President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Suspends Three Officials Over Assets Declaration
MONROVIA, September 14 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has suspended on the job for one month three eligible officials who have not declared or re-declared their income, assets, and liabilities.
They are to forfeit their salaries and have been directed to file their income, assets, and liabilities within one week.
According to an Executive Mansion press release, the President’s action is in accordance with an updated report received from the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission on September 5, also posted on its website,
Those concerned are Dr. Antoinette Weeks, Minister of Public Works; Mr. Claude Langley, Deputy Minister for Technical Services, Ministry of Public Works and Mr. Francis Okai, District Commissioner, Margibi County.
Part X-10.1 of the National Code of Conduct Act states: “Every Public Official and Employee of Government involved in making decisions affecting contracting, tendering or procurement, and issuance of licenses of various types shall sign performance or financial bonds and shall in addition declare his or her income, assets and liabilities prior to taking office and thereafter at the end of every three years; on promotion or progression from one level to another; upon transfer to another public office; and upon retirement or resignation.”
A total of 321 government officials who are eligible under the Code of Conduct Act have declared or re-declared their income, assets and liabilities.
Additionally, those government officials suspended earlier and have declared or re-declared their assets in categories B and C, are to provide to the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs evidence of payments into government revenue their fines and penalties as directed by the Liberian President.
Failure to do so, within a week, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning will be authorized to automatically deduct two months’ salary.