The Special Presidential Task-force setup by the Liberian leader, president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to bring to probe into the Global Witness bribery scandal which hoked several officials of the Liberian Government and other prominent individuals is said to be making a spectacular job since it was commissioned.
The task-force headed by one of Liberia’s respected legal minds, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa and his team of fearless professional lawyers are tirelessly proofing detractors wrong of its credibility that its method of bringing to book those accused of bribery and corruption would not have been prosecuted, describing this as ‘Mere Bluff’.
Speaking to a local magazine, the SANDO IMAGES sometime last year (2016), Cllr. Koffa recalled how the Special Presidential Task-force was set up after allegation of bribery and other acts of corruption were uncovered in the Global Witness’ report citing the involvement of prominent in and out of the government.
He said the Liberian Government was not prioritizing the Global Witness report over other corruption cases, stressing that the government was equally interested in other corruption cases emanating from various audit reports, and further erased the notation that the prosecution of those linked to the Global Witness report were being ‘Witch hunted’.
Cllr. Koffa who is also the Minister of State Without Portfolio, speaking to the magazine said all corruption cases are equal because they caused damage to the country’s image both locally and internationally. And further noted that the act of corruption also affects the lives of the vast majority of the people of Liberia who should have immensely benefited from what is being squandered by few individuals in the country.
The head of the Special Presidential Taskforce speaking during the interview with the SANDO IMAGES, added that allegations contained in the Global Witness report are quite enormous as they seem to point out a conspiracy through which the natural resources of the country were being traded through bribery.
He noted that there is an alternative investment market in London, the United Kingdom, for such scams, saying “And so, when you have such an international conspiracy that leads to the plundering of the country’s resources, then, I think it brings larger and greater responsibility to bear on the government to investigate and prosecute those linked swiftly,” he told the magazine.
He explained how his Taskforce has a legal responsibility to handle the investigation, point out that the scope of the probe shows that nothing can be swept under the carpet, because it has international and local context due to the individuals’ involved, adding, “I can assure you that there would be a closure to this case. Investigation of corruption allegations of this magnitude is difficult and time consuming,” Cllr. Koffa speaking further boasted.
He said the average length to complete such a case before trial is five years, noting, “But for this task-force, we had indictments within three weeks of the allegations and we are in a pre-trial phase right now which would be concluded soon,” he said.
Liberians with itches ears on the conclusion of the Global Witness report linking Stable Mining to bribery and corruption have resolved to commend the Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa and his team for a job well done in fighting corruption which is generally eating the fabric of Africa’s oldest republic, Liberia.
Some Liberians who spoke to the GNN-Liberia in an exclusive interview praised the team, and urged it to go beyond border in prosecuting those who will be caught or accused of massively plundering.