Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) Cllr. Edward Kla Martin has given public officials a two-month grace period to declare their assets, starting effective 1 September 2021.
Speaking at LACC’s headquarter in Cong Town Monday, 16 August during a news briefing, Martin vowed to make Liberia a corruption-free and to prosecute any government official or agency found culpable of graft and misappropriation of public funds.
Over some alleged corruption saga, the new LACC boss said the commission is currently probing and auditing the National Transit Authority (NTA), National Port Authority (NPA) Grand Bassa detachment, Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), and the Liberia Aviation Authority (LAA).
“We inherited 73 anti-corruption cases including those audit reports that are before us. However, we want to assure the Liberian people that we will make sure that justice is served and all those reflected in the report will be punished,” said Martin.
“If they are not in the country, we will use every diplomatic and international connection to get them here to account to the Liberian people because our partners have assured that they will help us in the fight against corruption,” Martin added.
Martin explained that in this year, LACC has 59 names of people that have declared their assets, 84% males while 15% of them were females.
Martin assured that the the agency will begin a robust assets deceleration campaign in September this year, and it will be extended the grace period for asset declaration due to the outbreak of the Covid -19 pandemic.
The LACC boss called on every Liberian to join the fight against corruption and report every corruption case, assuring them of protection by the commission.
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