Lack of Accountability in Gov’t Worries UN

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The President of the United Nations (UN) Security Council has said that lack of transparency and accountability on the part of the Liberian government is a worrying trend that needs urgent attention because it makes the citizenry to have no confidence in the governing establishment.

As a result, the Security Council has urged the Unity Party led government to accelerate its accountability and transparency efforts to bolster public confidence as the October 10 elections approaches as well as the subsequent transfer of power, the UN SC said in a statement yesterday.

The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led administration has been marred with series of corruption incidents and several anti-graft reports that have yet to be properly investigated and perpetrators brought to book.

The latest of these entrenched corruption activities is the Public Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) loan scheme, which was “reportedly” set aside by government for struggling Liberian businesses. Unfortunately, however, the funds were divided amongst top government officials and family members and cronies, thereby leaving out those the scheme was actually meant to benefit. Investigation launched into how the funds were mismanaged has yielded no fruit as the case is seems to be forgotten already.

The President admitted in her last Annual Address to the Joint Session of Legislature that her government has failed in the war against corruption because Liberians are dishonest, not only in government, but in their homes, as well as places of learning and of worship.

The global body (UN) and its sub-organizations have continuously stressed that transparency and accountability are requisite tools for the attainment of peace and the advancement of development and improvement of lives in any country. China, which is a permanent member, currently holds the presidency of the Security Council.

The Security Council, therefore, emphasizes the need for continued international attention to and involvement in Liberia and urges the government, UNMIL, and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) to continue to coordinate closely in the transfer of responsibilities, taking into account UNMIL’s drawdown and closure at the expiration of the final period of its mandate on March 30, 2018, as set out in Resolution 2333 (2016).

The Security Council will continue to engage with the international community and donors, including in support of the commitments made in the Liberia Peace-building Plan, to address capacity gaps identified in the UNCT’s mapping exercise needed to assure continuity of relevant peace-building programs and assist Liberia’s continued efforts to achieve sustainable peace.

“The Security Council emphasizes, in this context, the importance of the convening role of the Peace-building Commission,” the statement said.

The Security Council commends the overall progress towards restoring peace, security and stability in Liberia, the commitment of the people and Government of Liberia to peace and to developing democratic processes and institutions, and the contributions of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) since its establishment in 2003, and welcomes the Liberia Peace-building Plan, entitled ‘Sustaining Peace and Securing Development’ (S/2017/282), submitted by the Secretary-General to the Council, pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2333 (2016) after development through close consultation between the UN and the Government of Liberia.

The global security body said it has taken note of the peace-building plan and actions to be undertaken during phase I of the plan from April 2017 – March 2018 in support of the Government of Liberia’s commitment to develop, before UNMIL’ s departure, durable national capacities critical to sustain peace, and, in this regard, encourages all stakeholders to enhance efforts to fulfill their commitments and provide their support for successful implementation and emphasizes the need for expanded efforts by the Liberian authorities to address the root causes of conflict, reinvigorate reconciliation processes, promote land reform, advance constitutional and institutional reforms, especially in the justice and security sectors, and promote women’s active participation in Peace-building, extend state authority and social services throughout the country, and build trust between Liberian citizens and the government institutions.

The Security Council notes the importance of credible presidential and legislative elections in Liberia in October 2017 and calls upon all stakeholders to ensure that the elections in October will be free, fair, credible, and transparent, including through the full participation of women, and that any dispute will be resolved peacefully through established mechanisms in accordance with the law.

The Security Council also welcomed the signing of the ‘Farmington River Declaration’ on June 4, at the ECOWAS Summit, where political parties committed themselves to violence-free elections in October and a peaceful transition to a new government.

The council also called on the Liberian government to ensure that adequate resources are committed and expeditiously distributed for the National Elections Commission,.

The group also commended the successful completion of the transfer of security responsibility to Liberia’s security services on 30 June 2016 and encourages the efforts underway by the Government of Liberia to put in place an elections security plan aimed at responding effectively and appropriately to any incident of public disorder and calls on the government to provide adequate resources to implement the plan.

The Security Council welcomes the support of bilateral and multilateral partners, including the UN, African Union, ECOWAS and the Mano River Union, and encourages them to continue to play a significant role in support of building and sustaining peace in Liberia.

19 COMMENTS

  1. I will seriously advise the Unity Party to quickly repeal the Code of Conduct because
    its existence as Law of Liberia, without having gone through national referendum as
    a process makes it not unconstitutional and it is intended to and has been baffling
    good citizens of Liberia from exercising their freedom and democratic will to the
    ballot box. The Unity Party will score a high point if it does delay repealing the CoC.

  2. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. July 25, 2017 at 4:23 am

    I will seriously advise the Unity Party to quickly repeal the Code of Conduct because
    its existence as Law of Liberia, without having gone through national referendum as
    a process makes it not unconstitutional and it is intended to and has been baffling
    good citizens of Liberia from exercising their freedom and democratic will to the
    ballot box. The Unity Party will score a high point if it does not delay repealing the CoC.

  3. The lack of accountability by the UP led government as stated by the United nations is troubling as we approach elections. Someone must be held accountable for these corrupt acts.

  4. Liberia across the board, is a corrupt Nation. We must rid corruption from all walks of life in Liberia. When the people are corrupt, it’s only obvious; the Government will be corrupt no matter who is elected President. Remember, it’s “A Government of The People.” How the “PEOPLE” conduct themselves, will greatly impact the “GOVERNMENT”. As the Michael Jackson song goes, “I’m talking about the Man/Woman in the MIRROR. take a look at yourself and change.” Change for the BEST. That’s all!

  5. I think if the UN have any other news to safe us through out our election we will be happy. The UP government failed our people the world know and the Liberian know.
    However, our people are ready to take a better future for the country.

  6. In zeroing on the paucity of accountability and lack of confidence in governance of the citizenry, the UN Secretary General seemed to confirm why the bulk of Liberians consider the leadership of EJS, “the most -schooled president” of our country a frightening failure for the future of a post – war state.
    And very dismaying of her dismal performance and dysfunctional governance is the fact that the Harvard economist, former finance minister, and international careerist also leads a regime which has been the most funded in Liberian history as a result of post – war status.

    Thus to totally link EJS’s misrule and personal failures as president to a UP which evidently she used and dumped like a dish cloth exemplifies passing the buck, and deliberately misleading as was intended.

    So politics aside and in the cause of genuine peace, let’s uphold the truth by blaming EJS for the horrible outcomes of her ineffective, unethical, undemocratic, unaccountable and arbitrary rule. No wonder the perception that her intention from the get – go was for UP to take bad rap for her misbegotten rule in order to give LP a hedge. It isn’t farfetched considering that she singlehandedly created an inquisition on top of which she perched LP Chairman Fonati Koffa to bring a politically – motivated charge against UP executives.

    From the lessons of confusion regarding the Code of Conduct law, the double – speak of an untrustworthy Supreme Court, the auctioning of our territorial integrity to Nigerian billionaires, which is driving the rash of pilgrimages of presidential candidates to Abuja, Liberians must be cautious how they dance to the tune of a betrayer of the vast majority.

    Because seemingly, her preoccupation isn’t only about avoiding post – presidency financial and other investigations, but also to leave in power stakeholders through whom she can control the state from retirement.

    Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely”; and in the case of our Iron Lady, he got it right. That’s why the UN Security Council should go beyond pronouncements to get her compliance in ensuring credible transparent general and presidential elections this year. Of course, the future of our fatherland is heavy with foreboding since self – entitled power – drunks who won’t stop at nothing to woo the nation into another conflict.

  7. The UN Security Council is strongly condemning the UP-led government for wholesale corruption and utter lack of transparency and accountability. Meanwhile, some Liberians are glorifying the Sirleaf-Boakai cabal and struggling to award them a third term. What a pity! But the UN managers themselves may be to blame here. During the past decade, they should have commissioned and conducted regular audits of the Sirleaf-Boakai government, thus ensuring that those “Big Boys” and their relatives and cronies were held in check to a greater extent.

  8. Wow, the President of the United Nations (UN) Security Council has said enough for a “mouth full.” The Unity Party Government has gotten a “job review” from the UN. The World body openly stated, they are worried about the lack of transparency and accountability in the Unity Party government that is governing Liberia. The President of the UN Security Council is speaking during a very important elections process of our country. Is this intentional or a coincidence? He has also stated bluntly his desire for urgent attention to his concerns, so Liberians can have confidence in the governing process of their country.This is a feedback of the UN position.

  9. I am at a loss to understand why the UN is talking about this now. The heap praises on this corrupt regime, poured millions into officials pockets and even elected Ellen to high posts. This woman has created a nation of cronyism, nepotism and corruption.

  10. Mr. Henry Freeman, I beg to differ with you, ,your comment implying that the
    corruption come from the people. No indeed! It is the Government that sets
    the pace of corruption. Can you imagine when Auditors at the Auditing
    Commission audited and identified people who stole money from the Govt.
    and the same Govt., instead of prosecuting them, defended the culprits; the
    President telling or ordering the Minister of Justice not to prosecute the culprits
    saying that no evidence to go ahead with the prosecution? The case in point
    Minister of Justice Cllr. Christina Tah versus the Auditors Reports by John Morlu
    Who will the people be afraid of to steal? Is it not the Government? But when
    the Government is condoning, ignoring and refusing Auditors Reports, then
    the people are told to go ahead to steal. Hence, it is the Government who
    encourages corruption, ,not the people.

    • P.T; It’s the people who corrupt the Government; not the other way. After all, “it’s a Government by the People” It’s not a People by the Government. If the People are good, the Government will be good. As President Samuel Doe would say: “The Government is not BAD.” It’s the Liberian People, who run the Government.

  11. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. July 25, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Mr. Henry Freeman, I beg to differ with you. Your comment implying that the
    corruption come from the people. No indeed! It is the Government that sets
    the pace of corruption. Can you imagine when Auditors at the Auditing
    Commission audited and identified people who stole money from the Govt.
    and the same Govt., instead of prosecuting them, defended the culprits; the
    President telling or ordering the Minister of Justice not to prosecute the culprits
    saying that no evidence to go ahead with the prosecution? The case in point
    Minister of Justice Cllr. Christina Tah versus the Auditors Reports by John Morlu
    Who will the people be afraid of to steal? Is it not the Government? But when
    the Government is condoning, ignoring and refusing Auditors Reports, then
    the people are told to go ahead to steal. Hence, it is the Government who
    encourages corruption, not the people!

  12. Thank you Mr. ,President of the United Nations. But will the UN help to engineer
    the prosecution of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in her retirement; comparing how rich
    she is with how much she earned as official when she was in office?

  13. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. July 25, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you Mr. ,President of the United Nations. But will the UN help to engineer
    the prosecution of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in her retirement; comparing how rich
    she is with how much she earned as official salary when she was in office?

  14. Comment:This is the reason why , we from the opposition Liberty’s Party disagreed with the Unity Party third term..

    we ( LP) arguing every Liberians to vote against this Unity Party Led government.

    It’s clear now, with the concerns raised by the United Nation it is the clearing fact that Unity party led government have failed to fight Corruption over the past twelve years…

    Liberians, this is the only opportunity we have now, On October 10 to discontinues this Unity party led government.

    Change is on the way

    Opposition victory is Certain

    No third term for Unity Party

  15. Why the United Nations talking now as if to say that they don’t know what has been going on in Liberia? Why now when they all turned blind eye and pretended that everything was fine with the Ellen lead government. This government has been recycling thieves from ministry of ministry and nobody said anything.

  16. Why the United Nations talking now as if to say that they don’t know what has been going on in Liberia? Why now when they all turned blind eye and pretended that everything was fine with the Ellen lead government. This government has been recycling thieves from ministry to ministry and nobody said anything.

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