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Friday, June 14, 2024

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IN UP-LED GOVERNMENT’S DEAL RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS

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In a shocking and controversial move, the Unity Party (UP)-led government has announced a business deal with a South African businessman notorious for corruption. The Executive Mansion’s silence on the specifics of this transaction is unacceptable and raises serious concerns about transparency and governance in Liberia.

The public has the right to know whether this transaction is a loan, grant, donation, or direct purchase, as each has significant implications for governance and the rule of law. If it is a loan, it must be ratified by the Legislature according to our Constitution. If it is a direct purchase using public funds, then the PPCC and PFM laws must be followed to ensure accountability.

The government’s failure to provide any details about the transaction is a blatant disregard for transparency. Engaging with a known corrupt businessman without public scrutiny undermines the integrity of our government and erodes public trust.

Lawmakers demanding an investigation are right to do so. The government must disclose the nature of the transaction, the source of funding, and all terms and conditions. Without this information, we cannot ensure the legality and appropriateness of the deal.

If public funds are involved, the law mandates a competitive bidding process to ensure value for money. The government’s apparent neglect of these legal requirements shows a troubling lack of commitment to good governance and the rule of law.

Liberia has struggled with corruption for decades, and this lack of transparency suggests that little has changed. The government must release all relevant information immediately and ensure all legal procedures are followed. Anything less is a disservice to the Liberian people.

In conclusion, the Executive Mansion’s silence on this controversial deal is unacceptable. Transparency and adherence to the law are non-negotiable. The Liberian people deserve full disclosure and accountability from their government.

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