Donors Recommend Stern Punishment For Corrupt Government Officials

By Josephus Moses Gray
Monrovia, Liberia

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
May 24, 2005


Participants at the just ended Result Focused Transitional Framework (RFTF) annual Technical meeting in Denmark, Copenhagen are calling on the Bryant led Transitional government to punish corrupt officials and combat corruptions.

Apart from the issued of fighting corruption which emerged as the core of the two days deliberations, the participants also mandated the NTGL to institute sound financial management systems that is characterized by accountability and transparency.
They also recommended that the NTGL work closely with strategic partners to deal effectively with the issue of corruption.

According to them, these steps will enhance the transitional government credibility among the Liberian people.

Following the number of concerns raised at the meeting, at the close of the discussions the participants were able to adopt an 11 count communiqué.

The communiqué among other things placed maximum emphasis on enhancing of leadership, accountability, integrity, and transparency of the NTGL on the issues of economic governance and sound fiscal management.

Addressing the need for the NTGL to focus on strengthening economic and financial management capacity, the participants expressed the need for a robust response.

The participants called on the NTGL and donors to make adequate provision for the expeditious demobilization and restructuring of the Armed Forces of Liberia.

Concerning elections, the participants described the process as good - noting that the difficult part of the story is the need to restructure the army, and provide schooling, clinics, roads, and basic services enabling both internally displaced people and ex-combatants top return to their rural counties.

The Copenhagen discussion was an open dialogue between senior officials of Liberia’s transitional government and her West African Countries’ partners, which was co-organized by the United Nations and the World Bank and the RFTF. It brought together donors countries, financial institutions, UN agencies, regional organizations, and civil society organizations to review Liberia’s changing needs and priorities after it’s 14 years civil war.