By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh
On any particular day in Monrovia, Harry A. Greaves Jr., who just died a mysterious death this week, the second mysterious death of a high-profile person on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s watch, will do what he is notoriously known to do in that lawless country.
A wheeler and dealer, the high-power, behind the scene deal-making schemer is good at making those sleazy deals that benefits only Greaves.
With Teflon personality and an air of confidence that can pass for arrogance, the deceased is keenly aware or not aware of the fatal price such unattractive deal making schemes could do to a guy who always escapes any form of indictment any agency in Liberia would have thrown at him.
Greaves hung with powerful people in high places, people such as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the late Gyude Bryant, Amos Sawyer, etc, which perhaps explains why Greaves was never indicted, put on trial, convicted or put in jail, even though his name has been linked to alleged corruption of public funds throughout his political career in Liberia.
During the days of the disreputable Association for Constitutional Democracy in Liberia (ACDL) in the 1990s, Harry A. Greaves, Jr., together with Amos C. Sawyer, Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu and others, were international spokespersons and cheerleaders who raised funds for the candidacy and eventual presidency of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Remember that Harry A. Greaves, Jr., was once Managing Director of the Liberian Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC), the quasi government agency and supplemental oil supplier that subsidizes the petrol needs of those good-for-nothing enabling government officials, who are indeed part of the problem in today’s Liberia.
Before he became the self-anointed energy ‘advocate,’ Harry A. Greaves, Jr., who also was Managing Director of the Liberian Petroleum Refining Corporation in 2006, once served as Economic Advisor to the late Gyude Bryant, Chairman of the (interim) National Transitional Government.
At LPRC, Mr. Greaves was accused of signing a unilateral oil contract with the Nigerian-based Addax Ltd worth millions of dollars, in violation of the Public Procurement and Contract law of Liberia.
Greaves’ violation of the nation’s law did not stop there.
Harry A. Greaves, Jr., was also accused of signing another unilateral oil deal worth $24.8 million with UK-based Zakhen International, on behalf of LPRC. Greaves’ flaunting of the law occurred again when he was caught in an alleged $300,000 bribery scandal involving Zakhen International.
However, when the Liberian Legislature subpoenaed Greaves to appear before them to explain the reasons he signed the unilateral oil deal with Zakhen International, Harry A. Greaves, Jr., sued the lawmakers.
Sirleaf finally fed up with Greaves and fired him and Aloysius Jappah after he accused Mr. Jappah as the person who tried to extort money from him to influence the investigation.
Of late, Greaves has been an unusually outspoken critic of the government of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the same government he once helped to coronate, and a patronizingly convenient energy advocate who claimed to want to privatize electricity in the country.
Before his violent death, Greaves unsuccessfully sued the Liberian government to the Supreme Court of Liberia.
There is fear, overwhelming fear in Monrovia, and the entire country for that matter about the back-to-back gruesome killings (under mysterious circumstances) of Michael Allison and Harry A. Greaves, Jr.
The Liberian people are scare to death because this is Liberia, a painfully dysfunctional, out of control, leaderless and corrupt country where there is no rule of law – a dying nation where a person, anybody can kill or inflict harm on another person with impunity.
It is unknown whether the killings of Greaves and Allison are connected.
However, the individuals were believed to be missing in the area of the RHJ hotel, and the bodies were found on the beach near or behind the Executive Mansion, the powerful seat of the Liberian presidency.
Liberians are beginning to connect the two killings after the ‘whistleblower’ Allison was murdered because of his cooperation and the assistance he provided the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), during its investigation of an alleged $25,000.00 scandal involving Speaker Alex Tyler and other government officials.
Alex J. Tyler, who became Speaker of the Liberian House of Representatives in 2007, is another person who cannot explain where he got his massive wealth, in a country where most Liberians cannot afford to buy a bag of rice to feed their family.
Are these political killings intended to silence the individuals who knew too much that would have exposed rampant corruption in the Sirleaf administration?
It is so true that no one deserves to die no matter how the individual violated public trusts, or violated another person in the most egregious way.
This is not looking good for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. And her administration cannot continue to bury, hide, silence and exonerate the killers.
Who killed Harry A. Greaves, Jr? We really want to know.