Two Top Lawmakers Are Said To Be Undergoing Int’l Investigation For Illicit Mining

Capitol Building, Seat of the Liberian Lawmakers

Information reaching the GNN has disclosed that two lawmakers, one from the Senate and the other from the House of Representatives are said to be undergoing serious investigation for their alleged involvement in illicit mining in the southeast, specifically in Grand Kru County.

According to GNN sources, international investigators along with their local partners are currently conducting series of fact findings regarding the alleged link of these two prominent lawmakers who are said to be using their legislative powers in invading taxes by enriching themselves through illicit mining in that part of the country.

From the look of things, GNN source hinted, that those reportedly involved in the reported illicit mining in the southeastern may sanctioned when it is proven that indeed they are linked to such activities, which according to them is robbing the country of its natural resources.

The source further hinted GNN that the names of those lawmakers reportedly linked to illicit mining in the southeast are to be withheld until the completion of the investigation, and the findings released for onward action to be taken against those who may be found guilty of such wrong doings.

Last year, 2022, three Liberian government officials were sanctioned by the United States Treasury Department for their alleged involvement in public corruption, those sanctioned included  former Weah’s Chief of Staff Nathaniel McGill, former Liberia’s Chief Prosecutor Sayma Syrenius Cephus and Bill Twehway, the former managing director of the National Port Authority.

“Through their corruption these officials have undermined democracy in Liberia for their own personal benefit,” Brian Nelson, Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.

The designations “demonstrate that the United States remains committed to holding corrupt actors accountable and to the continued support of the Liberian people,” he said.

McGill, Cephus and Twehway are being designated as foreign government officials who allegedly engaged in corruption including the misappropriation of state assets, taking private assets for personal gain, or bribery, according to the statement.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 13584 Articles
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.
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1 Comment on Two Top Lawmakers Are Said To Be Undergoing Int’l Investigation For Illicit Mining

  1. I personally will be very glad to see more sanctions on Liberian government officials for corruption I appreciate GNN for job well done

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