Brewerville City Mayor George Curtis has refused to give clarity on donated items received from the United States for the Brewerville City Corporation amidst reports that he has allegedly converted some of those items to his private use.
Document obtained by The NewDawn revealed that Mayor Curtis recently visited the United States of America where he received several donations, including one Toyota jeep (4RunnerVin:JT3HN86R0X0211660), fax machine, 15 boxes of desktop computers and accessories, 100 chairs, 25 tables, and three pieces of barros, among others.
The items subsequently arrived at the Freeport of Monrovia onboard a container with inscription 13/CTR-00908 and were cleared following a duty free granted by the Ministry of Finance after a written request to Finance Minister Amara Konneh, dated October 8, 2013.
In his letter of request to Minister Konneh, Mayor Curtis wrote: As you may be aware, Brewerville City no doubt is amongst the first three Cities in Montserrado County and has received no form of direct or indirect support from national government.
This has left the city with no alternative but to source support from personal friends in the Diasporas and locally just to upkeep and manage the Brewerville City Corporation (BCC) pending intervention by National/Central government.”
“In keeping with the above challenges mentioned, it pleases me most respectfully to request through your honorable office to kindly grant the Brewerville City Corporation Duty Free on those items”, the letter continued.
When contacted, Mayor Curtis confirmed receiving the items through a duty free request from the government, but refused to provide detail on how they are being used.
However, his Public Relations Officer Austin Kawah, had earlier told this paper that items being used by the Brewerville City Corporation include one 4Runner jeep and three computers.
There are also reports that Mayor Curtis has embarked on construction for a private town hall and other facilities in the township despite the operation of the Brewerville Town Hall. The construction of those facilities has raised concern among cross section of residents of the township, who described the move as a conflict of interest.