The murder of integrity institutions by the Weah administration

Two weeks ago, President George M Weah threatened to dismiss any government official who proved unproductive. Was the president finally waking up to what everyone in Liberia and around the world had always known: that he is leading a dysfunctional and corrupt administration? Or maybe it was an election-related stunt. But as usual, Mr. Weah never disappoints when it comes to making an important decision. When you don’t know, you don’t know. Obviously, you can’t give what you don’t have.

As usual, President Weah is arming other branches of government to do his dirty work. Indeed, rather than firing corrupt and inefficient officials, Weah is going after the one institution that appears to be delivering results. This institution is the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission headed by Edwin Kla Martin.

Indeed, the legislature embarked on a plan to disband and restructure the anti-corruption commission and bring it into line with the government’s corrupt image. The legislator decided to make sweeping changes, forcing tenured civil servants to reapply for their jobs. This is clearly intended to force Cllr. Edwin Kla Martin to resign and apply for his post. Clr. Martin is currently in hiding and told VOA-NEWS his life is in danger. A year ago auditors died combing through government spending.

The LACC exposed corruption in many places and Mr. Weah had to make a decision. Among other things, LACC exposed the fraud committed by the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) who provided contracts to family members at inflated rates; agriculture minister Mrs Jeanine Cooper was caught putting her son and his friends on projects where their pay was higher than the project and also diverted contracts to her own business and without providing the services and eventually , they hang LISGIS, the institution which is in charge of electoral and census issues,

Rather than fire and arrest corrupt officials, Weah wants to dismantle the LACC and render it useless, along with integrity institutions such as the General Auditing Commission (GAC), the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission ( PPCC) and the Internal Audit Agency, have now been established. sleeping.

Aided by the legislature, President Weah is about to turn off the only weapon the government has to fight corruption. Not only that – plans are also underway to liquidate the head of the LACC, based on his statement to VOA. People are calling on the president to veto the CCAA bill sent to him. Under pressure from the public and civil society, Weah could try to save face and veto the bill, then ask his House and Senate cronies to override his veto.

Using Murders as a Deterrent for Those Fighting Corruption

Being an auditor today in Liberia is not an attractive job. In the space of two weeks, four listeners: Emmanuel Barten Nyeswua, Albert Peters, Gifty Lama and George Fanbutoe, all died in suspicious circumstances, only like what you see in bad gangster movies . According to the lie of the government, a person fell from the balcony of the second floor; another was hit by a car at 2 a.m. outside his house; two died of carbon monoxide in broad daylight on Broad Street in central Monrovia. The head of Micro Finance at the Central Bank, Matthew J. Innis died mysteriously amid investigations.

These prevailing heinous crimes have erected obstacles to the fight against corruption in the country. Liberians are used to the government killing its own people and no one speaks or sounds the alarm, as if the country has gone numb. Where is the consortium of human rights organizations in Liberia? Where is Human Rights Watch? Where is the Liberian Council of Churches or the Muslim Council which has now formed an unholy alliance with the CDC led government? Where are the remnants of opposition political parties in the country? Does Liberia still have civil society organizations? Where are the traditional chiefs? Did they join Chief Zanzan Karwa in George Weah’s pocket? Has the Weah government shut its mouth with vans and motorcycles?

The Perspective takes these issues very seriously and holds the CDC-led government and its compliant subjects (legislators) accountable. We call on the opposition, the Liberia Council of Churches (if such an organization still exists), students, merchants, etc. to save the life of Edward Kla Martin and the Anti-Corruption Commission. President Weah and his cronies killed the GAC, the PPCC, the Internal Audit Agency, etc. LACC is the nation’s latest accountability and transparency organization. If Liberians allow this to happen, by 2023 we won’t have called anything Liberia. Today it’s Edwin Kla Martin, tomorrow it could be the whole nation. If we don’t act in unison today, tomorrow there will be nothing called Liberia. “A hint for the wise is quite sufficient.”

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