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Africa Loses US$148bn Annually To Corrupt Elected Gov’t - Boakai
MONROVIA, August 23 (LINA) - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has stated that leaders who attempt to make themselves permanent undermine democracy, while those who attempt to change presidential terms offend progress towards the consolidation of democracy by usurping the rights of the people.
He said on the heels of the diminishing involvement of the military in the political arena, new experiences have emerged which include leaders that perpetuate themselves by altering or interfering with the will of the people through elections.
VP Boakai also lashed out at “those who are embarking on constitutional reforms aimed at perpetuating themselves in power against the popular consent.”
Vice President Boakai was speaking Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria when he delivered the keynote address at the Nelson Mandela International Roundtable on
Political developments in Africa held under the theme: ‘African Democracy, Constitutionalism and Leadership Emergence Pattern.”
He warned that corruption and impunity at the highest level are a sign that the balance of power still sits firmly with those in office and not as it should be those that vote them in, adding, more than one hundred and forty eight billion dollars is lost to corruption each year in Africa and that much of this is perpetuated by and through public officials serving in democratically-elected governments.
“To put my reflection into context,” the Vice President pointed out, “I wish to focus on the contemporary trend in Africa and challenge all of us to develop and design a consistent approach to how governance and the rule of law can transform Africa.”