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The Missing Container

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh      


Did it, or did it not happen? That’s the million-dollar question.

The answer is, a container full of money is missing. 

The exact amount is presumed to be L$9 billion, US$60 million.

No, I am not making it up, and I am not writing this piece to willfully malign the Weah administration, either.

According to a Press Release from the office of Frank Musah Dean, Jr., Minister of Justice, “initial findings indicate that the container and bags of moneys allegedly arrived between November 2017, prior to the inauguration of the current Government, and August 18. Evidence available to the Investigative Team has established that the current administration was not informed about the arrival of the containers and bags of money into the country.”

Reports from Monrovia also indicated that the container full of money was signed off by staffs of the Central Bank of Liberia. And a request to enter the port and take delivery of the printed materials occurred on March 31, 2018, by Mrs. Mariea E. Grisby-Toe, Director, General Services, Musulyn R B. Jackson, Oldada Deshield and five individuals from the Central Bank of Liberia, who took delivery of the container. Lawrence Sirleaf and Ms. Elise G.N. Jolo of JVS Enterprise Inc reportedly were the brokers.

The Weah administration obviously is in a damage control mode and is also playing the blame game – their words against the Sirleaf administration’s, and the general public, weighing in from all spheres of the globe, is aware that something’s wrong with Liberia and its political leaders.

All of this perhaps could have been avoided had Mr. Weah agree to audit the Sirleaf administration after he publicly admitted that he inherited a government that had no money in its coffers.

If he inherited a government that was broke, why did Mr. Weah refused to audit the Sirleaf administration?
Can it be said that Mr. Weah refused to audit the Sirleaf administration because Madame Sirleaf probably had damaging information on him that could have compromised Weah?

However, for corruption to go from the stealing of thousands of dollars to the stealing of a container full of money-billions ($16B, some estimates), is mind-boggling, and is something that does not only steer up the mind but diminishes all level of credibility and confidence in the Weah administration.

It is also a national security issue for a nation that just came out of a 14-year civil war to have security breached in this manner, and for a container that arrived at the nation’s port of entrance/departure, the National Port Authority, to suddenly disappear, is a major concern.

How did it happen? Where was security at the time? Was security compromised or security paid off with a share of the money to let the perpetrators escape?

In order to get to the bottom of this matter, first investigate and identify the five anonymous individuals from the Central Bank of Liberia. Also, investigate Mrs. Mariea E. Grisby-Toe, Director, General Services, Musulyn R B. Jackson and Oldada Deshield. These individuals asked to enter the port and take delivery of the printed materials on March 31, 2018. Lawrence Sirleaf and Ms. Elise G.N. Jolo of JVS Enterprise Inc., must also be investigated. 

As usual, Weah has not addressed the nation yet but is hiding behind his Minister of Justice (Frank Musah Dean, Jr.) and a press release from the Ministry of Justice to discuss this major criminal activity that has taken all breaths out of a struggling nation and its suffering people.

Truth is, President George Manneh Weah is part of the problem and Liberians are suffering in their own country.

Parents are having a hard time buying uniforms and paying tuitions to send their children to school. Liberian parents are also finding it difficult feeding their children. The same is true with ordinary Liberians who are finding it very difficult to buy a cup of rice to eat from day to day. Also, university students can barely afford a cab or bus fares to go to school daily, and lacked the money to pay school fees.

President Weah owes the Liberian people an explanation, and he needs to take charge of this issue immediately.

See, the Weah administration supposedly a “Pro-Poor” administration, is far from being on the side of the poor for its extravagant spending and high-end traveling habits, negotiating bad loans, poor judgment, incompetence and lack of leadership.

That’s what a country and its citizens gets when they elect an inexperienced George Manneh Weah, who then brings into his governing inner circle hustlers and rejects from the United States and elsewhere whose modus operandi is not public service but to find a way to work in the Liberian government to steal and get rich.

The history of public-sector corruption in Liberia is a menace that a new government must work hard to tackle head-on in order to stay on course. 

George Manneh Weah has so far failed to stay on course.

Mr. Weah, please find the missing container full of money and stop the blame game.

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