Widow, 50, Sues Senate Secretary Singbeh for US$20K ‘Unpaid Rent’

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Secretary of the Senate, Nanbolor Singbeh

While awaiting the Commercial Court’s judgment to establish if J. Nanborlor Singbeh, secretary of the Liberian Senate, misappropriated over a million dollars in equipment and materials belonging to a Czech Republic-based company, MHM Eko-Liberia, another lawsuit has been filed against Singbeh.

The latest lawsuit filed before the Magisterial Court in Kakata, Margibi County, was brought by Mrs. Gartee Lorwoe, the widow of the late James Lorwoe, in which she claimed that Singbeh owed her and her five children US$20,000, equivalent to four years unpaid rental fees for fifty acres of undeveloped forest land that contained two large deposits of rocks around the Leiyea Mountain, situated at Seeke Town, District#4, Margibi County.

Singbeh, according to the suit, entered into the agreement for a period of five years with an annual rental fee of US$5,000. In addition, the company was to pay Lorwoe a fee of US$1.00 for every ton of rocks sold.

Singbeh is expected to appear before the court on Monday, March 11, 2019, at the precise hour of 2:00 p.m.

MHM Eko Liberia and James Lorwoe entered into the five-year lease agreement that commenced on July 1, 2013 and was expected to have expired on June 30, 2018.

Singbeh is the president and chairman of the board of directors of MHM Eko-Liberia, a company established in 2013 to engage in the production of crushed rocks.

He also holds 30 percent of a total of 100 shares, while two Czech Republic nationals, Pavel Miloschewsky and Martin Miloschewsky, hold 35 percent each.

Singbeh, then the chairman of the company, was the liaison between the family and the company.

But, Mrs. Lorwoe, in her suit against Singbeh, claimed that before the death of her husband, Singbeh, on November 11, 2013 paid US$5,000 for the first year as lease of their forest land in the county.

Few days after the payment of US$5,000 for the first year, James Lorwoe got sick and later was pronounced dead.

It was when the Probate Court, in Margibi County issued Mrs. Gartee Lorwoe a letter of administration, giving her the legal power to administer the Intestate Estate of the Late James Lorwoe.

A copy of the lease agreement, obtained by the Daily Observer, claimed that in the case of a sublease, the MHM Eko-Liberia shall be required to pay the Lorwoe 25% of the difference between the rent covered by the said lease agreement and the sub-lease agreement with a third party.

MHM Eko-Liberia, shall also be solely responsible to pay all taxes levied assessed against the property as provided by law during the period covered by the agreement and any other extension.

After the first payment of US$5,000, since the death of Mr. Lorwoe and up to present, the suit claimed, Singbeh has persistently refused to pay the lease rental for the period of four years in the amount of US$20,000, despite the expiration of the lease agreement.

Mrs. Lorwoe claims that, not being able to pay her US$20,000, Singbeh has been taking away equipment and materials belonging to the company, ofor which she has asked the court to place a stay order against Singbeh pending the outcome of her suit.

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