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Sierra Leone promises probe into Ebola spending


Sierra Leone promises probe into Ebola spending

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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — An internal audit in Sierra Leone has found that millions of dollars — nearly one-third of the money received to fight Ebola — was spent without receipts and invoices.

The government said Monday that it takes the matter seriously and that the president “will ensure proper accountability for the use of these funds.”

The audit report emerged in Sierra Leone’s parliament last week and said that some $5.75 million in funds either had no or insufficient documentation. That represents about a third of the total $19.32 million.

The government statement Monday warns that those found guilty of misusing Ebola funds “will face the full force of the law.”

More than 3 300 people have died from Ebola over the past year in Sierra Leone.