It Is Now High Time President Weah Break His Silence

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As the current imbroglio unravels amidst a plethora of denials and contradicting accounts of what actually happened to the disappeared billions, statements by Finance Minister Samuel Tweah and former Comptroller-General Hassan Kiazolu, now a legislator, have dismissed claims by Information Minister, Eugene Nagbe, that the money went missing after it was brought into the country in 2017. Minister Nagbe declared, “We can confirm that the money was brought through the Freeport of Monrovia and the Roberts International Airport, and for now we can confirm that the amount was L$16 billion.”

“An estimate of a little over US$60 million, as far as we are concerned from ongoing investigation as of today, came in the two ports of entry.”

But Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, dismissing the Information Minister’s claims, told the public on a local radio, to pay no heed to the Information Minister’s account on the missing billions, adding that the money had since been infused into the economy. He drew support from the former Comptroller-General of the Republic of Liberia, Hassan Kiazolu, now an elected member of the House of Representatives.

But the current Comptroller-General of the Republic of Liberia, Janga Kowo, shrugging off Tweah’s assertions that the money had been infused into the economy, told the public, on a local radio, that money coming into the country is handled by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), where it is taken into custody after clearance from a port of entry. Any further movement of that money from the CBL has to be authorized and its movement recorded.

In other words, there has to be a paper trail; so far, aside from documents showing the movement of the money from ports of entry, there is no evidence or paper trail showing that the money was moved from the Central Bank into Government of Liberia’s accounts at the various commercial banks. Now the public is finding it difficult to ascertain who is actually telling the truth, giving the whole imbroglio a semblance of something contrived by this government to hide the truth from the public.

And given this state of uncertainty, characterized by conflicting accounts by government officials, the public now appears to be feeding on a very active rumor mill that is peddling a lot of unconfirmed reports, especially on the social media platform, Facebook. These are some of the reasons why the public, judging from comments on social media, now appears troubled by what they have described as conspicuous silence on the part of National Skipper George Manneh Weah.

In troubling situations like these, the people usually tend to look up to national leadership, to provide a sense of direction or to do something to allay whatever fears of impending doom they may harbor. In 1994, when former Armed forces of Liberia General Charles Julu and a little band of men seized the Executive Mansion, Monrovia residents were left in a state of panic and uncertainty after the chairman of the 5-man Council of State, David Kpomakpor, failed to address the nation.

Eventually, he did but not until troops of the West African Peace Keeping Force, ECOMOG, had shut down Julu’s operations and forcefully evicted him and his band of followers from the Executive Mansion. Only then was a sheepish sounding voice attributed to Kpomakpor was heard on ELBC radio, thanking the Peace Keepers for their prompt intervention. But this was, by then, of little input as people were already going about their normal business.

Similar parallels can be drawn today to the current imbroglio surrounding the missing billions of Liberian dollar banknotes. This rather sleazy affair has kept the attention of the nation riveted to unfolding developments, as sparks continue to fly, with freely flowing accusations and counter accusations from current and past officials including Nobel Laureate and former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Through it all, President Weah has so far maintained a stony silence on the affair, as compelling as the situation is. Former President Sirleaf has meanwhile launched an attack on her successor, charging him for what she claims is a wicked attempt to besmear and impugn her character. It can be recalled that President Weah, in his inaugural address, told the nation that he had inherited a broke nation with empty coffers. But the former President retorted quickly, with claims that she had indeed left 160 million US dollars in the state’s coffers.

Strangely, neither President Weah nor any of his top officials responded in kind to her claims, either denying or confirming her assertions. Similarly too, in this situation, President Weah has maintained his silence while his officials continue to trade spats to the bewilderment of the public. Just who to believe, is the question foremost on the mind of the public, while on the other side is a former President, whose reign was characterized by “rampant” corruption, with millions disappearing from the national coffers with impunity.

And then there is a new government whose officials appear to be gravely infected by the corruption virus. For example, since President Weah took office, he has embarked on a slew of construction projects which include the destruction in April of his 9th Street home, with its reconstruction currently ongoing. Another multi complex project is ongoing in the vicinity of the Baptist Seminary, while the Jamaica Resort has been completed and is operating.

Some of President Weah’s close officials, including Nathaniel McGill, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Bhofal Chambers, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Jefferson Koijee, Monrovia City Mayor, are all reported to have bought houses costing hundreds of thousands of United States dollars. A key question is, from where was the money generated to facilitate all these projects in a broke economy?

These and more are all reasons just why President Weah should unseal his lips and tell the Liberian people the truth about this entire affair. If need be, heads must roll in order to clean up the mess and restore sanity to the nation’s finances and, most importantly, restore the trust and confidence of the people which appear to be fast eroding. It is now high time President Weah break his silence.

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  1. NOW that it has been made clear that there is no 16 billion Liberian dollars, THE ACUTAL “SILVER LINING” is that people should realize that FPA is a non-credible news outlet, and most of its news is based on speculations, rumors, inaccuracies, and falsehoods!

    In other words, the reactions and or subtantiations from the Finance Minister and the former governor (Weeks) has certainly dispelled Rodney Sieh´s/FPA´S speculations/rumors/lies and FPA´S criminal and irresponsible, and unprincipled behavior again which can be equated with the false alarm of one “SHOUTING FIRE IN A CROWDED THEATER”!

    That is:
    There has been absolutely no contradictions here. The three ministers and the former governor have all told the truth based on the intentionally cynical and false alarm By Rodney Sieh´s and his FPA.

    That is, all this boils down to an UNPRINCIPLED, INCOMPETENT, AND PHONY CYNIC Rodney Sieh/FPA (who initially published the fake alarm) “SHOUTING FIRE IN A CROWDED THEATER”!! SIMPLY DRIVEN BY PARTISAN AGENDA, PERSONAL VENDETTA, AND HIS GREED TO INCREAE HIS SALES OF PAPERS!

    That made clear: Current Republic of Liberia Comptroller-General Janga Kowo, IS ACTUALLY THE ONE WHO “DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT”.

    For certainly, as he says “money coming into the country does not go the Finance Ministry but rather to the Central Bank which is by law, the custodian of all funds coming into the country” is true.

    And this is why J. Milton Weeks, who was the governor of the bank when the money arrived, and even after it was wrongly misunderstood to be missing (as a result of Rodney Sieh´s criminal cynicism), was astonished that such could be the case.

    And hence his Milton Weeks´ natural and very truthful response was or is “WE WOULD LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THIS ALLEGATION” (Rodney Sieh´s/FPA´S FAKE NEWS ALARM) “IS COMING FROM.”

    And as hinted supra, this all boils down to this cynic Rodney Sieh and his FPA who initially disseminated such a false alarm based on:

    (1) little or no legitimate well-research, news but instead,

    (2) using eye-catching headlines for,

    (3) increased sales via such techniques as spreading of lies, rumors, exaggerations of fake and manufactured news driven By partisan agenda, and perdonal vendetta for rumor – scandal-mongering, intentional misrepresentations, fraud, in order to:

    (4) facilatate his Rodney Sieh´s PR ASSIGNMENT FOR THE LIAR AND POLITICAL GREENHORN ALEX CUMMINGS WHO HAD TO BE FORCED BY A COURT TO PAY PEOPLE HE CUMMINGS HIRED AS POLLWATCHERS. This is why:

    (5) cummings was displayed on FPA´S HEADLINES “SHOUTING FIRE IN A CROWDED THEATER” WHEN THE TRUTH IS THERE WAS OR THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO FIRE BUT CALM AND SERINITY.

  2. Good morning to our hurting and angry people of Liberia. Let me first of all complement this our bro who has taken his basic schedule to educate us on this pending issue of national interest.
    Secondly, Liberia as a nation has been betrayed by buck of political locusts who considered themselves as national leaders. It will surprise u to know that 90% of people working in this government are hunters of national wealth who are seeking nothing but self interest not the interest of our people and Liberia itself. I personally don’t trust so many official since their day of appointment till this day. Example: Finance Minister _ He talk too fast and it confuses listeners.
    How is it possible for a country money to vanish in thin air without state holders knowing? Liberians always set first record in the world.

  3. Well, my, my, we were all duped. The vanishing container with its contents of $16 billion Liberian dollars was a hoax, a disinformation manipulation, probably, to buttress a case for establishing war and economic crimes courts in Liberia. Most likely, the Ministry of Information was also blindsided by the media frenzy, got panicky due to all the talk of planned demonstrations at home and the UN, hence overreacted.

    It would explain the improbability of the phantom container story; it would explain the forged police interrogatories with answers allegedly given by CBL Governor Milton Weeks; and it would explain the fake stacks of wrapped money supposedly found in the home of Mayor Kojee – all of which are purportedly supporting evidence making the rounds on social media.

    So since Mr. Rodney Sieh was on BBC yesterday admitting that FPA “broke” the story through “tips” he got from former government officials, the investigative panel should invite him to tell what he knows, including providing identities of his sources. This action is necessary because of the national security significance of the case. But should he refuse to cooperate, a court order can compel him to – even were he running FPA in the free speech capital of the world, USA.

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