By Alva M. Wolokolie from Tubmanburg City
Liberia’s 166th national orator, Cllr. Harry Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman, has urged President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to begin implementing strong measures in order to fight corruption now because when tomorrow comes, it would be too late.
Speaking at programs marking the country’s 166th Independence Anniversary held in Tubmanburg City, Bomi County, and co-hosted by Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount Counties, Cllr. Sherman told President Sirleaf that it is time for new ideas or programs that would impact the lives of the Liberian people.
Sherman, a lawyer and politician acknowledged that President Sirleaf’s government has made tremendous progress but the fight against corruption which has the propensity to impose extreme poverty on the people must be tackled now so that a good legacy would be left behind for prosperity to determine.
Cllr. Sherman indicated that although the country continues to make steady strides in transitioning from recovery and reconstruction to inclusive growth and sustainable human development, there are still so many people suffering from poverty and social economic degradation.
According to him, if nothing is done to address the situation which is the fight against corruption, all of those achievements made in other areas will become absolutely meaningful in the eyes of the Liberian people.
The UP Chairman however recommended to the Liberian leader that the Liberia Ant-Corruption Commission (LACC) should be fully supported both morally and financially and perhaps given the prosecutorial power to handle corruption cases emanating from the public sector.
He also recommended that instead of government establishing a special court to try corruption cases as it has been proposed, it would be prudent for a legislation to be made that one of the criminal courts at the Temple of Justice be turned into a special court to deal with those accused of corrupt practices.
The respected Liberian Corporate Lawyer reminded the audience in the jam packed Tubmanburg City Hall that peace and reconciliation cannot be achieved if Liberians do not know what caused the civil unrest in the country.
He said Liberia has had its share of difficulties to the extent that everyone suffers one way to the other but today, there are some people who do not know how those things happened.
Cllr. Sherman told the crowd that independence celebration has to do with remarkable freedom but peace is not necessarily the absence of war.