LIBERIA: Special Task Force Updates GAC Compliance Screening List

Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, Task-Force Chair
Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, Task-Force Chair

(LINA) – The Special Presidential Task Force Wednesday released an updated list of 32 ‘persons of interest’ for the ongoing compliance screening exercise on all General Auditing Commission (GAC) reports that are not currently being investigated by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) or prosecuted by the Ministry of Justice.

According to a release from the office of the Task Force Chairman Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, the new list also comprises individuals ‘cleared’ by officers conducting the exercise.

Cllr. Koffa clarified that contrary to some media reports, those listed as ‘persons of interest’ are not being investigated for criminal acts, and that it is only publishing their names for an expeditious notification.

The Task Force further states that while the names would be updated every week depending on how those issues mentioned in the GAC reports are handled, the exercise which started on Monday, June 6, will continue until all GAC reports earmarked for the process are screened.

The Special Presidential Task Force is therefore calling on all those concerned to contact the Chair of the Task Force to schedule an appointment within a period of 30 days, stressing that the exercise is purely to ensure that answers to the questions that were left unanswered in the GAC report are resolved, and not an investigatory or prosecutorial process.

Those listed by the Task Force include Dr. Emmett Dennis, President of the University of Liberia for Fiscal Periods 2009/2010 – 2011/2012 in the tone of US$57,268.75, Wilson Tarpeh, former Vice President for Fiscal Affairs, University of Liberia for fiscal year 2009/2010 – 2011/2012 in the tone of US$311,159.80 and L$10,471.50; Theresa T. Jappah, Victoria Ireland, Arthur Morrison, Walter F. Wiles and Fatu Tipoteh, all of the University of Liberia.

Others are Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, former President of Cuttington University for Fiscal Period 2006/2007 – 2011/2012 in the tone of US$508,626.00, US$19,311.86 and L$33,895.00 respectively; Kelfa H. Jambell and James Dorbor Sao of Cuttington University for the same fiscal period respectively, Adolphus Benjamin Jacobs, Jerry Nyangbeh, Johnson K. Toe, Edward Beyan, S. Larwubah Gayflor and Madam Felicia P. Wollor of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), among others.

Meanwhile, the Task Force has also named institutions needed for further questioning as Baker Tilly Auditing Firm from February 2012 to December 2015 in the tone of US$7,018.00, Harbel Supermarket from February 2012 to December 2015, in the tone of US$480.00; United Motors Company, from February 2012 to December 2015 in the tone of US$3,350.00 and General Construction & Cement Products, from February 2012 to December 2015 in the tone of US$3,665.66, among others.

“Our role is not to investigate and prosecute the people linked in the GAC report; our role is to do compliance screening to assist the GAC ensure that answers to the questions that were left unanswered are resolved. If we find improprieties, we will refer those to the LACC,” the release noted.

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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.