Liberia: LACC Accuses Several Gov't Officials of Corruption

Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-corruption Commission, Cllr Edwin Kla Martin. 

... Requests Prosecution

The Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-corruption Commission, Cllr Edwin Kla Martin, has released several investigative reports to the public in which he called for the prosecution of several government officials for corruption. 

Cllr.  Martin told a news briefing that officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services, Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation, and the Planned Parenthood Association acted against the laws in the discharge of their duties. 

In presenting his elaborate findings, the country's antigraft Chief in a press release said Agriculture Minister Jeanie Cooper awarded contracts to her brother Zubin Cooper and diverted agriculture materials for her personal use. She also awarded contracts to Farbrar- a company in which she has beneficial ownership. 

At the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services, the Executive Chairperson, Cllr Martin, informed the Liberian people that Director General Francis Wreh, his deputies Wilmot Smith, and Lawrence George violated several laws in the purchase of second-handed generators, and the procurement of tablets for the upcoming census. 

In the case of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation, the LACC has charged Deputy Managing Director Moseray Momoh with Economic Sabotage for illegally disposing of public assets and converting the funds to his use. 

The LACC Executive Chairperson said the officials from the four agencies will be prosecuted on charges of conflict of interest, theft of property, abuse of office, perjury, and economic sabotage. 

The country’s anti-graft Chief said his institution will continue to work to deal with incidents of corruption in Liberia.