that it has opened an investigation against a former Tourism Minister, Peter Bayuku Conteh.

Conteh resigned from office a few days ago for health reasons, according to officials in the president’s office who read the notice of his resignation to the president.

But the ACC’s Deputy Commissioner says it is investigating the former minister for allegations of corruption and impropriety relating to donations he allegedly received for Ebola victims while in office.

The Commission said it is witholding Conteh’s travelling documents until the conclusion of investigations.

Peter Bayuku Conteh had told journalists that he resigned from government because of health reasons.

Pro-ruling party newspapers alleged that he used his official position as minister to solicit donations for Ebola victims, which he allegedly diverted to his own use.

Conteh denies the allegations and his supporters said political opponents within the ruling party are smearing his reputation in order to destroy his chances ahead of the next elections.

There are rumors that he was planing to run for the district chairmanship position of the Koinadugu council in 2016.

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