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Thursday, April 18, 2024

LIBERIA: PRESIDENT BOAKAI’S OFFICE UNDER SPOTLIGHT FOR CORRUPTION AGAIN AFTER BRIBERY ALLEGATION

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MONROVIA – The office of President Joseph N. Boakai is facing yet another allegation of corruption, further hindering the progress of the Liberian government since his election two months ago. The continuous stream of mishaps and reports of corruption has turned the new administration, known as the “Rescue Train,” into a subject of ridicule. President Boakai’s image is rapidly deteriorating, causing shame and embarrassment for the nation.

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The most recent scandal involves the alleged purchase of three Land Cruiser Jeeps, which were reportedly ordered by Sylvester Grigsby, the Chief of Staff of President Boakai’s office and Minister of State. According to investigations by Spoon Talk, the purchase took place during the transition period when the previous government, led by George Weah, was still in power.

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Grigsby, acting as an advisor to President Boakai, had requested the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) to procure Land Cruiser Jeeps for the inauguration. Documents obtained by Spoon Talk reveal that NASSCORP approached SIB Bank for a credit guarantee to finance the purchase of the vehicles from CICA Motors in Say on Town. Each vehicle was priced at US$39,000, resulting in a total of US$117,000.

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It is unclear how Sylvester Grigsby obtained the authority to make such a request when President Boakai’s government had not yet assumed office. Furthermore, since the purchase, the whereabouts of the vehicles remain unknown, adding further concern to the situation. This incident marks the second time in one week that Minister of State Sylvester Grigsby has brought the President’s image into disrepute.

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This is a breaking story. Investigations into the matter are ongoing, as the Liberian people eagerly await answers and accountability from their government. The documents in this story are published on courtesy of Spoon.

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