- The parliament in Liberia is not playing over the graft accusations levelled against the government by the country’s Auditor General, John Morlu. He was asked to appear before lawmakers and back his remarks that the administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf “is three times more corrupt” than that of the Interim government.
The the accusations are yet to be verified but they have already succeeded in embarrassing Africa’s first female President who has been touring the world in search of money to better the lives of Liberians.
Besides, since she came to power in 2006, Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf has been stamping on official corruption. The Liberian leader did not hide her uncompromising stance on corruption, assuring that the menace would never be tolerated by her government.
The Johnson-Sirleaf regime has since been investigating officials of the transitional government accused of siphoning public funds.
As an economist, Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf worked tirelessly to woo back investors in Liberia.
Her government described the accusations as “unfair and unjustifiable”.
But the Auditor General maintained that millions of dollars have been unaccounted for in the 2007/08 budget, which is a cause for concern.
Mr Morlu said there is no transparency in the draft budget for parliamentary submission.
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