The Director at United Methodist Human Rights Monitor Jefferson Nat is calling on President George Manneh Weah’s government to audit the regime of former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf’s Unity Party (UP) led – government to prove transparency.
Speaking on a live radio talk show in Monrovia Tuesday, 25 September, Mr. Nat says there is a need to carry on an audit of the UP led – government, if the CDC government wants to prove transparency and readiness to fight corruption.
According to him, there is no way the Weah government can prove transparency without conducting audit of the previous government.
Commenting on statements made by Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, and CDC Chairman Mulbah Morlu, Mr. Nat says he thinks in the midst of all of the economic hardship here, the best thing government can do is to remain quiet.
He was reacting to Tweah’s claims that no money went missing here, and Morlu’s claims that the protest staged Monday, 24 September was fake and only attended by 150 persons.
According to him, the call for officials to be quiet is aimed at allowing smooth investigation to take place in the alleged missing $15 billion saga.
He asks officials here to stop responding to people especially at this time when the country is tense.
According to him, when citizens are disenchanted about a particular matter and decide to stage a street protest, all the government can do is to remain calmed rather than making statements that will intensify the situation.
The Director of United Methodist Human Rights Monitor says if Liberia is to make progress in the midst of all this economic hardship and missing money, the best thing to do is to avoid making all sorts of comments.
At the same time Mr. Nat frowns on the recent protest by a group under the banner Coalition of Citizens United to Bring Our Money Back (COCUBOMB) that included several civil society groups.
“We are not against the protest that was carried out yesterday, but the call made by them is what we are against,” he says.
“To call on the international community to stop providing aid to Liberia we think it is wrong,” Mr. Nat continues.
According to him, the idea of calling on the international community to abandon all aid to Liberia is something that will strangulate the entire country, and not only the government as the protesters might think.
By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley