LIBERIA: In support of US sanctions against corrupt officials, thousands demonstrate on Monday for ‘economic justice’

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In support of U.S. sanctions against corrupt Liberian government officials, thousands of Liberians are expected on Monday, August 22, 2022 to gather outside the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia where position statements supporting U.S. government action in the fight against corruption in Liberia will be presented. .

The protest dubbed: “March for Economic Justice” against corruption is organized by the youth wing of the Liberian People’s Party (LPP) and is expected to be honored by dozens of Monrovians from various communities and surrounding areas following a huge mobilization last week.

The march for economic justice aims to create opportunities for every person to have a dignified, productive and creative life that goes beyond mere economics, but which is currently lacking under the current administration in Liberia, as corruption invaded the country in all sectors.

The LPP, including presidential hopeful Tiawan Saye Gongloe, President Yanqui Zaza and many others, are also expected to be present on the march in the fight against corruption in the country that eats up the social fabric.

According to the organizer, the marchers will either start from the Center for the Advancement of Intellectual Development (CENPID) on Carey Street in central Monrovia and march to the US Embassy to Benson Street, or gather peacefully outside the embassy where various position statements from civil society organizations, human rights groups, and some opposition political parties will be read to the United States government.

Last week, Presidential Affairs Minister Nathaniel McGill, Chief Prosecutor Sayma Syrenious Cephas and National Ports Authority (NPA) Chief Executive William “Bill” Twehway were hit with a sanction freezing their bank accounts where they are and also imposing an entry visa restriction on them. United States.

The 3 senior officials have been charged by the United States government with corruption by using their respective offices to steal or divert public funds for their personal use.

The sanction was the result of a certain period of unannounced investigation both local and international.

However, the trios were suspended from their respective official duties immediately by the President following the statement by the United States government.

But the public, including the opposition bloc, civil society organizations, human rights groups, the religious community among others, think that the suspension is not enough, it is why they are instead calling for their dismissal.

As of press time, it was unclear whether or not the marchers had applied to the Department of Justice for permission before staging the protest.

However, the organizers who are not foreigners rely on article 1 of chapter 1 of the Liberian Constitution of 1986: “All power belongs to the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit, and they have the right to modify and reform them when their security and happiness demand it. In order to ensure a democratic government which responds to the desires of the governed, the people have the right, at the time and in the manner provided by this Constitution, to cause their functionaries to leave their functions and to fill vacancies by regular means. elections and appointments.

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