Corruption War Deceptive, Hypocritical -Morlu Says “Asset Recovery Will fail”

MONROVIA: While there are some measures being undertaken by President Joseph Nyuma Boakai to curb the wave of corruption in governance, former Auditor General John S. Morlu II has heavily criticized the President and his government for being deceptive and hypocritical about the fight against corruption especially the recent announcement of the Assets Recovery Committee, maintaining It was a wrong path and such initiative will fail.

Making this strong statement to deflate the narrative of anti-corruption crusade of the government, Morlu through his official Facebook page said “Corruption control requires solid and sustained action, not political grandstanding embellished in deceit and hypocrisy.

“The Executive Order to establish an Asset Recovery Taskforce from the very beginning is a mere posturing on the part of JNB intended to pump air in the space for the sole purpose of getting some crumbs from the International Community to support his Government”, Morlu said

While stating that Boakai was also following the same pattern former President George Manneh Weah used with the defunct Elton deal “meant to attract Bretton Wood, Morlu did not speak so kindly of most of those the President drafted in the Asset Recovery Committee.

“A Kla Martin, a protégé of Cephus, former NPFL rebel, refused visas multiple times by USA, and listed in the IAA’s Report for corruption at LACC, cannot be the messiah to recover stolen wealth scatter not only in Liberia but in America, Europe, Asia and other parts of Africa.

“A Cuffy, in GAC’s RIA report, accused of multiple corruption at the FIU, is no messiah either. A Jackson with his hand stained in Bong County Development Funds, cannot be a messiah in this fight.

“They don’t have the integrity, education, exposure, and competence to lead this fight.  You cannot set up a serious team for the mere purpose of meeting job satisfaction, lacking competence, experience, education, and exposure”, he said.

Morlu said President Baakai is currently “walking Weah’s walk, which will yield the same results”, and asked rhetorically, “What happened to the little funds recovered by Cephus and Arthur Johnson?”

“Yes, Doe created the Bureau of Reacquisition, proposing it to identify the properties of former government officials that were executed after the 1980 coup.  This Bureau, along with Doe and his cronies, misappropriated money they collected and seized and divided properties they purported to recover. Could VAMUMA House and Nancy Doe’s House be among properties recovered?

“Assets Recovery is that gold mine that will lift Liberia into 200 years of existence, a potential to give Liberia the Coastal Highway, and several other road projects, end nightmare with electricity and pipe borne water, etc.

“Assets Recovery should not be merely restricted to Weah’s six years. It should go far back to the very existence of this country.

In conclusion, the vocal former Author General said Like Doe’s group, Cephus/Arthur failed to show what financial benefit the government got from the assets.

“On a common issue that has impoverished Liberia for years, JNB chose to walk the same walk of Weah,  Sirleaf, Taylor, and Doe”, he concluded.

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