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Lightning strikes in Liberia following the removal from office on Tuesday, August 16, of three senior officials accused of corruption in a recent report. Three men, including President George Weah’s chief of staff, were sanctioned by the United States on Monday for ” undermining democratic institutions in Liberia for self-interest George Weah, who made fighting corruption a hobby, ended up cracking down.
On the website of the Government of Liberia, the President George Weah said that he was concerned about the accusations of the US Treasury, which allocated three of his closest associates for facts of corruption. High-ranking officials who are subject to sanctions are also known: Nathaniel McGill, Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic, Saima Sirenius Cefus, Attorney General, and Bill Tweway, Director General of the National Ports Authority.
George Weah called the US allegations ” graves “. As a result, he suspended with immediate effect » The three mentioned persons, before replacing them with their deputies, it is time to investigate. For Liberian journalist Betty Mbayo, the head of state had no choice:
” You can’t say you want to fight corruption while your loved ones are caught in the act. This clearly raises questions about George Weah’s integrity. Now it is his responsibility to show that he is sincere in his promises. »
In 2017, the year of his election, President Weah made fighting corruption a priority. But since then, almost nothing has changed. While the Liberian opposition welcomes the dismissal of three senior officials, researcher Ibrahim Al-Bakri Nayi advocates structural reforms:
” More important is at stake than laying off civil servants. It is a matter of capacity, integrity and independence of Liberian institutions. If a foreign government has to tell you that your government is corrupt and is acting on your behalf, that means you are not running a functioning government. »
The US sanctions, announced on Monday, came a month after George Weah invited Washington to a summit of African heads of state to discuss the fight against corruption. The summit will be held from 13 to 15 December.