The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) was established by an Act of Legislature on August 28, 2008 with the mandate to investigate and prosecute acts of corruption, as well as educate the public about the ills of corruption and the benefits of its eradication.
Cllr. Edwin Kla Martin is the Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC). His position oversees the broad mandate and functions of the LACC to implement appropriate measures and undertake programs geared toward investigating, prosecuting and preventing acts of corruption, including educating the public about ills of corruption and the benefits of its eradication. Cllr. Martin has over 10 years of experience in the legal field.
Before his appointment as Executive Chairperson of the LACC, Cllr. Martin served as County Attorney of Montserrado County, where among many tasks, prepared all draft indictments for the Grand Jury for every term of court; served as Chief Prosecutor for Montserrado County; prosecuted all criminal and civil cases in which the state was involved; played an integral role in coordinating the activities of the Joint Security in Montserrado County; administered the activities of all Prosecutors (Lawyers) at Magisterial and Circuit Courts in Montserrado County; provided legal support to all Prosecutors who were assigned at Magisterial and Circuit Courts; to name a few.
Ahead of being the County Attorney of Montserrado County, Cllr. Martin served as Managing Director for the CEMAR Law Firm, preparing all pleadings for Courts; performing Court Room Arguments in both Criminal and Civil matters; superintending the filling of all precepts and conducting out of court conferences for dispute settlement between aggrieved parties.
Cllr. Martin is a polymathic professional. His professional career transcends the legal spectrum to other disciplines with more that twelve (12) years of working experience. Prior to becoming a Lawyer, Cllr. Martin worked for several institutions including the USAID-Liberia Trade Policy and Customs Project (LTPC) where he served as Technical Advisor and ensured the identification of all non-tariff barriers existing in all government institutions relating to trade; establishment of a trade facilitation forum comprising of all Trade Institutions so as to identify barriers that affect trade facilitation; reviewing existing trade laws, policies, and procedures in order to avoid trade barrier, among many tasks.
Additionally, Cllr. Martin served as Consultant with the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), an EU Partnered Program with Liberia on the Extractive Industry in Logging. At VPA, Cllr. Martin oversaw the drafting of information on transparency measures, renewal of the requirements and procedures for the granting of logging concession, contracts and concession agreement, articles of incorporation and business registration.
Experiences used during his VPA Consultancy can be traced from most of the ones gained when he served as Director of Price Analysis and Marketing at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
As Director, Cllr. Martin ensured that all imported and locally produced goods on the Liberian market were sold within the benchmark of government approved price margin. He effected immediate reduction in prices of imported commodities where it was established that they exceeded the government approved price margin; developed a comprehensive costing format for locally produced commodities; monitored and ensured that all imported commodities had original invoices attached to their import documents; ensured that rice and petroleum products were always available at affordable prices; and regularly produced a monthly price index that reflected the wholesale and retail prices of all imported commodities within the commerce of Liberia.
Cllr. Martin is a 1999 Graduand of the Cuttington University College, where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations. In 2010, Cllr. Martin graduated from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia with an LLB/Bachelor’s of Law Degree. Cllr. Martin holds several professional certificates in Legal Framework of International Cooperation in Criminal Matters; Money Laundering Investigation and Recovery of Proceeds from Crimes; Tackling Contemporary issues facing the African Continent; Concession Management and Multilateral Trade Negotiation, among others.
Cllr. Martin. is the National Chairman Emeritus of the Consortium of Interest and Pressure Groups of Liberian Inc. (CIPGLINC.) and also President Emeritus of the Maryland Bar Association (MBA). He is a Licensed Member of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA). Cllr. Martin was admitted as Attorney-At-Law by the Fourth (4th) Judicial Circuit of Maryland County on April 12, 2011 and as Counselor-At-Law of the Honorable Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia on March 3, 2017.
A devoted Christian and family man, Cllr. Martin is wedded to Mrs. Tina D.S Martin. He has five (5) amazing children, one (1) boy and four (4) girls.
Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee”.
Cllr. Kanio Bai GBALA has led many important national civil society coalitions in Liberia including the Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) which at one point comprised over 25 civil society organizations working on issues of public accountability.
Over the last 15 years Cllr. Gbala has worked/consulted for several international and local organizations on programs emphasizing democratic governance and the rule of law in Liberia, Senegal and Nigeria. Some of these organizations include the DAI Global LLC, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), TrustAfrica, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), The Internews Network, the International Center for Transitional Justice, Sites of Conscience, Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE) and the Liberia Institute of Public Administration.
Prior to his appointment to the LACC, Cllr. Gbala served as Country Coordinator for the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Program at UNDP Liberia where he oversaw the identification and deployment of skilled human resource assets for the UN System in Liberia. On a part time basis, he serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law where he teaches Legal Writing and Public International Law.
He holds a BBA in Business Administration from the Stella Maris Polytechnic, an LLB in Law from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, and an LL.M in Law with specialization in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law from the Claude Pettit School of Law, Ohio Northern University. The Vice Chairperson is a certified Prince2Agile Project Manager and has amassed several certifications in transitional justice and project management.
He is Vice President of the Grand Gedeh Bar, member of the Liberian National Bar Association Law Journal Committee as well as member of the Honorable Supreme Court Bar of Liberia. For leisure, Kanio enjoys debates, scrabble and deep philosophical conversations. Kanio is married with two kids, Dorisann and Kanio, Jr.