Bombshell Hits PYJ -As US Treasury Department Sanctions Sen. Prince. Johnson For Corruption; Is This A Signal Of Greater Things To Come?

What is considered without any form of doubt, as an ‘Acid Rain’, carefully packaged in the edition of corruption(DESPITE WITH WHAT SOME PEOPLE REFERRED TO AS INSIGNIOFICANT, THE TURTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION IS DEEPLY EMBEDDED heavily loaded with other damning unsettled and nefarious activities against humanity and the state, has taken center-stage with Nimba County’s Senator Prince Y. Johnson(PYJ) being its next causality  to be slapped with sanction by the US Department of Treasury after Grand Cape Mount County,  Senator Varney Sherman being the first to receive his share of the full dose from the US Government.

Despite the massive acclamation and glorification coupled with showered accolades such as Nimba One, godfather of Nimba politics, kingmaker, liberator of the people of Nimba , the cookie cutter of the count, just to numerate a few, and besides the accumulated booty acquired, Sen. Johnson should have noticed that the bombshell that has hit him now, was a time coming.

Trading places with, and in the name of the dwellers of Nimba County on his political platform in the process of dealing and wheeling, all would have one day come with a price very serious injury to character and prestige that would also hard hit and rock the core foundation of one’s credibility and honesty especially in A democratic space when on can openly brag of single-handily  eclipsing the freedom of the masses of the people of the county to individually choose those they would like to represent or lead them by exercising their own votes of free will, instead of someone appearing to them  and raising some one’s hand in the air and commanding them to throw their weights behind said individual because that is the choice of the now embattled kingmaker.

It is often stated that after the honeymoon, comes the hangover; and for PYJ, it landed under Global Magnitsky Act December 9, 2021 on International Anti-Corruption Day in a press release published.

              Pay-For-Play Funding Scheme

         The release noted that Prince Yormie Johnson Prince, who a former warlord and current member of the Liberian Senate, has also been the former Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Security, Defense, Intelligence, and Veteran Affairs. In 1990, he was responsible for the murder of former Liberian President Samuel Doe, and Johnson is named in Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Report as having committed atrocities during the country’s first civil war.

As a Senator, Johnson has been involved in pay-for-play funding with government ministries and organizations for personal enrichment. As part of the scheme, upon receiving funding from the Government of Liberia (GOL), the involved government ministries and organizations launder a portion of the funding for return to the involved participants.

According to the release, thee pay-for-play funding scheme involves millions of U.S. dollars. Johnson has also offered the sale of votes in multiple Liberian elections in exchange for money. Johnson is designated pursuant to E.O. 13818 for being a foreign person who is a current or former government official, or a person acting for or on behalf of such an official, who is responsible for or complicit in, or has directly or indirectly engaged in, corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets, the expropriation of private assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources, or bribery. For more information, please visit

                Corruption In Liberia

Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Sanctions Prince Yormie Johnson Under Global Magnitsky Act (December 9, 2021) – On International Anti-Corruption Day, the U.S. Mission in Liberia stands in solidarity with all those committed to confronting and ending widespread corruption.

This includes those within the Government of Liberia who stand up against corruption, committed Liberian citizens and organizations seeking to challenge the impunity of corrupt officials, and international organizations supporting anti-corruption efforts.

Today’s sanctioning of Senator Prince Yormie Johnson is one small part of that effort. International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually on December 9 since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on October 31, 2003 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption initiatives. There are currently 187 States party to the UNCAC. In addition to sending a message against corrupt behavior, Treasury uses its tools to increase transparency, accountability, and the rule of law.

With these designations, Treasury encourages all governments to implement anti-corruption reforms to address vulnerabilities. Today also marks the official start of the Summit for Democracy, which highlights corruption as one of the three areas most critical for democracies to address.

President Joseph R. Biden said, in his June 2021 action establishing the fight against corruption as a core national security interest, that “Corruption corrodes public trust; hobbles effective governance; distorts markets and equitable access to services; undercuts development efforts; contributes to national fragility, extremism, and migration; and provides authoritarian leaders a means to undermine democracies worldwide.

When leaders steal from their nations’ citizens or oligarchs flout the rule of law, economic growth slows, inequality widens, and trust in government plummets.” The U.S. Mission in Liberia has long reported on the pervasiveness of corruption within the Government of Liberia, including in the annual Human Rights Report.

Organizations such as Transparency International also score Liberia very poorly in terms of corruption. But more than that, Liberian Government officials and citizens themselves regularly report on corrupt government activities that reach across all sectors of governance and society.

No government is free from corruption, but no government can improve its democracy without simultaneously attacking corruption, and that effort must start at the very top, both in word and in deed, the release added.

On this International Anti-Corruption Day, “we call on all three branches of the Government of Liberia to acknowledge that public officials should not receive financial benefit from their positions other than their salary and should take all necessary measures to stand up to the corruption that continues to erode the trust between the government and its people”, the release pointed out.

-Writes GDJ

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