Weah: ‘My Mandate is to End Corruption in Public Service’

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President George M. Weah

In his inaugural speech yesterday, President George Manneh Weah assured Liberians that the mandate given him is to end corruption in public service.

President Weah, whose Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) obtained 61.5 percent of votes during the December 26 runoff election, said his overwhelming mandate received from the Liberian people clearly demonstrates that they want his government to end corruption in public service.

“I promise to deliver on this mandate,” Weah emphasized to rapturous  applause.

Weah admonished those who will be appointed public officials to put the interest of the people above their personal interests.

“As official of government, it is time to put the interest of our people above our own selfish interests. It is time to be honest with our people,” President Weah noted.

Admittedly, Weah said though corruption is a habit among the people, “We must end it. We must pay civil servants a living wage so that corruption is not an excuse for taking what is not theirs.”

He added: “Those who do not refrain from enriching themselves at the expense of the people, the law will take its course. I say today that you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

President Weah maintained he believes that the most effective way to directly impact the poor and to narrow the gap between rich and poor is to ensure that public resources do not end up in the pockets of government officials.

Reacting to President Weah’s remarks, a Liberian legal practitioner, Cllr. Jonathan Massaquoi, maintained that for the people to take Weah serious, stolen money must be recovered and the public official(s) investigated and prosecuted.

To also achieve that, Massaquoi suggested that the Solicitor General’s (S/G) office should be made independent from that of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

“The S/G office should be independent so that there will be no interference with his/her prosecutorial power; then, I believe his government will succeed in its fight against corruption,” Massaquoi noted.

Another important issue, the Supreme Court lawyer said, is to ensure the establishment of a Corruption Court that would speedily hear and adjudicate cases of corruption.

“This will make Liberians believe that President Weah is serious about fighting corruption,” Massaquoi emphasized.

“Weah’s government also needs to ensure that integrity institutions are well funded and free from interference in their operation.”

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Thank the Lord our God for you Mr. President and Madam Vice President. Your hard work has been rewarded by the mandate of the Liberian people. You earn and deserve it. We stand ready and will make meaningful contributions toward your dream to change the people’s ‘rags to riches’. Please be assured of my continuous prayers, your Excellencies.

  2. Mr President, what your Excellency has earned and now deserve to exercise cannot and should not be taken lightly. Mr. President, the Liberian people trust you and have now also achieved and deserve something they longed for. Lead them well; they only deserve that.

    God be your helper and use us as your humble servant in realizing your national development agenda.

  3. Altruistically, the Weah-Taylor team wants to do what is right. I don’t blame them at all. In fact, corruption in Liberia is alive and well. But because corruption is deep-seated, it needs to be fought with the help of sophisticated ideas.

    So where does the Weah-Taylor team go obtain sophisticated help?

    The old hands that once worked in Johnson-Sirleaf’s government are the high class government officials who drove Liberia’s economy in the ditch. Those former officials are unreliable because their views are utopian. Furthermore, the former government officials of Johnson-Sirleaf were profligates who perceived themselves as being puritanical. The world in which they lived was one of selfishness. Example, whereas it was known that unemployment nationwide was at an all time high, no concrete steps were taken to alleviate the pain and suffering that could help the poor and unemployed.

    The Weah-Taylor team can easily obtain the qualified human personnel they need in order to defeat the war on corruption. First, it must be understood that we live in a global age. Therefore, it is compulsory for the Weah-Taylor team to think and act globally.
    In order for this particular issue to be undertaken, it’s important to ask a question….Does the Weah-Taylor team have the expert technology to trace and nab former officials who unmercifully used and misused Liberia’s limited financial resources? Maybe not! Because it is unknown as to whether a sophisticated approach is immediately within reach, a new sophistication technique that could be aimed decisively at all suspected perpetrators could be borrowed from the US or the US’s Western allies who possess similar technology. In the US, the FBI needs to be contacted to help. The FBI is masterful! Because of its ability to trace and nab suspected Liberian profiteers, the FBI should not be left out of the equation.

    The second sophisticated technique that the Weah-Taylor team must definitely employ are two groups of people:

    (a) Educated and experienced Liberians who did not work at all in the Johnson-Sirleaf government and

    (b) Educated and well-experienced Liberians who live in the diaspora. The active words “educated and well-experienced Liberians” should not be overlooked. Not every Liberian who lives in the US or elsewhere in the world is expertly qualified. I know some Liberians in the US who claim to be erudite, but yet are unable to see clearly even though they wear glasses.
    Finally, a strategy that calls for the retention of former officials of the old regime has a destructive potential. It is wrongheaded. In fairness to them, not all of Johnson-Sirleaf’s former appointees are corrupt. For sure, the Weah-Taylor team needs a new set of values in order to succeed. Those new set of values or ideas or fresh faces are all that’s needed to win the battle in corruption.
    Corruption must go.

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