Breaking: U.S. Sanctioned Liberian Officials’ Families Compel To Leave Their Residences

Information reaching the GNN-Liberia has revealed that relatives, and other family members of sanctioned Liberian government officials are been forced to leave their respective residence in the United States at no grace period leaving their belongings behind.

According to the report, many of them have arrived in the Ghanaian Capital, Accra where houses bought by their respective family members who are now under U.S. sanction for their alleged link to significant corruption, and human rights abuse.

Last week the Charge D’affaires at the United States Embassy, Catherine Rodriguez on at a news conference in Monrovia on December 12, 2023 said the U.S. Government sanctioned several officials using the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and authorities under section 7031(c) for visa restrictions.  Calling out corruption and human rights abuse is a Biden Administration foreign policy priority that is advanced globally. In these most recent cases, the designations were the result of the official’s individual actions, not those of a political party or the country itself.

For those individuals who have been sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control under Global Magnitsky, they and their families will no longer be able to utilize the U.S. banking system and they and their families will have a lifetime ban on visiting the United States.  You can read more about these individual cases on the U.S.

Treasury OFAC website.  For those sanctioned by the U.S. Department of State under Section 7031(c), they and their families will have a lifelong ban from entering the United States. 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

Instead of focusing on these individual cases as that information is now public and published online, I want to speak to you about corruption and its impact on YOUR life and what you can do about it.  I hear from my own employees and those Liberians I have met during my time here who tell me that their salary supports not only themselves and their children but also their extended family members who are unemployed.  They grumble about paying taxes, they know it’s a necessity but ask, “where is the money going?”

Corruption doesn’t only affect your life today but also threatens your family’s future.  The world is a global marketplace.  Liberia, like other countries in the world, must compete for new business opportunities, for foreign assistance, and for international financing.  The fortunes of all Liberians are squandered when government corruption becomes a factor in that decision making.

So, what can YOU do about it?  The problem can seem intractable.  Corruption has been around for thousands of years and exists in every society, including the United States.  It’s not the fact that corruption exists that’s important, but rather what you do about it.

We are uplifted to hear that dealing with the pernicious issue of corruption is one of your incoming government’s priorities.  Liberia should make it easier for regular citizens and honest government workers to report fraud and corruption. The good news is that Liberia DOES have institutions capable of investigating and prosecuting corruption and holding wrongdoers accountable.  It DOES have institutions and procedures for ensuring transparent and competitive procurement of goods and services to ensure the best value for YOU, the citizens of Liberia. We have even witnessed a few successes as demonstrated with the Anti-Corruption Champion award bestowed upon Marc Kollie this year by Secretary Blinken for his fight against corruption.

However, a few successes here and there is not sufficient. What is needed is consistent political will within the executive branch and legislature to ensure these institutions have the support and resources they need to carry out the work they were created to do.  There needs to be greater transparency in government, and YOU should know where YOUR tax money is going.

As members of the fourth estate, the Liberian media also plays an essential role in transparency, both by reporting important and accurate information, but also by reporting on how government funding is being spent and how it affects Liberians’ lives.

It is essential that when corruption is uncovered, action is taken.  For minor incidents employees can be fired or disciplined, for major incidents they should face prosecution.  When corruption goes unchecked at higher levels, it signals to everyone else that it’s ok to charge YOU extra for services you are already paying for through your taxes.  Unchecked corruption, along with a lack of accountability becomes a corrosive force on society stifling the growth and advancement of YOUR family.

As one of your oldest and strongest partners in the international community, as an employer of hundreds of Liberians, and as one of your largest international donors, we are committed to the best for Liberia.

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  1. Megan says

    Nathaniel McGill and Bill Twaway were on sanction but they both are now Senators. Is this fair to other sanctioned officials?
    Was it right for NEC to certificate them?

  2. Morgan s mulbah says

    Just as My brother said, will they not continue to do what they were sanctions for as they still take public office?

  3. Morgan s mulbah says

    They need to be taken off the position and be brought to court to prove then self not guilty

  4. Revive says

    J Melton Teajah, is one of the most corrupt man that need to go through investigation, hope his name is included?

  5. Anonymous says

    Prince Johnson and all Sanctions should not be allowed to run for public offices.

  6. Mr. Wahmah says

    Prince Johnson and the rest on sanctioned list also needed not to contest for public office.

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