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Investigate all corruption cases

-Professor Ansu Sonii tells President Sirleaf
The former Vice President for Administration of the University of Liberia Professor Dao Ansu Sonii is calling on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to ensure that all officials linked to corruption are thoroughly investigated without being selective in the process.

Professor Sonii, who is also a member of the Grievance and Ethics Committee of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change or CDC told reporters recently in Kakata, Margibi County everyone accused of corruption should be dealt with in the similar mood and manner that indictees from the Global Witness bribery allegation are being treated.

“My only issue, it should snowball. Everybody else who had been in the limelight of corruption, even if it is her children, even if is her family member, she must deal with them in the same mood and manner that she’s dealing with these people”, said Professor Sonii, who is an ex-member of President Sirleaf’s governing Unity Party.

Sonii, who lost the 2014 senatorial elections to Dr. Jim W. Tornola in Margibi, coming second, said his emphasis is not on Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, head of the special investigative taskforce appointed by President Sirleaf to probe the Globa Witness report, but the process, adding the President has embarked on a process that he has not seen yet that is to be able to get to a target with a corruption case involving certain senior officials she wants investigated.

According to him, if the investigation must be done, it should be executed without favors, and everyone else accused of corruption must be properly investigated and prosecuted to demonstrate that few people are not being targeted.

“My emphasis is justice should be served. If John is wrong, John is dealt with in the same way as a Flomoyan is wrong. In that case, you will rise above the fray; people won’t criticize, but if they are seeing that it does not go that way, that’s a different problem”, he added.

Professor Sonii said the President’s position to investigate the matter is noble but the strategy may not be the best.

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By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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