The Secretary General of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC) declared that government through Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism (MICAT) is trafficking in public dishonesty and deception using the KROLL Scoping Report, against the expressed advice of KROLL, to claim exoneration from the rising wave of corruption consuming the George Weah’s administration.
Recently, ANC Political Leader Alexander Cummings drew the anger of MICAT when he condemned the rising wave of corruption which has reached new and higher levels under the CDC-led government.
“Without good examples from the highest levels of the country’s political leadership, as well as serious commitments to systems of transparency and accountability, and demonstrated political will to investigate, prosecute and punish friends and foes alike, corruption will continue to be impossible for President Weah to fight, and as Liberians continue to see, a few are getting rich illegally while the majority are getting poorer,” Cummings said.
In its reaction, MICAT referred to corruption as “street talks” and cited the KROLL Report as effectively exonerating the Liberian Government of corruption.
However, ANC Secretary General Cllr. Aloysius Toe stepped in the fray and described as deceptive and dishonest reaction by government via MICAT to the public condemnation of corruption by his Political Leader.
On the controversial Mop-up Exercise, Toe said perhaps MICAT believes Liberians have forgotten the recommendation of President Weah’s own Investigative Team (PIT) in its call for a forensic audit of the USD25Million, which to date, the administration has failed to carry out.
Instead, Toe also said government contrived to misdirect public attention by instructing a limited “fact-finding”, as opposed to a forensic audit by the General Auditing Commission (GAC).
According to Toe, only an irresponsible, conniving and corrupt administration would not proceed to audit the US$25 Million Mop-up or permit the GAC “review of the Reports of the Mop-up Exercise”, after it was recommended to do so by the PIT, in the face of the qualification of the limited Scoping Report of KROLL, and the public plea by the GAC to conduct an audit.
“Of course, the Weah-led administration did not audit, has yet to audit, and has instead rewarded the Governor of the Central Bank, who is a friend of President Weah and a long-term political ally, with a golden parachute back into retirement, as Liberians continue to suffer, and the banking system bleeds from the lack of public confidence and integrity,” the ANC Secretary General stated.
Toe noted: “The ANC and its Political Leader will continue to condemn stealing in the government because it is hurting the country and suffering the people. We do not do so to convince MICAT or anyone in the Weah-led administration whose salaries depend on not understanding the simple truth that corruption keeps countries poor. We do so because we believe in a higher standard for governance and a more accountable management of the nation’s resources for the betterment of all Liberians. Liberia deserves better.”