A proposed political party dubbed “Independent Congress for Democratic Change (ICDC)” has patted the government of Liberia on the back for its swift decision to prosecute those named in the May 11, 2016 released Global Witness report.
The proposed political establishment believes that bringing individuals to book for their alleged role in the Sable Mining bribery scandal is a demonstration of government’s commitment to take a flight away from impunity which has been a long standing stumbling block to the fight against graft. The group which is a breakaway from the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) through its founding Chairman, Emmanuel Rogers, said considering the seriousness placed on the investigation by the government, Liberians should exercise extra patience and remain vigilant as the process is being monitored and desired outcome expected. “We also like to use this occasion to urge all citizens of the Republic to give the necessary support to this Presidential Taskforce as they robustly carry on the mandates given to them by the President. We feel that other political institutions that are coming out to question the credibility of this taskforce are doing disservice to a people who have been long waiting to see the investigation and prosecution of those who have been involved in impeding the growth and development of Liberia through corrupt practices,” the proposed ICDC said in a statement issued over the weekend. Continuing, the ICDC said, “We feel the government’s commitment to probe the GW’s report and forward for prosecution those culpable is the beginning of sending out a caveat that gone are those days when officials of government will siphon state resources and go with impunity.” The founding Chairman of the proposed political institution pointed out that instead of making a rallying call for all Liberians to support the government’s, opposition political parties like the CDC are bent on acts that undermine the credibility of the Special Presidential Taskforce which is headed by the learned Cllr. Fonati Koffa. “We think that this is just not an attack against the Task force, but also the dejected masses of Liberians who have been lying in ruin and tatter as the result of corruption,” Rogers added in the statement. “Conclusively, we want to caution the government to also attach the same level of seriousness being given the GW report to other reports of corruption, like the bankruptcy of NOCAL, and other important issues that come up in the press recently,” the ICDC stressed. The ICDC reiterated that they do not want to have a case where the fight against corruption will be selective and would be seen as an attempt to politically go after certain individuals in our society.