By Patrick Stephen Tokpah
Gbarnga, Bong County-The President of the Bong County Bar Association, Cllr. Kulah Jackson says the issue of corruption and bribery is a culture in Liberia.
He made the disclosure at the opening of the February AD Term of Court in Gbarnga, Bong County this week.
The Bong County Bar Association President revealed that corruption and bribery is not only limited to the Judiciary System of the Country, but is affecting every sector in Liberia.
According to Cllr. Jackson, corruption also suffocates various home and family in the West Africa oldest Nation, Liberia.
“When you check in our various family, you can see corruption. The family is the smallest unit, but more powerful. Even if you send your child or children in the market to buy fifty Liberian dollars pepper, he or she will buy twenty-five Liberian dollars pepper and keep the other twenty-five dollars in other to carry it to school,” the Bong County Lawyer added.
He said it’s now time that the Judiciary System of Liberia takes action against any judicial actor who is involve in such unwholesome act or practice in the Country judiciary system.
He added that the alleged involvement of some judicial actors in corrupt practices in Liberia is undermining the function of judges, noting that it’s counterproductive for the Country’s judiciary system.
Furthermore, Cllr. Jackson said the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court of Liberia need to be investigating judicial actor whom have been accused of being involved in corruption and bribery case. “If they are found guilty, they should be punished; by this it will help in minimizing corruption and bribery at the various Courts”.
However, Cllr. Jackson didn’t name any judicial actor who has been involved in such act.
He at the same time recommended to the presiding judge of the 9th Judicial circuit his honor Cllr. Roland F. Dahn to punish judicial actors who are always in the constant hobbit of staying away from Court opening in the County.
He further lauded the local leaders of Bong County for making available 3.5 acres of land for the construction of the Bong County Bar office in the County.
For his part, the presiding Judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit his honor, Cllr. Roland F. Dahn assured citizens that he will work with judicial actors in making sure that they have justice.
He said there are 105 total cases on the docket for the February Term of court.
Cllr. Dahn said the docket comprised of 48 civil cases, 39 criminal cases and 18 sexually related cases at the 9th Judicial Circuit Court in the County.