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Liberia 2006–2017 is a legacy of selective justice, naked greed and shameless corruption

Donor-supported electoral assets misused in Liberia.  Vehicles donated for electoral purposes used for commercial purposes.  Thi is typical in all spheres of the Sirleaf’s government, including at the presidency, the seat of the graft.

ONTARIO, Canada—During the 2005 presidential election, many people including Liberians had thought a sense of pride and dignity was descending on Liberia.  On the contrary, Liberia has become the most corrupt and most overlooked nation in Africa––from being Africa’s first independent republic to Africa’s useless and failed republic.

Critics attribute the reason to the personal greed of successive presidents but especially the current leadership.  Under Madam Sirleaf, they say corruption has become systemic, widespread, structured and organized since she assumed office.

From the Liberian presidency to all other sectors of the Sirleaf’s administration, Madam Sirleaf’s legacy, critics say, is inscribed in greed and graft.  Everyone wants to steal and cheat because they believe President Sirleaf and her family including cronies and loyalists as well as the special lovely friends of her son Robert Sirleaf are allegedly greedy and stealing from the country, too. Is this true?  Well, actions speak louder than words.

What is corruption?

Our definition of corruption

The international community has dished out millions of dollars for several initiatives in Liberia including for the conduct of the presidential and legislative elections which have been marred by fraud and irregularities allegedly championed by the Liberian leader.

Sadly, Liberia’s National Election Corruption has not only been corrupted financially, where some budgetary allotment cannot be accounted for under Chairman Korkoya.  The commission is also ineffective and has poor leadership.  Consequently, it has corrupted the nation’s political transition through acts of fraud and deceit under the watchful eyes of a chairman who suppose to know better, having lived, worked and voted in the United States where he has allegedly filed for citizenship.  This is the mind-blowing aspect of the failed presidential election.  Why will an alleged American citizen fail to conduct a free and fair election when the United States is considered the beckon of democracy?

Furthermore, the staff of the commission, including the leadership are using the asset and other properties provided to the commission for commercial purposes. All the vehicles have been used as commercial vehicles.  In fact, this is a common practice in the Sirleaf’s corrupt and inept government.  When officials are relieved of their positions, they would take every government assets, including vehicles assigned to their office or position.

With these and other practices, it is easy to say the Liberian government under Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is very corrupt and unethical.  Corruption, as is seen under the Sirleaf’s administration, is a form of dishonest or unethical conduct by a person entrusted with a position of authority, often to acquire personal benefit. … A government or ‘political’ corruption occurs when an office-holder or other governmental employee acts in an official capacity for personal gain.  Too often, officials in the Sirleaf’s administration do things for personal gains because that is what happens at the highest level of the government.

The question is: How long will the international community support corrupt regimes and leaders who siphoned billions of dollars out of their nations why their people suffer?

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Blama G. Konuwah

Blama G. Konuwah resides in Vancouver, Canada. He is a public issues analyst and senior contributor to Globe Afrique.
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