Cental for Transparency and Accountability (CENTAL) has called on President George Weah to move away from talks to actions by prioritizing “vigorous fight against corruption.”
The group made the call yesterday when they joined the African Union (AU) to commemorate the African Anti-Corruption Day, hosted under the theme, “Wining the Fight Against Corruption; A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”
CENTAL’s Executive Director, Anderson D. Miamen, informed a cross section of journalists that there can be no better time to do what is expected of President Weah in the fight against corruption then now as the the country’s economy is being seriously challenged with the negative impacts of corruption glaringly visible across the country.
Mr. Miamen therefore called on President Weah to now begin taking the necessary steps to decisively address the practice of corruption. He further stressed the need for the current government to carry out scrupulous enforcement of existing global, regional, and national laws, policies and frameworks to fight corruption, mainly in Liberia.
At the same time, Miamen noted that addressing impunity through prosecution of alleged corrupt officials of the previous administration, as well as those of the current regime, is paramount to the growth and development of the country.
The group also stressed the need to increase morals and financial support to public integrity institutions, adding that a full compliance with and implementation of policies, regulations and best practices around contracting, beneficial ownership, procurement, assets recovery is essential.
He however cautioned civil society, media and the general public to be vocal on issues related to corruption and remain constructively engaged and demand transparency and accountability in how the countries resources are managed by their leaders. The group also said it believes that wining the fight against corruption, which is considered the leading cause of poverty and underdevelopment on the continent, requires increased commitment and political will, which is lacking currently on the continent, especially Liberia, is not only a scourge, rather it is a cancer for the continent of Africa.
However in commemoration of the day, CENTAL urges AU to dedicate resources to the war against corruption in its member countries and increased financial supports which will help to strengthen existing anti-corruption systems and supports civil society in eradicating the scourge from the continent.
The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) is the national chapter of Transparency International, a local not-for-profit, non-governmental, anti-corruption organization founded in May of 2004.
It works in coalition with several local and international organizations around different thematic areas and can pride itself as a trailblazer in enhancing citizen’s participation in governance and piercing the view of secrecy that had long been emblematic of public affairs.