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No witch hunt

-Deputy Minister Jackson
The Deputy Minister for Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) Attorney Isaac Jackson has assured Liberians that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf absolutely has no interest in witch hunting anybody in the ongoing probe of the Global Witness Report, contrary to public perception.

Minister Jackson said the Sirleaf administration takes very serious because it wants get to the bottom of the allegation of bribery, involving several of her officials. Speaking Tuesday, June 21, during the ministry’s regular press briefing held in the Charles Gbeyon’s Conference Hall on Capitol Hill, the deputy MICAT boss also clarified that the military is not a civilian organization, but a discipline body, adding if any of its members does wrong, he or she is penalized by the institution.

He stressed a need for the public to adequately understand national issues before jumping into debate. According to him, due to the slowness in opening accounts for soldiers of Armed Forces of Liberia, payment of salary was encountering some problems. He however, appealed to the soldiers to remain calm as every effort was being exerted to ensure they are paid.

Minister Jackson also pointed out that the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission lacks direct prosecutorial but can submit cases to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution and within three months, if no action is taken, then the LACC may now proceed with prosecution, accordingly.

By Zee Roberts-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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