LIBERIA: Senate C’ttee To Invite Presidential Taskforce Over Global Witness Saga

Senator Armah Jallah
Senator Armah Jallah

(LINA) – The Leadership Committee of the Liberian Senate is expected to launch an investigation aimed at gathering relevant information from the presidential taskforce probing an alleged bribery scandal involving several present and past officials of government as alleged by Global Witness (GW).

The senate’s decision follows complaint filed to that body by Grand Cape Mount County Senator, Cllr. Varney Sherman, over recent action by the Presidential Taskforce in which it led armed police officers to institute a search and seizure at his law firm and home.

The corruption watch dog, Global Witness, recently released a report in which it named Cllr. Sherman and other top officials of government, including House Speaker Alex Tyler, among other officials who, it claimed, took bribes from Sable Mining, a British mining company.

But in a separate communication forwarded to the Senate Tuesday, Grand Gedeh County Senator Alphonso Gaye told plenary that considering the critical nature of the GW report, the plenary should therefore invite the relevant authority of the presidential task force in a special session on Wednesday, May 25, to brief the Senate on the method being used in its probe.

Gaye noted that said probe of the committee is necessary specifically in the midst of an attempt by state security forces to arrest Cllr. Sherman and others in response to the report.

“If this is the method decided by the Government instead of pursuing the other way around which will exhaust all legal means through a competent court of jurisdiction, in my opinion it has the propensity to bring our country into another round of conflict,” Gaye noted.

He said while the government quest to combat corruption is appreciated by the Legislature, the government needs to be cautious in pursuing the case, as the enormity of the allegations levied has damaging effects on the nation.

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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.