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National Civil Society Council of Liberia
Wants immediate Dismissal of Corrupt Officials; Commends US Government For Sanctions.

Despite the suspension of the three senior officials occupying strategic positions in the Weah-led government,  the National Civil Society Council of Liberia wants the immediate dismissal of those designated by the United States Treasury Sanctions for allegations of corruption and misuse of public office.

The Civil Society Council at the same time commended the United States Government and the people of America for placing targeted sanctions on designated Liberian government officials, including Nathaniel McGill, Sayma Syrenius Cephus, and Bill Twehway for their
alleged involvement in ongoing public corruption in Liberia.

Madam Loretta Alethea Pope-Kai, head of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia in a press release concurred with many that Corruption has long undermined Liberia’s democracy and its economy, depriving the Liberian people of funds for public services, empowering illicit actors,
degrading the business environment, damaging the rule of law and eroding the effective governance in the country.

She furthered that Corruption also contributes to diminished citizens’ confidence in government and the public space and promotes impunity.

Department of Treasury Office of the Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is laudable and said action has reassured the Liberian people of the United States Government’s commitment to stand with Liberia in fighting the menace of corruption as these acts of corruption undermine and threaten Liberia’s overall democratic
governance space.

The Civil Society Council However, calls on the Liberian President George Weah to take concrete steps beyond the suspension to save the image of the government from International and Diplomatic embarrassment as well as to ensure public trust by dismissing, prosecuting and confiscating ill-acquired properties or wealth and barring of said officials from participating in political affairs and governance of the state.

With the latest action of the United States Government, the National Civil Society Council of Liberia further calls on the government to begin beefing up the fight against corruption and impunity by strengthening integrity institutions and setting up an anti-corruption court to fast-track corruption cases.

Meanwhile, Madam Pope-Kai has called on President Weah in line with the Code of Conduct, to ensure all public officials contesting for elected positions declare their assets and make them public.

“We are calling on other friendly governments especially the UK, European Union and African countries to follow the same steps as the Government of the United States to investigate and designate targeted sanctions on officials of discernment that are involved in corruption that is leading to poor public service delivery, undermining the peace and security of the state”, the release added.

The Council concluded by calling on public servants, officials and employees of government nurturing corruption and bad governance as well as embracing the culture of impunity to now begin to rethink and act accordingly.

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