The Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition (LCACC) a national umbrella membership organization that brings together Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and activists in the fight against corruption in Liberia has made the latest call on the Liberian Government to improve on accountability and transparency in the governance of the state.
According to the LCACC National Coordinator, James Koryor, recent communication emanating from the UN Resident Coordinator, Yacoub El Hillo highlighting the challenges experienced by several UN Agencies in getting timely and accurate reports from the Government of Liberia thereby delaying implementation of essential services and advisory support to the people of Liberia and warned that the delay of the reports would in the long-term lead to withholding of fund for UN programs in Liberia and other adverse consequences should be seen as a serious warning to the Liberian Government which should be addressed with urgency.
The LCACC boss furthered stated that the problem in Liberia is not about framework or policies to combat corruption or enhance transparency, but rather the lack of integrity, nationalism, and sincerity by those who manage the wealth of the country and that the challenge for government is to meet this demand and regain trust in their management of the public good. Stressing that transparency is essential to maintaining public trust in the government and public service.
The anti-corruption advocate also stated that it is time for President George Weah to fully support the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Ministry of Justice in prosecuting corrupt government officials.
Mr. Koryor also stated that LCACCC welcomes the recent indictment of the Managing Director of the National Housing Authority, Duanah Siryon and others for alleged bribery. Stressing that more needs to be done in the full prosecution of corruption cases in Liberia.
“We believe that it is about time that citizens demand accountability from government, stressing that even clear laws and regulations and well-designed institutions will not prevent corruption unless the people actively demand accountability from their leaders”. Koryor further maintained that corruption continues to be insidious in Liberia stating that it deepens poverty by distorting political, economic and social life making democratic institution weak, as public trust and support for politicians is lost.
LCACC is at the same time calling on the Ministry of Justice for the speedy trial for all those who have been indicted for corruption in Liberia stating that corruption increases if a corrupt act is not punished.
The LCACC boss further stressed that if Liberia is to regain its pre-war status and develop in to middle-income country by 2030 as per the SDGs or the Government Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity & Development, then the issue of corruption should not be tolerated or accepted as a way of life in the Liberian society because corruption harm trade, deter investment, threatens the environment, leads to human rights abuse and make it impossible for thousands of people especially in rural parts of the country to earn an honest living.
LCACC, HEREBY MAINTAIN THAT CORRUPTION REMAIN PUBLIC ENEMY # 1 and will continue to expose and advocate for greater transparency and accountability in Liberia. The release quoted.
Launched recently with support from USAID through the Legal Professional Development & Anti-Corruption Program (LPAC), Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition is a national umbrella membership organization that brings together Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and activists in the fight against corruption in Liberia. The Coalition comprises national and local CSOs, national youth and student organizations, media groups, faith-based organizations, women groups, journalists and activists.
The Coalition was established to consolidate and coordinate civil society organizations and anti-corruption activists fight against corruption in Liberia as well as to enhance the watchdog and anti‐corruption capacities of the CSOs and provide a platform through which civil society organizations can increase advocacy and commitment to improving transparency and accountability in service delivery and fighting corruption in the public sector.