CSO Wants CDC-led Gov’t Prosecute Officials Indicted For Economic Crimes
Monrovia – Civil Society and Trade Union Institutions of Liberia (CTIL) is calling on President-elect, Senator George Weah to investigate government officials indicted for economic crimes by the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and other anti-grift institutions.
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CTIL, through its president, Jefferson B. Knight, said before giving those officials any place to serve in the new administration.
“Let me sound this as a caveat to the CDC-led administration that individuals indicted for economic crimes by the GAC and other anti-grift institutions must not be given any place until their names are cleared,” Knight stressed.
Speaking at a press conference in Monrovia on Thursday, January 11, he further stated that the new administration that would be led by Senator Weah, must ensure that corruption, nepotism and other forms of harmful practices must be fought and stopped.
He added that corruption is one of the major factors responsible for the suffering of the ordinary Liberians.
According to him, prosecuting officials indicted for alleged corrupt practices, will serve as deterrence to others, who may be thinking of trying to suffer the country, too.
Knight also used his press conference to urge President-elect Weah to add dignity to labor; quoting one of the parties’ political mantras: “Power to the people, Yes, we Must.”
“The CDC-led administration won’t be a government only for its partisans, their sympathizers and supporters, but for all Liberians.”
He added that power must be given to the people as Liberians strive to rebuild their country.
Without giving a thread of evidence, Knight stated that Liberian workers have been consistently abused on their job sites, illegal dismissed and their human rights violated by state and non-state actors under the ruling establishment.
He urged Senator Weah to reinstate workers who were “illegally dismissed” by authorities of the Roberts International Airport, National Housing Authority and other places.
Touching on the recent past elections, Knights also lauded Liberians for their peaceful participation in the electoral process. He commended Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai for graciously accepting the outcome of the Presidential runoff election.
CTIL is a conglomeration of 12 civil society and trade union institutions with over 40,000 members across the country.
The group was established in 2014 with the aim and objectives to protect and promote workers’ rights in the country.