Assets Declaration ‘My Privacy’

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President Weah told a BBC interviewer in February 2019 that his asset declaration is his privacy and is concealed from public view in order to protect his family.

-President Weah tells BBC why his net worth is concealed from public 

President George Weah has said he cannot declare his assets since the exercise began last year due to his need to protect his family.

Speaking on a wide range of issues in an interview with BBC published on Monday, the President said many of his ministers have declared their assets but he cannot make his assets declaration public because “it is my privacy.”

“I have kids and families to protect. So I gave them access to all my banks, so they have to protect me. Information about my assets cannot be made public. For those government officials who have not yet declared their assets, I have told them to do so because they have to abide by the law.”

He however avoided answering a question as to whether he intends to compel his officials to publicly declare their assets or face penalties for not doing so.

And such a statement by the president, according to anti-corruption activists, clearly shows the president’s weakness or lack of interest in fighting corruption in a transparent way.

On the current inflation, which skyrocketed from 12.44 percent in 2017 to 24.5 percent in 2018, President Weah told the BBC that he does not have a definite answer on the cause of the high inflation rate in the country because “I am not a financial expert.”

Hear him: “I’m not a financial expert but what I try to do is to make sure that our people get their needs and wants. What I tried to do is to speak to those importers, informing them the rice is expensive and we are a pro-poor government, so you need to lower your price. But again, they found a reason to keep their prices where it is.”

Many Liberians who heard the president’s interview felt that President Weah was not sufficiently prepared and informed about what is going on in his government to deliberate on such an international platform. Many perceived that the President’s officials should have better prepared him for the interview by preparing talking points based on questions to be posed by the BBC correspondent.

When the BCC reporter asked him for his proudest achievement since taking office a year ago, President Weah said: “It is the pavement of a roads and construction of a school in Clara Town.”

“For me, it is about giving the community I lived in for so many years a road and to see that they have a school and the announcement of free education at all public universities and colleges across the country, which benefits a lot of citizens from Clara Town.”

President Weah did not mention the name of the school that he has built for residents of Clara Town, but apparently, he was referring to the Mavin Sonii Elementary & Junior High which has been in existence for over forty years. The road in question, which connects Clara Town to Doe Community, was rebuilt by his predecessor, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to serve a population of over 30,000.

On the high rate of unemployment in the country, President Weah described it as worrisome and explained that his government is working out modalities to address it.

“We are trying to create jobs through agriculture. If you look at your index, we have created more than 7,000 jobs and we are doing our best to make sure the problem is solved,” he said. However, President Weah did not explain what ‘index’ he was referring to, and the 7,000 jobs that he said he had created he did not also explain what kind of jobs they are. The 7,000 jobs that he claimed he has created could be the padding of government ministries and agencies with hundreds of non-skilled CDCians (partisans) who have been absorbed by the government for their role in bringing his government to power.

Finally, on the issue of the War Crimes Court, President Weah explained that, thought he has not yet made up his mind, his government intends to heal the pains of the war through reconciliation.

35 COMMENTS

  1. In the words of George Weah, “When the competent is not available, the incompetent become available.” For George, the government’s mode of operations is summed up in what Louis XIV would say “apres moi, le diluge.” After me, the floods – what do I care?

    • Canada

      “OVERVIEW CULLED FROM AN AUTHORITATIVE SOURCE:

      An ever-growing number of countries have adopted ethics and anti-corruption laws that require public officials to declare their assets and income and, increasingly, the assets and income of their spouses and dependent children. The officials who are required to declare, and the amount of detail required, vary significantly from country to country. While the requirement to declare income and assets generally is imposed by anti-corruption laws, these laws generally do not require that all of the declared information be made public and indeed some laws only require disclosure to a public agency.”

      NOW you see why His Excellency President George Forky Klon Jlaleh Gbah Ku GbehTarpeh Manneh Weah is so excellently, politicly, and legally right, despite ROGUE JOURNALIST Rodney Sieh´s and his FPA´S FALSEHOOD AROUND HERE!

      “The Canadian financial disclosure law (Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Code for Public Office Holders, 1999) requires that public officials, from Ministers of Parliament to officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, disclose financial assets (Article 4). In adopting the Conflict of Interest Code, the Canadian Parliament recognized the paramount importance of transparency:
      The object of this Code is to enhance public confidence in the integrity of public office holders and the decision-making process in government
      (a) while encouraging experienced and competent persons to seek and accept public office;
      (b) while facilitating interchange between the private and the public sector;
      (c) by establishing clear rules of conduct respecting conflict of interest for, and post-employment practices applicable to, all public office holders; and
      (d) by minimizing the possibility of conflicts arising between the private interests and public duties of public office holders and providing for the resolution of such conflicts in the public interest should they arise. (Article 2).
      In the interest of advancing these principles, the Canadian Code requires disclosure in a public registry of the financial interests of public officials and their spouses and dependent children (Article 9).
      The Canadian Code distinguishes between financial interests that must be publicly disclosed and those that remain confidential (Article 9). For example, declarable assets include interests in privately held businesses that do not contract with the government, farms, and real property (Article 11). Assets exempt from the publication requirement are mostly personal assets, such as residences used by the official’s family, certain retirement savings plan assets, automobiles, and works of art (Article 10). In addition, Canadian public officials must divest their controlled assets, which include publicly traded securities, futures, and self-administered retirement plans (Article 12). Liabilities must also be disclosed and the Ethics Counsellor is granted the power to require “that particular arrangements be made to prevent any conflict of interest situation from arising.” (Article 14). Canada’s comprehensive conflict of interest prevention procedures further require confidential disclosure of all outside affiliations, including those of the official’s spouse and dependent children, and public disclosure of all outside affiliations for “Ministers, Secretaries of State and Parliamentary Secretaries.” (Article 16). Generally, the information submitted to the Ethics Counsellor under Canada’s Conflict of Interest Code is subject to being withheld under Canada’s Privacy Act unless disclosure is mandatory by statute.”

      CULLED FROM AN AUTHORITATIVE SOURCE.

  2. Weah is not fit to be President. The guy is a complete idiot. He doesn’t even understand economics at the high school level. Well, Liberians better be ready for tremendous pain the next five years. What a shame.

  3. Weah is a very lazy President. He goes to work around 10am and leaves around 4:30pm. He is a very bad example for government workers. Liberians are already lazy and to have a lazy President is like a nail in their coffins. This government is very corrupt and incompetent. The country has gone backwards since Ellen left office. The city is in total darkness at night – what happened to the street lights?

  4. OMG that is the worst explanation of why the economy is suffering. /weah has no clue as to how to battle inflation. OMG we are in trouble. this is the worst interview of a leader ever. SYLVESTER MOSES AND DORTU SIBOE DOE please rescue this dumb ass leader from his comments. you cant blame rodney sieh this time because it is the observer

  5. Assets Declaration “it is my privacy.” No Mr Corrupt Weah…if you wanted privacy, you should had remain a private citizen and not run for public office. We want to know how you are acquiring all these properties just one year as president…..if you are not a thieve, make your so-called assets public…you are stealing the Liberian people money…you are afraid to make your assets declaration public because it will show that you were broke before putting your stealing hands on the people money.

  6. “Pride goes before a fall”. Once Mr. President got to know that he was going to be interviewed on Focus on Africa, he should had consulted his able lieutenants to prepare him. To the contrary, he chose to do his thing (showoff). Please Mr. President, this is not a two-hour reading from a written pamphlet, where people will clap in sycophancy. This is a world-wide broadcasting service with a global listening audience, not Liberia with over 50% illiterate, die-hard , uncomprehending listeners. you will do better to keep quiet next time.

  7. Lynn, you suffer chronic ignorance! And on top of that you are uninformed and ilinformed! His Excellency President George Manneh Weah simply stated that which is the respected policy and accepted practice within the consensus of the comity and community of nation’s, which is that in order to implement international and national privacy laws and regulations, the declared assets by public officials are not made available to the public. In short, according to the World Bank and the IMF, more than three fourth of the sovereign nations within the international miller do not make available the declaration of public officials to the public. Try to be knowledgeable of such current affairs.

    • That’s a total lie…here is what The World Bank study said about Asset Declaration:

      Asset declarations of public officials are a powerful tool to prevent corruption, detect illicit enrichment and conflicts of interests. According to the World Bank, more than 150 countries have introduced asset disclosure requirements for their public officials.

      Many of these countries make asset declarations available for public scrutiny. Public access to declarations multiplies their anti-corruption value, as civil society and journalists often play a crucial role by uncovering irregularities and triggering formal verification of declarations by anti-corruption/asset declaration agencies. This will be important in Ukraine where there is a vibrant civil society and media.

      Public disclosure of the private assets of public officials and family members does not clash with the rights to privacy and data protection. Both rights are not absolute and can be restricted provided there is a basis in law and a legitimate public interest justifies the restriction. Prevention of corruption and exposing unexplained wealth of officials are serious and legitimate public interests.

      http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/opinion/2016/09/26/asset-declarations-a-threat-to-privacy-or-a-powerful-anti-corruption-tool

    • Your parents didn’t raise you right because you have no morals and values. So long you and the CDC gangsters are ripping off the poor country, you have food to eat to come on here to write bullshit. You are a sick person. George Weah is the dumbest ass to be President of our country.

      • Dortu is a sick Dog. I won’t be surprised if he has a disease that will soon kill him because he lacks morals and basic cognition.

        • Concern citizen (or who you really are By your real name), your mother, your grandmother, and all of your female relatives are sick dogs suffering from epilepsy, aids, and gonnor-rea! Your parents are or were all prostitutes and fags who brought you up to be the dullars and scumbag you are.

      • Concern citizen (or who you really are By your real name), your mother, your grandmother, and all of your female relatives are sick dogs suffering from epilepsy, aids, and gonnor-rea! Your parents are or were all prostitutes and fags who brought you up to be the dullars and scumbag you are.

    • Pathetic!! As one would say to character like Mr. Dortue, who has chosen to remained blind folded and absent to realities. Do you even care about those Liberians who barely afford meal once a day? Look young man u eventually said nothing. Copy and paste has eroded ur minds and without remorse of conscious here u come public to expose ur self.

      I advise in this public manner never to coment on such critical national issues. It is never binding to defend a already draining government. It is obvious that our President, lacks the ability to fight corruption and has clearly lost grip of the economy. However, all hope is not lost with “God all things are possible”

      Lastly, Mr. Dortu logic has never been define by the usage of dictions therefore, I leave u with this quote “A speaker who speaks for the better understanding of the listening audience is a good speak” Next time say something.

      • Young man Loseney Jabateh, you must be another cursed and doomed ignorant kid. What inter alia proves this is your inability to assert anything on the subject matter.

    • Dortu Stupid Doe, taking into consideration the amount of reprimands or rebuke you get every time you post here and elsewhere on account of the idiocy they exude, one is hard-pressed to believe you are the most ignorant birdbrained individual here compared to Lynn-Ann. Truth be told, Lynn-Ann’s post has more wisdom than the crap you posted. It’s dumb and blind sycophants like you that are responsible for the backwardness of Liberia for all its 172 years of existence. Tell your demigod King George, to think real hard next time before opening his ignorant mouth anywhere, especially to foreign people. After all when he speaks, it represents all of Liberia, all of us! The presidency is no longer like the no-brainer in running and dribbling like chicken without head. Idiot!

      • Hilary Swine Snyder, just shut up that dirty and dumb mouth. Now go and read what we have proffered on the subject matter supra

        . You fools with your empty skulls shall of course obviously swallow line hook, and sinker to every falsehood you read or hear until such erudites as us come and beat some knowledge in your very stupid heads. Simple things as asset declaration within the international milleu is something your zombies do not know.

        According to the law, what is required is: disclosure to a public agency.” And that is exactly what His Excellency President George Forky Klon Jlaleh Gbah Ku GbehTarpeh Manneh Weah is so excellently, politicly, and legally right, despite ROGUE JOURNALIST Rodney Sieh´s and his FPA´S FALSEHOOD AROUND HERE!

        Go are re-read the law or statute! Also, read or at least, peruse the international best practice or norm we have pasted supra. Whether laws or practice, they must conform to LEGAL PRINCIPLES! Exempli gratia: SUBSTANTIAL PERFORMANCE!

        When we tell those ones calling themselves journalist down there to undergo some program or some course on law, economics, or at least, international relations, its like wasting water on a duck´s back!

        • Dortu – You’e a damn jackass and a disgrace to our civilization. No sound human being would wake up every morning and plan to lie and deceive himself as you do. Like I said, your parents raised a monster of a liar. You don’t contribute anything of value to society. Fortunately your lies and cheap deception are rejected by 99% of folks on here.

  8. All these unnecessary grammar and insults of fellow Liberians have become addiction like opioid drugs. We will soon be stunt at the wrong direction our nation is headed to. By mid 2019 to end of 2019 I pray we all live to see what good or ugly the leaders of our beloved country (Liberia) is taking us to.

  9. SUPT. WALKER’S “OBSERVATION” & “WORRIES” ARE TRUE! OTHERS ARE RUNNING THE STATE BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT KNOWS NOTHING OF THE ECONOMY, DO YOU REDUCE RICE PRICE BY SWEET TALK TO IMPORTERS OR FEW THOUSAND DONATED BAGS SHARED AMONG YOURSELVES.?The interview was a DISGRACE, I blame Mins E. Nagbe and S. Tweah for not preparing a President who is very weak & has avoided Liberian media, no PRACTICE so he got his own shame. But the most sorrowful thing is the lies, the lies about jobs & school built in Clara town. Military hospital is a better talk.
    The most tragic thing is our darling country GIANT has no idea what happening to our economy and making life so hard this he admitted .I VOTED FOR HIM BECAUSE I’M KRU
    LIBERIANS LET’S CRY FOR OURSELVES!!

  10. Yes, Alston C. Armah, you and Weah are so right: when the competent is not available, the incompetent become available. And that terrible, unpatriotic Havard-educated Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf should take the greatest blame for what’s happening now in Liberia, alongside Brumskine and Cummings who refused to support VP Boakai during the run off.

    • Brother Sesay, I won’t attach blame to any individual – Ellen or whoever. What I blame most for the kakistocratic government we now have is the flawed governance process we have had for more than a century. From the very beginning in 1847, this Liberian project – the start and continuation of the nation state called Liberia, has never been all embracing. It has been about segregation and divisiveness; the educated and wealthy elites against the poor, uneducated and unsophisticated majority. And the way the elites had sought to hold unto power has been to keep the vast majority of the people in perpetual ignorance, poverty and a state of backwardness. Only give them food to eat and an opportunity to be entertained – music, dance, alcohol – and you will win their support. As it was in the 1800’s and the 1920’s when Firestone came here, so it is today. Any wonder then that we have electorates who so gullible and short-sighted and know that the only thing their votes worth is wearing a party T-shirt/emblem drinking few bottles of gin, eating campaign food and dancing? Is it any wonder then that electorates will say “Da na book can build country” or “He know book, he na know book, I will vote for him”? O, yes, that’s the sad reality my fellow compatriot. This is a country where people will vote for you because you identify with a particular ethnicity or with a particular region or section. People don’t vote ideas. In fact the vast majority of voters lack the intelligence to question candidates running for public offices. Well, let us stop the lamentations. The government we have is a reflection of the majority of our citizens. Instead of lamenting, let’s engage our fellow citizens not with conversations that will inflame their anger and frustrations, but with conversations that will open their eyes to the truth: that as, Alexander Cummings says, “the best predictor of future performance is past performance/behaviour.”; that being the president or legislator goes far beyond pomp and pageantry, popularity or crude showmanship; that if a candidate gives you T-shirt to wear or food to eat/water to drink/music to dance, consider it an insult to your intelligence. Tell that candidate you are not voter who votes for the feel-good effect. You are a voter who votes for the issues that matter: health, education, food sufficiency, peace and security, infrastructure, sanitation and hygiene (you don’t want dirty and mosquito-infested communities), and job creation.

  11. Mr. Dortu-Siboe Doe,

    You stated that President George Weah is implementing “… the respected policy and accepted practice within the consensus of the comity and community of nation’s, which is that in order to implement international and national privacy laws and regulations, the declared assets by public officials are not made available to the public.”

    Sir, the respected policy and accepted practice in Liberia is the requirement for officials of government to declare their assets and publish the “Declared Assets Report” to the public. Mnay former officials during the last twelve years honored this practice. And yes, President Weah, then candidate Weah fulfilled that required policy in 2005.

    So, why is he not publishing his assets to the public at a time when he is building many residential and commercial properties in less than a year?

    Is there information that President Weah is not willing for the public to know?

  12. Mr. J. Yanqui Zaza,

    According to the law, what is required is: disclosure to a public agency.” And that is exactly what His Excellency President George Forky Klon Jlaleh Gbah Ku GbehTarpeh Manneh Weah is so excellently, politicly, and legally right, despite ROGUE JOURNALIST Rodney Sieh´s and his FPA´S FALSEHOOD AROUND HERE!

    Go are re-read the law or statute, Mr. Zaza! Also, read or at least, peruse the international best practice or norm we have pasted supra. Whether laws or practice, they must conform to LEGAL PRINCIPLES! Exempli gratia: SUBSTANTIAL PERFORMANCE!

    When we tell those ones calling themselves journalist down there to undergo some program or some course on law, economics, or at least, international relations, its like wasting water on a duck´s back!

  13. Mr. Dortu-Siboe Doe,

    In one of your comments, you mentioned the phrase “respected policy and accepted practice,” which could be different from the law. In any case, President Weah accepted the “respected policy and accepted practice” in 2005 and he also published the information. So, why is he saying that he will not publish the information in 2019?

    Sir, I am not going to read the law because I am not a lawyer. However, let me share with you some experiences I have gained. First, laws and regulations might be different. Why so? This is because laws created by the legislature are called statutes and the laws created by agencies are called regulations. And, all regulations usually must be authorized by a statute. Further, judges, lawyers, defendants, plaintiffs, etc. usually use the results of prior court cases in order to have a clear understanding of the laws/regulations. Most importantly, experienced participants usually read the different views expressed when the proposed law/regulation was under consideration.

    In the case of the Liberian Law on assets declaration, those who wrote the Laws or Regulations did consider the issue of corruption as expressed by Liberians. So sir, the purpose of requiring public officials to declare and publish their Assets was/is to fight corruption.

    If you agree that Liberia should use the assets declaration law/regulation to fight corruption, wouldn’t you encourage every official to publish the records of his/her assets? If you do not share that view, let us review a case that might help you understand why the idea of publishing the assets declaration is good, and it fulfills the content and spirit of transparency.

    Sir, it would be a challenge for an auditing agency/public to verify the authenticity of an official’s assets declaration if the filed copy held by the agency responsible for assets declaration cannot be discovered. Or, it might be a challenge for an auditing institution/public to verify the authenticity of an official’s assets declaration if an unscrupulous head/director of the agency responsible for assets declaration changed the filed copy in order to tarnish the character of the official in question.

    Sir, I say no more.

    • Mr. Zaza, you are wasting your precious time on this retarded Dortu Stupid Doe chap by trying to infuse any amount of sense in his tangerine brain. Many before you have tried and failed. And not for any fault of theirs, no. Rather this clown is impervious to logic and scruples. Growing up his name was Dog and because his mother did not know who his father was. That name was changed later when this illegitimate bastard started school, as a way of thwarting the cruel jokes of his friends. But character like pregnancy can only be suppressed so long. Everywhere this fellow raises his stinking butt, he is decried and kicked around like the market dog he is. So just pay him any mind, my brother.

    • Mr. J. Nyanqui Zaza,

      Asset declaration is based on the law. So an intellectual argument, on asset declaration, must be based or premised on the law which MUST BE in conformity with legal principles, despite whichever policy or practice implementing the given law.

      For as Claude Levi – Strauss propounds: ‘Man must suppress his natural desires and conform to rules to create a stable society’ as President Weah has eloquently asserted and excellently demonstrated viz his asset declaration and as he informed the machinery of his government and quite recently intimated to the global media.

      This is fundamentally why we shared THE RULES on that very authoritative information, education, and intelligence, on asset declaration law within the global village…with special emphasis on CANADA

      Besides, you will agree with the political thinker Thomas Hobbes who propounds that without the rule of law, the life of man would be ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short ‘!

      INTELLECTUAL INSIGHTS
      Economics is the primary conditioning factor of life …Karl Marx

      ‘Unintended consequences of intended action will be to the benefit of society at large. …Adam Smith

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