The Pan African Travel Agency has sued the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Patrick Sendolo, and of his several senior staff at the Monrovia City Court, Temple of Justice, for their alleged refusal to pay US$7,268 in airline tickets the Travel Agency provided them some time ago.
Minister Sendolo and his colleagues are expected to appear at the court today to answer to a charge of “Theft of Service.”
Madam Jamima K. Wolokollie, the travel agency manager who sought the court to prosecute Minister Sendolo, alleged that the Minister, in March 2013, obtained the services of her agency to provide him and others airline tickets to the amount of US$7,268 to allow the Minister and his delegates to attend a conference in Guinea.
A copy of Madam Wolokollie’s complaint to the court is in the possession of the Daily Observer.
In her letter, Madam Wolokollie said since Minister Sendolo and his delegation returned from Guinea, they have refused to settle her arrears despite several discussions to have them do so.
“Having provided the services, Mr. Sendolo has failed, refused and of deception to pay the agency the said amount representing services to the tune of US$7,268 as rendered by the defendant,” the court document alleged.
The document ordered that, “hence, defendants Sendolo and his comptroller, are to appear before the court on today, Monday, at 10 a.m. to answer to the charge levied against them.”
The court said, “The alleged act of the defendant being unlawful, wicked, and illegal is in complete violation of Law of Liberia.”
In her special message delivered last Thursday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the participation of Liberians in the economy is the most reliable means of sustaining job creation, a statement which a legal expert who spoke with the Daily Observer said could only be actualized if her government is serious to settle arrears owed Liberian owned businesses, making reference to Minister Sendolo and the Pan African Travel Agency saga.