ACCRA, GHANA – Liberia has been inundated with false accusations and impunity, with several persons being falsely accused for things they might have known nothing about, and also others walking around with impunity in Liberia for wrongs they have committed.
Recently, the country’s Ministry of Justice released names of individuals and institutions accused of alleged economic crimes. Since the release of that list, there has been massive discussions and challenges about the accuracy of the allegations and accusations.
Others termed the allegations, accusations and the list as a “witch hunt” by the Liberian government against officials of the past administration of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
The impact of false accusations on an individual’s life is grave and damaging.
In the wake of numerous false accusations in Liberia and against certain people, some in the international community believe it is time that Liberia implements the findings of its Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s reports as well as several audit reports so that those Liberians who have been ‘falsely’ accused for various activities can have the opportunity to exonerate themselves and restore their reputation.
Some of those who some believe are falsely accused of wrongdoing include Robert Sirleaf, the son of ex- President Sirleaf who served as former head of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) where millions of dollars went missing and remained unaccounted for, according to audit reports.
Others include former warlord Senator Prince Y. Johnson who believes he committed no crime even after several reports that he killed many Liberians and other people including U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals.