Liberia’s Anti-Corruption Commission chief investigator Blamo Koffah says allegation of “massive corruption” at the Freeport of Monrovia was filed with the commission against former Managing Director Madam Matilda Parker and comptroller Christiana Kpagbar-Pailey.
Defendants Parker and Pailey are being jointly prosecuted at the Criminal Court “C,” Temple of Justice on charges of economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy, but they have since denied the charges with a “not guilty” plead against the indictment.
The prosecution first witness testified on Tuesday, 15 December that the complainant particularly informed LACC how two contracts were irregularly or wrongfully awarded to an individual and a company with no competence, and yet full payments were made without the contractor performing the tasks.
Co-defendant Deneah Martin Flomo was allegedly awarded two sole-source contracts valued more than US$800,000 under the administration of former Managing Director Parker to provide security consultancy and to remove wrecks from the Ports of Greenville, Sinoe County and Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, respectively.
But the LACC claims that contractor Flomo admitted that he was not a wreck engineer and he had no knowledge or experience of performing on such contracts awarded him, claiming that he was a mere high school graduate only in the business of supplying stationery.
The Criminal Court “C” heard Tuesday how defendant Flomo allegedly told LACC investigators that few days after supplying the NPA with stationery valued US$3,000, he was allegedly called and given check valued US$250,000 and accompanied by co-defendant Christian Pailey at Ecobank Vai Town branch for encashment.
Out of the US$250,000 en-cashed and allegedly turned over to Madam Pailey, the LACC chief investigator claims that defendant Flomo narrated how he received US$3,000 constituting the value of the stationery he had earlier supplied the NPA.
Witness Koffa additionally says defendant Flomo admitted also being given US$125,000 twice … with assurance that as long as the relationship continues, he would always be given contracts.
Concerning the second contract, defendant Flomo and his Denmah Enterprise company were allegedly awarded the security consultancy contract valued US$300,000 to provide training, safety and security management plans that would help make the ports’ International Sea Port Security or ISPS complete.
But Mr. Koffah says when LACC investigators contacted the heads of security at the different ports including Sinoe, Buchanan and Monrovia to verify if they had interaction or benefited from training provided by Denmah Enterprise, they said they had no interaction with such company.
He adds that the Port Facility Security Officers or PFSOs said there were some training, but those trainings were provided by officers within the employ of the Liberia Seaport Police or LSP, and not an individual consultancy group.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B, Garblah