Weah Silent ‘Noisy’ Critics
As part of efforts to promote transparency and accountability within his government, President George Manneh Weah has officially declared his income, asset and liabilities to the General Auditing Commission (GAC).
The Liberian leader made the declaration on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
His action is in fulfillment of Section 10.2 of the Code of Conduct which calls on public officials of the Executive Branch of Government to declare their personal interests, income, assets and liabilities to the General Auditing Commission.
Prior to declaring his asset, the Liberian leader and other members of the Executive Branch of Government came under huge pressure from critics to make public their assets before occupying their separate public positions.
On Thursday, July 26, 2018 (Independence Day) some members of the revolutionary Student Unification Party (SUP) stormed the grounds of the American Embassy near Monrovia – calling on the American Government to prevail on the administration of President George M. Weah to adhere to the Code of Conduct which among other things calls for public officials to declare their asset before taking office.
But just days after their protest, the GAC in a release issued over the weekend says “it has received the declaration of personal interests, income, assets and liabilities forms from President George M. Weah.”
According to the GAC, in line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the GAC and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission signed on October 6, 2016, it will forward to the LACC the President’s Declaration and all other declarations submitted to it.
“The GAC calls on all Cabinet Ministers, Public Officials and Employees of Government involved in making decisions affecting contracting, tendering or procurement, and issuance of licenses of various types to declare their income, assets and liabilities,” the release revealed.