At long last, the Plenary of the Liberian Senate yesterday unanimously passed the Code of Conduct Bill which has been lingering there for about two years.
The Code of Conduct Bill which originated from the Executive Branch of Government is to streamline the conduct for all public officials and employees within the country.
The Bill seeks to set out standards of behavior and conduct required of public officials and employees of government shall also guide, regulate and ensure compliance with the norms and behaviors required of all public officials and employees of government.
"This Act may be cited as the Code of Conduct Act of 2013 is hereby enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Liberia in Legislature Assembled".
Part 2 Section: 2 of the law states that the code of conduct is applicable to all public officials and employees of the three branches of the Government of Liberia, and its parastatal bodies.
Section 1.3.1 further states any reward or inducement paid to any public office and employee of government for doing or forbearing to do anything in respect of any matter or transaction within the scope of their duties or on account of favor given or to be given in the exercise of his or her official duties, and includes what is known widely in local terminology as "cold water" or "eating" will be considered as bribery.
"A person has committed bribery if: he or she directly or indirectly promises, offers, or gives to a public official or one who occupies any position of trust in any public or private, local or international organization or the general society, any undue advantage for the official or occupant of a position of trust or any other person or entity, in order that the official or person of entity acts or refrains from acting in the exercise of his or her official duties, or in violation of the trust reposed in him or her.