Chronicle’s Editor took political directives (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Chronicle Board has now endorsed the decision by the Editor-in-Chief to stop the columns written by me and Lincoln Lewis. I am not surprised at the decision by some Board members. Not many people in high places in Guyana have the courage these days to stand up for principle, especially when it involves decisions sanctioned by the political overlords. Maybe some day those members would come to the realisation that principle is bigger that political expediency and other such considerations. My heart goes out to them.I have become known for both my strong support for the present Government and my criticism when I feel it has not acted properly. That kind of independence is not tolerated in our elite political culture which demands uncritical loyalty from supporters. As such, some Government leaders have privately and not so privately expressed discomfort and outrage at my criticisms. They have been particularly outraged that my critical comments are carried in the State-owned newspaper, which they view as a medium for only the views of Government members and supporters.I am aware that there has always been lots of pressure on the Editor from higher-up to stop the column and that feeble attempts in this direction have been made in the past. I suppose they have now decided to make a definitive move. I strongly believe that the Editor of the Chronicle would not make such a decision on his own – it is a political decision and he would have to get such directive from above. That much I am convinced of until evidence is produced to the contrary. I understand the situation that the Editor finds himself in and he has my sympathy. That is why I think those who gave him the directive should come out into the open and let the public know that they are the real authors of the move.I have no personal stake in this matter. Doing this column was not my bread and butter job, but it was part of my political activism – my giving back to my country in the form of public education and advocacy. I have no entitlement to a column in the Chronicle or any other newspaper. But I feel very strongly that a State-owned entity should not summarily deny me or any other citizen the right to express our views solely because of our partisan political views. That amounts to a clear human rights violation of a sacred civil liberty.There is no evidence that Lewis and I have exposed the newspaper to libel, have undermined the country’s sovereignty, have ridiculed anyone personally or brought the paper into disrepute. They say the columns are discontinued to facilitate the rebranding of the paper but have not shown how the columns will hinder this rebranding. The major rebranding that needs to happen at the Chronicle is the freeing up of the paper from the partisan control of the Government. The paper should stop being an uncritical propaganda sheet of the Government and become a normal newspaper that reflects the face and dignity of Guyana and the variety of political and other views that reside in our country.Yours truly,David Hindslast_img read more

A tribute to a great Guyanese: Harold Drayton

first_imgDear Editor,It was with deep sadness that I learnt of the passing of Dr Harold Drayton. His role in the creation of the University of Guyana was indeed significant. Yet it is not widely known.Harold Drayton, like many young professionals of his day, was captured by the vision of Cheddi Jagan and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for building a free, independent and progressive country based on the principles of peace, equality and social justice.He became acquainted with Cheddi Jagan while still a student at the University of the West Indies. He shared most of Cheddi’s views.After the 1961 General Elections, Cheddi Jagan began taking steps to prepare the country for independence. He began working to create the institutions that would be important to build the human and physical infrastructure of an independent nation. Cheddi’s concept of independence and sovereignty was not limited to merely a declaration of independence.To defend that independence, he had to think about making the economy strong, viable and competitive.He simultaneously needed to build the human capital for such a project.It was then that he turned to Harold Drayton, who by then, was an accomplished academic. At that time he was teaching in Ghana.It was not accidental that Drayton chose Ghana to persue his work. Ghana was one of the leading countries in the National Liberation Movement; led by one of the most progressive intellectuals, Dr Nkuma. It was the first country in Africa to break the chains of colonialism. Ghana became independent in 1957 and Drayton went there to assist to build a free Ghana.Cheedi Jagan realised that he needed a knowledgeable person, a person who understands all the ramifications of establishing a university. His mind turned to Drayton whom he felt was the man for the job. He was not wrong.Harold Drayton took up the challenge and returned home to get the job done.It was a herculean task.It was the first time in history that a colony was moving towards and eventually did establish a university. The University of Guyana (UG) has that distinction of being the only university ever established in a colony.Moreover, the atmosphere at the time was extremely difficult. There was great opposition to the university’s formation from inside and outside Guyana.Locally, the main Opposition party, the People’s National Congress (PNC), was greatly opposed to it. Indeed, the then leader of the party labelled the UG, derogatorily as ‘Jagan Nigh School’.He did so because Jagan saw the urgency of beginning UG and was not prepared to wait until new buildings were built. UG started its work at Queens College in October 1963.In the meantime, a search was made to identity where the university would be established.Consideration was given to many sites, including the National Park.However, it was felt that the park was too small and eventually settled on the Turkeyen area.Harold Drayton was the leading person implementing the decisions of the committee to establish UG, set up by Cheddi Jagan and CV Nunes.The PNC even threatened to close UG if they were elected to office. That party eventually came to its senses when it recognised the political costs of doing so.There were also opposition from the Region. Eric Williams, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, came to the then British Guiana to dissuade Cheddi Jagan from establishing UG. Needless to say he did not succeed.At the same time there were politically instigated riots in the country. Just like in the last three years of the PPP/Civic Government, the then Opposition tried everything to sabotage developmental projects. At that time, the PNC and the United Force became tools of outside forces and fomented racism and division of our people.Drayton stood strong to see the UG project through. It was he who introduced Cheddi Jagan to professor Hogbury, the world renounced mathematician. The Professor became the first Vice Chancellor of the university. After the establishment of UG, Drayton took on added responsibilities and lectured in that institution.Harold Drayton’s works now stands as a monument to him. He was part of a heroic group that stood by Cheddi Jagan in difficult times. Whenever we reflect on UG, the names Cheddi Jagan, CV Nunes and Harold Drayton must always be remembered.I extend deepest sympathies to his survivors.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Training is the main root of development in the Guyana Police Force

first_imgDear Editor,Training is the main root of development in the Guyana Police Force. Other sectors, even though very important, are just the branches of the tree. Cut the main root and the tree dies. Recently, the media reported on a two-week anti-corruption training funded by the United Kingdom.The Police and other members of some investigative agencies participated. Information received is that apart from training to be conducted by the Felix Austin Police College, The Richard Fikal Police College and the Felix Austin Police College ‘B’ Division, numerous other training programmes would be done by overseas facilitators. It is imperative that the Police be adequately trained to efficiently and effectively execute their mandate as set out under Section 3 (2) of the Police Act, Chapter 16:01. What society expects from their protectors are: to cater for ‘first oil’; securing our western border, and being able to handle emerging security issues and concerns.However, the Police paradigm has shifted towards their being more community-oriented. They are now required to not only solve crimes, but problems in the various communities they serve. Hence the community-oriented policing and problem solving (COPPS) approach.His Excellency President Brig. David A. Granger, in his address to the Annual Police Officers’ Conference 2017, put the role of the Police succinctly, “But we must go beyond and find the causes of crime. Why is there piracy? Why is there suicide? Why is there murder? Why is there rape? Why is there trafficking in my division? What are the causes? So stop boasting about how many cases you made, find out how many cause you are able to discover, and let us stamp out the causes, then you stamp out the crime. If you do not know the cause of crimes, then the crime will continue to repeat over and over again…..“So that is what we have to embark on, a new programme of building partnerships. We have to work with community. We have to know what people in the community need and think, so that they can become partners and not our opponents. The Police Force has to be friends with the people, so you must be friend with the people, and build a partnership between the Police and the communities, and this will help you to get information and to build intelligence network.”To be effective the Police must develop excellent people skills, and display good interpersonal relations with the various stakeholders. They are required to interact with their peers, superiors, and subordinates; members of the public; their friends and family. Hence the need for them to develop effective people skills.Technical competence — the knowledge of law, Police practice and procedure is critical for the Police to be effective, but that is not enough. According to Bennett and Hess (2002), “Technical competence used to be most important.Now and the years ahead, people skills are most important.” Woodward and Buchholz (1987) explain, “One way to visualize this tactical, people-oriented approach is with a bicycle. The two wheels of a bicycle have different purposes. The back wheel powers the bike, the front wheel steers it. Extending this analogy to an organisation, ‘back-wheel skills’ are technical and organizational skills needed for the organization to function. ‘Front-wheel skills’ are interpersonal, ‘people management’ skills. Corporations tend to rely on their back-wheel; that is, their technical skills.Typically, however, when change comes, the response of the organization is primarily back-wheel response: do what we know best. But the real need is for front-wheel skills. That is helping people understand and adapt to the changing environment.”Strategic Management is about change. Reform is about change. Change is inevitable. No person or organisation can stop it. View it as opportunity. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Managers must pay attention to change in their environment, and adapt or perish.The boiled frog phenomenon is very instructive. A classic experiment was done. A frog was dropped in a pan of boiling water, and immediately jumped out, saving its life. Next a frog was placed in a pan of room-temperature water that was gradually heated to boiling point. Because the temperature rise was so gradual, the frog did not notice it, and sat contently in the bottom of the pan. The gradual rising temperature initially made the frog comfortable, but eventually sapped its energy. As the water became too hot, the frog has no strength to jump out. It boiled to death.The boiled frog phenomenon suggests that leaders must pay attention to change in their environment, and adapt or perish. I do not know what the Strategic Management Unit of the Guyana Police Force and the Reform Process have in place to deal with change. The former has been quietly doing some excellent work, but not sharing it with the stakeholders, while the latter went into labour recently.We expect an excellent delivery. Their plans appear to be top secret. I may be jumping the gun, but I have been on the starting block for some time now, and am a bit nervous. Many reform projects fail because a heavy emphasis is placed on the agents of change, while the victims of change are neglected.Organisational change takes centre stage while little or no attention is paid to personal change. I hope that the movers and shakers of the GPF would ensure that those who would be affected by the imminent change would be given the necessary coping skills to grapple with the situation. Inculcating people skills in the minds of the Police is a sine qua non.Yours faithfully,Clinton ConwayAssistantCommissioner of Police(Retd)last_img read more

Ball is in Government’s court

first_imgDear Editor,Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has suggested that better parenting, schooling, and religious and community involvement are important to tackle domestic violence. The Hon. Minister must know that political will, more than anything else, can ensure the needed mechanisms:1) Parent/Teachers Associations hold monthly parenting training for members.2) Government supports umbrella religious bodies to organize regular parenting sessions at mandirs, churches and mosques. Perhaps a representative coordinating body can be set up?3) Sensitivity training for all Police officers to address Police disregard for abuse complaints, and bribery in return for doing nothing or engaging in personal attempts at mediation and monitoring bodies to prevent same, among other issues.4) The Gatekeepers’ Program to ensure first responders in every community. The Caribbean Voice plans to implement this programme next year, and we welcome the Ministry’s collaboration. We promise we won’t ask for money.5) Ministry of Education directives for all educators to be mandatory reporters, once abuse is suspected, identified or reported, as is the case in many nations.6) A national survey to determine the root causes of domestic violence, perhaps spearheaded by the University of Guyana, which already has the required skills and capacity. In effect, the ball is totally in the Government’s court, which, to date, has played nothing shots.7) For example: In February 2015, The Caribbean Voice and other stakeholders met with the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB), at which it was agreed that the PTCCB would unveil an adaptation of the Shri Lankan model of Hazard Reduction, which had reduced pesticide suicide in that nation by 50% in about a decade. Nothing has since been heard about that proposed unveiling.8) After our August 2015 National Stakeholders’ Conference on Suicide and Related Issues, Minister Ramjattan informed TCV that President Granger had directed him and the Prime Minister to provide all necessary help to TCV. We’re still waiting for any form of assistance.9) Last year, when a special sitting of Parliament was held to discuss suicide prevention, The Caribbean Voice was one of two NGOs invited to make a presentation. However, our invitation did not come from Government, but from the local office of an international organization.10) Since we launched our Youth & Student Workshop in 2016, continuous efforts to obtain Government’s permission (just permission, nothing else) to take it to public schools have met with no success, even though many schools have requested the workshop.11) Since 2015, continuous efforts to obtain Government’s (non-material) support for a National Youth & Suicide Essay Contest on suicide with US$5,000 in prizes have met with no success.12) Last year the Government voted against a bill to decriminalize attempted suicide, to prevent the Opposition from getting credit for it.13) Last year, when we planned a weekend intervention in Region Two, our request for our team to be accommodated overnight at the government guesthouse was rejected because TCV was “a PPP organization”, an assertion that has no basis in reality.14) Last year also, a request for a meeting with the then Police Commissioner was rejected with an unfounded assertion that TCV had supposedly campaigned at the 2015 elections. Incidentally, Minister Ramjattan had set up such a meeting in 2015, but a few days prior, we were informed that the meeting was postponed, as the Commissioner had an urgent matter to attend to. Subsequent communication to have the meeting reset went unacknowledged.15) Last month, at a meeting with Minister Ramjattan’s personal assistant, a broad range of issues was raised. A response sent to us on April 17 ignored all the items discussed, but stated that “the Ministry of Public Security Budget cannot accommodate additional budget lines to its existing work programmes.” Yet we merely requested $50,000 to print flyers for the National Anti-Violence Candlelight Vigil held on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10. Since its inception by Voices Against Violence, (an umbrella of almost 100 entities across Guyana), two years ago, 800-plus vigils have been held across Guyana. Incidentally, we reached out to the Minister based on his offer of support in a recent Kaieteur News interview.There is much more, but the above make the case.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Incomplete, under-renovation smaller airport

first_imgDear EditorOur ancestors, many moons ago, voyaged across the Atlantic on the likes of the Elisabeth, Louisa Baillie, Whitby, Hesperus and Glentanner among other vessels. With the advent of technology, we now have air travel, allowing us to access distant lands in a matter of hours.The Cheddi Jagan International Airport previously known as the Timehri International airport is well known to all Guyanese. Editor this facility was opened to commercial traffic since 1946. Over the years changes and developmental works were done to modernise this airport. The PPP/C, with a vision for the future of Guyana with new and developing sectors such as tourism and hospitality with our specific brand of eco-tourism; oil and gas; Guyana being a gateway to South America and the bridge that connects South America to the Caribbean understood the necessity for this transformational project. This was not a stand-alone project, it was accompanied by investments in an international brand hotel like the Marriot; the provision of cheap electricity with the Amalia hydro-electric scheme which with the significant reduction in the cost of electricity would have stimulated agro-processing and manufacturing; the need to accommodate larger aircraft to lower the cost of freight and to have access to wider markets for our many non-traditional exports. This interconnected group of projects was totally misunderstood and incompetently handled by the APNU/AFC Administration when they came to office in May 2015. This has left us as a country with a situation where we are getting less and paying more. This design and build fixed-priced contract had envisioned eight boarding gates (air bridges), a significantly extended runaway, new terminal buildings, state of the art check-in and communication facilities, adequate conveyor belts to accommodate simultaneous multi arrivals and concession areas to facilitate transit and other global travellers.This incompetent group renegotiated the contract, giving us two air bridges and has now found extra money from the national purse to buy another two at a higher price, in a most questionable manner. The PPP/C has already indicated that we intend to call for a “value for money” audit on this project. Are the Guyanese people getting the right value for their monies spent?Regardless of all these questions, the biggest question I have today, Editor, is the real completion date. On the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s website, they have a lovely description of the project and I quote; “The Cheddi Jagan International Airport Expansion Project will be a behemoth in infrastructural development. With a new scheduled completion timeline of December 2018…”The shock of December 21 may still be upon Minister Patterson and he may not have changed his calendar, but we are in 2019 now sir. The project, as of December 31, 2017 had spent US $111.79 million (81 per cent) of the US$150 million allocated to the total project cost. When is the project really expected to be completed since another deadline has been missed? What will be the final price? Will they be attempting to appropriate further funding? These are all questions the already burdened taxpayers of this country need answers to, someone please help.Editor, I call on the people of Guyana to pay close attention to this cabal during their lame duck period of governance. Where their caretaker status must be emphasised. This must not be a case of taking a transformational project and turning it into a cash cow to facilitate campaign funding. At the time of the PPP/C Government, they said the project was overpriced and unnecessary. The APNU/AFC, with their visionless approach, took it over and the world is now a witness to their mal-administration and incompetence. We have an incomplete, under-renovation smaller airport with fewer facilities at the time of penning this letter.Yours truly,Bishop Juan A Edghilllast_img read more

Govt’s obsession with PPP/C caused them to turn a blind eye on crime

first_imgDear Editor,When the PNC/AFC coalition, or what you would like to call them, were in opposition, one of their manifesto promises was that they would curb crime. They promised the electorate that they would bring crime to a screeching halt because they had the willpower and the mechanisms to do it. It was a believable call because it also caught the eyes of the international community in our midst, they too were somehow convinced that the PNC-led coalition would do it. Here we had a group of individuals who – so it seems – would put a dent on crime once and for all. However, that veiled mask of putting an end to crime all came off when they got into office.There was a dramatic change in plans as soon as they took on the reins of power because, for starters, crime, criminals and crime-fighting got a new name and a new lease on life. Criminals got a sudden makeover, as they were given a pat on the back and released en masse by the PNC. The jubilee celebrations saw untold numbers being sent back into society to continue where they left off.The subtle message here was that you are no longer called criminals but you are “baptised” and given a new name. That message has been carried ever since by criminals throughout the length and breadth of Guyana as they have embarked on that nefarious mission that is unprecedented in our history. Crime got a spike and an upsurge which in many instances has seen deadly consequences.In addition to that deceptive appearance of bringing an end to crime, the PNC got into their age-old obsession of getting even with the PPP/C. They embarked on that mission with a vengeance rounding up every PPP/C person they could muster, with the sole aim of humiliating and incarcerating, and believe you me, if they had the “all’s clear” they would have done it, even going the full length of imprisoning their opponents without a trial. They would have incarcerated every last member of The PPP/C or anyone associated with that party had “the law” allowed it.So, millions were spent on the so-called crime-fighting as it pertains to getting the PPP and its associates all “locked up,” while turning a blind eye to the real cause and root evils of crime in society.So, the natural consequences of that obsession campaign saw the very Government of The PNC becoming criminals themselves with the many corrupt transactions they are embroiled in. And this has been the situation in Guyana to this very day, where criminals roam free while the ordinary citizenry languishes in misery.Sincerely,Neil Adamslast_img read more

CCJ’s instructions defied and authority undermined

first_imgDear Editor,Failure to carry out the directives of the CCJ undermines the authority and legitimacy of the court. While not agreeing with the court’s decision or ruling, one should not attack the court. It should be recalled that a year ago, the court ruled that a President cannot run for a third term. The court was not attacked; the ruling was respected. Now the court has ruled that a no constitution vote is valid and was successfully passed on December 21. The ruling should be respected. No disputants in the case should attack the court or stand defiant as such behavior hurt’s the court’s status.After ruling on June 18 that the government had fallen on December 21 and the appointment of James Patterson as Chair was unconstitutional, the court directed the parties to meet and reach a consensus on orders for the court to issue on June 24. The parties could not even meet much less discuss and reach any consensus on a way forward. Now the court will issue orders after asking the parties to make written submission on a way forward. As the highest court of Guyana, while the CCJ is empowered to effect judicial orders, the problem is it has no instruments or any infrastructure to enforce these orders. Those who are obstinate could have serious sanctions, even arrest.The remit of the court is to interpret the laws (constitution) and hand down rulings. It is for the government to enforce the laws through its police power. While the government stated that it respects the court’s rulings, it cannot prepare budget or engage in new undertakings.The court ruled that the chairman, James Patterson, of the elections commission (Gecom) was improperly appointed. His resignation is welcomed. But it should have happened within hours after the court’s ruling and not a week later after a complaint was lodged with the court.The court instructed the opposing parties to meet and try to reach a consensus on consequential orders for the appointment of a new Gecom Chair and a date for elections and to advise the court of their agreement on June 24. President Granger wrote the opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo inviting him for a discussion on the issues but only after the 24th. Thus, there was no way for a consensus agreement by the time the court convened on June 24. Mr. Doug Mendez, the opposition lawyer, said he penned a proposal for an order and sent to Gecom lawyer on June 21 but got not response.The court has re-directed the opposing sides to submit written proposals for consequential orders by July 1 and will issue orders on July 12. The court also instructs them to meet and reach a consensus on a way forward by July 12.I urge both sides to please meet and carry out the instruction of the court – reach a consensus on appointment of a Gecom Chair and a date for elections to help bring stability to the country.Yours truly,Dr. Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Couple slapped with fraud charge

first_imgA couple was on Monday taken before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan charged with fraud.Cleya France and John Freeman of Lot 214 Middle Road, East La Penitence, Georgetown, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and pleaded not guilty to the allegation after it was read to them.It is alleged that on July 4, at Bourda Market, they obtained a quantity of greens valued 3,000 from Baldeo Jadia with intent to defraud by falsely pretending that they would have paid him three times the amount, knowing same to be false.According to the prosecution’s case, the couple who shares six children together was given the responsibility of taking the goods to Port Kaituma.However, they claimed that they got into an accident and could not fulfil the promise made to Jadia.Their attorney, Clyde Forde made a successful bail application.They were both placed on ,000 bail and will return to court on October 5.last_img read more

Setting New Agenda for SWAL

first_imgEvery organization exists because it has something to contribute to society and with the importance of sports in our society; the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL exists because it has, like the Press Union of Liberia, much to entertain the disciples of sports.Regrettably, the death of Liberian soccer in 2002, after Lone Star’s inglorious loss to the Black Stars of Ghana, has not been able to awaken despite efforts before the outbreak of the Ebola virus.Another culprit against our sports revival is the invasion or easy access to international sports by fans. Today, Liberian soccer and in fact sports in general do not have much attraction like the period before 2002.While there are sports newspapers that secure their stories from the internet, there are still some of sports writers who ensure that local sports receive the necessary publicity to keep the spirit of local athletes in high gear.And that is where the Sports Writers Association of Liberia comes in. This organization has the responsibility to further the promotion of Liberian sports and athletes.It also has the duty to bring to prominence the prowess of local athletes who are making effort to come to the limelight. But sadly, events surrounding SWAL do not suggest that the organization has its objectives right.And that’s where I am worried about its lack of progress. At the recent elections that brought Mr. Roland Mulbah and his team to power last February, he boasted of his platform to provide a vibrant leadership that could have improve SWAL’s image.It has been seven months now since his administration took over SWAL and what is happening is not the realization of the vibrant leadership, among others that sports writers were informed.What is happening now is a sustained approach of disrespect to the leadership, with its attendant confusion, regarding the handling of SWAL’s finances.Information reaching me indicates that the president, secretary general and the treasurer are at loggerheads on issues involving SWAL’s funds.“Things are not going good in SWAL,” admitted Treasurer Momoh Siryon, “we need serious intervention.”Though he claimed he had sent letters of complaint to several members who are part of SWAL’s advisory committee, he claimed none has shown any interest.Along with his dissatisfaction about the leadership, he said are financial ills in SWAL that he believes only a serious intervention will restore SWAL’s dignity.While it is important for an intervention, I think it is about time, many of us, I included, must demand for a meeting with the intent to restore what is seriously needed to save the association.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tiawon Gongloe Warns against Money Laundering

first_imgThe Center Against Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing in Liberia (CAMTEFIL) has launched a campaign against money laundering and illegal drug trafficking in the country.Speaking at the official launching ceremony of the campaign, held recently at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) on Broad Street, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe warned public officials to desist from laundering money and drug traffickers in the country.The ceremony was held under the theme: “Capacity Building and Sensitization Campaign against Money Laundering and Illicit Drug and Terrorist Financing in Liberia.”Cllr. Gongloe explained money laundering as a process of taking proceeds of criminal activity and making them to appear clean.  According to him, this is dangerous for any country especially Liberia that is still lacking infrastructures and development.According to Cllr. Gongloe, those infamously known for money laundering are drug traffickers, because “they are eager to generate enough money from their criminal enterprise and their intention is to put the proceeds of criminal conduct into a financial system like people who do legal businesses.”“Some time people engage into ‘white color crimes’ such as corrupt government officials when they convert public money to their own, take bribes, and also carry out money laundering at their various work places,” he stated.According Mr. Gongloe, a drug trafficker or corrupt government official could open a nightclub, a big farm, a transport business, jewelry business and the buying and selling of diamonds with the motive of transforming illegal money to legal money in the society.He stressed that the fight against money laundering is therefore morally justified, but cannot succeed without the collective efforts of all the relevant stakeholders, including law enforcement officers, as well as patriotic citizens.Cllr. Gongloe, who served as Solicitor General, explained that if drug traffickers find themselves in a country where the proceeds of their criminal activities can be easily transformed into good money, they will bring more drugs and the young people will be exposed to drug addiction.”According to him, the feasibility of corrupt officials easily depositing and withdrawing money without being questioned by law enforcers on how much money one can deposit or withdraw could support conversion of public funds into private funds and bribes taken by them into local bank easily.Also speaking, Edwim W. Harris, director, CAMTEFIL, said the fight against money laundering must be seen as a national problem that will help to reduce drug trafficking and other forms of corruption in Liberia.He explained that it was necessary for people in the government and other private sectors to display their assets so as to avoid confusion over their wealth when they leave power.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more