The head of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Ellen Landgreen, has said that progressive in the fight against corruption remains slow despite the government's effort to put in place anti-corruption institutions in order to minimize and curb the misuse of public funds by officials.
Madam Landgreen made the comment Tuesday in Monrovia at UNMIL's regular press briefing.
"We're aware that the government is doing well in the fight against corruption in this country. However, despite putting in place anti-corruption institutions, progress in this area remains slow, and we expect to see more progress in this fight because corruption undermines development," she said. UNMIL boss could not say which area the fight against corruption is taking slow pace, but cautioned the public to allow anti-corruption institutions to carry on their tasks in a more effective way and should not be undermined
"Corruption is a major handicap to progress and it interferes with broad base functions and institutions in this country," Madam Landgreen said.
She described the President's recent suspension and dismissal of some senior government officials as an important step in the fight against corruption. She, however, indicated that more has to be done in order to make significant progress in the fight against graft and misuse of public resources. "Progress remains slow though, and we would like to see more progress on this," she said. She also disclosed 25% increase in sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) across the country, and revealed that mob violence has increased to 40%. She warned those engaged in mob violence to desist and seek legal redress in handling their grievances. "We can talk about the need to punish or prosecute perpetrators, but it's very important to stress that these forms of violence must be rejected by society," SRSG Landgreen said.
She added: "Once it's socially unacceptable to engage in sexual violence. Once, it's unacceptable to go after suspected perpetrators of crimes and kill them."
If such acts are abandoned, she said the risk of sexual and gender based violence, including mob violence, she noted, "Will be significantly reduced."