CENTAL Wants President Weah’s Assets, Others Published

first_imgCENTAL program manager, Gerald D. Yeakula. The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) has called on the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to timely and independently verify and publish all declared assets, income and liabilities, including those of President George M. Weah.In a statement issued on Monday, CENTAL said it is glad to acknowledge receipt of reports of declaration of assets, income, and liabilities by President George Manneh Weah, which the General Auditing Commission (GAC) has confirmed.Although it is belated, CENTAL lauded President Weah for declaring his assets in compliance with chapter 10 of the 2014 Code of Conduct for Public officials that requires all public officials to declare their assets.“This is one of several steps that demonstrate concrete commitment and political will to set the necessary condition for a successful fight against corruption in Liberia,” the statement said.CENTAL has also called on the Vice President, members of the Senate and House of Representatives, Justices of the Supreme Court and other officials of government to do likewise.“We maintain that former officials accused of corrupt acts, especially those of the immediate past regime, must be investigated and if found guilty prosecuted in keeping with relevant Liberian Laws,” CENTAL said.CENTAL said former officials who refused to declare their assets while leaving power/government, should be compelled to do so or prosecuted, in keeping with relevant provisions of the Code of Conduct.Finally, “we would like to admonish President Weah against repeating mistakes of former President Sirleaf, when she, among other things, shielded her officials; ignored recommendations from independent committees established to probe corruption scandals as well as appointed persons with tainted records in key government positions.”Any anti-corruption effort that is not built on a strong prosecution and deterrent regime is bound to fail; this is the weak link in Liberia’s current anti-graft efforts, which must be addressed to decisively tackle corruption and bad governance in the country, the statement maintained.The statement further noted that continuous violation of the Code of Conduct does not augur well for the reputation of the government and its professed desire to address graft, arguably the biggest impediment to the success of the pro-poor agenda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgToday’s announcement that the rate for the third and subsequent children are to be standardised makes a “mockery of Labour’s ‘red line’ approach on child benefit reductions” and the “spin” coming from Government Buildings in recent days, according to Fianna Fáil Children Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue TD.Deputy McConalogue commented, “Only last February Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said “[Things] like not cutting child benefit any further. Enough is enough. Families can take no more,” were a fundamental prerequisite of entering into government with Fine Gael.“Today, a Labour Minister has announced that the rate for Child Benefit for the third and subsequent children will be standardised over the next two years at €140. For a five child family this will mean a monthly loss of over €100. This is another critical blow to families struggling to make ends meet and is a breach of trust by the Labour Party.  It also flies in the face of the spin successfully sold to media over recent days. The local TD said that Labour launched their pre-election manifesto on child care with a strong defence of child benefit declaring that it was against any cuts because“- Family incomes have already taken a substantial hit in the last few budgets.– It is the State’s only recognition that Ireland remains a very expensive place to raise a child.– To do so will create poverty traps, work disincentives, & increase the number of children in poverty.” Deputy McConalogue concluded: “All of that is still true, the only thing to change is the Labour position and a growing pile of broken promises on social welfare rates, fuel allowance, one parent families and hitting the most vulnerable. The Fianna Fáil pre-budget submission earmarked child benefit rates for protection, building on the major advances made in the area over the past decade.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comCUTS MAKE MOCKERY OF LABOUR PROMISES, SAYS McCONALOGUE was last modified: December 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:budget 2012deputy charlie mcconaloguelast_img read more