President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has again said her government’s resolve to
fight corruption is unshakable. The president, in yet another speech to the
nation about endemic corruption in the country, called on the public to be
participants in the fight against vice.
President Sirleaf’s speech Thursday
came on the heels of a number of auditing reports pointing to endemic corruption
in the government. As a result some Liberians are calling on the president to
take serious action against alleged corrupt officials in her government.
Minister of Information Lawrence Bropleh told VOA President Sirleaf has promised a major cabinet reshuffle soon
you need to know is that the president was able to say that we have taken many
actions since the General Auditing Commission have given the results of many
audit reports. Several of those were announced today involving the Bong Mines
Escrow Account where the Superintendent of Bong County is under suspension
pending further investigation, the National Housing Authority, the previous
administration board and management were dismissed for
inefficiency...additionally, the president has said that there will be a major
cabinet reshuffle,” he said.
said the reshuffle would take place between now and the end of January 2009.
Liberians have expressed concern that a cabinet reshuffle by itself without
legal action against suspected corrupt officials would not be enough to curtail
said President Sirleaf intends to dismiss and at the same time prosecute
corrupt government officials.
the president believes that there is corruptibility as it regards a ministry or
the head of that ministry or persons in leadership in that ministry, she will
act in terms of a dismissal and then forward to the Justice Ministry, the
prosecutorial arm of government in order to have further investigation,
prosecution, and restitution,” Bropleh said.
the release of audit reports by the General Auditing Commission, the public and
some politicians have been demanding serious action by President Sirleaf to do
more about corruption.
said President Sirleaf, who in her inaugural address has declared corruption
“public enemy #1, has taken serious action.
action is currently being taken and additional serious action will be taken.
Let me just say to the public that those of us who serve in the highest level
in President Sirleaf’s government, understand her integral leadership and her
zero tolerance for corruptibility, and we will not be in the realm of trying to
be corrupt in our actions,” Bropleh said.
denied that President Sirleaf, in her address to the country Thursday, appeared
to blame former government officials of being behind the criticism of active
corruption in her administration.
“What the president has said is that
there is a lot of talk about corruption, and in all honesty, many people are
beginning to understand it. But there are some who believe that unless the
president dismisses every senior government minister and director general, it
does not appear in their mind that she is fighting corruption. That is not the
way a government operates, and that is not the way President Sirleaf will
manage Liberia’s resources,” Bropleh said.