Sierra Leone Telegraph: 9 July 2016
Members of the Board of Directors and the entire Management team of the African Achievers Awards, have selected the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Sierra Leone – Mr. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara (JFK) as recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Leadership Award.
The Award has over thirty categories, including Most Valuable African President, Lifetime Achievement Award, African Hero’s Award, African Change-maker, African Impact Award and African Industrialist of the year, to name but a few.
In their letter to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the conveners of the African Achievers Award explained that, the selection was “in recognition of your commitment to public service and fighting for the nation – especially injustice and corruption.
“We are convinced that the service to your country is immeasurable, and that makes you a deserving recipient of the African Achievers Awards.”
This selection will add to JFK’s long list of achievements in the field of public service and anti-corruption in the continent.
The former Deputy Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, now Attorney General and Minister of Justice is also a member of the African Union Board on Anti-Corruption.
JFK is also the proud recipient of the World Bank Integrity Award 2010, joint winner of the International Association of Prosecutors Award in recognition for promoting International Criminal Justice, and Avon International Award in recognition of support for Women’s Rights.
The African Achievers Award is highly rated in the continent as one of the most prestigious award ceremonies that exemplifies the trajectory of progress, and quality in the whole of the African continent.
It is said to attract over 230 million viewership on local and international Television (such as DSTV & SKY Dish), with over 95 million views online.
The ceremony brings together Africa’s best and brightest deserving achievers, who have distinguished themselves in various fields.
Previous recipients include President Jakaya Kikwete, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara will be Sierra Leone’s first and finest example, among a long list of potential winners in the continent this year.
Many observers believe that this award will provide added momentum and motivation to the learned Attorney General and Minister of Justice, in his determination to improve the quality of, and access to justice in Sierra Leone, especially in strengthening judicial performance, expedition of trials, freedom of expression, women and children’s right in the country.
After just thirty days in office as Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Joseph Kamara was able to accelerate the pace of access to justice in Sierra Leone, despite the odds.
According to figures released by the attorney general’s office, between 4th of January and 4th February 2016, 95 indictments were filed and 53 refiled. Of the 53 indictments refiled, 15% were for offences of a very serious nature, and 27% were in regard to sexual and gender based violence related cases.
And. on the 11th of January 2016, Joseph Kamara – the man many in Sierra Leone say is the hottest favourite to succeed president Koroma as the ruling APC party’s presidential flagbearer for the 2018 elections, made history, by becoming the first attorney general and minister of justice to publicly hand in his asset declaration form to the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Joseph Kamara later told the Sierra Leone Telegraph that, he has always complied with the requirements of Section 119 of the ACC Act of 2008 – the duty imposed on all public servants to declare their assets, even as the head of the ACC.