The People Action Network (PAN) Liberia is accusing President George Manneh Weah and his cabinet officials of allegedly violating the Constitution of Liberia owing to their alleged failure to declare their assets.
In a recent statement, PAN Executive Director Mr. Rufus Neufville accuses the President and his officials of violating the Constitution and several statutes that set the legal basis for the establishment of integrity institutions such as the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC).
Mr. Neufville says the refusal of the President and his team to declare their assets as mandated by Section 10 of the Code of Conduct has created a condition for the alleged rampant looting of public resources as demonstrated by the extensive acquisition of luxurious properties by President Weah and his group.
He claims that in addition to the massive corruption and total disregard for integrity institutions set up with assistance from the international community, President Weah has submitted a new Pre-Financing Loan Agreement in the tune of US$420 Million to the Legislature for ratification under questionable circumstances.
Under the Agreement, the loan will be financed by EuroBond, redeemable after 15 years with a five – year grace period and a 10-year interest only on payment.
Group EBOMAF will begin pre-financing the road project within three months after the agreement is ratified.
The former Chief of Protocol in the administration of former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf narrates that while they do not oppose the building of roads, it is important to note that the owner of the EBOMAF company is the same person who gave a jet plane to President Weah.
Mr. Neufville argues that this is a violation of Section 9.1 of the Code of Conduct which states: “Public Officials and Employees of Government shall not receive nor encourage the giving of any form of bribe or casual gift in connection with the performance of his or her official duties, whether for himself or herself or members of his or her family or any other benefits that could have any influence on his or her professional approach to issues and the discharge of his or her official duties.”
According to him, this shall not include gifts given during traditional ceremonies and celebrations, and fees paid for lobbying.Mr. Neufville says his fears are further compounded by another loan of 536.4 million through Eton Financial Private Limited, a company with little known financial credentials. He says this is especially worrisome in the age of terrorism where money is hidden in poor countries under doubtful circumstances.
By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley