Montserrado County District # 4 Representative Henry Fahnbulleh said he is ready to step down from the Legislature, the ruling Unity Party (UP), turn himself to the Police and be handcuffed if it is proven that he received US$25,000 as inducement to resign as National Secretary General of UP in 2010 as alleged in the Global Witness report, ‘The Deceivers.’
The lawmaker categorically and publically denied ever receiving US$25,000, voicing that the assertion in the Global Witness report is “misleading, malicious and incorrect.”
The Montserrado County Representative’s reaction stems from a May 11 release from Global Witness claiming that on “25 June 2010, Henry Fahnbulleh resigned under pressure from U.P. chairman Varney Sherman the day after the payment of US$25,000 was made.”
“Firstly, I didn’t resign on the 25th as stated in the report; I resigned on the 24th without receiving a nickel from anybody – I never,” Rep. Fahnbulleh said.
“I even refused a ministerial position and scholarships, because I didn’t want to be induced to resign – I humbly resigned owing to the interventions of the youths, the elders and other people, but not because of money, jobs or scholarships.
“I want to inform Liberians that I am ready to resign as Representative, from the UP, be handcuffed and turn myself over to the Police if investigations prove that I received a US$25,000 inducement from the UP as National Secretary General.”
Rep. Fahnbulleh expressed his disappointment in Global Witness and the publisher of FrontPage Africa, Rodney Sieh, after a conference with them at his Capitol Building office over his “reasons of quitting the UP Secretary General post.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Fahnbulleh has frowned on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the ‘instant establishment’ of an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate former and current senior officials of government for allegedly aiding the private mining company – Sable Mining – to acquire concession rights to the Wologizi Mountain.
“Any foreign reports should be first reviewed from context, biases and study; and a formal response is made before the establishment of an investigation team,” Rep. Fahnbulleh said.
“And it’s unfortunate to know that the President gives too much relevance to foreign reports than domestic reports, because there are many reports of corruption from the LACC and GAC, that the President did not establish committees to investigate.”
Meanwhile, House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, on Monday, in a press release, dismissed Global Witness’s allegation that he received US$75, 000.
Rejecting the investigative task force set up by the President, Speaker Tyler said he would only submit to an independent investigation of the allegations raised by the Global Witness report.
Subsequently, the Speaker has joined Cllr. Varney Sherman in not submitting to the Cllr. Fonati Koffa Committee.
However, Montserrado County Representative Henry Fahnbulleh said he would submit to any investigative committee.