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Probe: Sierra Leone parliament orders detention of Ebola coordinator


FREETOWN – The Public Account Committee (PAC) of Sierra Leone Parliament on Monday ordered the detention of the Coordinator of the National Ebola Response Committee, Mr Stephen Ngaojia, for contempt.
Ngaojia is being probed by parliament over the management of Ebola funds which an audit report claimed have been misappropriated.
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At the hearing Ngoajia questioned the credibility of the auditors, whom he referred to as “so-called auditors.”
He said it made little sense for the auditors to launch an audit at the middle of a national crisis as grave as Ebola.
When asked by the PAC Chairman and Deputy Speaker of parliament, Chernor Bah to withdraw his statement, he refused, an action the MPs said constituted Contempt of Parliament.
Ngaojia was named in the audit report as one of those who violated procurement procedures in the management of the Ebola fund.
Sierra Leone, one of the three West African countries worst hit by the Ebola crisis that has claimed over 9,600 lives, recently has been recording new cases of the viral disease. (PANA/NAN)


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