OPINION ON SABLE MINING SCANDAL

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GLOBAL, the Liberian public interest group, empowered to change the social and economic conditions in Liberia for the greater good, today releases its opinion on the Sable Mining scandal in Liberia.

GLOBAL is calling for the immediate resignation of Alex J. Tyler, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman. The People of Liberia deserve to be represented by individuals who can offer their full attention to solving their problems, says Global.

The group considers corruption in Liberia as synonymous with Ebola due to its crippling socioeconomic effect. Moreover, evidence shows poverty invites corruption while corruption tends to deepen the effects of poverty. Evidence also shows corruption discourages foreign direct investment and bilateral aid to developing countries. Therefore, Liberians must remain vigilant in standing up against corrupt public servants if we are to eradicate abject poverty in our nation, said GLOBAL.

Liberia’s legal system is best known for cloning the functions of statutory organs established by law. The alleged bribery incident does not need a special presidential taskforce. Liberia has an Anti-Corruption Commission and a Justice Ministry that are empowered by legislation to investigate and prosecute corruption cases. However, we are compelled to say that the Johnson-Sirleaf’s administration is best known for establishing ineffective commissions of inquiry to investigate well-documented cases with no compelling history of successful prosecution, GLOBAL charged.

Moreover, the composition of the Presidential Task Force creates worrying doubts of success judging it is led by an individual convicted of felony charges in the United States. Be as it may, GLOBAL is urging the government of Liberia to expand the Task Force by inviting civil society organizations and others to join the Task Force. An expanded task force will create more transparency and accountability, thus allowing the Liberian people to have confidence in the justice system.

Criminal Court A subpoenaed four financial institutions to produce bank statements of United States dollar accounts belonging to several public officials.

However, one of the recipients of Sable Mining’s corrupt largesse, who happens to be the son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Director of the National Security Agency, Mr. Fumba Sirleaf, was never mentioned in the subpoena. GLOBAL is calling on the task force to look into this matter.

Global is appealing to fellow Liberians to allow the justice system to carry out its legal functions. “We believe this case will lead to more investigations into corruption and economic sabotage by government officials. Additionally, we are demanding investigations of the General Auditing Commission, the National Oil Company of Liberia, the National Security Agency, and the John F Kennedy Medical Center.

Finally, we challenge our citizens to remain vigilant and continue to follow this investigation without taking sides. GLOBAL is asking Liberians to stop accepting money or “cold water” from shady characters as payment for staging fraudulent demonstrations in their behalf. This behavior is unethical and corrupt.

GLOBAL stands against corruption and supports the rule of law in Liberia. We are of the conviction that nobody should be above the Rule of Law since selective justice has the tendency to start chaos which is replete in Liberia’s history.

Again, GLOBAL is calling for the immediate resignation of Speaker Tyler and Senator Sherman and an investigation into Fumba Sirleaf’s participation in the alleged bribery case.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel

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