LACC Hooks NEC Boss Over  US$180K Corruption

Chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Davidetta Brown Lansannah

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission(LACC) has held  the  Chairperson of the National Elections Commission(NEC), Madam  Davidetta Browne Lansanah, liable regarding reports on allegation of Conflict of Interest and Financial Improprieties into the  Procurement of Thermometers For the just held  By-Elections  by officials  at the NEC.

It can be recalled that in early November 2021, it was reported that officials of the NEC rented thermometers at the cost of more than US$180.00. It was also reported that  the NEC authorities  were conflicted in the award of the contract and did not follow procurement regulations and there was no value for money.

Based on these allegations, the LACC launched an investigation. Following the investigation, the LACC, through its Executive Chairperson, Cllr. Edwin Kla Martin, on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 released its final investigative reports at a well-attended press briefing held at its head offices in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.

Chairperson Martin told the press briefing that the investigations found  that the NEC Boss  did not disclose her interest in Tuma Enterprises while presiding over the procurement Committee.

“During the investigations, Madame Dividatta Browne Lansana admitted and confirmed to the investigation that Mr. David Brown, Vice President for Operations of TUMA Enterprises is her brother from the same father, while Arnold Badio, owner and incorporator of Tuma Enterprise Inc. is a brother to David Browne from the same Mother,” the LACC Boss stated.

According to him, the NEC also awarded certificate of Completion to Tuma Enterprises on October 24, 2021 and paid a full amount of US$182,320.00 while the stipulated date for the contract to end was November 20,2021.

Against this backdrop, he said the LACC, therefore, recommended that Madam Brown Lansanah, in the discharge of her duties as Chairperson of the NEC  and head of the procurement Committee of the NEC, knowing fully  well of her vested interest(relationship) in the Tuma Enterprise Inc. and having failed to make full disclosure to her fellow Commissioners or to the Procurement Committee, is liable of  Section 1.3.6(Conflict of Interest) of the National Code of Conduct for all Public Officials and Employees of the Government of Liberia(GoL).

“Part II, Section2.2 of the Act establishing the Liberia Anti-corruption Commission describes insider trading as an act of corruption. And also in violation of section 15.3(predicate offenses for money laundering under section 15.2 of the Money laundering Act of 2012 which provides Insider Trading and Market Manipulations. Subsequent indictment will be drawn for court’s prosecution,” he, among other things, added.

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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.

1 Comment on LACC Hooks NEC Boss Over  US$180K Corruption

  1. Thanks Cllr. Martin, I believed in you than, and now. Continue the great work for mama Liberia. I believed the President will be happy with the result of your investigation.

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