The 5-man Sinoe County Caucus in the National Legislature has said it will prosecute the county’s former Development Superintendent, Sneh Johnson, for corruption.
The Caucus has at the same time pardoned Superintendent Romeo Quiah, who was also tangled in the alleged corruption web.
The Caucus said the decision to take to court the former Development Superintendent is owing to his “defiance, insubordination, and disrespect to the Caucus and the people of the county.”
A senior member of the caucus, Senator, J. Milton Teahjay, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday from Greenville, Sinoe County, via mobile phone that Sneh Johnson had absconded with or misapplied 350 bags of cement and 10 hand pumps, among other items that were given to the county for development by the Ministry of Public Works.
“We are prosecuting Sneh Johnson and we will make sure he is punished for corruption,” Senator Teahjay said, adding that “this is what we have agreed upon under the chairmanship of Representative Jeremiah W. N. Macaulay.”
“What kind of man is he, who thinks he is untouchable? Because of his defiance, insubordination and disrespect to the people of the county, we will carry him to court.”
Mr. Johnson was Assistant Development Superintendent from December 2014 to May 2016.
The Senator stated that the Caucus’s decision was reached after holding consultations with the people of the county, and was announced during the induction of the new County Administration.
Those who were inducted over the weekend are Superintendent Prosper K. Brown; Othello D. Nagbe, Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Affairs and Administration; and Moses Tuwleh, Assistant Superintendent for Development.
The induction of Mr. Brown over the weekend brings to four the number of superintendents that have served Sinoe since President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration began in 2006.
In a related development, Senator Teahjay has said that the Caucus has “forgiven” former Superintendent Romeo Quiah for dishonesty. Mr. Quiah previously expressed “deep regret and remorse” prior to the Caucus’s decision to forgive him.
According to an investigation, the former superintendent was reportedly responsible for the massive looting at the Executive Lodge of 17 air conditioners and the scrapping of the yellow grader and the 966 front loaders among others. Those items were reportedly valued at over US$120,000.
“We have forgiven Mr. Quiah…he has shown remorse, and you should know that only remorse leads to a real apology and change,” Senator Teahjay said.
It may be recalled that in 2014, Mr. Quiah’s confirmation at the National Legislature following his appointment as superintendent was confronted with hurdles as Senators chose to postpone the hearing based on a past audit report from the General Auditing Commission (GAC) in which the administration under which Quiah served as Assistant Superintendent for Development did not account for more than US$800K.
Many believe that the way in which the Caucus “forgave” Mr. Quiah is to appease the Sarpo ethnic tribe amid growing tension between the Sapo and Kru ethnic groups leading to the 2017 elections.
In 2014, because of the election, the ethnic tension built up and resulted to threats, insults and friction among and between the county’s Legislators and local authorities.
The reactivation of the Kru 48 sections and the Sarpo six sections worsened the conflict.
However, the quick formation of the Sinoe Peace Council, now headed by Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, was able to defuse the emerging ethnic clash.