A big menace that continues to stagnate the growth of Africa is corruption; a means of accumulating ill gotten wealth at the expense of the masses. The fight against corruption is considered a global crisis which can only be eradicated through collective effort from both the rulers and the ruled. With weak laws and improper enforcement, people are believed to have stolen what is meant for all, converting developmental projects to personal gains. These key factors have been mainly responsible for the backwardness of our beloved nation.
As mandatory by the Constitution of Liberia, every one seeking to hold public office is expected to declare his or her assets. This will serve as a key factor in assessing any misappropriation of public funds when appointed. This barometer seems to be wading as people continue to lack confidence on the credibility of created institutions that were meant to serve their course. As an institution set up by the government to be the Nation’s watch dog, the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC) is seemingly considered by the people as a toothless bulldog; since the country continues to perform woefully in the world index report of corrupt countries. Many Liberians continue to ponder on whether the setting up of the Commission is relevant in terms of performing according to its mandates. This medium believes that the yearly publication of the GAC reports should not be left on the shelves of appropriate authorities to be engulfed by dust. The LACC depends on information or tip-off to investigate a given circumstance, while it is mandatory for the GAC to peruse or audit all transactions done within a year by Ministries’ Department, to ascertain whether any malpractice or financial misappropriation occurred. Enforcement Opinions expressed by the GAC should neither be dispelled nor swallowed hook line and sinker. The GAC does not have the power to prosecute or find an institution wanting, but to give an in-depth analysis of projects undertaken by the institution during a fiscal year. This process therefore enables the LACC to focus on certain opinions presented by GAC to ascertain whether the opinions expressed are correct or not. The LACC has the constitutional mandate to charge to court with evidence upon the conviction that an institution or person has a case to answer. The outcome of such matter depends on the judgment of the court either to find the culprit guilty or not. This shows the important nexus among the GAC, the LACC and the Judiciary in the fight against corruption. The GAC as an established body by the House of Parliament of Liberia should always ensure that it works are in conformity with the ethics and values set aside for the transparent auditing of the various institutions. None of its action should be seen as a witch-hunt, but to promote a clear platform which can be judiciously used by the LACC for proper investigation. Communication Both institutions exist to serve the course of making Liberia a corrupt free nation. This can only be achieved through awareness campaign. Certain corrupt practices have been considered a norm or a way of life in the country. With massive awareness campaign, people will be able to know acts that are related to corruption and report them to the authorities. The LACC needs not only to charge matters to court, but to do a follow-up in the court so that the public will know the outcome or the decision of the court.