Liberia Ranked Worst Decliner Worldwide in the Fight Against Corruption

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CENTAL Executive Director, Anderson Miamen, expressed dismay over Liberia’s rating in the latest Corruption Perception Index 2019 report

— Corruption Perception Index 2019 Reports; CENTAL calls on Government to act now

The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), one of the leading civil society organizations in Liberia, has called on the administration of President George M. Weah to thoroughly enforce the existing global, regional and national laws, policies and frameworks for fighting against corruption in the country.

CENTAL’s calls follows the just-released 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report, which ranked Liberia as one of the “Worst Decliners” worldwide in the fight against corruption.

At a news conference held in Monrovia, CENTAL Executive Director, Anderson Miamen, expressed dismay over Liberia’s rating in the latest Corruption Perception Index 2019 report released by Transparency International, the Global Coalition against Corruption.

Mr. Miamen said it is regrettable to note that Liberia’s score significantly dropped to 28; four points down from the 2018 score of 32. “Liberia now ranks 137/180 and sits further down the table compared to its 2018 rank of 120/180,” he noted.

According to him, Liberia has therefore joined the list of countries significantly declining countries on the CPI since 2012. He named Congo (19), Madagascar (24) and Malawi (31). He added that with the exception of Saint Lucia that has dropped sixteen (16) points since 2012, only Liberia and Syria have fallen thirteen (13) points since 2012.

He noted that Liberia’s highest score of 41 was attained in 2012 and it has failed to perform any greater since. Instead, Liberia has slid back into fostering a culture of corruption and significantly undermined gains made in strengthening governance, financial management, and the rule of law.

He recalled that Liberia’s improved performance in 2012, was as a result of the passage of key laws, as well as the establishment and strengthening of public integrity institutions. “Liberia has since failed to make these institutions and laws work, as the laws are not enforced or respected and public integrity institutions not fully supported, morally and financially to deliver,” Mr Miamen stated.

Miamen also said CENTAL is deeply concerned about Liberia’s continuous underperformance, especially its current position among the worst decliners worldwide; something which he said speaks to the government’s inability to address the entrenched culture of impunity and enforce existing anti-corruption laws and policies.

He said the Government of Liberia’s limited or lack of effort to comprehensively audit the past administration and prosecute alleged corrupt officials, as well as limited moral and financial support to public integrity institutions, is counterproductive to the fight against corruption in the country.

“We urge the Government of Liberia to lead by example in dedicating sufficient resources to the war against corruption, which remains hugely disappointing at the moment,” he added.

Mr. Miamen also said there can be no successful fight against corruption if the rule of law is not upheld; “if the laws work for others and not just highly-placed persons or those connected to higher-ups in government; and if, among other things, investigations into major scandals, including the $25 million Mop-Up Exercise, are disappointingly endless with no sense of finality.”

He further calls on the Liberian Government to prioritize and vigorously fight against corruption. He also indicated that there can be no better time to do so than now, especially when the country’s economy is seriously challenged and the negative impacts of corruption are glaringly visible across the country.

CENTAL, through its Executive Director, reiterates its call for the CDC-led Government to move away from talks to actions; from future to now; and from delay to speed, in taking the necessary steps to decisively address Corruption in Liberia. He acknowledged that Liberia has lost millions to corruption that must be identified, retrieved and re-invested into the economy to help alleviate the hardship ordinary citizens currently face.

CENTAL’s Recommendations to GoL

Mr Miamen further recommend the timely implementation of anti-corruption commitments in the Pro-Poor Agenda for prosperity and Development (PAPD), the speedy establishment of a specialized Anti-Corruption Court, as well as the provision of direct prosecutorial power to the LACC to aid in timely processing and prosecuting Corruption Cases.

In the recommendations, he stressed the need to commission a comprehensive audit of the past administration to ensure that those who embezzled public resources are identified and prosecuted. Also, recommendations contained in existing reports of LACC, GAC, IAA and other integrity institutions must be timely implemented.

He further urged the government to address impunity through the prosecution of alleged corrupt officials of the current regime.

However, he maintained that the investigation into the $25 million mop-up exercise must be completed and those implicated prosecuted timely and impartially. He further cautioned the government to increase the moral and financial support to public integrity institutions to operate fully and independently among other things.

8 COMMENTS

  1. nobody will ever go to jail because of corruption. corruption is legal in liberia. the goal is to get a government job and steal as much as you can. former CBL executives Weeks and Sirleaf will not serve a day in jail. i will guarantee that

  2. Mr. Please give me a government job so I can steal,

    Please note that I like your name, but it’s too long brother. In all honesty, I must say from my heart of hearts, I agree with you wholeheartedly. Theft is ingrained in the blood veins of most government employees. I would like to say that not all of them steal. But for the most part, theft is a way of life for most top notch government employees. In my view, because of theft, economic development cannot be made.

    While visiting my family in Liberia about eight years ago, I went to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to get an exit visa. I almost missed my flight out of the country. Why? Someone needed a bribe or a pocket change! The gentleman who was in charge of stamping or signing passports found a stupid reason to criticize my passport. I had to drop ten US bucks (pocket change) in order for me to get my passport. Once he got the money, he found no other reason to complain about my passport.

    Who’s going to pay attention to Miamen?
    What we shouldn’t lose track of is this…theft in Liberia is alive and well. Theft in Liberia has been around before you and I were born. It’s unstoppable. It’s not Weah’s fault, of course, we expect him to try his level best in terms of fighting malfeasance. Maybe, we as citizens need a cultural revolution.

    In the words of a Nigerian associate, “in Africa, if you can’t change them, join them”.

    But I disagree. I would say please don’t join them. Be a good guy.

    • What do you expect the man to do who have not taken pay for months, and don’t have food at home. He will steal or do that to you. That’s the way our country is. Sorry about your case but this is very serious and need to stop. Only leaders can start stopping it before the man you met. Cuz if you take it to the leaders they will do nothing about it cuz they are also involved. And may even ask for a cut f om that 10usd you give that guy.
      May God help Liberia.

  3. Hey, just keep quiet about this or they will come looking for you in few days from now. This is what Liberians do for living. They fight for govt job just to steal for 3 reasons: 1) govt don’t pay them accordingly and on time, 2) just to steal since the govt heads themselves are stealing, no punishment for stealing, 3) though the cost of living is hard, they stay get to govt cuz they want to live about their earning and boast of wealth like the president or high leaders who also steal and both of it with no remorse.

    This is what Liberia is. So if you made your internet search and found any problem with it, my advice is that you keep it quiet or face the same like Costa. Or The very people you are talking for come after you to protect their govt becuz they too wants to work with govt to steal. So please keep quiet Mr CENTRAL or the govt or Liberian people will come after you ooooooooo Mr. CENTRAL.
    It happened to me when I tried to talk and fight against it, before so I am advicing you to stop talking against corruption, or face been follow.

  4. Come on Kae. Let’s be reasonable here and always. If an employee of the government has not been paid for a very long time, it is sad. But it’s not my fault. Or, do you think I made it impossible for the gentleman to be unpaid? Maybe the gentleman got paid. But because there is so much corruption, he had to do what he did to get by.

  5. An open question: Is there anybody in this govt who was making or is capable of making $5,000USD/month before gov’t job anywhere in Liberia or the world? We have turned over the country to men and woman with near zero personal or financial achievements and yet we expect a miracle overnight. Lunacy! More corruption loading.

  6. What’s Weah’s response about all this? According to him, “…You know everything you hearing about corruption business is the Congau people who just hate me because I win the election. They just jealous over me because they not able to win me. You see I know about the people needs and wants.”

    Lord have mercy on us as the country’s gullible population has allowed this clueless individual to impose his will on our fragile democracy, and now the nation has begun to reap the bitter consequences of such a lack of farsightedness.

    And as the saying goes, “You ain’t seen nothing yet,” Liberians must braze themselves for the worst. They have only tasted a tiny bite of Gbekugbeh-nomics and then they have already started complaining.

    Can anyone imagine then how it will feel when Gbekugbeh-nomics begins to take its full course?!

    The law of nature does not fail at all though. You reap what you sow. So it is with leadership. Liberians have unfortunately sown in bad leadership, and they are therefore reaping bad results.

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