The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) in collaboration with UNDP and USAID/LPAC celebrated International Anti – Corruption Day December 6-9, with a series of activities in Gbarnga, Bong County, under the global theme: “Corruption, an impediment to the sustainable development goals.”
The President of the Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County, Rev. Herman Browne, who served as guest speaker, said he sees no clear cut victory in the fight against corruption.
Delivering the keynote address, he said victory is actually in the continued fight against corruption and the LACC should not expect victory at the end of the journey. He said the success of the Commission is in the journey against corruption.
Rev. Browne said the work of the LACC is to stop corrupt officials from gaining ground and keeping those officials in a defensive position. He said the LACC should not expect to win the war.
The Episcopal prelate told the gathering that the celebration is meant to bring to people’s attention how individuals must take note that their individual actions have national consequences.
He called on the LACC not to be discouraged when there is no sign of progress in the fight against corruption, adding the Commission should keep up the fight.
“All stakeholders, including marketers, government and other organizations must recognize that we are in this for the long haul. The battle is not easy but worth it and we should not be fooled that we are winning the war against corruption through visibility,” he added.
He said in addition to sensitization and educational programs, additional measures must be put in place to ensure that corrupt officials are identified quickly, and called on Liberians to unite against the disease in anyway it manifests itself.
Rev. Browne warned that public talk about corruption does not necessarily mean those who talk want to see corruption go away. He said corruption exists when individuals exchange integrity for comfort and gain; and as a result, citizens do not trust that the system, which should be working for them, will indeed work in their favor.
Rev. Browne said “the fight is not only LACC’s business but all of us as Liberians and unless we take up the mantle and fight and realize that victory is fighting for what is right, we all will lose.”