Liberian Leader George Weah’s most recent nominations have suffered multiple public lashes for several diverse and justifiable reasons mainly from the civil society groups in the Country.
On Tuesday the Elections Coordinating Committee frowned at the nomination of the New Chairman designate of the National Elections Commission Cllr. A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike while in the political corridors of the Country, many people argued and questioned his nationality which they noted is of serious concern to be taken into consideration though there are others who urged Liberians looked at not only the name of the individual but his qualification, his performance and professional expertise over the period.
Well of late the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) has registered its disappointment on the recent appointments by the president relative to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC)
At a news Conference on Wednesday March 25, 2020 the CENTAL’s Executive Director Anderson Miamen said the president violated the act establishing the LACC by nominating Cllr. Edwin Kla Martin as Executive Chairperson of the LACC.
According to him article 6.2 of the anti-graph institution on nomination of commissioners provides that the President may involve Civil Society Groups pursuant to partnership between the Government and the CSO in the effective fight against Corruption.
Additionally, he also pointed out 6.1 of the same act of the LACC that again the President violated stating that no two commissioners shall come from the same County of origin something he noted is now the case of Cllr. Edwin Kla Martin who according to CENTAL’s investigation hailed from Pleebo Maryland County including Cllr. Aba Hamilton Dolo who also come from Maryland County respectively, this he noted is a completion violation of the act that establishes the LACC as such the president should revisit his nomination in the best interest of upholding to the Constitution of the Country which he has pledged over the period to respect, protect and defend at all times.
Mr. Miamen wants the president especially in appointing key individuals to integrity institutions to fully involve the Civil Society Groups and partners for the sake of best practices and transparency as well.
The move he noted is to ensure that the public have confidence and trust in the activities of integrity institutions in Liberia.
However, the CENTAL boss stressed that the continuous appointment of individuals to key integrity institutions by President Weah without the full involvement of CSO’s and partners undermine the fight against corruption in the Country.
He fears and historicized the case and a repeat of the former head of the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI) Gabriel Nyenka of which he was later removed from his office and to some extend hampered the operations of LEITI over the period unlike now.
Meanwhile CENTAL has welcomed the lifting of the suspension of the LEITI but must ensure timely reconstitution of the leadership of LEITI to ensure that it is fully staffed to effectively and efficiently operate.
He at the same time calls for the required process as provided for by the LEITI act of 2009 and best practices to be followed particularity in ensuring that a leadership of stakeholders’ confidence is recruited.