The Civil Society Network of Liberia has dissociated itself from a recent media report attributed to some unknown individual, who claimed to be the head of the Civil Society Network of Liberia.
According to a press release issued yesterday, the CSO quoted a statement that alleged that the management of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), headed by Madam Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, is involved in the delay of the recruitment of revenue staffs and withholding of just benefits and allowances of collectors.
The media report claimed LRA is also involved in financial improprieties and other administrative excesses that has resulted in more than US$13 million not being accounted for, read the CSO statement.
But what appears to be a slap in the face of this alleged story came to the public glare when the CSO Network of Liberia began to receive telephone calls from prominent Liberians in connection to the alleged story, the CSO press release noted.
“The CSO Network wants to react sharply to the purported story and terms it as far from the truth.” The story, said CSO, has caused serious embarrassment to the organization that could lead to a lawsuit if the unknown individual does not desist from such an evil practice.
“The action on the part of the unidentified individual and his collaborators is birthed from the belly of the devil. CSO is, therefore, challenging them to prove their allegation against LRA Commissioner General Tamba,” The CSO Network demanded.
The CSO Network, which comprises five prominent civil society organizations, noted in its release that contrary to the allegations, investigations it conducted show that the LRA is contributing over 75% of “our revenue generation for the support of our national budget. Therefore an attempt by any unscrupulous individual or entity to use the name of Civil Society Network of Liberia to bring such a reputable institution that is providing job opportunities and building the human capacity of Liberians under its Corporate Social Responsibility Scheme will be resisted and challenged.”
The CSO Network believes such irresponsible statements have the propensity to undermine the hard work of the Commissioner General of LRA.
The press release said CSO Network wants to send out a warning to “whosoever is behind this cowardly act to stop because information available to the organization proves that those behind the propaganda do not have a shred of evidence to show, but their intention is to use young people for their selfish game.”
The CSO advises the public not to do business with such individuals who are bent on engaging in blackmail and character assassination of responsible government officials, the press release said.
“We therefore, call on Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, Commissioner General and her devoted staff at the LRA to remain focused and continue to demonstrate that the LRA is a professional revenue administrator that is adhering to international standards and at the same time serving as a model for revenue collection and service delivery to the people of Liberia,” the release concluded.