… Calls for Expansion of the Investigative Panel
The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) has outrightly denounced and condemns the mysterious deaths of four financial professionals in the employ of the government, three of which were auditors.
The deceased include Victoria Lamah, Albert Peters, George Fahnboto, and Emmanuel Barten Nyeswa, head of the Internal Audit Agency.
The ULAA release urges President Weah’s Administration to further institute the necessary measures to enable competent authorities to discharge their duty of preventing, investigating, and punishing such crimes and remedying their consequences in the Liberian society.
The Union said it welcomes the recent request by President George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Monrovia to assist the Government of Liberia (GOL) in the ongoing investigations into the mysterious deaths of four public auditors in the employ of the GOL.
The Union also calls on President Weah to expand the investigative panel to include international organizations, such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Human Rights Organization, as well as the Interreligious Council of Liberia and other civil society organizations in Liberia, to conduct expeditious investigations.
The Union believes the inclusion of the afore-mentioned noble international organizations and the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (as well as other local civil society organizations) will lend credibility and transparency to the outcome of the ongoing investigations.
The Union recalls that investigations into the mysterious deaths of Harry Greaves and Counsellor Michael Allison, which occurred during the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration, are still inconclusive, and that most recently, during President Weah’s Administration, when there were ongoing investigations by Kroll Associates and the Presidential Investigative Team (PIT) into the uncertainty of sixteen (16) billion Liberian Dollars and the twenty-five (25) million United States Dollars mop-up exercise, there was a mysterious death of an employee of the Central Bank of Liberia, in the person of Matthew Innis.
The Union expresses its concern that, hitherto, the outcomes of the mysterious death investigations are inconclusive.
ULAA believes that to rebuild Liberia, a nation that all Liberians love, as well as to ensure appropriate levels of safety and security of ordinary citizens, Liberia must be a nation of laws, and a nation where professionals can execute their fiduciary duties without fear of their lives.