Liberians Welcomed Speacial Presidential Task-force Move, But Foresee Clashes Between The Executive And The Legislature

fkoffaOur Correspondents from around the Country including Monrovia and its environs have discovered that many of those spoke to concerning the arrest last week of high profile individuals for their alleged involvement in bribery and corruption by the Special Presidential Task-force set up by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is in the interest of the Country, but noted this action is belittled.

The Task-force is being headed by Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa with the Liberia Anti-Corruption (LAAC) and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) serving as members respectively. Last week two of those indicted by the Global Witness for their alleged bribery in the Stable Mining deal, Cllr. Varney Sherman who is also Chairman of the ruling Unity Party (UP)and Senator of Grand Cape Mount County, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler were dragged to court by the Task-force for their alleged refusal to appear before the Task-force.

Some Liberians who are residing in other countries and spoke to our several Correspondents from various locations said the action to drag people to court for involvement in the misapplication of trusted funds intended for the Liberian people was timely, and urged the Liberian leader to go beyond and do more in bringing people to justice who publicly ‘steal from the country’s coffer’.

“President Sirleaf should have done this instead of her backing corrupt people in the past. Like in the case of the alleged depletion of the coffer of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) where missions of United States Dollars was reportedly pocketed by individuals. These people also need to be dragged to court to prove their innocence,” Jonathan Tarpia who claimed to be a teacher in Nimba County in a chat with our Nimba County Correspondent said.

Others in the County who spoke to our Correspondent also said the same just what Jonathan said, but also warned the Government in handling such situation. Annie Freeman of River Gee County who also spoke to our Correspondent stressed, “Lots of people were linked to bribery and corruption in the Liberian Government, but were never treated like how Cllr. Sherman and Tyler were treated. This Government must be care-fore and be objective in the dispensation justice.”

“I foresee trouble between the Legislature and the Executive, especially in this case where two of its members are been publicly disgraced, and taken to court by a presidential taskforce. It is good to bring people to justice who robbed our country of its wealth, but must be done across the board, and not selectively,” Nathaniel Porka a resident of Greenville, Sinoe County speaking to our Sinoe County Correspondent noted.

Others who spoke on the issue said they are watching to see the outcome of this latest development involving high profile Liberians. “My brother is is L.I.B. nothing will come out of this; it is a ‘floor show’ watch me, you will see in the few weeks to come nothing will come out of this case,” Abraham Johnson, a resident of central Monrovia in a chat with the GNN said.

Well the management of this widely browse online newspaper is watching to see the end of this case.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.