Executive branch must account for missing billions

Bomi County Senator Sando Johnson says the Executive Branch of Government headed by President George Manneh Weah must account for the controversial missing 15 billion Liberian Dollars.

Addressing reporters at Oldest Congo Town Monday, 24 September, Sen. Johnson claimed that President Weah’s government takes custody of all that comes into the country.

The government has clarified that no container of moneys is missing, but a lot of people are still demanding accountability over alleged missing 15 billion Liberian Dollars after authorities initially said they were inviting external reputable investigators to help probe the matter here.

Sen. Johnson says the Act establishing the Central Bank of Liberia clearly spells out that only the executive branch of government can print, disburse and keep the country’s money.

Sen. Johnson argues that former Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Governor Milton Weeks resigned on July 2, 2018, and three months after his resignation issue surrounding the missing money arose here.

The Bomi Senator claims that Mr. Weeks fails to state whether he was forced to resign or whether he was sick, incapacitated or retired by the Weah led – government.

According to Sen. Johnson, in one of Weeks’ statement regarding the missing money, the former Governor indicated that former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf or the Executive did not instruct him to print money.

It leaves Sen. Johnson to wonder as to where Mr. Weeks got his authorization from to print the additional Liberian dollar banknotes.

The Bomi County representative laments that it is disheartening that the money in question disappeared before the very eyes of the Weah led-government.

He believes that explanations need to be provided to the Liberian people, warning that nobody should play on the intelligence of the people.

He alleges that the missing billions are similar to the reported disappearance of some Ebola money which the former government had allegedly miserably failed to account for.

He terms the disappearance of the billions Liberian Dollars as a broad day robbery here.

Sen. Johnson believes that the only way the country would be financially stable is for individuals connected to the alleged “criminal enterprise” to be apprehended and prosecuted.

Meanwhile, prior to his departure from the country to attend the United Nations General Assembly in the United States of America (USA), President Weah assured Liberians of his government’s preparedness to prosecute anyone connected to the missing money.

Authorities here have said that they are requesting the United States Government’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FIB) to assist in probing into the missing billions issue.

By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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