LACC Acting Chairperson Pinpoints Factors of Political Will in Corruption fight

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UN Resident Coordinator Niels Scott (left) and LACC Acting Chair, Kanio Bai Gbala

The acting executive chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Kanio Bai Gbala, has reemphasized that President George Weah possesses the immense political will to fight corruption.

According to an LACC release, Cllr. Gbala spoke during a meeting with the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Liberia, Niels Scott, at the Pan African Plaza in Sinkor on 18 March 2021. Cllr. Gbala pointed out that funding provided by the Weah-led government last year during the National Anti-Corruption Conference spawned a number of actions within the governance framework that are key indicators of the government’s political will.

Cllr. Gbala also highlighted the recent convictions of former high-level government officials by the Supreme Court and the huge support emanating from the presidency for legal reforms such as the establishment of a fast-track corruption court, the removal of statute of limitations on acts of corruption, as well as the proposal for a permanent whistleblower act as other indicators of political will.

He also shared the LACC’s plan with the Resident Coordinator to decentralize its operations beyond Monrovia and to robustly engage and collaborate with civil society organizations in the execution of its mandate.

In response, Mr. Scott thanked Cllr. Gbala for the meeting and revealed that

the UN country program is concerned with governance and corruption as fundamental thematic areas, and was quite interested in working in those areas.

Mr. Scott, who is the highest United Nations official in Liberia, promised to remain engaged with the work of the LACC.

A brief profile of the LACC

The LACC was established by an act of the legislature and signed into law by then President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on 21 August 2008.

It has a broad mandate and function to implement appropriate measures and undertake programs geared toward investigating, prosecuting and preventing acts of corruption, including educating the public about ills of corruption and the benefits of its eradication.

It shall also have the following specific functions in accordance with law: (a) to investigate all acts of corruption discovered or reported to have occurred in the public, private, and civil society sectors subsequent to the passage of the act with the aim of identifying the person(s) and the extent of the loss of or damage to any public and/or private property as a result of the subject act of corruption and to investigate the conduct of any person, irrespective of office or status, natural or otherwise, if the conduct of the person(s) constitute corruption.

The LACC shall cause the arrest and detention of any person or persons in pursuant of its function; provided that any such arrest or detention shall be based on probable cause and upon a prior warrant issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.

It shall also cause the freezing of assets of person or persons being investigated or prosecuted for alleged act or acts of corruption; provided the freezing of asset or assets of any accused person or persons is, at all times, authorized by a prior order or warrant issued by a Court of competent jurisdiction.

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  1. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
    The lack of that will explained why the UNDP is eating your palm butter and rice. Simply put, eating your lunch.
    Development funds that should be given directly to the regime by foreign friendly nations, are being given to the UNDP to supervise or with oversight responsibility as watchdog. Donors are convinced the integrity institutions have pledging their allegiance to the regime which is so corrupt. One will only find the UNDP carrying out such roles where uncontrollable corruptions exist.
    Many Liberians hoping to return home are eyeing the UNDP as a start up for employment opportunities. When asked about getting employed, the answers are always the same, UNDP.
    But the UNDP too is charging a fee too for their administrative work. No free lunch. That’s how they are eating your palm butter and rice, leaving you with whatever is left over.
    The regime thinks that they are getting ahead through corruption, but others are feeding of their corrupt practices too.
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
    Think that the white man is a fool when it comes to strong currency, right ? Keep thinking that way. Standing and smiling, and talking about getting strong with corruption.
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

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