Who Is Telling the Truth?

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Opposing teammates, Cllr. Augustine Toe and his boss, LACC Chairman Cllr. James Verdier

LACC Commissioners in  war of words

The chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James N. Verdier, denying charges that he engaged in a reckless or clandestine mismanagement of the Commission’s finances, or that he manipulated its administrative processes as claimed by fellow Commissioner Augustine Toe, has let the public wondering just who is telling the truth.

The accusation was made by his Vice Chairperson Cllr. Augustine Toe. Toe, in his accusation, did not mention how much money is reported to have been withdrawn allegedly by Cllr. James Verdier.

Speaking to journalists yesterday in Monrovia, Verdier said LACC’s business process has always been open to the public. “We have been submitting quarterly and annual financial reports in conformity with the Public Financial Management Law,” he said.

Verdier noted: “We confirm that such exchange took place and I invited Cllr. Toe as well as the comptroller of LACC to a meeting so as to afford him (Toe) make available documentation and evidence. After a meeting with me in which we strongly rejected, refuted and denied his claims, we agreed that we should continue to work as a team and as an institution to deliver on our mandate.”

He told journalists that the Commission has been audited by the General Auditing Commission (GAC) for a three year period and the Financial System of the LACC was assessed by Moore Stevens. “Again, we are open and ready for an audit of our financial records. That is why, we have invited the GAC to conduct an Audit of our Financial Records and we believe that this Audit should be well underway,” he stated.

Verdier also rejected claims by Cllr. Augustine Toe, for ‘disrespecting his peers and taking them for fools,’ and also rejected his claim of withdrawals of the operating funds of the Commission.

Observers say though Cllr. Toe may have felt speaking his mind was the right thing to do so that posterity would not judge him harshly, in his email of Jan. 6, 2018, he appears to have  contradicted himself, when he noted “I am expected to return just before the Inauguration of January 22, after which I suggest we meet on these matters. Until then, my trust and confidence in your ability to steer the state of affairs of the LACC is unflinching.” How could Cllr. Toe have ‘trust’ and ‘unflinching’ confidence in someone he had described as ‘heartless’ is puzzling.

Cllr. Toe’s take on the matter is indeed puzzling since he had claimed that Cllr. Verdier was involved in withdrawing funds from the LACC and also ‘disrespecting his peers and taking them for fools.” Though the issue he raised is yet to be settled, yet his confidence in Cllr. Verdier’s ability to lead the LACC is ‘unflinching’ as suggested by his comments.

So the big question is: Who is telling the truth? However, by implication, while Cllr. Toe appears to have reached the end of the rope and was prepared to tell it all, information in his email is scanty.

At one point he asked Cllr. Verdier in his email: “What have we done to you to be so heartless to us?” But heartless about what, remained unanswered.  Cllr. Toe further lamented: “Most disrespectfully, after receiving said operation funds, what you told the comptroller to do for Commissioners was to give us few gallons of fuel each as though we are living with you.”

It appears, though, the real issues are being papered over but, further probing by the GAC could reveal the basis for the current string of accusations and denials. However, so far, no paper trail has been uncovered revealing the details of the alleged transactions.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. [LACC Act Part VI Section 6.8] Removal: A Commissioner shall hold office during good behavior.
    A Commissioner shall be removed from office by the President for
    any gross breach of duty, misconduct in office, or any proven act of
    corruption.

  2. In law, we say RES IPSA LOQUITOR — MEANING the fact speaks for itself! The very fact that the so called Board of Commissioners want the affair to leave the public domain and go behind closed doors, makes clear as letters of fire written in the skies that Cllr. Toe is telling the truth, while James Verdier is lying, while his (James Verdier´s) cohort´s want the matter put under the carpet behind closed doors! Now all can see why LACC´S Chief Investigator Morris Ware was “dismissed to death”!!! SEE LINK:

    https://frontpageafricaonline.com/index.php/news/4027-former-chief-investigator-dies-following-wrongful-dismissal-from-lacc

  3. Almost everybody is corrupt in this country! As perceived by the children of the Crab Kingdom(Liberians), even if you came to gov’t with a clean heart and a willing spirit to work, these crab children will accused you of eating their money and benefiting from their resources! Bunch of envious people in this country. Instead of them emulating others, they do everything to undermine others and tear them into pieces.
    Thanks.

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