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A Liberian integrity group, Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia or CENTAL is calling for President George Manneh Weah’s multiple constructions to be investigated by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and other relevant agencies of government.

In a statement released Monday, 26 November CENTAL says the sources of funding for these constructions must be identified and timely report released to the public.The organization says it wants clarity on allegations of abuse of public resources by the presidency.

CENTAL, in a strongly worded statement also calls for a comprehensive audit of the administration of former president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to ensure those who allegedly misapplied public resources are identified and prosecuted.

The statement further admonishes President Weah to abandon plans to remove tenure at key positions at public integrity institutions and other agencies with extremely critical functions in the governance process.

CENTAL’s fear is that by doing so, the Weah regime will undermine the sanctity and independence of these institutions and render them vulnerable to political manipulations.The organization suggests that President Weah suspends, for time indefinite, all public officials guilty of violating the Code of Conduct, until cleared by the Liberia Anti – Corruption Commission (LACC) following declaration of their assets, incomes and liabilities within one week.

CENTAL recommends further that the LACC and other relevant agencies of government independently and timely verify and publish assets, incomes and liabilities declared by former officials of the Sirleaf-led government while leaving office.

The statement maintains that the prosecution should include the 52nd and 53th Legislatures that are yet to be audited.Meanwhile, CENTAL calls on the Legislature to do due diligence to bills and other submissions from the Executive, warning that endorsing nearly everything from the presidency is troubling and counterproductive to lawmakers’ effective oversight.

CENTAL encourages that the role of critical voices be respected and protected in fostering a democratic culture that is highly accountable and welcoming of diverging views and positions on critical national issues.

By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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