The Global Witness Tale: Will The Fonati Koffa Taskforce Exercise Neutrality To Bring Justice To Those Accused?

cap2Since the appointment of Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa was announced by the Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to head a special presidential taskforce that will independently probe those who have been linked to bribery and corruption alleged by the environmental watch dog, the Global Witness, there has been a lot of mixed reactions from the public as to whether the Koffa’s Committee will make a difference.

Our reporter who carried out a sampling survey in Monrovia and its environs observed that many of those spoke to expressed explicit confidence in the Koffa’s taskforce committee that it will perform professionally and independently to bring to justice to those who will be caught with their pants down in this scandal.

Those spoke to from various communities in and around Monrovia also called on the Liberian leader to include on this Taskforce other independent groups including the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC), Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and other civil rights organizations to form part of the investigation, in order to speedily bring to justice those who will be found guilty of his hideous crimes.

But to the contrary, other Liberians who spoke on the issue expressed difference reservations on the appointment of the former Chairman of the opposition Liberty Party who has now joined the ruling Unity Party Government, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa who they believed will not perform to the expectation of the Liberian people in bringing to those who will be found guilty to justice.

Speaking further, they said Cllr. Koffa who is the head of the Taskforce will be unable to handle those being mentioned in the alleged bribery and corruption web, due to his relationship with some of those been accused, stressing, “This task is too heavy for Cllr. Koffa, can you imagine, this man is President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s legal lawyer whose son, Fumba Sirleaf is also to be probed. Will he perform independently?” Daniel Cooper, one of those interviewed speaking by our reporter asked.

Speaking on a local radio station during the week, Cllr. Koffa assured the Liberian people that his committee will not be drawn into any conflict of interest, but rather do it work fearlessly.

However, some officials and former officials of the Liberian Government who were accused  by the Global Witness have begun appearing before the presidential Taskforce in their bid to exonerate themselves from the Global Witness allegation.

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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.