Corruption has plagued Africa for a long time and robbed the continent of its growth and development. The effect goes beyond the impediment of overall national development and can even impact women and children.
A report of the High-Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa revealed that Africa loses on average US$50 billion every year to illicit financial flows, more than the total sum of development aid the continent receives annually.
After two successive presidential elections in 2011 and 2017, Liberia has enjoyed 15 years of uninterrupted peace, which makes one wonder whether the perpetrators of the worst forms of human rights violations are now immune from prosecution.
Is it not time that President Weah calls on his partisans to tone down the violent rhetoric and the militarist imagery?
In Liberia, when a woman is placed in a position of prominence, her performance is used to judge the potential of all other women vying for the same position.
Earlier this year, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stepped down as Africa’s first democratically elected female leader after a two-term presidency to usher in Liberia’s football icon turned politician George Weah as her successor.
Like him or not, President George M. Weah will be credited for offering youth the privilege to assemble at the table of governance with the golden opportunity to provide their insights in plotting a smooth trajectory for Liberia.
When President George Weah announced that he was making tuition free at all public colleges and universities across the country, I joked with friends that perhaps parents of kindergarteners and nursery-aged children needed to get their children onto the streets to protest for free tuition.