Where Did Liberia’s L$16B or US$106M Go?

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Statement by Africa Center for Law and Human Rights

Africa Center for Law and Human Rights is a nonprofit law and human rights-based Agency based and operating in Liberia. As an agency, Africa Center for Law is utterly troubled and disgustingly disappointed in recent revelation by Hot Pepper Newspaper and other daily newspapers in Liberia collaborated by so many conflicting statements made by many key officials of the Weah-led Government in the mysterious disappearance of Sixteen Billion Liberian Dollars (L$16B or US$106M), which account for 6% of Liberia’s national budget. The L$16B or US$106M disappearance in Liberia demonstrates and supports the general views by Liberians that the CDC-led Government under the leadership of President George Manneh Weah has only increased the level of institutionalized and massive corruption measured in Liberia against many failed promises made by President Weah and his CDC-led Government.

Africa Center for Law and Human Rights in this public manner joins hands with the people of Liberia and many Liberian organizations to demand that the Weah-led Government sets up an independent and internationally accepted commission to swiftly investigate the mysterious disappearance of the L$16B along with all matters pertaining to the L$16B or US$106M pending and mandated by the President of Liberia. Africa Center for Law submits and holds that the Weah-led Government must hold those responsible for the disappearance of the L$16B accountable instead of issuing travel bans on such people like a driver at the Central Bank or the Communications Director at the Central Bank. Africa Center for Law strongly believes and entreats the Weah-led Government to ensure that prohibition orders are issued against the real groups of people and they be prevented from prematurely fleeing Liberia.

The individuals and the real people of interest against whom the Weah-led Government is asked to issue prohibition or a Writ of Ne-Exeat Republica to prevent them from impulsively fleeing Liberia to avoid legal nullity and/or accountability are:

A) People of Interest in the Sirleaf-led Government with Statutory Responsibility

  1. Former Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia
  2. Former Vice Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia
  3. Former Managing and Deputy Managing Director of National Port Authority
  4. Former Minister of Finance and Development Planning
  5. Former Minister of State and Chief of Staff to the President
  6. Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia
  7. Former Minister of Information of the Republic
  8. George Abi Jaoudi – Business Associates of the Johnson Sirleaf-led Government
  9. Mr. Charles Sirleaf, Vice Governor and Key Signatory at the Central Bank of Liberia
  10. Immediate Past Ministers of Justice & Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia

B) People of Interest in the George Weah-led Government with Statutory Responsibility

  1. Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia
  2. Vice Governors of the Central Bank of Liberia
  3. Managing and Deputy Managing Director of National Port Authority
  4. Minister of Finance and Development and Planning
  5. Minister of State and Chief of Staff to the President
  6. Minister of Information of the Republic of Liberia
  7. George Abi Jaoudi- Business Associate of the Johnson Sirleaf-led Government
  8. Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia
  9. Mr. Charles Sirleaf, Vice Governor and Key Signatory at the Central Bank of Liberia
  10. Minister of Justice & Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia

Africa Center for Law and Human Rights is of the opinion and strong belief that the afore-mentioned individuals and real people of interest of former President Johnson Sirleaf and President George Manneh Weah-led Governments, are designated by law and statutorily responsible for the economic life and health of Liberia and so the unexpected and targeted disappearance of the container containing Liberia’s L$16B or US$106M, should and must be declared the real individuals and real people of interest to be investigated and if found guilty of taking custody of and applying the missing L$16B or US$106M to their personal use and benefit, they must be separately and collectively held accountable. Moreover, Africa Center for Law is calling on the George Manneh Weah-led Government to move swiftly to designate and appoint an independent and internationally credible commission to investigate and establish where did Liberia’s L$16B or US$106M go since Liberia’s Minister of Justice & Attorney General is conflicted and he is already giving conflicting and contradictory statements to the public.

Additionally, Africa Center for Law and Human Rights is calling on President Weah and all his nominated and commissioned officials to publicly declare their assets in order to establish the credibility and integrity of those serving the people of Liberia along with him. The rapid construction of massive structures/homes and countless purchases by officials of the Pro Poor-led Government of President George Manneh Weah less than one year after assuming power and the Presidency of Liberia, is highly worrying and certainly warrants independent and credible investigation; especially so the untimely disappearance of L$16B or UIS$106M.

Africa Center for Law and Human Rights submits and holds that since the current team of investigators are reasonably and meaningfully too large, some of its members are professionally and virtually unqualified and its chairman is already conflicted and has lost his trustworthiness and credibility nationally and internationally, we are publicly calling on President Weah to move swiftly and appoint a new team of independent and internationally acceptable commission to investigate the disappearance of Liberia’s hard-earned money.

Until the destination of Liberia’s L$16B or US$106M is convincingly established, Africa Center for Law is calling on the international community to refuse entry to all the people of interest named and listed in this Statement. Liberia and Liberians cannot continue for the few.

Tony Leewaye
Public Relations Director
Africa Center for Law and Human Rights/United States Office

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