US$13 Million Diversion in Liberia: What Went Wrong With European Union Money? Sticky

Jul
01

Monrovia - The European Union could cut millions of dollars in funding to Liberia unless the government can come up with a clear explanation as to how EURO 10 million (US$13 million) intended for the health sector’s effort to combat Maternal Mortality and Morbidity was expended in less than four months without reaching the fund’s intended target.

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Liar, Liar: Liberia Minister Under Fire After Hospital Denies Receiving EU Money

Jul
02

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Monrovia - The lies continue to pile up in the ongoing controversy surrounding the mystery over the alleged diversion of $US13 million donated by the European Union to combat maternal mortality and morbidity in post-war Liberia.

On May 23, 2013, Dr. Peter Coleman, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health took Finance Minister Amara Konneh to task for being less than forthcoming in his appearance before the committee.

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Do Not Mess With Donor Money

Jul
01

A BRITISH PARLIAMENTARY report suggests that more than $650m ( £420m) worth of European Union aid to Africa may have been badly spent.

COMING ON the heels of the mystery surrounding the alleged disappearance of $US13 million earmarked for maternal morbidity and mortality in Liberia, the British report which looked into about $1.3bn worth of water projects in sub-Saharan Africa during the past decade, found that fewer than half of a sample of 23 projects actually met poor people's needs.

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Maximum Punishment for Dishonest Jurors

Jul
01

With a total of 29 prospective jurors denied since the jury selection process commenced in the trial of 19 Grand Gedeans for mercenarism, the trial court has warned the initial seven jurors selected to "stand like men" because the court would punish anyone found in misconduct. Presiding Judge Yussif D. Kaba has warned prospective jurors that anyone found committing perjury risks not "less than six months" jail sentence.

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Liberian Lawmaker Caught With Hands in the Cookie Jar, Clear Conflict of Interest Breach

Jul
01

Monrovia - A member of Liberia’s national legislature blew the whistle on himself Monday --- probably without even knowing it or a simple case of ignoring the law and the constitution.

Article 90 of the constitution states: a) ”No person, whether elected or appointed to any public office, shall engage in any other activity which shall be against public policy, or constitute conflict of interest.

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LACC Boss - Liberia Lost Opportunity to Fight Corruption

Jul
01

The Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Frances Johnson-Alison, has disclosed that the rejection of a bill seeking to grant the LACC direct prosecutorial powers by the 53rd Liberian Legislature is a lost opportunity to the fight against corruption.

In order to overcome new challenges in the fight against corruption, Cllr. Johnson-Alison said the LACC cannot be confirmed to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution. The LACC boss made the disclosure on Friday, June 28, 2013 at the second quarterly chat with the Liberian media.

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NOCAL TO GET ON TRANSPARENCY PATH

Jun
05

Although the public is already entrenched in its gloomy perception about the operation and function of Liberia’s controversial National Oil Company (NOCAL), including those who are charged with the responsibility to superintend the sector, it appears that authorities at the state owned entity can no longer continue to allow such negative impression lives on. Apparently in an effort to disabuse the minds of those who still hold the view that the entity is ingrained in corruption, NOCAL’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr.

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Pressure Mounts In Government: Ellen Demands Report For US$672

Jun
05

It is not clear what action President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will take if heads of ministries and agencies totally disregard her demand for the submission of performance report on how the 2012/2013 US$672 million budget was used.According to information gathered, Madam Sirleaf is not happy about the refusal or delay of spending entities to submit their performance reports on how they used their allotments in the fiscal year that is about to elapse.

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Crooks Siphon Resources Out Of Africa-Mbeki Consults For Redress

May
01

Former President Mbeki who is on a four day visit to Liberia as Chairman of the UN High Level Panel on illicit capital flow, made the statement when he addressed a joint session of the 53rd National Legislature at the Capitol Building yesterday.

He said the eradication of poverty from the continent to ensure development is fundamental to achieving the renewal of the continent, noting that addressing the taking away of funds from the continent is vital.

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Faked Voucher!-Lawmaker Grabs For Personal Relaxation?

May
01

Public officials are often being accused of collecting hard earned money paid by tax payers for foreign travels but would endup not going overseas to attend medical check-up.

The latest incident reportedly involves Grand Kru Representative, G. Wesseh Blamo, who is Chairman of the Committee on Executive at the Lower House.

A document in our possession shows that Representative Blamo allegedly signed for US$10,088.00 for foreign travel only to go to his native Grand Kru instead.

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Court Orders New Trial for Ex-Police Boss, Others

Apr
19

The Judge at the Criminal Court “C”, Yussif D. Kaba, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 ordered a new trial for former police boss Beatrice Munah Sieh-Brown and four others. The former police chief and four others were indicted on several counts of crimes ranging from theft of property, economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and criminal facilitation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), an indictment the accused have since denied.

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LINSU’s Coffer Bleeds:US$50,000.00 In Thin Air

Apr
19

The Corruption virus which has pervaded the Liberian society and undermined the credibility of individuals and institutions, including government and private entities has reportedly arrived at the doorsteps of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) which is supposed to be a bastion of hope for future generations.

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LPRC Concurs:With Whistleblower’s Graft Claims

Apr
16

The Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC) has partly concurred with claims by a whistleblower linking him and other officials of the company to financial improprieties.

In an open letter addressed to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf published in the New Democrat Newspaper in March, a whistle blower identified as Mr. Kabineh Sumawolo amongst other things alleged that the management of LPRC was stealing thousands of dollars from the company.

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Pro-Temp Accuse of Compromise

Mar
03

The Mary Broh saga that has rocked the Legislative and Executive branches of the Liberian Government and the entire capital in the past week appears to be knocking heads together in the Senate With Montserrado County Senior Senator Joyce Freeman-Sumo openly accusing Senate Pro-Tempore Gbezonhgar Milton Findley of compromising the interest of the upper House to gain favor from the Executive.

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Less Cash, Electronic Banking: Ecobank Liberia’s Answer to Curbing Robbery, Fraud

Mar
03

Monrovia - Ecobank Liberia says it is putting in place a system that will reduce cash carrying with a goal to reduce the rate of robbery and Fraud at various Ecobank branches in Liberia. Mr. Kola Adeleke, the bank’s Liberia Managing Director said the move is part of effort to ensure that the bank fulfill its vision of becoming more successful by focusing most of its attention on electronic and internet banking.

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Why Liberia Must Ban County Development Funds And Lawmakers’ Access to Free Money

Mar
03

[B]We must all come to the reality that the County Development Funds are being wasted and it is time to bring an end to this madness until a reputable monitoring body can be set up to provide oversight. Allowing lawmakers a free ride over taxpayers’ funds is the biggest mistake Liberia has ever made and one we may one day soon, live to regret. [/B]

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Dismissed LAA Boss, Musa Bility face LACC

Mar
03

The Government of Liberia has stepped up serious action against dismissed Director of the Liberia Aviation Authority (LAA), Ellen Corkrum for what the Ministry of Transport terms as breach of her contract and violating the PFM and PPCC laws.

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The plague of commercial banks staff thievery.

Mar
03

By Thomas Doe Nah
Few years ago, I worked at one of our local banks as portfolio administration officer tasked with managing and collecting loans from clients across Monrovia. On reflection, I remember walking under the excruciating sun and interacting with clients as I talked them into repaying their loans. On many occasions they handed me a check or bundles of cash. Cash! On some occasions several thousands and I had to place that money in a black plastic bag and risk walking back to the bank without attracting attention to myself. Returning to the bank I deposited the funds against clients’ accounts. Interesting job, and I enjoyed it.

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'Illegal' Sand Mining, Sales.....Lands & Mines Approves, Investment Act Violated

Mar
03

Investigation by this paper has revealed that the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy is in flagrant violation of the 2010 Investment Act of Liberia by grating sand mining licenses to Chinese companies.
Chinese companies are heavily involved in sand mining and sales in several parts of the country, but the Ministry of Commerce has declared that such business by any foreigner or company is a violation of the country's law.

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Police continues probe In FIBANK corruption saga....as bank remains quiet

Mar
03

Police spokesman Sam Collins has confirmed that the Liberia National Police is still investigating the US$1.2 million fraud at the First International Bank (FIBANK) Liberia Ltd.

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Grace Kpaan, Mary Broh In Double Trouble

Mar
03

-As Reps., Pres. Sirleaf’s Patience Ware Out
In the wake of last Thursday’s hullabaloo over the gangster style manner employed by Acting Monrovia City Mayor Mary Broh, to snatch away from the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives, Brig. Gen. Martin Johnson, Montserrado County Superintendent, Madam Grace Kpaan, found guilty of ‘Contempt’ and ordered detained for three days at the Monrovia Central Prison, the two women now find themselves in double trouble.

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LACC Boss Refutes Love Affairs

Mar
03

Rubbishes Indicted Police Boss’ Claim
The Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Frances Johnson Allison, has described as absolute rubbish and irresponsible, allegations made against her by indicted former Police Boss, Mrs. Beatrice Munah Sieh Browne who is facing theft of property, & economic sabotage case.

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Mary Broh in hot water

Mar
03

-Charged Along With Others By Justice Ministry
The adage “the child that says its ma will not sleep, it ought to stay up all night long as well” has caught up with controversial then acting Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh. It appears that Madam Broh’s recent display at the Monrovia Central Prison to obstruct the decision of the House Representatives against Montserrado County Superintendent did not go well with the Executive Branch of Government, including the head of State. The Public Agenda attended a news conference at the Justice Ministry on Tuesday where the government has revealed its latest action against the already suspended Mayor and now reports.

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Alleged CDF chopping cartel head returns next week

Mar
03

Massive ‘Jen-jen’ Awaits Him
-Borough University Students Want Him Suspended Indefinitely
Latest information reaching our news desk, says the man secretly recorded soliciting the theft of development funds allotted to Montserrado County, by suspended and disgraced Superintendent, Grace T. Kpaan, Representative Edward S. Forh, a controversial stalwart of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change, is expected to arrive back in the country anytime next week, but not to a celebratory welcome.

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