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Press Statement on Reappointment of Former Government Officials

 Monrovia, Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The attention of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia has been drawn to reports of reappointment of former government officials who resigned their respective positions, based on Section 5.2A of the Code of Conduct for Public Officials, to contest as Representatives in the just ended October Elections.

 

CENTAL is deeply disappointed in the President’s decision and sees her action as continuation of the patronage system that has undermined effectiveness and efficiency in public service over the years. Continuously working with a select few, especially family members and friends, paints the picture that there exists a void of the competent, a proposition we refuse to accept. We strongly believe that there are many other Liberians willing and able to work in the concerned capacities. Given the poor state of the economy and poverty-stricken conditions of most Liberians, it is important that people begin to diversify and not see the public pie as an entitlement that can be reclaimed after resignation. We also wonder why the President continues to hold sacred the very people rejected by their constituencies at the polls.

 

But several questions also linger: Are these individuals being reappointed to make up for their financial losses during their failed election bids? How sure are we that those in question were not remotely running their offices and taking their salaries and benefits while away? Does this act not undermine the potency of the Code of Conduct?

 

This does not augur well for the new Liberia we are seeking to build. A Liberia that frowns on and robustly addresses corruption, provides equal access to job opportunities to all, and does not create the impression that certain individuals are entitled to government positions. With very high levels of unemployment in the country, we cannot afford to entrench a select few in power when there are several others, perhaps more qualified and competent, to equally serve in said positions.

 

CENTAL wishes to recommend the followings:

 

  1. That the President refrains from creating the wrong impression that certain Liberians are entitled to government positions and can leave and return at will, even if there are others more qualified and competent to replace them. Doing so undermines efforts to break away from the patronage culture and create a society of equal opportunities for all.

 

  1. That the Internal Audit Agency and the General Auditing Commission investigate and establish whether or not these officials, who reportedly resigned their positions, were not remotely running their offices and receiving their salaries and benefits while away. If established, it will demonstrate abuse of pubic trust and resources and serve as an ample basis for prosecution; and

 

  1. By virtue of their reported resignation and reappointment, these individuals are new appointees in government and must be subjected to confirmation proceedings by the Senate.

 

To conclude, we have a collective responsibility to ensure that our leaders act with transparency, accountability and integrity in all their dealings. This will support and enhance reforms efforts that are urgently needed to better our governance systems and processes as well as improve the quality of public service in the country.

 

Thank you.

 Anderson D. Miamen

Executive Director

 

COTAE Welcomes Evaluation Report on Partnership Schools for Liberia

The Coalition for Transparency and Accountability in Education (COTAE) has joined other local and international civil society organizations in welcoming preliminary findings of the ongoing Randomized Control Trial (RCT), an independent evaluation of the Liberian Government’s Partnership Schools for Liberia Program. The research, which is being undertaken by the Center for Innovation and Poverty Action and Center for Global Development, summarizes the performances of private providers contracted by the Ministry of Education to manage schools under the pilot program. In a statement released on Thursday, the group called on the Government of Liberia to re-examine its relationship with Bridge International Academies and revoke its contract, given its poor performance and excesses under the program.

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TI Delegation Presents Land Papers At World Bank

 

Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption, has submitted papers at the 18th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty.

Held from the 20th to 24th March at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C., the conference brought together more than 1,250 

participants from over 130 countries. Themed “Responsible Land Governance – Towards an Evidence-Based Approach”, the conference sessions were structured into sub-themes including:Research on land governance and rigorous impact evaluations, delivering land administration services at scale, harnessing geospatial data, cloud platforms, and other data technologies; Land and urbanization; Land for infrastructure, investment, disaster risk reduction, and Securing land rights for equity, sustainability, and resilience

 

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Annual Regional Meeting of TI’s African Chapters Ends in Maputo

 

African Chapters of Transparency International have met at a regional meeting in Maputo to discuss key issues related effectiveness and sustainability of the TI movement, especially Chapters in Africa. Representatives from Mozambique, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Tunisia and Mauritius attended the one-week conference, which took place from July 11 to 14, 2017. CENTAL’s Executive Director, Mr. Anderson D. Miamen, represented the Liberia and CENTAL. Other participants included TI’s partners and donors, including the African Development Bank, African Rising, and Afro Barometer. Mr. Samuel Kaninda and Paul Banoba represented the Secretariat of Transparency International.

 

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