Sierra Leone’s anti-corruption commission has charge FA boss Isha Johansen and her Secretary General Chris Kamara have both been charged with abuse of office and misuse of public funds.
The charges leveled only hours after she announced her intention to seek reelection.
“I can confirm that the SLFA President and Kamara have been indicted on six counts relating to abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds. Their first appearance in court will be on 30 October.” – Ade Macauley, ACC Chairman said at a news conference on Thursday.
Johansen took charge of the SLFA in 2013 and her reign has been blighted by controversy, infighting and the impact of the Ebola virus.
“This announcement by the ACC was inevitable and predictable – I am deeply saddened.” Johansen, told BBC Sport.
Elections into the association were initially supposed to hold in early August but formalities were delayed by FIFA until integrity checks on current and potential SLFA executive members are carried out.
Isha Johansen’s interview in February 2016 – Excerpts,
“Trying to instill good governance back in Sierra Leone remains the biggest challenge in assuming the role as SLFA President.”
“In truth, before assuming the role, I wish i properly knew the extent of the problem, the players (the people who call themselves stakeholders), those who are responsible for the running of football in the country. I wish I knew them better. I came in with no baggage, no alliances, a bit naive, etc. I do wish i paid more attention to how football was run, but then again, it’s probably better that I wasn’t attached or I wouldn’t have gone in.”
Currently, she serves as Africa’s only female federation president, a feat achieved in 2013 which culminated on the 3rd of August, 2017.