Salala Magisterial Court Writes Senate Pro-Tempore Chie to Surrender Secretary Singbeh

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Nanborlor Singbeh, Secretary of the Senate

After an alleged repeated refusal by Senate Secretary Nanborlor Singbeh turn himself over to the jurisdiction of the Salala Magisterial Court, the court has written the President Senate Pro-Tempore, Albert T. Chie, to see reason and prevail on Singbeh to respect the court order.

The order is for Senator Chie to surrender Singbeh to the court, where he Singbeh had been judged liable in absentia to accept the court’s bill of cost outlining the expensive surrounding the case.

The newest letter, dated July 1, 2020 and served and received on July 2, 2020 by Senator Chie’s security protection officer at the Capitol Building, brings to two the number of communications the court has written to Chie about the behavior of his employee, Singbeh. The first letter, dated April 7, 2020, was received the next day, April 8, by the same officer. The second letter, signed by Austin P. Kerkula, clerk of the court, copy of which is with the Daily Observer, reads: “Based upon the first letter written to you about one of your employees, Nanborlor Singbeh, the clerk of the Honorable Liberian Senate, to avail himself to be served the bill of cost in the proceedings (the Management of MHM Eko-Liberia Inc,), represented by its representative and chairman of the board of directors, Nanborlor Singbeh of the city of Monrovia (defendant) vs. James D. Larwoe by and thru its administratrix Gartee Larwoe and Guledia Larwoe of Margibi County plaintiff.”

The letter further reads,” The office of the Honorable Pro-Tempore never replied the court on the outcome of the first letter. This is why the court is doing a reminder letter to your office.”

According to the court, another issue “the court wants to bring to your attention and put Nanborlor Singbeh on record is, on May 6, 2020, a voice recording in the hands of the court [shows that] Mr. Nanborlor Singbeh insulted the judge/magistrate saying, “You think the way you are stupid I am stupid like your.”

In their conclusion, the court plead, “Therefore and in view of the foregoing, this second letter of reminder is requesting the office of the Honorable President Pro-Tempore to prevail on Singbeh to avail himself to be served the bill of cost.”

The letters come just days after the Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice indicted Singbeh and several other defendants to include two banking institutions, Ecobank-Liberia and the Afriland First Bank for allegedly duping Singbeh’s majority shareholders, two Czech brothers, Martin and Pavel Miloschewsky, who own 70 percent share the rock crushing company, MHM Eko-Liberia Incorporated, in the amount of over US$5 million.

The Salala Magisterial Court is situated in Weala Town, Cinta Township, Margibi County, where a default judgment has been rendered by the court against Singbeh. The decision of the court came, because of Singbeh’s continued failure to attend his case, captioned: ‘A Writ to Recover Real Property,’ filed before the court by the late James Larwoe’s family including his widow, Gartee Larwoe.

The Probate Court of Margibi County had previously granted Madam Gartee Larwoe a Letter of Administration to superintend the properties of her late husband, James Larwoe. It was based on that letter of administration, Madam Larwoe filed the lawsuit to recover her late husband’s property — 50 acres of undeveloped farm land containing large deposits of rocks (granite) around the Leiyea Mountain, situated at Seekie Town, District#4, Margibi County, that is being occupied by the management of MHM Eko-Liberia Inc, through its chairman Nanborlor Singbeh. This is a case Singbeh has refused to attend that led to the court’s default judgment.

Singbeh had authorized former National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) rebel general, Coo-coo Dennis, to be stationed at the property. Despite the expiration of the lease agreement, Singbeh has continued to occupy the property and do business there, according to the court.

The widow has repeatedly claimed that she has been threatening and often insulted by Coo-coo Dennis for her property that was rented in 2013 by the Management of MHM Eko-Liberia Inc, through its board chairman, Singbeh. Singbeh, according to the suit, entered into the agreement for a period of five years with an annual rental fee of US$5,000. In addition, the company was to pay Lorwoe a fee of US$1.00 for every ton of rocks sold. MHM Eko Liberia and James Lorwoe entered into the five-year lease agreement that commenced on July 1, 2013 and was expected to have expired on June 30, 2018.

Mrs. Gartee Larwoe with two of her five children.

Singbeh is the president and chairman of the board of directors of MHM Eko-Liberia, a company established in 2013 to engage in the production of crushed rocks. He also holds 30 percent of a total of 100 shares, while two Czech Republic nationals, Pavel Miloschewsky and Martin Miloschewsky, hold 35 percent each.

Singbeh, then the chairman of the company, was the liaison between the family and the company. But, Mrs. Lorwoe, in her suit against Singbeh, claimed that before the death of her husband, Singbeh, on November 11, 2013 paid US$5,000 for the first year as lease of their forest land in the county. Few days after the payment of US$5,000 for the first year, James Lorwoe got sick and later was pronounced dead. It was when the Probate Court, in Margibi County issued Mrs. Gartee Lorwoe a letter of administration, giving her the legal power to administer the Intestate Estate of the Late James Lorwoe.

A copy of the lease agreement, obtained by the Daily Observer, claimed that in the case of a sublease, the MHM Eko-Liberia shall be required to pay the Lorwoe 25% of the difference between the rent covered by the said lease agreement and the sub-lease agreement with a third party. MHM Eko-Liberia, shall also be solely responsible to pay all taxes levied assessed against the property as provided by law during the period covered by the agreement and any other extension. After the first payment of US$5,000, since the death of Mr. Lorwoe and up to present, the suit claimed, Singbeh has persistently refused to pay the lease rental for the period of four years in the amount of US$20,000, despite the expiration of the lease agreement.

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  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

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