United States to appoint Liberian government officials Nathaniel McGill, Secretary of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff to President George Weah; Saima Sirenius Kef, Solicitor General and Chief Prosecutor of Liberia; and Bill Toovey, Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), for their involvement in the ongoing government corruption in Liberia.
McGill used his position to undermine the integrity and independence of Liberia’s democratic institutions and subvert government priorities for personal gain. Cephus developed close relationships with criminal suspects and accepted bribes from individuals in exchange for arranging for their cases to be dismissed. Tuvey used his position in the NPA to corruptly advance his personal wealth and political agenda. All three are listed under Executive Order 13818, which builds on and implements the Magnitsky Global Accountability for Human Rights Act and targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuses and corruption worldwide.
All three of these individuals contributed to the worsening of corruption in Liberia. These appointments reflect our commitment to implementing the US Anti-Corruption Strategy and working with the government and people of Liberia to help the country chart a better course forward.
For more detailed information about today’s actions, see the press release of the Ministry of Finance.
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