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Thursday, February 22, 2024

ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION AND LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY SURROUNDING FORMER LIBERIAN MINISTER OF FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT

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In a recent statement, Councillor Frederick A.B. Jayweh has raised serious concerns regarding Amara M. Konneh, the former Minister of Finance and Development under the presidency of Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Specifically, Jayweh accuses Konneh of evading the Liberian press and refusing to take responsibility for his alleged role in corruption during the Sirleaf administration.

According to Jayweh, figures like Amara Konneh vehemently oppose and undermine any attempt made by individuals like Mr. John Molu to hold the Johnson Sirleaf-led government accountable for corruption and other misconduct. Jayweh claims that Konneh and others prioritize driving Liberia and its citizens into debt, benefiting themselves while evading justice. Instead of addressing corruption in all its forms, Jayweh asserts that individuals like Konneh prefer to shield officials from both the Johnson Sirleaf and Weah administrations, allowing them to escape accountability.

Jayweh further raises questions about the utilization of an alleged misapplied US$13.5 million received by Konneh and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf before the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Liberia. He calls for Konneh and his associates to explain to the public what transpired and how these funds were used.

Expressing concerns for the incoming  government led by President Jospeh N. Boakai, Jayweh advises caution when dealing with Konneh and all individuals associated with Mrs. Sirleaf. He suggests that the government take immediate and legislative action by establishing a National Assets Recovery Commission, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and a National Judicial Conference.

These institutions, according to Jayweh, will help safeguard Liberia’s economic interests and effectively address financial crimes, preventing individuals like Konneh from driving the nation’s economic policies and escaping accountability.

Councillor Frederick A.B. Jayweh concludes by asserting that Amara Konneh and his associates do not have Liberia’s best interests at heart. The allegations of corruption and lack of accountability surrounding Konneh raise serious concerns about the transparency and integrity of Liberia’s past administration.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. When you say “individuals associated with Mrs. Sirleaf” you are not only referring to Amara Konneh alone, but also to the hierarchy of the incoming UP administration, including, former VP Jospeh Boakai himself (now President-Elect), former Labor Minister, Kofi Woods, Jake Kabakollie of the National Oil company (NOCAL), former defense Minister Brownie Samukai, former Works minister, Lusine Kamara, John Morlu of GAC, Charles Snetter of ELBC, and others. So tell the Liberian people how many Liberians whose services may be needed in the incoming Joseph Boakai government that were not in one way or the other associated with Mrs. Sirleaf’s administration?

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