Monday, September 7, 2020: The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) continued its regional consultation in Gbarnga, Bong County on August 31, 2020.

This second in the series of consultations brought together local government officials and civil society organizations from Nimba, Margibi, Lofa and Bong Counties.

Speaking in separate remarks at the opening ceremonies, the Superintendents of the various counties expressed the need for the LACC to conduct similar workshops to keep their feet to the fire.

They also expressed the need to decentralize the LACC so that it impact could be felt around the country.

They thanked the LACC for the invitation to the consultation and hoped that the consultation will promote honesty among the participants for discussions.

The Superintendents pledged their full support of their respective counties in the fight against corruption.

For his part LACC’s Executive Chairperson, Cllr. Ndubuisi Nwabudike noted the LACC was holding the consultation in collaboration with other anti-graft institutions.

He noted that the Regional Consultations will lead into the National Anti-Corruption Conference to design new strategies to fight corruption.

Topics discussed at the consultation included a cross section of themes related to the fight against corruption.

At the end of the consultation, participants called for

specialized  courts should be set up for corruption cases only in addition to having both the illicit enrichment law and the whistle blower should be passed act should be passed into law.

They also recommended more budgetary support to the LACC 

Local government officials, elders from central Liberia, Youth groups, Civil Society and Media who gathered for the consultative meeting also called for the LACC  to given prosecutorial power through legislative enactment.

The participants also recommended that the Asset declaration should be more effective on a quarterly monitoring basis and some legal penalty should be meted out for those officials who don’t declare in the specified time given.

The next regional meeting is expected to take place in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County involving Bomi, Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Rivercess and Grand Bassa Counties on September 3.