COCUBOMB Writes U.S. Ambassador Regarding ‘Missing L$16 Billion’ And Alleged Misapplication of US$25 Million

Martin Kollie (Far left) with members of the group

The Concerned Citizens United to Bring Our Money Back (COCUBOMB) has written the Ambassador of the United States Embassy accredited near Monrovia outlining some basis issue relating to the missing sixteen billion Liberian dollars and the alleged application of the twenty-five million United States dollars made to the Ministry of Finance, Development and Planning through its Minister, Minister Samuel D. Tweah intended to mop up excess liquidity of Liberian Dollars from the economy.

Below is the full text of the letter:

H.E. Christine Ender

Ambassador

United States Embassy near Monrovia

502 Benson Street, Monrovia, Liberia

Dear Amb. Ender:

With utmost courtesy, kindly accept our warm compliments during this festive season.

On September 24, 2018, thousands of patriotic Liberians out of firm conviction and  love for Country petitioned your Government and prominent International Organizations (UN, AU, EU and ECOWAS) through a mass peaceful protest calling for an independent international forensic investigation into the missing containers of local currency amounting to L$16 billion.

Such popular civil action demanding full accountability and restitution of those missing containers of billions under President George M. Weah was principally driven by the people’s unflinching desire to end systemic corruption and impunity in Liberia. The initial position of COCUBOMB in demand of full accountability, restitution and prosecution of all those linked to this cruel spree of economic sabotage and mass plunder remains unchanged.

In response to our 9-count petition on September 24, 2018, you assured us of your government’s commitment to independently investigate this missing money mystery. On October 10, 2018, you released an official statement through your Embassy near Monrovia indicating that you have reached out to credible international firms to conduct an independent forensic investigation.

Though hinted about this ongoing forensic investigation since then, but such investigation has been without any form of update. The public remains in doubt even up to now as a result of absolutely no update. COCUBOMB therefore craves your indulgence to release a partial or full update on this ongoing investigation as Liberians remain eager. We remain grateful to you and all partners for your intervention which we hope will produce a credible outcome of this ongoing investigation.

Furthermore, the Liberia people are deeply concerned about the suspicious and blurred explanation by Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah surrounding the US$25 million intended to mop up excess liquidity of Liberian Dollars from the economy. As part of our 9-count petition, we hope a full update/report will also be provided in this regard.

Madam Ambassador, the popular call of the masses remains “BRING BACK OUR MONEY”. With high esteem and sentiments of best wishes, we promise to be peaceful and uncompromising in any further protest action if this government does not fully account for our missing billions before September 28, 2018.

Yours respectfully,

Signed:  Jeremiah S. Swen (Secretary General – COCUBOMB)

Approved:  Martin K. N. Kollie (National Chairman, COCUBOMB)

Cc: United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), European Union (EU), ECOWAS

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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.