Liberians from all of quarters of the country are still pondering over the findings’ delay from the committee given the authority to probe into the alleged ‘Missing Sixteen Billion’ reported last year by a whistleblower, journalist Philipbert S. Browne of the Hot Pepper Newspaper.
“We are concern about the reported missing billions, and why the delay from the committee setup by the Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah sometime last year, 2018. It is imperative on the part of the Government to tell us the outcome of this missing money,” Charles Q. Jackson of Capitol Hill in a rather sad state told our staff.
Like Jackson, dozens of Liberians who spoke to our reporter also expressed similar concern, noting that it is important for the government of President George Manneh Weah to publicly tell the Liberian people as to the facts surrounding the alleged missing billions.
Last year, the United States Government through its embassy accredited near this capital, Monrovia came to the rescue of the Liberian Government by providing some forensic experts to assist investigators bring to book that linked to the alleged missing billions, and determine to what extent a broader mission would be needed.
Request for the intervention of foreign partners to investigate the alleged missing $16 billion Liberian banknotes was made by aggrieved protesters on September 24, through a petition delivered at the U.S. Embassy, the European Union office and the United Nations office in Monrovia. The alleged missing money was earlier announced to the public amid conflicting accounts from senior government officials.
Since the announcement was made and public disquiet about the money simmered, there has been no information about how far the investigation has gone until recently when speculations about the outcome of the investigation began to trend on social media on December 10 before the international forensic team through the U.S. Embassy could react.
The current development is a direct response to request by aggrieved and disenchanted citizens under the banners, Concern Citizens United to Bring Back our Money (COCUBBOM), and Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL) for international partners to help with investigators to ascertain the fate of their “missing L$16 billion.”
But up to present there has been no information as to how soon the findings regarding the alleged missing money, However, there has been some mixed reaction as to the releasing of the findings to the public, noting that the delay may have been that something is fishes is happening.