Liberia: “We’re Innocent”, Prominent Lawyer Varney Sherman And House Speaker Granted Bill in Global Witness Corruption Scandal
“Human rights lawyer Tiawon Gongloe says the ongoing probe of Cllr. Varney Sherman and other officials of government for bribery as alleged in a Global Witness report should serve as the beginning of a vigorous process in the fight against corruption in Liberia”.
“Our total disagreement and concern is with the overreach of this bill which in effect disenfranchises these individuals from exercising their political choice. It would seem by doing so would be penalizing them for having rendered invaluable services to the country. We are all aware of the role played by the bank in the negotiations and the arduous work done by it toward meeting the benchmarks that were required by the IMF and World Bank for external debt relief. We are also aware of the bank’s continuing astute management over the financial system of Liberia in adopting sound policies for the growth and expansion of the economy. We are cognizant of the low savings rate and depth of non-performing loans which have been some of the major challenges facing the banking system. The bank’s role in channeling loanable funds to underserved segments of the population should be embraced and further harnessed”.
“The United States Senate has just passed milestone immigration with 68 votes in favor and 32 votes against. The bill now goes to the House Congress but House Speaker John Boehner had said he won’t bring the immigration bill on the floor of Congress (House of Representative) because according to him it does not have strong stipulation for border security and won’t have the majority vote of his Republican House Conference even though Senator John McCain, a Republican had said the bill has strong stipulations on boarder security stronger the Berlin wall”.