“Vote to hold Officials Accountable” -Amb. McCarthy Enjoins Liberians

MONROVIA – In observance of International Anti-Corruption Day, US Ambassador to Liberia, Michael A. McCarthy, has enjoined Liberians to take the fight against corruption to the highest level, indicating that although the United States has laid the basis for its traditional partner to hold accountable corrupt government officials through the Global Magnitsky or GloMag sanctions, the citizens now have the opportunity to let their voices be heard by voting out all corrupt government officials who use their positions to steal state resources and convert the proceeds to their own benefits at the detriment of the country.

“Liberians generally agree with our analysis that corruption is the primary cause of Liberia’s failure to thrive; most in the international community share that assessment. That is why our Department of the Treasury took the extraordinary step of sanctioning five senior Liberian officials in only three years under GloMag. This set of sanctions has led to some positive results, including the resignation of the three most recently sanctioned officials. In our GloMag sanction announcements, Liberians have heard unusually stark language from the Government of the United States regarding the corruption of these individuals. In some cases, Liberians have also heard responses from the sanctioned officials themselves.

“In the upcoming 2023 elections, however, it will be the turn of the people of Liberia to let their voices be heard on this topic, especially since several of those sanctioned officials may be running for office. Ultimately, it is Liberians and not the U.S. government that are responsible for ensuring good governance in Liberia. Sanctions can help, but the ballot box is a far more important tool for holding officials accountable. If Liberians choose to elect or re-elect sanctioned officials as their leaders, that will send a very clear signal about how they truly feel about the fight against corruption and the future of their country,” Ambassador McCarthy stated emphatically in an Open Letter to Liberia on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day that is observed globally on December 9 of each year.

Voicing the opinion of the U.S. Government on how Liberians themselves can end the culture of impunity, especially as it relates to corruption, Ambassador McCarthy recalled how nine months ago he had launched the provocative question, “What would J.J. Roberts have to say about Liberia today?” which helped spark a conversation about where Liberia finds itself 175 years after independence, and 200 years since the arrival of American settlers.

“Now on December 9, International Anti-Corruption Day, and at the close of the bicentennial year, I believe it may be helpful for Liberians to take another honest look in the mirror.

“Even though we are announcing no new U.S. sanctions here today, I want to assure the Liberian people that our anti-corruption efforts remain robust and continuous. As the Global Magnitsky sanctions of three Liberian officials in August demonstrated, the U.S. government can and will employ sanctions as needed on an ongoing basis, in support of our shared development, democracy, and security goals, guided by the U.S. Strategy on Countering Corruption. The all-important goal of transparent, free, credible, and peaceful elections in October will be one important factor in decisions about additional sanctions in the months leading up to the vote,” the US ambassador indicated.

He said, Global Magnitsky, or GloMag sanctions are deservedly a hot topic in Liberia, and that some Liberians have urged the United States to implement more sanctions and even proposed names; others have objected that the sanctions process lacks due process.

“Let me be clear: GloMag is a tool the United States uses to protect itself from particularly corrupt actors, not a punishment against a country or government. It is also in no way a substitute for a domestic judicial process in the host country, including prosecution. Ultimately, “due process” or an accused’s “day in court” can only happen under Liberian law, in Liberian courts.

“Liberians generally agree with our analysis that corruption is the primary cause of Liberia’s failure to thrive; most in the international community share that assessment. That is why our Department of the Treasury took the extraordinary step of sanctioning five senior Liberian officials in only three years under GloMag. This set of sanctions has led to some positive results, including the resignation of the three most recently sanctioned officials. In our GloMag sanction announcements, Liberians have heard unusually stark language from the Government of the United States regarding the corruption of these individuals.    In some cases, Liberians have also heard responses from the sanctioned officials themselves.

“In the upcoming 2023 elections, however, it will be the turn of the people of Liberia to let their voices be heard on this topic, especially since several of those sanctioned officials may be running for office. Ultimately, it is Liberians and not the U.S. government that are responsible for ensuring good governance in Liberia. Sanctions can help, but the ballot box is a far more important tool for holding officials accountable. If Liberians choose to elect or re-elect sanctioned officials as their leaders, that will send a very clear signal about how they truly feel about the fight against corruption and the future of their country. 

“As I’ve said many times before, corruption is not a uniquely Liberian problem – it is a global issue, and one that we suffer from in the United States at all levels of governance. However, today, on International Anti-Corruption Day, it is worth considering what more Liberians can do to fight this scourge. I believe there are many urgent steps the government of Liberia can take now to fight corruption that require no international assistance, many of which are in fact already enshrined in law. Fully funding Liberia’s integrity institutions, publishing the names of public officials who fail to comply with asset declarations, making information on all legislative votes and actions easily accessible to the public, and reducing funding for government agencies that do not comply with annual financial reporting requirements, are but a few examples. But there are many others.

“On today of all days, we must together acknowledge that corruption in Liberia can be immediately and dramatically curtailed by Liberians, without any assistance from the United States or other donors, if that is something the government and people of Liberia truly want. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! I commend all Liberians who are truly committed to this noble effort,” the tough-talking ambassador noted.

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  1. Jake Doe says

    This selling and buying of sanctions against innocent officials of government by officials of a major power (USA) within whose SPHERE OF INFLUENCE the country of these innocent officials who are wrongly sanctioned is situated, or as this media house headlined in its EDITORIAL:”The Sanction and the Danger of Wrong Precedence” and in its editorial lead

    (1) fired “THE WIDESPREAD USE of sanctions constitutes one of the paradoxes of contemporary American foreign policy to the extent that every so often, a sovereign state or government officials in such states incur the wrath of the United States of America for no justifiable reasons other than being part and parcel of its drafted “code of conduct” that must be respected at all cost”, it is now clearly written like letters of fire in the sky that

    (2) its an overwhelming evidence and proof beyond all reasonable doubt how IN THE CASE OF THE LIES AGAINST IRAQ, individuals within that Administration (BUSH 43), Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Pearle, Richard Haas, Douglas Feith, John Bolton, etc destroyed Iraq for their personal financial gains based on their lies that Sadam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

    (3) how such fraudsters should be blamed , named, shamed, and held individually accountable, and not the country or its people. For

    (4) The country (eg. USA, Nigeria, Israel, China, North Korea, Russia, etc.) is an abstract entity obviously for the good of the world, just as is the case with its citizenry or its population who have absolutely no interest in the destruction of other countries, unlike

    (5) individuals like Dick Cheney, Richard Pearle, Donald Rumsfeld, Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, John Bolton, etc. whose sole motive and intent for such acts mentioned above were absolutely for their individual financial gains, and

    (6) as is the case here with rascals at US Treasury, State, including Brian Nelson, Linda Greenfield, Michael McCarthy, etc, and Michael Rubin, Anderson, their local gang LIRO and Cummings together with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and their cahoots BUYING AND SELLING SANCTIONS to dissuade Liberian voters.

    But of course, like John Bolton as a national security adviser, and his cohorts failed miserably in the case of Venezuela, the aforementioned rascals and culprits ARE ALSO DOOMED TO HAVE THEIR HIDDEN AGENDA ENDS UP A MIRAGE!

    We have not mentioned George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and of course did not mention Donald Trump, and of course cannot mention Joe Biden, because such tops of the given Administration are usually misled and used, AS WE HIGHLY BELIEVE IN THIS CASE THAT PRES BIDEN IS BEING LIED TO, AND as was the case with Colin Powell who was made to blatantly lie to make the case for that war at the UN, BUT HE LATER REGRETTED AND RESIGNED!

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