Mr. Joseph Daffa Wiles, the manager of Greenville Port in Sinoe County where the alleged wreck was removed, yesterday told Criminal Court ‘C’ that he was finding it difficult to testify against his former boss, Matilda Parker, whose confidence he said he has enjoyed.
Mr. Wiles, who testified as prosecution’s third witness, said Madam Parker in 2009 appointed him to his previous post.
“I acted as port manager when one of our managers refused to take the assignment in Greenville and was dismissed in 2008. Then in 2009, Madam Parker confirmed me as port manager,” he recounted.
Wiles almost broke down in tears when he said, “And so, it is a difficult day for me to have to be a witness in a trial involving my former boss, Madam Parker, whose confidence I enjoyed.” He consoled himself by saying “So I pray that God gives me the strength to say the truth and nothing, but the truth.”
When he was asked by a state lawyer whether he has knowledge about wreck removal at his port by Denmar Enterprise, allegedly owned by Liberian businessman, Deneah Martin Flomo, Wiles responded: “I did not receive any communication from the NPA management telling me that Denmar Enterprise was going to remove wreck in my port.”
Wiles further said that it was in January 2011 when Buchanan Renewable Energy (BRE) managed to lift a smaller piece of sinking vessel from the port.
He said in 2012, another company identified as G-4 also removed a piece of the sinking vessel, but that “the larger part of the vessel is still lying in the basin in the port.”
He explained how BRE and G-4 were both contracted to do the piece of work they did at the Port of Greenville. “The name Deneah Martin Flomo was never mentioned to me either by my management or the BRE to be associated with the work that they did there or they were doing there in January 2011.”
“I have never been in contact with any man called Martin Flomo in the Port of Greenville or anywhere else in Liberia,” the prosecuting witness said.
Parker and her Comptroller Christiana Kpabar Paelay are being tried for their roles in awarding two contracts in the amount of US$837,950 to Denmar Enterprise for the removal of sinking vessels from the Port of Greenville and to provide security consultancy to port security, for which prosecutors claimed the money was paid but the work was never performed.