Recent speculations roaming the corridor of the Liberian Senate that three senators were linked to the misapplication of US$300,000.00 made available to that house by the Executive via President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to members of that august House for their emergency return to session.
One of the accused, Senator Edward Dagoseh of Grand Cape Mount County and also Chairman of the Senate Committee of Ways, Means, Finance and Budget in a press statement issued late yesterday evening rubbished the allegation saying it is intended to publicly tint his hard earned reputable in the Liberian Senate.
The statement quoting Senator Dagoseh said the allegation leveled against him by people he called detractors has no iota of truth, but rather intended to publicly damage his relationship with colleagues in the Senate.
In a related development, the Liberian Senate has publicly clarified that there is no evidence of embezzlement carried out by any group of Senators in the Liberian Senate as being reported in the Liberian media.
A press statement also issued yesterday exonerated the Senators who were alleged of misappropriating of over US$300,000.00, noting, “The payment of salaries and benefits to members of the Legislature for extraordinary sitting on the request of the President of Liberia upon which a Proclamation is issued to the public is constitutional.”
The press statement signed by the Director of Press at the Liberian Senate, Jarlawah A. Tonpo, further explained, “The Plenary of the Liberian Senate constituted an Adhoc Committee to review and investigate information it has received as it relates to 100% payment on account of the Special Sitting in the name of the Liberian Senate. The Adhoc Committee’s report was forwarded to the Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget for its response.”
“Based on the response provided to the Plenary by the Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget and confirmed by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) through Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) which said only 50% to be paid upon improvement in the our revenue performance.”
This press statement released by the Senate Press Bureau clearly and publicly exonerated those earlier accused of misappropriating the funds intended for the Liberian Senate.