12 October 2013

Liberia: 'Complete Misrepresentation' - LACC Slams LPRC Boss's Assets Response

The attention of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has been drawn to a press release issued by the management of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) insinuating that the LACC has asserted that the LPRC Managing Director, Mr. T. Nelson Williams is among public officials who have deliberately refused to cooperate with the Commission on grounds that he has not declared his income, assets and liabilities.

The LPRC press release is a complete misrepresentation of the facts. The LACC at no time indicated that Mr. Williams deliberately refused to cooperate with Commission because he did not declare his assets. Instead, the Commission placed the name of the LPRC Managing Director among officials who deliberately refused to cooperate with the LACC Asset Verification Team to verify his income, assets and liabilities as declared.

The LACC also wishes to clarify that there is a distinction between Asset Declaration (AD) and Asset Verification (AV). The Asset Declaration regime provides information about the income, assets and liabilities of officials prior to or while in public office while the Asset Verification program verifies the income, assets and liabilities of the declarants.

Moreover, the LPRC is not the declarant and is therefore not a party to this issue. The use of the company's resources to pay for full page advertisement in most newspapers on behalf of Mr. T. Nelson Williams is an abuse and waste of public resources, which is tantamount to corruption.

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