LACC Threatens ‘Delinquent, Rebellious Officials’

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The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission has threatened to submit a list of delinquent and rebellious government officials, who have failed to declare their assets, to the Office of the President for appropriate sanctions under Executive Order No. 55.

At a news conference Thursday, July 3, the Executive Chairperson of the Commission, Cllr. James Verdier, Jr. said, the Commission on May 8, 2014 issued a statement reminding and encouraging officials of the Executive Branch of Government to re-launch their assets on the Commission’s second anniversary and for those who have not declared at all to do so.

According to the LACC Chairperson, assets, income and liabilities disclosure remains one of the most effective means to monitor and measure acquisition and disposal of wealth by public officials.

“By this means, anti graft institutions can follow and study the performance of officials and determine elements of impropriety, criminality, and corruption in the public sector,” he stated.

Cllr. Verdier further said, “We temporarily suspended this exercise to allow us to take stock of how it has been executed, determine the benefits and challenges it has presented to the anti-corruption drive; and to determine how to execute it better for better results.”

He said the commissioners and staff of the LACC is aware of the anxiety and the impatience the people of Liberia continue to express regarding the issue of prosecution for alleged corrupt government officials by the LACC.

The LACC Executive Chairperson assured the people of Liberia that it will pursue suspected, reported, discovered, and uncovered cases alleging misapplication, misappropriation of public resources and abuse of public offices no matter where and when necessary to curb corruption and restore some level of accountability and justice in government.

Cllr. Verdier announced that his cpmmission has investigated and concluded the following cases involving corruption and has according to law, forwarded these cases with appropriate recommendations for prosecution to the Ministry of Justice.

– Allegation of bribery involving some officials of the Nation Oil Company (NOCAL) and some law makers and staff of the Legislature;

– Allegation of corruption at the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE);

– Allegation of corruption involving the Ministry of Public Works and Flashpoint Incorporated;

– Allegation of corruption with the Japanese Oil Grant of 2011 between the governments of Japan and Liberia, among others.

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