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29 charged with defrauding Gates fund

2013-03-10 21:23

Freetown - The head of Sierra Leone's anti-corruption commission says that 29 government health officials will appear in court on corruption charges for having allegedly defrauded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's vaccine programme.

Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara said the government's chief medical officer, Dr Kisito Sheku Daoh, six other medical doctors and 22 health officials are charged with defrauding the Gates Foundation's Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation Fund of $523 000.

He said all those charged are out on bail and scheduled to appear in court on 18 March.

The Gates Foundation's immunisation fund has suspended payments of $6m to Sierra Leone over the allegations of misuse of funds.

The immunisation fund has disbursed more than $27m to Sierra Leone since 2001.

The GAVI is a public/private partnership that receives money from several sources including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, Uniceff and The World Bank.

Comments
  • Fdee Psy Dalana - 2013-03-10 23:38

    ungrateful morons, this is why poverty and desease will reign Africa until the end of time.

      Munier Parker - 2013-03-11 06:29

      Yes of course, because greed and crime only occurs in Africa. Stupid black people can't fend for themselves right? Errrrr, hate to point it out to you, but you didn't build the houses, power stations, space ports or roads - and you didn't figure out how to do it either. You were born and found them to exist, by contributors of the past. By good people and also by white empires who built their wealth (which allowed them to foster children of culture and repute due to a good lifestyle) on slavery, theft and looting. You my friend ... have the luck of the draw, as I do. So please, don't cast a stone at Africa. Europe was once upon the time a slum compared to the powers that existed around them... for millenia. Africa currently has about 1 billion people. And that makes it 1 thing ... a sleeping giant.

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