13 December 2012

Liberia: Take the UN Concern in Good Faith


The United Nations Security Council has released a December 2012 monthly Forecast on the activities of the Liberian government. The report is exhaustive and it does not truncate all of the issues raised therein.

In The Report, the Council discussed serious governance issues with specific emphasis on corruption, implying that the government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is 'unresponsive' to audit reports that highlight corruption in public institutions.

The Council Expressed concern about the issue of corruption in her government; particularly after the Secretary-General's special report sharply criticized President Sirleaf's government for shortcomings in the areas of governance and reconciliation, both of which bear directly on security.

There Are Other concerns raised by the Council which suggest that the Liberian leader appears not to have taken actions against armed actors from Ivory Coast operating along the borders. The Security Council claimed that these actors have recruited and continue to recruit children into their ranks which is a violation of international conventions and protocols.

These Are Very grave concerns and we believe that the Council's report is a premonition that if nothing is done by government, there would be consequences in the future.

The UN Security Council has every reason to raise the specific concern about corruption because of the international commitment and support the government of President Sirleaf enjoys. The President has acknowledged that corruption is prevalent, not only in her government, but in every sector of our country. Therefore, it becomes her responsibility as head of government to develop the political will and demonstrate that corruption is indeed Public Enemy #1 as she stated in 2006.

However, We Are not impress with the President's fight against corruption in recent years. She appears to have lost the battle and clearly does not have the audacity and inner tenacity to dismiss individuals in government for corruption whom she has known for over 30 years. The institutions established to fight corruption exist, but they either lack the required financial support from central government or simply do not have the capacity.

We Make These comments to accentuate the concerns of the Liberian people who know that President Sirleaf's statements about fighting corruption are bland and merely rhetorical. We urge the Liberian government to take the concerns of the UN Security Council in good faith.

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