In the new vision of good governance, the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has announced that all government officials must declare their assets by July 2021. The LACC is an autonomous government body charged with investigating all corruption issues in the Liberian government.
The Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has made it clear to government officials to disclose their assets by July. Authorities of the institution said the declaration of assets of government officials would help the LACC to carry out its duties and functions by helping to minimize corruption in the government cycle.
Since 2018, the year President George Weah became president, members of his government have yet to disclose their assets, which contravenes Liberian laws, causing the LACC to take a step backwards in its work. The fight against corruption is delayed, according to LACC officials, because they have not yet declared their assets since becoming government officials.
The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has also threatened that any government official who refuses to declare his or her assets will face the full sanction of the laws. The LACC’s jurisdiction extends to all public sector agencies in Liberia and their employees, including government departments, local councils, members of parliament, ministers, the judiciary and the government.
The mission of the institution, among others, is to prevent, combat and reduce corruption in the public and private sectors and promote good governance, integrity and the rule of law. The LACC is, by law, the main government agency to fight and prevent corruption. However, it cannot succeed without strong and broad-based partnerships with individual officials and citizens at community, national, regional and international levels.