Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Liberia President George Weah, has given his cabinet ministers up till next Thursday to declare their assets or will face “punitive action”.
A Presidential press statement quoted the President Weah as saying that no cabinet minister will be considered a “sacred cow”.
The Presidents warning follows several delays during which only 25 percent of the cabinet ministers have declared their assets, the statement seen by ADV on Saturday said.
President Weah reminded the ministers that the move was in fulfillment of their presidential campaign promises.
Besides that, Mr. Weah explained that the asset declaration was necessary “to assure Liberians and the international community that our government would adopt a zero tolerance posture towards corruption and graft and would demonstrate utmost transparency and accountability”.
Mr Weah said “it is therefore important and critical that each of you serving in my government declare your assets to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission in one week”.
He commended his cabinet for their efforts in meeting the goals of his government, saying: “We promised we would do better, and better we must do”.
President Weah asserted that besides the fact that asset declaration adds transparency and accountability value to the government and makes the government responsible to citizens and the international community, it will not be an option left at the volition of officials, but a legal obligation that will come with penalties under the law.
© Bur-csa – N.W / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng