Seven Civil Society Organizations consolidate efforts to fight against corruption in Liberia. Speaking at the National Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum that coincided with the official launch of the Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition (LCACC) on March 1, 2019, in Monrovia, the Coordinator of the group, James Koryor challenged President George Weah to take more practical action and end impunity if the fight against corruption must be taken seriously.
He said under no condition should President Weah shield any official of his government linked to a corrupt act.
James also commended the government for its timely stands in allowing independent international investigators including local experts to probe the 16 billion saga also noted that the recent report released has so many unanswered questions that warrant further forensic investigation.
Mr. Koryor also commended the US Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for supporting the investigation.
He made reference to the 25 million mop-up eexercises which he noted was not done in a more conventional style as such they demand more explanations.
The anti-corruption activist calls on the Liberian leader to balance the equation and ensure that all those linked to the saga are brought to book to face the full weight of the law.
Mr. Koryor encourages his colleagues to work together to have a collective advocacy fight against corruption.
He noted that a robust civil society sector will help pressure national government to do the right thing.
For his part, the Chief of Party of the Liberia Professional Development & Anti-Corruption Program (LPAC/USAID), Dr. Gerald Meyerman commended the civil society organization for seeing the need to come together in the fight against corruption in Liberia.
The LPAC Chief of Party stated that anti-corruption efforts should now look at reforms in the areas of the legal systems and asset recovery.
Also speaking at the event, the International Aid/ Cooperation Officer at the EU Delegation to Liberia, Madam Pia Buller expressed betterment for the coalition and highlighted the many efforts been carry out by the European Union in Liberia to strengthen transparency and accountability.
Madam Buller stated that the EU is supporting national anti-corruption and integrity institution including the General Auditing Commission, Internal Audit Agency, Public Procurement & Concession Commission and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission are some of the intervention by the EU.
For his part, the country director of Accountability Lab, Mr. Lawrence Yealue welcome the participants and development partners to the I-Campus and further commended the coalition for the effort in consolidating to fight against corruption in Liberia.
Also speaking at the event, the president of the Press Union of Liberia, Mr. Charles Coffey admonished media practitioners to be more professional in reporting stories of corruption highlighting the recent 16 billion investigative report.
We must always do due diligence and balance our reportage the PUL President stressed.
Other statements made were from the Federation of Liberian Youth and the Liberian National Student Union through their respective Vice Presidents, Mr. Jacob Flomo and Ms. Vickjune Wutoh both of them stress the need for a collective fight against corruption in Liberia.
Presenting on LPAC programs in Liberia, Randall Makor, Anti-Corruption Specialist at LPAC provided details on LPAC thematic programs focus and welcome the coalition and encourage the members of the coalition to remain committed to the fight.
The 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 is established to consolidate and coordinate civil society organizations and anti-corruption activists fight against corruption in Liberia through technical assistance, resource mobilization, capacity building, and joint program implementation.
The group comprising seven local civil society organizations to include: Consolidated Youth for Peace and Development, the Youth Exploring Solution, Association of Progressive Youth of Liberia and the Inspired Liberia Project. Others are: The Institute for Democratic Governance & Development, Students against Corruption and the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network saw the need to come together to help jointly advocate for more transparent and accountable governance in Liberia.
The launch program was fully supported by USAID through the Liberia Profssional Development & Anti-Corruption Program.