Liberians seem to reach a consensus that there is alarming rate of corruption in their country but the disagreement has been focus on the method to curb the menace. Transparency International in its latest report on corruption in Africa said Liberia was leading the bribery table and that eighty one percent Liberians believe their government is doing badly to fight corruption according to the corruption perception survey.
So, what is the right way to fight corruption in Liberia? Former Auditor General John Morlu appears to have a Sharia style solution to the problem when he told the Johnson-Sirleaf administration to publically whip government officials that are stealing from the poor and not impoverished young girls.
Mary Broh, the Director General of the General Services Agency now heading a taskforce to ‘beautify’ Monrovia paraded teenage females in a Shari style, flogged the girls for being “prostitute”.
But Morlu told the annual congress of the Press Union of Liberia that such measure was misdirected and real culprits for stealing are corrupt public officials.
“Whipping impoverished young girls and calling them prostitutes, throwing away the “wallet market” of struggling Liberians and destroying their own makeshift homes will not beautify Monrovia. I wish the President and her Task Force can muster the same courage to “beat up” corrupt and unaccountable officials in Government, who have collected and mismanaged over $3.1 billion in Liberian taxes collected to date, with no real economic impact on the lives of the people of Liberia.”
Liberia is a country stuck in hell, with a corrupt democracy that does not afford economic freedom and opportunities for its citizens but a few connected to the ruling establishment, former Auditor General John Morlu has said.
“After nearly 10 years in office, corruption has rendered this government incapable of handling the affairs of the state. Today, people say Liberia is stable and at peace, but just beneath that superficial stability and peace, there is glaring hostility, distrust and anger in Liberia, all because of the massive levels of corruption that exist at all levels in Liberia today,” Mr. Morlu said.
According to Transparency International, When looking at the results from each country, large proportions of citizens in Benin, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone think that their public sector institutions are affected by high levels of corruption, the report said.
Bribery affects more than one-in-five Africans, and disproportionally affects the poor in urban areas. The report said 22 per cent of people that have come into contact with a public service in the past 12 months in Sub-Saharan Africa have paid a bribe, but the situation is worst in Liberia where nearly seven-in-ten paid a bribe. Across the continent, poor people are twice as likely as rich people to have paid a bribe, and in urban areas they are even more likely to pay bribes.