Doesn’t the Justice Ministry’s gross incompetence warrants its elimination? We all know that 99.9999 percent of Liberian officials are nothing but scoundrels! Stealing, it seems is a natural gift for govt officials
The Ministry can’t even prosecute the few of those that are caught by the General Auditing Commission (GAC), Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), and the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC), because the capacity to do so has not been created by the current enabling environment under the Up-led govt.
So how can you justified the continued existence of the ministry when 90 percent of Liberians remain poor because of government futility and corruption? Most of the thoughtless people in our government are in the Central Bank and the Ministry of Justice!
If there is any evidence that the Ministry of Justice won at least 20 percent, ok, make that 10 percent, of corruption cases, please, I stand corrected.
But let’s look at some high profile corruption cases since our “zero tolerance for corruption President took office,” shall we?:
1) In 2008, Rep. Edwin Snowe, Senator R. Devine, and etc were indicted for stealing millions from the Liberian people. But when the case went to trial, Snowe, Devine and Bryant were acquitted by the jury! The state (Ministry of Justice) lost because their star witnesses were all convicted felons from the National Transitional Legislative Assembly (NTLA)!
2) In 2009, Harry Greaves, former managing director of LPRC, was fired by the president for bribery in Zakhem contract. Greaves firing was predicated on a report by the Justice Minister (Christina Tah), who determined that Greaves committed bribery in the Zakhem contract, but he was never put on trial for corruption!
3) In 2013, the PPCC busted Ellen Crookrum and her boyfriend (Melvin Johnson) for stealing US$500,000 and turn the case over to Justice Ministry for prosecution. But we all know what happen after that: Justice Ministry officials were sleeping on the job the same day Crookrum and her boyfriend ran away from Liberia. Crookrum didn’t even have to use heavy makeup during her daring escape!
You can’t trust these people to do their job, can you? They are always dropping the ball.
4) This year (2015), LACC busted Matilda Wokie Parker for pocketing US$800,000 and turn the case over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution, but guess what happen again? Yes, the Ministry dropped the ball again. Wokie wore a wig and impersonated as pregnant woman with big belly to leave the country. Justice Ministry officials thought she was Matilda Jackson Parker going on medical leave!!!
3) Recently, corruption charges were dropped against ex-NOCAL executives ( Urey, Dunbar, Dr. Kromah, Rep. Ennos, P Jallah, Reeves, Kandakai, and Wlaplah)…because the state (Ministry of Justice) failed to commence prosecution of the defendants within the statutory period of five years.. Can you believe that? I can (Re ” Charges Against Oil Company ‘BRIBERY’ Indictees Dropped”)
If our 2-by-4 lawyers at the Ministry of Justice don’t know a damn thing about statute of limitations, how the hell do you expect them to know anything about “prosecutorial evidence”? Prosecutorial evidence, my rear end!
We pay these good-for-nothing people to prosecute the born rogues in our government, but all they do is drag their feet, give lame excuses, and lose 90 percent of their corruption cases.
Look, if you had someone who isn’t doing their job, what would you do? I don’t know about you, but I’d fire their as.es on the spot!
Hey, there comes a time when you have to say enough is enough. Enough of your feet dragging. Enough of your lame excuses. And enough of your lack of leadership! It’s time to say hit the jack, don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more, no more, no more…
So, to cut our losses, we need to abolish the Ministry of Justice, once and for all! Because that’s best way to fight corruption: reducing the size of our government!