1 July 2013

Liberia: Lacc Boss - Liberia Lost Opportunity to Fight Corruption

The Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Frances Johnson-Alison, has disclosed that the rejection of a bill seeking to grant the LACC direct prosecutorial powers by the 53rd Liberian Legislature is a lost opportunity to the fight against corruption.

In order to overcome new challenges in the fight against corruption, Cllr. Johnson-Alison said the LACC cannot be confirmed to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution. The LACC boss made the disclosure on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the second quarterly chat with the Liberian media.

The quarterly chat with the Liberia media is an exchange of ideas between the LACC and the Liberian media in the fight against corruption.

Speaking further, Cllr. Johnson-Alison described the fight against corruption as a "dilemma", especially with the second rejection of this bill.

She pointed out that the LACC has not received the kind of support when it comes to the fight against corruption. Cllr. Johnson-Alison, a former Minister of Justice, also pointed out that the "perennial" financial problem is another setback confronting the LACC in its quest to fight corruption.

According to her, the lack of finances has made it difficult for the LACC to expand and decentralize its corruption campaign.

The LACC boss observed that the fight against corruption is increasingly becoming an option for some unemployed to make money at the expense of the crusade. If the war on corruption is to be won, she believes, poverty and unemployment must be addressed.

Meanwhile, a Commissioner of the LACC Cllr. Gladys Johnson vowed to take the bill back to the Legislature for passage, noting, the LACC will not rest until this bill is passed. She said the passage of this bill into law will in turn lessen the load of the Ministry of Justice, which has several cases on its dockets.

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