By: Joel Cholo Brooks
Since the discovering of the mysterious disappearance of Sixteen Billion Liberian Dollars or over One Hundred Million United States Dollars which was reported by a local daily to an unknown location, while majority of the citizenry are drowning in abject poverty midst series of unanswered questions that are flipping lips of the majority as to whose to blame.
As Liberians disappointingly murmur over the mysterious disappearance of their country’s moneys to an unknown locations, there are more questions than answers as to the whereabouts of this missing container which report say has tangled some 35 employees of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to be barred from leaving the country including one of the sons of the former President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Charles Sirleaf who is currently serving as Deputy Governor of the CBL.
As the hunt of the missing billions continue to pierce Liberians, the riddle has gripped the ears of the largest population of Africa’s tiny Republic, Liberia, with blame shifting has become the order of the day, with the outgoing government of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female former president claiming innocence of this disgracing situation which has hit the landscape of both the local and the international media.
However, the current government headed President George Manneh Weah, has also been caught in the web, noting that its has know knowledge about the missing billion dollars sagas, calling for an independent probe, while conflicting information from all fronts of the government has confused the public as to who is saying the truth about this most talk-about missing billions.
Despite of the setting up of a commission to probe the alleged missing moneys which report said came through both the Roberts International Airport (RIA) and the Freeport of Monrovia (NPA), both the Ministers of Justice and Information, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean and Lenn Eugene Nagbe in separate statements publicly told the Liberian people that yes indeed an investigation was being conducted regarding the missing containers which were used to bring in the moneys in question into the country.
For his part, the Minister of Finance, Development and Planning, Samuel Tweah in his media interaction publicly debunked what both Ministers Dean and Nagbe said, and publicly denied of the missing of any moneys, stressing that ‘Know money missing, and that the money is here’, this statement on the part of the chief financial officer of Liberia or Minister of Finance gave rise to a protest organized by civil groups who demanded that the government ‘bring back the missing container’.
This protest on that day paralyzed businesses in Monrovia and its environs as hundreds marched through the streets of Monrovia to present their statement to the international community including the United States embassy, the United Nations, EU, and ECOWAS venting out their frustration on the missing billions while majority languishing abject poverty.
With all of these unanswered questions as where is the missing billions, Liberians are calling for a speedy probe into this, and also called on President George Weah to see reason in bringing to justice to those who will be found guilty of this heinous crime.
At the same time, Liberians who spoke to this outlet are calling on former President Sirleaf and current President Weah to publicly tell the Liberian people the actual facts surrounding the mysterious disappearance of Sixteen Billion Liberian Dollars.