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ACC Concludes Investigation into Alleged Corruption by Clerk of Parliament & Wife

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has announced the conclusion of investigation concerning the alleged corruption involving the Clerk of Parliament, Honorable Umar Paran Tarawally, and his spouse, Mrs. Abibatu Paran Tarawally.

According to their press statement, it has been established that Mrs. Tarawally received substantial monetary benefits amounting to One Hundred and Fifty-Six Thousand, Four Hundred and Twenty-Two Leones (Le 156,422) from September 2021 to March 2023, purportedly as compensation for her role as Human Resource (HR) Officer. However, it was ascertained that her work performance during this period was minimal, warranting the recovery of the full amount in question. Consequently, the aforementioned sum has been duly remitted to the ACC Recovery Account.

While Honorable Umar Paran Tarawally has denied any involvement in his spouse's employment, the inquiry has revealed his failure to adequately fulfill his supervisory responsibilities as Clerk of Parliament. Albeit the evidence gathered did not meet the threshold required for prosecution, Honorable Umar Paran Tarawally has been referred to the President for appropriate administrative action in accordance with established regulations.

Having made restitution of the entire sum received and consenting to a settlement under the Anti-Corruption Act 2008, Mrs. Abibatu Parana Tarawally is additionally liable to pay interest amounting to Fifteen Thousand Six Hundred and Forty-Two Leones (Le 15,642). Furthermore, she will be barred from holding public office for a minimum duration of five years, as stipulated by relevant legislation.

In an effort to prevent similar administrative irregularities in the future, the ACC's Corruption Prevention Department will collaborate closely with the Office of the Clerk of Parliament and the Parliamentary Service Commission's Human Resources Department to implement robust systems and processes. This collaborative endeavor aims to strengthen accountability and transparency within the institution.


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