Several individuals named in the Global Witness (GW) report on allegations of bribery have made their respective appearances before the special taskforce set up by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
According to a statement from the Special Presidential Task Force, those who appeared before the panel included former Senate Pro-Tempore Cletus Wortorson; Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), Fombah Sirleaf; and Willie Belleh Jr., Chairman of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC).
Others were Sumo Kupee, Managing Director, Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC); Ernest C.B Jones, former Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy; Richard Tolbert, former Chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC); and Mr. Christopher Hayes Onanuga.
The release also stated that legislators, including House Speaker Alex Tyler, Rep. Henry Fahnbulleh and Sen. Varney Sherman are yet to appear before the taskforce.
House Speaker Tyler and Rep. Fahnbulleh did not state any reason for not appearing, but Sen. Varney Sherman wrote informing the taskforce that he would not appear.
Bomi County Senator Morris Saytumah, who is also linked to the corruption scandal in the GW report, however, wrote the Task Force requesting postponement of his appearance to another date so as to avail him of the opportunity to attend the confirmation hearing of Harriet Badio,
Deputy Minister of Justice-designate.
The investigation, which is currently ongoing at the Ministry of Justice, is a tripartite panel that comprises of investigators from the Ministry of Justice and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), with Minister of State without Portfolio Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa serving as chair.
The Task Force was mandated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to probe into the allegations of bribery raised by Global Witness and take appropriate and necessary actions in keeping with law.