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Friday, June 14, 2024

LPP CRITICIZES UNITY PARTY FOR LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND EMPTY PROMISES

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MONROVIA – Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, the political leader of the Liberian People’s Party (LPP), has called for clarity, transparency, and tangible results from the Unity Party (UP) administration through its National Chairman, J Yanqui Zaza. The LPP, which endorsed the Unity Party in the 2023 presidential run-off election, emphasizes that the Liberian people deserve real, measurable progress rather than mere promises.

In response to the UP administration’s claims of achievements within its first 100 days in power, the LPP acknowledged some progress but remains skeptical about the depth and sustainability of these efforts. In a release issued on Monday, June 10, 2024, the LPP stated that, as a party that supported the UP during the second round, it is under a moral duty to help the administration succeed by honestly evaluating its performance.

The LPP commended the Boakai/Koung administration for the achievements made under its 100-day deliverables, but also highlighted missteps that could undermine public trust and the goal of building a better Liberia. The party welcomed the signing of Executive Order #131, which establishes the war and economic crimes court following a resolution passed by the 55th Legislature. This move is seen as a significant step toward ending impunity, promoting peace, and fostering accountability. “LPP will monitor the administration to ensure the court becomes operational and effective,” the party assured.

The LPP also praised efforts to rehabilitate challenging roads in rural Liberia, especially in the Lofa and southeastern regions, and acknowledged positive strides made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Water and Sewer Corporation, and Liberia Revenue Authority.

However, the LPP expressed concern over several issues that could undermine public trust. These include the lack of an inclusive government, violations of the Public Financial Management Law, disrespect for the doctrine of separation of powers, wasteful spending, neglect of foreign policy, corruption, and the lack of transparency and accountability.

The party outlined specific criticisms:

  • Despite promises of inclusivity, eight counties lack cabinet representation, contrary to Section 10.2 of the Executive Law.
  • The administration violated the PFM Law by misusing and concealing funds, including a US$254 million loan and US$80K from NASSCORP for vehicle purchases.
  • The appointment of individuals with questionable ethics, undermining trust in the administration.
  • The Legislature overstepping its financial management role, undermining constitutional boundaries.
  • Use of private jets and luxurious vehicles, which sends the wrong message about the state of the economy.
  • The lack of engagement with ECOWAS, the African Union, and the MANO River Union, weakening Liberia’s regional and international relationships.
  • Failure to publish asset declarations and the ineffective operation of the Assets Recovery Team.
  • Insufficient budget for the announced procurement of road maintenance machines.
  • The need for systemic educational reforms and increased budget allocation, similar to Sierra Leone’s model.
  • To address these missteps, the LPP recommended that the UP administration:
  • Adhere to the Maputo Declaration by allocating at least 10% of the national budget to agriculture.
  • Fast-track the establishment and operation of regional diagnostic centers.
  • Provide detailed progress reports with timelines for all infrastructural projects.
  • Implement systemic changes to enhance the quality of education.
  • Ensure the war and economic crimes court is operational and effective.
  • Redirect funds in the 2024 budget to establish public works stations within the counties.
  • Strengthen ties with ECOWAS, the African Union, and the MANO River Union.
  • Empower institutions like the LACC and ensure merit-based appointments.
  • Provide security and respect to former leaders to ensure stability.

The LPP emphasized its commitment to holding the government accountable. “LPP demands clarity, transparency, and tangible results in all promised areas. The Liberian people deserve more than just promises; they deserve real, measurable progress. LPP will continue to interrogate and challenge the current administration to ensure that the interests of all Liberians are being served. LPP calls on all citizens to join the party in demanding accountability and excellence from our leaders,” the party said in the release.

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