Liberia’s President Weah orders government officials to declare assets

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Liberia’s President George Weah has ordered government officials who are yet to declare their assets to do so within a week “or face punitive action consistent with law.”

Weah said that his regime will ensure the asset declaration is “enforced to the letter and there will be no sacred cows.”

The former football professional said he pledged to Liberians during his campaigns that “our government would adopt a zero-tolerance posture towards corruption”.

The code of conduct for public officials obliges them to declare their assets before assuming office.

Weah was in violation of the requirement, as he only declared his assets to the anti-corruption commission under public pressure six months after taking over on 22 January.

Only about 25 percent of the members of the executive branch of government have filled in their asset declaration, according to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission.

The commission says the vast majority of the people within the judiciary have complied, but none of the 103 MPs have done so.