‘Tougher Action for Corrupt Officials’

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Deputy House Speaker Hans Barchue has called for rigid and uncompromising measures instituted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in order to curb corruption.

In a Daily Observer interview, Deputy Speaker Barchue stated that as corruption remains a major challenge affecting the development of this Liberia, “very harsh” action should be taken against those caught in dishonest and illegal practices.

He wants President Sirleaf suspend officials implicated in the General Auditing Commission’s (GAC) investigation of corrupt practices in public offices.

“If those accused of corruption remain in office while court proceedings are ongoing, they will have time and opportunity to cover-up in order to show that they are not ‘guilty.’ ”

He appealed to the Chief Executive to begin ‘suspension’ as a new strategy in tackling corruption—an offense he considered “systemic and chronic” in the Liberian society.

“If I am accused and still maintain in that position, I will have time to manage and manipulate documents to protect my interest. We need to come up with a policy to address cases that come out of the GAC reports. Government needs to take reports from the GAC seriously in an effort to serve as a deterrent to would-be perpetrators,” the Grand Bassa County lawmaker argued.

Representative Barchue used the occasion to call on authorities of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to formulate the right measures to combat the decrease in the value of the Liberian dollar to the United States dollars.

He maintained that CBL should have the capacity to address complex problems in the economy, and come up with the right principles to achieve its goal.

Deputy Speaker Barchue described the decline in the Liberian dollars and the current state of the Liberian economy as “unfortunate, raising concern about the prospects of growth and human development of the Liberian people.”

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