Liberia: “We’re Innocent”, Prominent Lawyer Varney Sherman And House Speaker Granted Bill in Global Witness Corruption Scandal
“Human rights lawyer Tiawon Gongloe says the ongoing probe of Cllr. Varney Sherman and other officials of government for bribery as alleged in a Global Witness report should serve as the beginning of a vigorous process in the fight against corruption in Liberia”.
Liberia: Former Auditor General, John Morlu Breaks Silence on KNAO’s Audit Report: Writes Audit Commission Urging to Publish Findings For Transparency and Integrity
“as the person who built the GAC, I have come to represent the face of that great institution of Government. Fair enough! I know that any mention of GAC hundred years from now, would still mention me and my staff, since we built that great institution from the dust and firth of oblivion, dysfunction and paralysis to a household name of public sector accountability. I am duly honored that Liberians have continued to see the GAC through the prism of the work we did while I served as Auditor General”.
“Our total disagreement and concern is with the overreach of this bill which in effect disenfranchises these individuals from exercising their political choice. It would seem by doing so would be penalizing them for having rendered invaluable services to the country. We are all aware of the role played by the bank in the negotiations and the arduous work done by it toward meeting the benchmarks that were required by the IMF and World Bank for external debt relief. We are also aware of the bank’s continuing astute management over the financial system of Liberia in adopting sound policies for the growth and expansion of the economy. We are cognizant of the low savings rate and depth of non-performing loans which have been some of the major challenges facing the banking system. The bank’s role in channeling loanable funds to underserved segments of the population should be embraced and further harnessed”.
Lawmaker Sounds ‘SOS’: Liberia on the Brink, Fragile Peace Threatened By Oil Corruption, Nepotism and Proxy Presidency
“Mr. Rob Sirleaf, who absolutely has no knowledge of how the international oil and gas sector operates, wanted to force NOCAL to give Block 13 to Chevron at half the amount offered by Gazprom even when Chevron had not participated in the bid for the block, it was the National Legislature with its budgetary and oversight power that mandated that Block 13 be disposed off with no less than $27 million to the government treasury”.
Liberia: Ex-Wife of War Crime Convict and Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor ‘Unapologetic’ for Lawmakers Huge Salary increases
“On her first visit abroad after been removed from United Nations travel band few months ago, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor and ex-wife war crime convict, Charles Taylor says she is unapologetic for the huge salary increases the Liberian Legislature has given themselves, asserting that she sees no reason why the Liberian public is crying foul. ‘We should in fact be paid more than that taking into account our responsibilities and what we do”.
“The failure of President Sirleaf to raise her right hand to conform with the constitution and legal essence of taking an oath, which then binds that person to uphold the oath he or her is taking and can be reprimanded if it is breached, raises the stick that, the Liberian President did not take her oath office since it was not done properly and needs to be re-administered just as president Barrack Obama Oath of Office was re-administered the next day by Chief Justice John Roberts the next morning in the White House because the Oath of Office was mistakenly read by the Chief Justice.”
“To restore the sanctity of the Liberian Legislature, incoming lawmakers should begin the first step of their million miles of their legislative journey by weeding out former leaders who ineptly led the Legislature and turned that noble body into public ridicule and embarrassment to Liberians around the world. Former leaders of the 52nd Liberian Legislature, including the Speaker Alexander Tyler, Senate Pro tempore, Cletus Wotorson, and Deputy Speaker Tokpa Mulbah are inept and shame to the Liberian nation and people, making it inconceivable that if the 53rd Legislature mean well for their country and people, they will reject those failed and embarrassing leaders from the 52nd Legislature who want to take leadership again”.
“It is unfortunate opposition lawmakers will be swallowed by the ruling Unity Party”….. Rep. Rufus Neufville