6 July 2012

Liberia: Assets Declaration Turns Fiasco

Photo: Abbas Dulleh/New Democrat
Sirleaf appointing her first set of cabinet members.

Despite President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's repeated instructions for her appointed officials to declare their assets, most officials are still dragging their feet in complying with the mandate since they were appointed over 150 days ago.

However, Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmick M. Piah told reporters that "Let it be known that the President is very serious, and she is now contemplating on a series of punitive measures that will be ranging from withholding pay, suspension, probably dismissals for those who will not cooperate," said Piah.

Despite reemphasizing her instruction on June 20, 2012, demanding immediate asset declaration by all appointed officials, there has been no compliance report released by the Executive to indicate how many appointees have yielded to the President's mandate.

Speaking with reporters at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia yesterday, Piah cautioned that those, who will not do what the President wants them to do, risk action from the government.

Prior to appointing her officials five months back, President Sirleaf strongly insisted that all appointed officials, who will serve in the new administration, would declare their assets and ensure that they comply fully with provisions of the Code of Conduct signed on January 6, 2012.

It remains to be seen whether or not; the officials will fully comply with the Executive Code of Conduct and declare their assets, as excuses have characterized the entire process on grounds that there are enormous procedures involved in assets declaration.

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