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Liberia needs economic crime court

Liberia does not need a war crime court, but an economic crime court, according to the National Conscious Youth Alliance or NACOYA, a civil society group.

Speaking to The NewDawn in Weala, Margibi County recently, the group’s deputy director for administration, who also serves as public relations officer, said the establishment of an economic crime court here is necessary because there are people, who have navigated their way through in power, corrupted the system and accumulated so much wealth that cannot be compared to their salaries and allowances since the inception of the Unity Party-led government in 2005.

“I have told people that Liberia does not need what we call a war crime court; Liberia needs an economic crime court because there are people that have navigated their ways through, corrupted and amassed so much wealth that when you are to commensurate the wealth they have accumulated since this Unity Party led government took over in 2005 up to present, if you are to compare and contrast, you will agreed with me that the wealth they have accumulated cannot be compared to their salaries, cannot be compared to their allowances, cannot be compared to all other benefits associated with the job”, said Benjamin Marvelous Kollie.

According to him, with an economic crime court, those people who have caused Liberia to be stagnated and completely backward, will be brought to book in accordance with the law to avoid a reoccurrence of those kinds of actions against the State and its people.

He said for instance, the wealth of former Foreign Affairs Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan and Finance Minister Amara Konneh enjoy today cannot be measured to their salaries, adding that the formation of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission or LACC and General Auditing Commission or GAC was necessary, but both institutions lack prosecutorial powers, which limit their interventions.

Benjamin said NACOYA wants the government through the Legislature to enact laws that will empower these anti-graft commissions to prosecute officials suspected or accused of corruption.

He stressed that if this were done, it would minimize the lack of accountability in the public sector.

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

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