The African Parliamentary Network Against Corruption (APNAC) Has Been Launched In Monrovia by President Sirleaf

Saturday, 7th July 2007
President Sirleaf makes remarks at APNAC launch
President Sirleaf makes remarks at APNAC launch
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - The local chapter of the African Parliamentary Network Against Corruption (APNAC) has been launched in Monrovia.  Addressing lawmakers, officials of government and members of the Civil Society on Friday, the President said her government’s commitment to fighting corruption remains unwavering. Corruption, the President said, undermines the national interest, and pledged to continue the fight ‘despite all the talk.’

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader observed that corruption has manifested itself in all aspects of life, noting that for too long, the country has allowed impunity to prevail. “We are determined to fight it at every level to cure this ailment,” the President added.

The Chief Executive recounted concrete steps being taken by government to tackle corruption, including the adoption by Cabinet of a National Anti-Corruption Strategy, as well as a Code of Conduct being prepared by the Governance Reform Commission. Liberia, the President said, has also ratified the African Union Convention and the UN Convention against corruption, as part of its drive to tackle the problem.

President Johnson Sirleaf said the decision to have the Auditor-general report to the Legislature and not to the Executive as was done in the past, is intended to make the Office of the Auditor-general more transparent and independent, another manifestation of government’s determination to tackle corruption.

Commenting on recent statements of corruption against her government, the President said throughout her professional career, her stance against corruption has remained consistent. ‘Anyone who tries to undermine that must be prepared to produce strong evidence,” the President emphasized.

The Liberian leader said government is also determined to address some of the fundamental causes which encourage corruption, by providing adequate compensation to civil servants, who will be held to a code of conduct in the discharge of their duties.

The President urged all institutions and citizens to join in the fight against corruption to foster and accelerate national development. “Those who also advocate transparency must themselves also be seen as being transparent by publishing their financial transactions for public scrutiny,” President Johnson noted, in an apparent reference to Non-governmental and other externally funded institutions.

The Interim Chairman of the APNAC, Representative Dusty Wolokolie assured all stake holders that his Network will work with all concerned to ensure that the fight against corruption is won.