Anti-Corruption orders Johansen to step aside

The Sierra Leone Football Association president, Isha Johansen, and her secretary-general Chris Kamara have both been ordered by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to step aside following their charges of abuse of office and public funds.

The ACC announced on the 21 September that Isha Johansen and Chris Kamara will be appearing in court on the 30 October on six counts Charges.

Ministry of Sports and National Sports Council (NSC), under orders from the ACC, in a meeting on Tuesday that was attended by the SLFA’s vice president, Brima Mazola Kamara and Western Area Chairman Foday Turay at the Ministry Conference room in Freetown, has advised the SLFA asking them to replace Isha Johansen and Chris Kamara.

According to a letter dated 25th September 2017, signed by ACC boss Ady Macauley, seen by Football Sierra Leone, following the ACC’s announcement, both now stand indicted before the High Court of Sierra Leone, they must step aside until acquitted or the proceedings against them discontinued.

The Anti-Corruption Act, No 12 of 2008 makes comprehensive provision for the process that must be adopted once a public figure has been indicted or charge.

According to the Anti-Corruption statutes any public officer charged with a corruption offence must be suspended from the date of the charge until he is either acquitted or the proceedings against him are discontinued.

Johansen’s first four-year term expired on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

The scuffle is ongoing and it is uncertain what the next FIFA roadmap will be, but a FIFA/Caf task force is expected in Freetown on Wednesday headed by Liberian FA President Musa Bility.

In July, Fifa suspended the scheduled SLFA annual congress that should have to pave the way for elections, FIFA cited unresolved issues relating to the dispute between the current SLFA executive and Johansen’s opponents.

Meanwhile, the SLFA banned 19 officials from football activities for life has been officially communicated to the World football body by the Secretary-General Chris Kamara.

Kamara’s correspondent was sent to Fifa’s Veron Mosengo-Omba Director, Member Association.

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