Dangers of corruption and dual citizenship: Liberia Governance Stakeholder Survey (LGSS) USAID Report 2013


Tackling governmental corruption is always a tricky affair, fraught with danger. Especially if the accused politician has dual citizenship and can ran away when challenged. And then come back with guns. 

American and Israeli passports are much valued in such cases, as these countries do not extradite their citizens as a rule.

By way of example, let's analyze Liberia's troubled history here again. Here is what may happen if you try to cry wolf:

Liberians Want to Avoid the Charles Taylor Experience
The 1980 military coup was ushered into power in order to eliminate rampant corruption and misuse of public office. But in the first year of the coup, newspapers began carrying daily stories of corruption in low and high places in government. Charles Taylor was  then serving in government as GSA Director. Taylor knew about the corruption scandal but did nothing to resign in order to exonerate himself. Instead,  Taylor mysteriously disappeared from the country and surfaced in the United States where he  was accused of stealing over US900,000 from Liberia. The Government of Liberia filed an extradition petition to the U.S. Department of State and Department of Justice. But nothing happened.
In the years that followed, instead of fighting to exonerate himself from the corruption allegations, Taylor mobilized support from Liberians in the Diaspora and returned to Liberia in December of 1989, accusing the Doe government of corruption and gross abuse of human rights. This is how the 14-year civil conflict started and destroyed Liberia.

After relinquishing power, this genocidal criminal, was actively protected by Nigeria, in turn, with the Nigerian government giving him diplomatic cars to escape.

The situation is even more volatile, as the current president Sirleaf had been indirectly supporting Taylor:

Sirleaf, 70, acknowledged before the commission in February that she gave up to $10,000 to a rebel group headed by Charles Taylor, viewed by many as the chief architect of Liberia’s back-to-back civil wars that lasted from 1989 to 2003. Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected female leader, said the money she sent while an expatriate was meant for humanitarian services and that she was never a member of his group. “If there is anything that I need to apologize for to this nation, it is to apologize for being fooled by Mr. Taylor in giving any kind of support to him,” Sirleaf said in February.

That is probably why the source materials attached to this Front Page Africa article:  The  Liberia report the US government does not want you to read (archive), analyzed here, and here, have not been republished in full so far.

In fact, their reporters have been warned by US officials not to do so:

Who can blame them? Let the sleeping dogs lie. Sometimes peace is more important than truth.

However, since we are located thousand of miles away, let us risk republishing this report here.

In the two next posts is a copy of the USAID LIBERIA GOVERNANCE STAKEHOLDERS SURVEY 2013, quickly OCR-ed from this original, and not edited, so expect warts and all.

Liberia Governance Stakeholder Survey (LGSS) USAID Report 2013, Part 1
Liberia Governance Stakeholder Survey (LGSS) USAID Report 2013, Part 2

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