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Nimba County District One Representative Jeremiah Kpain Koung openly accuses several of his colleague lawmakers here of receiving bribe from the Central Bank officials prior to the printing of the new Liberia Banknotes of which 16 billion reportedly went mission in the country.

Although the Nimba lawmaker was unable to detail how much money was allegedly received as bribe, but speaking on Radio Kergheamahn [94.5FM] in Ganta, Nimba County, he accuses Representative Larry P. Younquoi and others whose names were not mentioned on the radio that during their tenure as chairman and co-chair on Ways and Means in the House under the 53rd Legislature, they demanded huge amount of money from the Central Bank before giving approval for the printing of the new banknotes.

Speaking further, Representative Koung claims he is not part of those lawmakers that Journalist Philipbert Browne accused of dividing money at the back of the Central Bank of Liberia’s compound in central Monrovia and at the T-Five Academy campus in Nee-Zoe Community, Paynesville respectively.

He vows that if documents showed that he was seen in the compound of the Central Bank and at Representative Thomas Fallah’s school as has been reported, he would resign.For his part, Representative Larry P. Younquoi told the same radio state when he was contacted for response that the allegation by the District One Lawmaker is false.

According to Representative Youngquoi, he represented the county on the budget committee under the leadership of criminally indicted former Speaker Alex Tyler.He confirms they wrote the Central Bank of Liberia to print the new banknotes, but those who replaced him on the Ways and Means Committee were the ones that received the alleged bribe.

He vows to closely follow the investigation of the missing 16 billion Liberian Banknotes in making sure those involved are brought to justice.Lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the entire government have been giving conflicting accounts about the printing of the new banknotes and the missing 16 billion with the Minister of Finance Planning and Development Samuel Tweah and the Central Bank of Liberia Executive Governor Nathaniel Patray denying money went missing.

House Speaker Bhofal Chambers has vowed that they would not be subjected to probe despite a Presidential Investigative Team set up to probe the issue.They recently ended their own investigation and turned over some of the key players in the saga, including former executive governor Milton Weeks, Deputy Executive Governor Charles Sirleaf and current Executive Governor Nathaniel Patray to the Executive Branch of Government for further action.

By Thomas Domah/Nimba–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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