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Saturday, July 20, 2024

TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ISSUES PLAGUE UNITY PARTY GOV’T: IS BOAKAI’S RELUCTANCE THE ROOT CAUSE?

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – As the Boakai administration approaches its six-month mark, critical issues surrounding transparency and accountability have come to the forefront, raising concerns among Liberians about the government’s commitment to its campaign promises. During the 2023 presidential election campaign, President Joseph Nyuma Boakai promised a transparent, accountable, and open government. However, recent actions suggest these promises may have been forgotten, leading to widespread public distrust.

One major point of contention is the delayed publication of the national budget. On May 8th, President Boakai signed the budget, yet it remains unpublished over a month later. The Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) and the Ministry of Information have not provided any explanations for this delay, which has only fueled public suspicion and perceptions of governmental opacity.

Compounding these concerns is the government’s lack of communication. The unexplained delay in releasing the budget has not been addressed by any officials, deepening public distrust. Additionally, questions have been raised about a $275,000 request from the Senate to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) for a “Legislative Committee Hearing and Senate Retreat in Buchanan.” Reports indicate that only $50,000 was spent on the retreat, leaving $225,000 unaccounted for. There are also allegations of three separate checks given to each senator: $10,000, $3,000, and $2,000 (the last in Liberian dollars).

While there are no direct allegations of corruption, there are increasing demands for transparency. Critics and citizens alike are calling for the Senate to provide regular disclosures of budgetary and financial operations, including quarterly performance or expense reports. This would help ensure accountability and proper use of public funds.

Historically, Liberian legislators have received various payments with little scrutiny from anti-graft institutions. This perceived leniency has created an environment where legislators appear exempt from thorough investigation, further eroding public trust.

Public reaction to these issues has been one of frustration and skepticism. Many Liberians expected the Boakai administration to usher in a new era of transparency, particularly after his campaign promises. The delayed publication of the national budget has not only raised eyebrows but also fueled speculation about the government’s commitment to openness. Citizens have taken to social media and public forums to express their disappointment and demand accountability from their elected leaders.

The controversy surrounding the Boakai administration’s transparency extends beyond just budget delays and unexplained expenditures. Analysts argue that the administration’s reluctance to communicate effectively with the public points to deeper systemic issues within the government. This lack of transparency can hinder the administration’s ability to implement effective policies and maintain public trust, crucial for long-term governance stability.

Moreover, the lack of transparency has significant implications for Liberia’s international reputation. Foreign investors and international partners closely monitor governance practices, and persistent issues of opacity and unaccountability could deter investment and aid. Transparency International and other watchdog organizations have already raised concerns, suggesting that without significant improvements, Liberia risks falling in global governance and corruption indices.

Finally, this situation presents an opportunity for civil society and opposition parties to demand more rigorous checks and balances. By advocating for greater transparency and accountability, they can play a crucial role in ensuring that the government adheres to its promises. The push for legislative reforms, stronger anti-corruption measures, and increased civic engagement can help build a more transparent and accountable governance framework in Liberia. The Boakai administration, if responsive, could turn these challenges into a catalyst for meaningful reform, strengthening Liberia’s democratic institutions in the process.

In summary, while the Boakai administration has pledged to prioritize transparency and accountability, its recent actions—or lack thereof—have called these commitments into question. Moving forward, the government’s ability to address these issues will be crucial in shaping its legacy and maintaining public confidence in Liberia’s democratic institutions.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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