By: Joseph Titus Yekeryan
Liberia’s Presidential aspirant Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe has attributed the underdevelopment of the country to the growing wave of corruption that has eaten the fabric of the state.
Gongloe said past and current leaders of the country have failed to see corruption as a major enemy of the state and are tight-lipped on prosecuting people caught in the web of the act.
Gongloe told our Bong County Correspondent during an interview that corruption has eroded the trust Liberia had in the public sector and has further wasted taxes or money intended for the development of Liberia.
The former Bar Association President said corruption has led to tax evasion, poor tax administration and exemptions that have disproportionately favored the well-connected and wealthy population groups.
“Corruption reduces the infrastructure of a company as well as the effectiveness of public investments. Sometimes when I sit and think about how Liberia is under this government and other past governments, I feel so bad that a country I love so dearly will be ruined by corruption despite the amount of resources we have as a state” Gongloe adds.
He said corruption in Liberia has further contributed to the level of poverty in the country; thus, leaving the nation and its people with untold suffering.
“The relationship between the act of corruption and the state of poverty is numerous and common. In the public sector for example, corruption discourages growth and deepens poverty, weakening institution and even break it down.”
However, he said when elected, he will curtail the menace and ensure economic stability for all Liberians despite their religious and political affiliations.
He stated that when given the mandate by the Liberian people, he will strengthen regimes to prevent corruption, bring corrupt actors to justice and enhance international cooperation and partnerships.
“We will also make sure and expose corrupt activities and risks that may otherwise remain hidden. We will keep the public sector honest, transparent, and accountable.”
According to him, salaries of his cabinet members will be disclosed to the public to enable the people hold his government accountable.
Cllr. Gongloe stated that he would also ensure public officials accused of corruption be tried and if guilty, they face the full brunt of the law.
According to the World Bank, CPIA transparency, accountability, and corruption in the public sector rating (1=low to 6=high) in Liberia was reported at 2.5 in 2021, according to the World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially recognized sources.
Also on Transparency International’s 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index, Liberia scored 26 on a scale from 0 (“highly corrupt”) to 100 (“very clean”). When ranked by score, Liberia ranked 142nd among the 180 countries in the Index, where the country ranked first is perceived to have the most honest public sector.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/corruption-partly-fuels-ritualistic-killings-in-liberia-gongloe/