Saad bin Shrada, a notable figure of the Tripoli-based High Council of State (HCS), has recently shed light on a grave issue plaguing the nation – unprecedented corruption.
Bin Shrada responded to a report by the Audit Bureau, which highlighted unparalleled levels of corruption. He emphasised that “while corruption is about circumventing laws, what’s transpiring now is outright looting.” In an exclusive statement to the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, he lamented the looting as “a tragic first for Libya since its inception.” He expressed concern about “how Libyan citizens perceive this level of corruption, yet remain off the streets.”
Libya is witnessing the adverse effects unfold dramatically. With a rank of 171 out of 180 on the global corruption perception index as of 2022, pervasive corruption is undeniable. Factional clashes in August 2023, further unveiled complaints about corruption in state spending, showcasing a disconnect between governance and societal needs.
The nation’s descent into corruption has exacerbated existing challenges, notably during calamities. The recent floods in Derna, causing thousands of deaths, were worsened by corruption between warring factions, highlighting an urgent need for accountability. Moreover, a report by the UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya underscored a deteriorating human rights situation, hinting at an endemic governance crisis.
Bin Shrada’s remarks echo a collective frustration, towards the rampant looting and corruption. Addressing these issues is imperative for restoring public trust, and steering Libya towards a path of transparency and accountable governance.
The outcry from bin Shrada illuminates a grim reality in Libya, urging a thorough examination of the governance structures. As the nation confronts corruption, the call for a transparent and accountable system grows louder, aiming to usher in a new era of governance that resonates with the aspirations of the people.