The head of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission, Cllr. James N. Verdier, says corruption has played a major role in the spread of the deadly Ebola virus across Liberia.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing last Thursday, Cllr. Verdier said corruption is one leading factor that promoted the wide spread of Ebola because more health structures and other infrastructure would had been built in the country to help combat such national calamity.
The LACC boss noted that corruption has been in Liberia since Independence in 1847, stressing that corruption needs to be seriously dealt with here, and pointed out that funds that should have been used to build more health facilities were squandered.
The LACC is currently monitoring the flow of Ebola resources in the country, tracking resources coming in and leaving. Cllr. Verdier said thru vigilant monitoring process, the Commission has confiscated 35 bags of rice from Red Cross Volunteers and forwarded those allegedly involved to the Ministry of Justice for persecution.
He clarified that the LACC is no longer under Executive Orders 38 and 55 of the code of conduct as the Commission now has its own code of conduct that was established since 20 June 2014.
He said the LACC code covers all public officials, stressing that the anti graft institution now has authority to investigate and prosecute any government officials except the President of the Republic of Liberia.
Cllr.Verdier noted that the new code of conduct requires all public officials to declare their assets after every three years even if they have been transferred, promoted, demoted or fired. He warned that any government official that has resigned or been fired, but has not declared his or her asset should do so now or risks prosecution.