Ellen Brands Weah ‘Wicked, Impugnment’ for Treating Her Unfairly

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Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

…Addresses ‘ghost billions’ scam

Former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has expressed strong dissatisfaction over what she says is the manner in which her successor, President George Weah, is attempting to draw the previous administration into the muddy waters of the ongoing “missing” L$16 billion controversy, the Voice of America (VOA) has reported.

According to the VOA, Madam Sirleaf spoke exclusively to Rodney Sieh, publisher of the FrontpageAfrica newspaper, via mobile phone on Tuesday, September 18, and broadcast on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Sieh told the VOA that Madam Sirleaf suggested a sinister play was in the works to “impugn her legacy and her administration.” Impugn means to speak harmful untruth about someone in order to dishonor or humiliate them.

Madam Sirleaf added, “I have been reliably informed that the Central Bank of Liberia has undertaken an internal investigation, and by a directive from the Minister of Justice provided a full report to the police.

The CBL has prepared a release that gives full evidence and clarification that refutes the statement of Minister of Information Eugene Nagbe. This had been held for two days, because the CBL Governor and the Minister of Justice have refused to approve the release. It is most unfortunate that the government would give false information that wickedly impugns the reputation of past officials and, by extension, the country itself.”

In the last few days, two key officials of the George Weah-led Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) government have emphatically declared that the previous government is responsible for the “missing containers,” which had allegedly contained L$16billion stashed in several bags.

Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean, in a statement on Monday, September 17, declared that the previous administration of President Sirleaf was responsible for the missing containers.

“Once the evidence is made clear that the previous government has maintained its integrity on this matter, I request Deputy Governor Sirleaf to resign immediately,” Madam Sirleaf said of her son Charles, a longtime CBL executives at the bank.

But according to Minister Dean, “initial findings indicate that the container and bags of money allegedly arrived between November 2017, prior to the inauguration of the current government, and August 2018. Evidence available to the investigative team has established that the current administration was not informed about the arrival of the containers and bags of money into the country”, the Minister said.

Dean’s statement was repeated on Tuesday when Minister Nagbe told the VOA Daybreak Africa that the current government was not in the loop (to furnish someone with sufficient relevant information and include them in the decision-making process) on the money or the container.

According to Nagbe, in November 2017, the investigation determined and confirmed that a batch of banknotes was brought into the country — just before President Weah assumed office.

“Now, when the president received information about these newly-printed banknotes, he sanctioned an investigation, which is being chaired by the Ministry of Justice, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), and other security apparatus. The idea is to understand how much money came into the country, how much was ordered, how much was printed, which country printed the money, and how did it affect the country’s foreign exchange situation,” he said.

“We can confirm that the money was brought through the Freeport of Monrovia and the Roberts International Airport and for now we can confirm that the amount was L$16 billion. An estimate of a little over US$60 million as far as we have concerned from ongoing investigation as of today, and it came in the two ports of entry,” Minister Nagbe confirmed.

As for Madam Sirleaf, she revealed that she would ask her son, Charles Sirleaf, a veteran of the CBL, to tender his resignation and leave his post at the bank in protest over the manner in which she is being treated by the Weah Administration.

“Once the evidence is made clear that the previous government has maintained its integrity on this matter, I request Deputy Governor Sirleaf to resign immediately,” the former President said. It can be recalled that in 2009, former CBL Governor Joseph Mills Jones had advanced a request to the Legislature for authority to print an additional 170 million new banknotes but the request was met with resistance from a number of legislators, amongst them, former Lofa County Senator Sumo Kupee, then chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency, who argued that the printing of new currency banknotes was illegal.

But CBL Governor Mills Jones at the time told journalists in Monrovia on Tuesday, October 29, 2009 in Monrovia the bank had done nothing covert or illegal about the printing of the new bank notes. He was reported to have said that even though the Constitution gives the legislative branch the power to issue currency and mint coins, the act establishing the Central Bank relegated such function to the bank. But Senator Kupee said he did not believe the Governor.

But Governor Jones at the same news conference told journalists that the government printed the new notes not to flood the market but to replenish its operational vault at the bank. Jones also reportedly said there was nothing illegal about the printing of the new bank notes, although he never disclosed just how much was actually printed.

In 2016, the idea once again surfaced with another request from the CBL to print 50 million in new banknotes. This was reinforced with a letter from President Sirleaf in March, 2016, requesting the Legislature to authorize the printing of 50 million new Liberian dollar banknotes. But like before, in 2009, some members of the House of Representatives expressed opposition to the idea.

Former Representative Edward Forh (CDC-District # 11 Montserrado County) who spoke against the decision for the printing of additional bank notes was thrown out of session on the order of then Speaker Alex Tyler who strongly supported President Sirleaf’s request. Representative Forh was accused of attempting to disrupt session after expressing strong view against the President’s request for the printing of new bank notes.

The former representative at the time said, “The Speaker and his LPDP in collaboration with some elements of the Unity Party have agreed and decided a need to print more money to fund their campaigns. We thought that by printing more money, it will escalate the already depreciated Liberian Dollars that has gone to the rate of ninety-one to one US dollars”.

He further maintained that “If their argument that there is a shortage of Liberian dollars on the Liberian market than why is the Liberian dollars not appreciating against the US dollars because the US dollars has reduced according to the President annual message and the Governor of the CBL and Finance Minister.”

The former Representative, Forh, further declared “Our foreign reserve activities have reduced, our iron ore trade has gone down, so we lost US dollars, our rubber trade has reduced so we lost US dollars. The logging industry is not too good; we lost US dollars, so there are fewer US dollars chasing the Liberian dollars.”

Moreover, he accused then Speaker Tyler of forming a political party in the House of Representatives charging that the Chairman of Tyler’s new party at the time Representative Moses Kollie, was serving as Chairman of the Committee on Ways Means and Finance of the House of Representatives.

Forh also claimed that the Committee, without any reliance, declared that the vault of the Liberian dollars at the CBL was empty and therefore wanted to print the amount of fifty Million dollars without telling the people of Liberia the amount of mutilated banknotes that need to be replaced.

But former President Sirleaf, in a communication dated Thursday March 3, 2016, had informed the Lawmakers that she received two letters from the Central Bank of Liberia advising that the economy would have been gravely affected by the lack of local currency to meet National needs. Her first letter dated December 23, 2015 was sent by the then Executive Governor and the second of such letter dated February 19, 2016 was sent by the Acting Executive Governor Mr. Charles Sirleaf.

But it can be recalled that the CBL’s announced decision in 2016 to replace mutilated banknotes with new ones howbeit, with different and new features raised questions from lawmakers who contended that the printing of new banknotes with different features and colors indicated that such was tantamount to the introduction of a new currency. Moreover they argued that the CBL’s non-disclosure of the amount of currency notes it was planning to printing was not only suspicious but sinister as well.

According to observers, current developments concerning the disappearance of containers of printed banknotes appear to have confirmed the worst fears of those who, at the time opposed the printing of new banknotes on grounds that the CBL had failed to disclose the true amount of local currency it was printing and the denominations in which they were being reproduced.

Further, according to observers, neither former President Sirleaf and her officials nor President Weah  and his officials can rightly defer culpability for the printing and disappearance of the notes, according to documents in possession of this newspaper.

Investigation continues….

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  1. This responsibility of printing bank or financial documents of the Liberian nation is solely left to the executive branch of government. Way before 1952, the constitution provided, the legislation was enacted into law. The legislators should immediately refrain from this executive function otherwise the silent majority will hold them as attempt to steal executive power. In connection, there should be no consent from the House to print the peoples money prior because in the case of hunger,inflation, depression, or recession, there are no foreseeable circumstances. This is the reason why our founders, left this function to execute the print. Unfortunately the last administration and tyrants who forced the notes out of circulation deprived innovated patents by printing their own serials to dictate the function in assembly forms with the hope that connections, for example, head’s son, would be elected to the legislature to revisit this function as legal instead executive after the war and when power have left them. It has come back to hunt them. They were not elected. Truly elected, truly received without fear. As poor as Liberia may seem to be we do not use all of our notes the people spent to print. Yet a few have them in big pockets (containers and bags). We should recover all of our denominations.
    We do not need a foreign security organization as the FBI to help recover this container even if there are some Americans involved in miscalculations. In fact what about the other Countries the Liberian dollars were brought from? We do not need their security either. We have enough Liberian experts to find out. Even the Liberian child born today is security to the Liberian nation. We have our own numbers. We can count our own trees and leafs. One of the Ten commandments says, “Thou shalt not steal.” God will come tell you why. Until that time, Liberia has the punishment for stolen containers money. Thinking about my fufu and pepper soup. No invited. Do not answer this box.

  2. Let us believe in ourselves and learned to solve our own problem. There is no problem greater than us if we want to find the solution. We have a nation, a government, a judiciary system. Let us sop running outside to find solution to our problem.

    By the way, asking the FBI, Interpol, US Treasury , or other foreign security agencies to come help ‘solve our problem’, in my view, is very laughable. There is no nation on planet earth that is problem free. Others’ problems are greater than our problem. They have learned to keep on trying, until it got better. A person will never know where he falls short if his problem is always shouldered by another individual.

    When the great financial melt down hit Wall Street in 2008, in the USA, it was done by greed (American Greed). So call phony American investors sold Sub Prime mortgage loans to fellow Americans. The big energy company, Enron, ‘cooked the book’ of other investors. JP Morgan Chase employees speculated, and hike up interest rates, which brought down the entire global financial system to it knees. Some individuals were jailed, other assets were seized. However; They found a way out.

    To all fellow Liberian, taken our problem to the outsider, makes us show our dirty laundry in the face of crowd. I m not backing those who stacked up looted cash in container. Let our justice system take over the investigation. When will we ever be able to carry on our own affairs?
    Those we calling to come and help investigate our problem, have they ever invite us to share their problem.
    Fellow citizens, remember, most of the important things we see today in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying, and trying; when there seemed to be no hope at all.
    We can make it, if we want to make it happen.
    From Sydney, With love and HOPE

    • Mamadu S. Bah, Liberia does not have the sopheticated wherewithal to carry out such a strategic investigation. Hence, Liberia needs the FBI if it wants to recover the money and apprehend the culprits. And besides, in such situations you need a neutral entity.

      • I agree with you here 100% Dortu-Siboe Doe.
        Mamadu S. Bah, when last did Liberia build her own standard asphalt road that we all call for every day? Never! Only because there is no sophistication. This is reality and not divine intervention.

  3. Firstly, Daily Observer, this statement of yours that neither former President Sirleaf and her officials nor President Weah and his officials can rightly defer culpability for the printing and disappearance of the notes, is totally foolish and wrong, and probably intended to unfairly and wickedly impugn the compassionate, dynamic, and transformative leadership of President Weah. For:

    (1) “initial findings indicate that the container and bags of money allegedly arrived between November 2017, prior to the inauguration of the current government, and August 2018. And.

    (2) “Evidence available to the investigative team has established that the current administration was not informed about the arrival of the containers and bags of money into the country”,

    Accordingly, besides the unfair and very wrong we have cited above on the part of the Daily Observer or this reporter; Ellen IS BEING SELFISH AND ILLOGICAL by accusing the Weah government of ‘Wicked, Impugnment’ and “treating her unfairly”, when as far as the facts and evidence are all over the Place, SHE UNILATERALLY USED HER PRESIDENTIAL EXECUUTIVE POWERS TO PRINT THE VERY 16 BILLION LIBERTIAN DOLLARS DESPITE THE UNNECESSARYNESS AND GENERAL LEGISLATIVE REJECTION FOR THE PRINTING OF SUCH BILLS.

    And now while the very 16 billion Liberian dollars bills have been mysteriously missiong under her very Executive Order 91 unprecedented and bizaare Transition Team, she wants to claim innocense and vindication of her son, the deputy governor of the CBL and her late friend´s son the governor of the bank under whose governorship the money was printed and brought into the country, and under whose governorship the money got mysteriously missing.

    Accordingly, Madam former President, as it is said in latin -res ipsa loquitor – the fact speaks for itself! That is on the contrary, rather, neither the Weah Administration nor anyone had nor has any “sinister play in the works to “impugn your legacy and your administration”!

    For from the evidence all over the Place, it is convincingly clear you, Alex Tyler and your appointees at the CBL are the ones who had “sinister” design in your imposition of the printing of such unnecessary bills which has now gotten mission under the watchful eyes of you and your appointees.

    GREED, LIKE ANGER, JEALOUSY, HATRED, AND OVER-AMBITIOUSNESS, KILLS REASON AND OF COURSE, CHARACTER, REPUTATION AND INTEGRITY!

    • Dortu-Siboe Doe you seem to be a very inconsistent guy on this issue. Look at your response to Mamadu S. Bah and carefully read your first paragraph here, they are very contradictory. In a space of 3 hours 11 minutes you forgot your position and messed up everything?
      Don’t be like Boxer in Animal Farm who when taught A, B, C, D and when he is asked “what was the first letter I called”, then he can’t remember.

      Dr. Weah is not as pure as God. Yes, he too, can.

      #Don’tPayLoyaltyWhenThereIsDarkCloud.

      • Don’t Blame Us For Working With Corrupt Govts, You Voted For Them: China To Africa
        MaveriqSeptember 5, 20189
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        Chinese officials have defended their government for working with corrupt African governments saying that China did not have a choice as it was not responsible for selecting the governments. Former Chinese envoys blamed Africans for voting for corrupt governments leaving them with no choice but to work with the elected government. Responding to questions from African journalists at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (Focac), former head of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Africa division, Cheng Tao said

        An African friend told me, our government is extremely corrupt. How come you’re still involved with them? Our government has asked the Chinese government to build a bridge and a hospital, but the Chinese government shouldn’t help them.

        I told him – you voted for this government. It’s the only government we can deal with. But the bridge and the hospital are not built for the president or officials but are for the common people. So I think this is another perspective that can be considered when looking at this issue.

        • This is a piece from a former Chines government and not written by me.

          “Don’t Blame Us For Working With Corrupt Govts, You Voted For Them: China To Africa
          MaveriqSeptember 5, 20189
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          Chinese officials have defended their government for working with corrupt African governments saying that China did not have a choice as it was not responsible for selecting the governments. Former Chinese envoys blamed Africans for voting for corrupt governments leaving them with no choice but to work with the elected government. Responding to questions from African journalists at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (Focac), former head of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Africa division, Cheng Tao said

          An African friend told me, our government is extremely corrupt. How come you’re still involved with them? Our government has asked the Chinese government to build a bridge and a hospital, but the Chinese government shouldn’t help them.

          I told him – you voted for this government. It’s the only government we can deal with. But the bridge and the hospital are not built for the president or officials but are for the common people. So I think this is another perspective that can be considered when looking at this issue.”

  4. Look, my people our country is old enough to handle such a matter, why, Mr Justice Minister ,why are inviting FBI to investigate this matter that you have absolute control of, are you afraid not to suspended or remove from your post, come on be a man,stand for the very position you occupy, “JUSTICE ” remember is a high level of fairness, fight for it, let the Liberian history rate you as one of the best Justice Ministers ever, go for it,!!!!! Note : our kids are watching us from a very close distance, this is why some of us are pushing for the establishment of the world crime and economy court but with a different way of implementing the process , as I stated earlier, let Liberian judges who had nothing to with these crimes to adequately adjudicate these cases of human rights violation by so during our justice system will be tested. My fellow Liberian most of us that is pushing this thing about justice today were kids when this madness of power struggle led to a full scale civil war which left our generation badly affected, we must not give up until the perpetrators are brought to book. Let’s keep the fight going.

  5. Elvin G.McIntosh, commonsense, conventional wisdom, and the power of reason, certainly demand that the government brings in a neutral and more sophesticated investigative institution to conduct the probing and recover the money; more so that the immediate past government which imposed the printing of the mmoney and under whose watch and governorship the money went missing is accusing the incumbent government of “impungment, wickedness, and unfair treatment”!

    Accordingly, unless a given government of a “small” country as Liberia had something to hide would be the only reason why it would decide not to call a neutral, more sophesticated, entity to carry out the probing and investigation. This decision and action By this government make manifest its CLEAN HANDS AND UP-BEAT STANCE TOWARDS TRANSPARENCY.

  6. We welcome the FBI who will in no time uncover this racket. There are big hands behind this and you need a neutral and more sophisticated investigative institution trained in handling matters of this kind to quickly intervene. They will begin perhaps with the source. This will mean starting from where the money was printed. Who or which government( the Sirleaf or Weah government ordered the printing? Who or what institution was awarded the contract? What was the terms and conditions of said contract? Who signed the contract(the Sirleaf Government or the Weah Government?). According to the terms of the contract, how much money should have been printed? Was more money printed than the contract allowed?

    Where is the Import Entry and other relevant documents? Who or what security organization escorted the container from the freeport of Monrovia? Did they examine the container to know its contents? What was their report and findings? Where was the container unloaded?
    Only a sophisticated investigative institution like the FBI can uncover this mystery. I support the Justice Ministry to bring in the FBI.

  7. Mr Dortue-Siebo Doe, Those we are calling or always calling on were not sophisticated from the beginning. They started from no where, to some where. From April 12, 1861 to May 13, 1865, there was no ‘peace keeping force’, between the Confederate and the Union. They battled it out over SLAVERY, until President Lincoln issued heavy tariff on cotton (the cash crop of the Confederate), and blockaded the South. Confederates Generals like Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Nathan Bedford Forrest..etc decided that there was no need carry on fighting, if the South cannot trade with the outside world.

    King Charles of Britain fought against Parliament over his marriage to a Roman Catholic. Within that conflict was a guy called Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell came out to defeat Charles. Cromwell declare himself Lord, however; he will not rule for long. His son succeeded succeeded . During this period in Britain , there no French, or German Peace keeping force on British soil.

    We are the only group of people (Africa South of the Sahara) always asking for outside help. We been asking for help and problem solving since the beginning of time. look at where we are now. Every group of people under this heaven have had problem.
    Let us try to make our system work for us…..until then, we will not be people on our own turf. I m in no way shape or form supporting any criminal. The people we are calling to come and fetch the looted container of cash, it has taken them almost .50 of a millennium to reach where they are.
    Good Bye fellow Liberian…..

  8. Immediately after taking office in January this year, George Weah should have done two things: 1) He should have commissioned forensic audits of all major financial institutions to get a clear picture of the nation’s actual economic problems inherited from the Sirleaf cabal… 2) He should have reestablished and reconstituted the Planning Ministry to immediately embark upon the process of drafting a credible National Development Plan… Instead, the energetic but inexperienced President kicked off his administration on a begging spree, looking in all the wrong places for assistance and loans of one kind or another.

    • Peter Kortuwah,
      A serious government would had done exactly what you suggested plus more.The CDC only interest was to grab power and loot the damn country. Weah and his friends will take Liberia backwards to the point where the country will be dependent on handouts. The guy is not prepared to run the country. Should we be surprised?

  9. Calling in the FBI? Isn’t Liberia an independent sovereign nation or is she the 511st state of the USA? Next, they’ll be dictating terms and telling you how to run the country. My God, haven’t Liberians learned anything yet? The US never does anything for free and that a fact.

    • Anonymous: YES Liberia is an independent Sovereign Nation, she is also part of the WOLD and when the country cannot solve a murder case of any kind, do you think they will be able to solve such a case, when most people in the country are looking for handout?

  10. Branding President Weah “wicked” as his predecessor did is an unfortunate and unfair characterization, a charge unhelpful in finding answers towards creating order out of the current $16 billion dollars’ chaos. Perhaps, EJS forgot that government didn’t accuse the government she led or impugn on her character to besmirch a legacy; instead, FPA she called to issue clarification repotted the story. And was EJS seriously expecting the Weah government to sit supinely and say nothing? No one would think so, if you ask me.

    Truth be told, though President Weah’s inclination is to protect a former president, who ensured the will of our electorate at the polls in 2017 stood, EJS has too many weighty balls in the air. And were he committed to assisting her catch all of them, the tremendous effort needed would side-track his people-centered agenda, and inevitably doom his presidency. In other words, eventually it would’ve been a contest between loyalty to EJS or empathy with the sufferings of the vast majority Country-Congo masses. The choice is clear, and the earlier made – the better for democracy in our country.

  11. with all these information provided, some Liberians will know the truth but because is of no interest to them, they prefer doing the or saying the wrong thing to create more harm to this our noble country. It is clear that the money in question was printed under the past government not this government. however, some got missing under this government but creatable team is been set up to investigative this matter. The only thing we need to do as peaceful citizens is to wait and see whether the team will not do their best.
    Remember, Liberia is all we have.

  12. Liberians have now our own neutral experts you will not know about or see before you attempt to bribe them to clip from themselves. The FBI has their own affairs in the States to deal with just as the KGB had in Russia. You will not know who they are. We will find our Liberian monies and put them back in our coffers without stealing one cent. We cannot steal from ourselves. Gone to silent majority. Thinking about some deepper and palm butter. Not invited.

  13. Ellen Johnson robbed Liberia with her unjust and immoral pay scale. The ones who got the big money were in power so they voted to rob the country.

  14. She said the current government is trying to “impugn her legacy and her administration.” Madam Sirleaf, perhaps you are too old to understand what is meant by a good legacy. But let me make this clear and known to you from this day forward, that you are a very wicked old lady and person.

    Your only legacy known to, or to be known to Liberians are WICKEDNESS and POWER GREED. Now let me break it down for you old wicked witch……..due to your wickedness and power greed, you sabotaged, undermined and masterminded the death of Tolbert, Doe and others. Because of your wickedness and power greed, you made sure 250,000 Liberians were killed, displaced over millions from their homes, sent thousands to refugee camps in the sub-region (Including me) and destroyed valuable and precious lives just to satisfy your greed and wickedness.

    Oh no, you did not stop there Wicked old witch. When you were finally elected President, you coined yourself a reputation by being the most corrupt leader Liberia has ever known. Throughout your tenure, you encouraged nepotism, elitism, mediocrity, and self enrichment for you, your family, friends and cronies.

    LEGACY? Come on old wicked witch……….your only legacy is the old wicked witch that destroyed for her own greed. Please find somewhere and hide yourself and erase yourself from our nation. You are nothing but a national disgrace and embarrassment. I am praying hard that after the investigation for the missing money in the containers and bags are over, you would be found liable for corruption, persecuted and sent to jail at the Correctional Palace in Grand Gedeh where you would rut.

  15. Thank you yaaa Christopher Luke.
    You have said it all!!!
    Isn’t this the same witch that kept our territorial borders wide open for the rapid entrance of the Ebola virus that killed over 2,000 Liberians while she and her cronies were jubilating over and enriching themselves with the Ebola money? There is a time for every affair under the Heavens. Now her time has come to experience her fate

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