EPS Director, Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Others Risk Sanction—As LACC Release Second Listing of Assets Declaration

(Monrovia) – The Director of the Executive Protection Service Trokon N. Roberts remains one of several high-profile outgoing government appointees yet to comply with the LACC to declare his asset as required by law.
With barely three days to the end of their mandates as government appointees, the EPS Director, his deputy for Administration Henrik S. Wolo and Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Williametta E Saydee-Tarr remain some of the non-compliant appointed exiting government officials according to the updated listing published by the LACC on Wednesday, January 17, 2024.
This follows the first listing publication by the LACC on January 10, 2024. The anti-graft entity has followed suit with the second listing publication of asset declaration for appointed exiting government officials as promised during its first listing publication that there will be a weekly update until the entire exercise is over.
The LACC said in a press release, “It can be recalled that the first listing was released on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, and as stated in our press release, this is an ongoing exercise for which the listing will be updated and published at least weekly until the entire exit declaration process is concluded”, the release stated.
The LACC notes that as the term of the outgoing government ends on January 22nd, 2024, the Commission remains committed to the ongoing publication of names of Compliant and Non-compliant exiting public officials.
The anti-graft institution says it is encouraging all exiting public officials who have not yet declared their assets to immediately proceed to the LACC and declare, as possible sanctions await them.
Meanwhile, the LACC wishes to inform all newly inducted members of the 55th Legislature that section 10.2 of the code of conduct as amended, section 5.2 (o) and section 4.1(g) of the New LACC Act of 2022, designates the Liberia Anti-corruption Commission (LACC) as the repository for the asset declaration and verification regime of the Government of Liberia.
Additionally, section 10.1 of the code of conduct of 2014, requires every Public Official and Employee of the Government involved in making decisions affecting contracting, tendering or procurement, and issuance of licenses of various types, to sign performance or financial bonds and in addition to declare his or her income, assets, and liabilities before taking office.
In view of the above, the LACC calls on all newly inducted members of the 55th Legislature, to immediately proceed to the commission and declare his or her assets in keeping with the law.
The release furthered that “the LACC would like to use this opportunity to thank all exiting officials who have complied with its mandate and officially declared their assets. We look forward to your full cooperation as we move to verify all declarations received”, the release concluded.
The warning by the LACC seems to be falling on deaf ears as sanction awaits those who will be found non-compliant when the exercise is over.
Section 5.2 (o) of the amended and restated Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) Act of 2022 enshrines the responsibility of the LACC in executing Liberia’s Asset Declaration and Verification Regime.
The LACC Act defines the function of the LACC for asset declaration as:
“To institute and operate the assets declaration and verification regimes of the Government of Liberia, pursuant to the Code of Conduct Act of 2014”.
Section 5.2 (o)(vi) further provides for LACC to recommend to the Legislature for enactment into law sanction(s) for breach of the Asset Declaration Guidelines.
Against this backdrop, upon approval by the Legislature, the LACC will collaborate with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Liberia Revenue Authority, Public Procurement and Concession Commission, Liberia Business Registry, National Identity Registry, and other government service providers to impose the following sanctions on Non-Compliant Officials:
Withholding of compensation, including salaries and other bonuses;
Refusal or denial of government services, such as business registration, tax clearance, passport renewal, national ID card renewal, among other government-provided services; No appointment to government positions.

Please see Listing published by the LACC below:

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