National Civil Society Council of Liberia (NCSCL) and the Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition have asked the country’s senate to remove Senator Varney Sherman from the position of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman.
Sherman was placed on economic sanction by the United States Department of Treasury over his alleged role in a series of bribery and corruption-related cases.
The Department of Treasury, in a statement, said Sherman was hired by a British mining company in an effort to obtain one of Liberia’s last remaining mining assets, the Wologizi iron ore concession.
Sherman, in 2016, was indicted by the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led government, along with several other government officials for their involvement in the US$950,000 bribery scheme.
The CSOs, at a joint press conference, called on the senate to act now as calls for Senator Sherman to step aside continue to grow.
They argued that the U.S. sanction on the Liberian senator has a strong moral and integrity implications.
‘We are prepared to implore people power approaches as guaranteed by Article One and Article 17 of the Liberian Constitution in ensuring that Senator Cllr. Harry Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman is removed as Chairman of the Liberian Senate Judiciary Committee’, they said in a joint statement.
‘The Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition and the National Civil Society Council of Liberia will continue to advocate and promote transparency, accountability and integrity in the governance framework of the Republic of Liberia’.
Source: Front Page Africa
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