Former student leader and senior member of the Liberia Law Society, Ezekiel Pajibo, is suggesting that the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) should lead any investigation into the Global Witness report so that a desired outcome can be achieved instead of setting up another committee that will basically usurp the function of the anti graft institution.
Mr. Pajibo said he is wary that the Cllr. Fonati Koffa led Presidential Taskforce will achieve any tangible results in terms of prosecuting those accused in the UK-based transparency group “Deceiver 1” report as was done in the case of other committees set up to investigate malfeasance in time past.
Appearing on the Capitol Breakfast Club Monday, Pajibo indicated that the report is critical and as such established transparency institutions like the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), The Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC) are institutions with the requisite capability to handle such matter.
The former Executive Director for the Center for Democratic Empowerment indicated that there is a need to take a deeper look at the matter in an effort to ensure that the issue is not buried.
He mentioned that the action by the government to set up a committee has not worked in the past, an investigation team has been set up to probe numerous corruption sagas but to date nothing has come out of it.
“Committees set up by the government in the past never led to prosecutions, therefore the government must engage in actions instead of setting up committee,” he stated.
“The way the Global Witness report was carved suggests that bribery may have occurred and the relevant agencies including the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) must investigate the matter and prosecute those involved. This is a criminal offense, we must find out whether a crime was committed and come up with the relevant charge”, he averred, noting that “it makes mockery of our justice system, if punitive actions are not taken on these issues, we must take those allegations very seriously, and install public confidence.”