The two authoritative sources that I have just given do not make competence or integrity of relatives an exception to the definition. Therefore, those who are saying that the appointment of relatives who are competent and have integrity falls outside the definition of nepotism are wrong. Unless they write their own dictionaries, they have to accept the current definition of nepotism. Except for monarchies, like Kingdoms and empires, where countries are ruled by families, nepotism is wrong everywhere, especially in democratic countries such as ours. Nepotism is wrong because it is an abuse of power. It provides a situation where the best jobs in a country are occupied by relatives of public officials. It deprives better qualified citizens who are not relatives of public officials of opportunities for employment. A nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism and sycophancy as avenues for employment. In an atmosphere where nepotism prevails, honest patriots and nationalists are deprived of opportunities for employment because they are not prepared to stoop so low. Nepotism therefore is a dangerous and very serious corrupt practice because it has the tendency to promote corruption and mass unemployment.Public Policy 

Nwabudike Nbudusi at LACC: Liberia Bar President Calls on Senate to reject George Weah’s bills


By Taisiah K. Merfee

The President of the Liberia National Bars Association Cllr. Taiwan Gongloe wants members of the National Legislature to reject bills emanating from President George Weah desk, which seeks to give the Anti-Corruption Commission prosecutorial powers. Cllr. Gongoloe further added, saying that the Senate should not approve any budget allocation to the LACC, because its chairperson lied to the Supreme Court by declaring himself as a citizen of the Republic of Liberia.

The LNBA President stressed, the powers of the Liberian people is invested in the Senate, through a constitutional mandate, through which, according to Cllr. Gongloe is predicated upon members of the Senate to shoulder their obligations by acting swiftly in the matter.

“The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission Chairperson, Cllr. Nwabudike Nbudusi lacks integrity and a man who over the years frauded the judiciary system on his nationality,” the Liberia National Bars Association President Taiwan Gongloe said. He added that the LACC boss is engaged in misrepresentation and lies in other to acquire membership at the level of the Supreme Court. The Bar President further commended the Liberian Senate for its efforts in ensuring that the LACC, boss faces the full weight of the law.

Cllr. Gongloe then appreciated the stance by the Senate, which he said is in the best interest of the Liberian people, while admonishing the Liberian senate to ensure that the president of the Republic of Liberia respects them by rejecting all bills from from his office. Commenting on the United States Treasury Department report on judges, magistrates, and Lawyers, the LNBA President explains that the report emulating from the U.S Treasury should be taken seriously.

Meanwhile, Cllr. Gongloe have admonished lawyers and judges to follow the ethical proceedings of the profession they represent, adding that the world is watching over them daily. “We as lawyers and judges should not get involved in things that have the proclivity to derail the long-standing integrity and ethics that we lawyers and judges possess; the world is seriously watching us,  know that the country justice system depends on us strongly” LNBA president said. Culled Smartnews.


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