Resigns as Minister of State without Portfolio; Donates to Road Maintenance Project
Special prosecutor Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa has finally joined the race for the representative seat of Electoral District #2 in Grand Kru County in the October 10 presidential and legislative elections, for which he has been cleared by the National Elections Commission (NEC). Cllr. Koffa will contest on the ticket of the Liberty Party (LP), which he once served as chairman. He will be going against Rep. Numene T.H. Bartekwa of the Unity Party (UP).
The special prosecutor is responsible for investigating the Global Witness Report on Liberia as well as investigating and resolving all allegations contained in current and past General Auditing Commission (GAC) reports.
Cllr. Koffa told newsmen on Monday, July 24 in his office at the Foreign Ministry that he resigned as Minister of State without Portfolio on Friday, July 7, but remains the head of the Special Presidential Taskforce – an auxiliary of the Ministry of Justice. However, this newspaper has reliably learned that President Sirleaf is yet to officially accept his resignation and therefore he is still carrying out his functions as Minister of State without Portfolio.
The special prosecutor made the remarks during a brief donation program where he presented US$1,000 to the Bridge Rural Communities for Trade (BRCT) – a local non-profit organization – to help mend the “very difficult and impassable road conditions of the southeast that are responsible for the shortage of basic commodities and social services.”
The Grand Kru County District # 2 aspirant said the “assistance is intended to help to rehabilitate the roads to maintain trade in the southeast,” adding: “We hope this token will help mobilize your men to maintain our roads intact for our people.”
For his part, the chief executive officer (CEO) and president of BRCT, Mr. Gbenimah B. Slopadoe, thanked Cllr. Koffa for the gesture and termed it as the highest donation. It may be recalled that about five months ago, BRCT launched a campaign for US$500,000 for phase one of its road project to connect five southeastern counties, including Grand Gedeh, Sinoe, River Gee, Grand Kru and Maryland. BRCT is a non-profit organization with both local and international support.
Mr. Slopadoe stressed that the road maintenance project will deal with the “very difficult and impassable” road conditions of the southeast to alleviate the difficulties of citizens there in their daily commuting activities.
Besides the resignation of the Minister of State without Portfolio, it has also been gathered that other senior officials of government including Bong County Superintendent Selena Mappy-Polson and Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell have also resigned to contest in the October elections.