Sharing Thoughts On Corruption Fight -LACC Boss Meets Chinese Ambassador

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The fight against graft and corruption in Liberia, particularly during the George Weah administration has generated mixed reactions in the public. There are those who believe corruption is endemic and deeply rooted while others say the current political administration is a victim of weird public perception that is largely fanned for political purposes. While the debate lingers, the public institution having fiduciary responsibility to keep surveillance on and subsequently curtail corruption is letting no stone unturned in gathering the necessary tools and wisdom needed to crack down on scoundrels. To this end, and in continuation of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission’s drive to mainstream major stakeholders into the fight, its acting Commissioner yesterday came face-to-face with Chinese Ambassador Ren Yisheng to share ideas and generate support towards a more vigorous campaign against corruption. The Analyst reports.

The youthful Acting Chairperson of the Liberia Anticorruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Kanio Bai Gbala, appears to bring exuberance and maturity to the job, as he step up a campaign to woo partners and stakeholders join the Commission in fighting the country’s most formidable enemy, corruption.

Though Cllr Gbala is yet to be officially appointed following the resignation of his former boss, he already has taken the job with both hands—seriously pleading with partners to lend a helping and back the Commission’s tortuous efforts to nip corruption.

On yesterday, March 30, 2021, the LACC Acting Executive Chairperson held a consultative meeting with the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Ren Yisheng.

According to a release issued by the LACC after the consultative meeting, the anti-corruption discussions focused on how the People’s Republic of China could assist the LACC in both technical and logistical areas to effectively fight corruption.

His Excellency Ren Yisheng used the meeting to share with Cllr Gbala that the People’s Republic of China has been very successful in mitigating and reducing corruption in China. He said there were many good experiences about China’s fight against corruption that he could share with the LACC.

He further intimated that various structures of the PRC had developed specialized skills in fighting corruption that could be easily transferred to Liberia.

Hon. Yisheng told Cllr Gbala that the PRC had pioneered three key goals in the fight against corruption.

The goals, he said, entailed making corruption unwanted, unattractive and too risky to commit.

However, Honorable Yisheng also stressed that fighting corruption also had to be coupled with ensuring that public employees where handsomely compensated. He ended by assuring the LACC that the People’s Republic of China will provide support to the LACC and that he plans to visit the LACC very soon.

For his part, the Acting Executive Chairperson, Cllr. Kanio Bai Gbala, shared the key challenges faced by LACC. He cited the lack of modern technology useful for investigation and intelligence gathering, the lack of mobility as well as the absence of solid IT infrastructure. He also mentioned the need decentralize the LACC in order to make it accessible to the rural counties.

The release further stated that efforts in the coming days will focus on consolidating the partnership between the LACC and the People’s Republic of China.

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