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Friday, July 19, 2024

MASSIVE LOOTING EXPOSED: FORMER OFFICIALS OF WEAH ADMINISTRATION ACCUSED OF STEALING STATE FUNDS

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LIBERIA – Leaked documents obtained by investigative journalist Charles Yates reveal a massive looting scandal involving former officials of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) administration under former President George Weah. The documents, seen by Smart News Liberia, detail how former Finance Minister Samuel Tweah, former National Security Advisor Jefferson Karmoh, former Financial Intelligence Agency (FIA) Director Stanley Ford, and former Acting Justice Minister Nyenti Tuan allegedly conspired to steal significant sums from the Liberian government.

Journalist Charles Yates stated, “We have obtained leaked documents from sources exposing a $500,000 syndicate at the Financial Intelligence Agency. These documents show how former senior government officials of the Weah-led government looted from the coffers of the Liberian government in broad daylight. Our leaked documents include voluntary statements made to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) by the syndicate leaders. Their statements also show conflicting accounts and contradictions.”

According to Yates, the documents suggest that the implicated officials are now trying to compromise the expected indictment that the government of President Joseph Nyumah Boakai is preparing. “Sources say there is huge lobbying going on to cover up the indictment that was expected to be handed down this week on the suspects,” Yates reported.

The leaked documents have caused a significant stir in Liberia, raising questions about the extent of corruption under the previous administration. The allegations of theft and corruption, if proven true, would mark a severe breach of public trust and highlight systemic issues within the Liberian government.

The Boakai administration, which has promised to tackle corruption and restore integrity to governance, now faces a critical test. The public will be closely watching how the government handles these allegations and whether it can deliver on its promises of transparency and accountability.

In light of these revelations, it is crucial for the Boakai administration to act decisively. Failure to do so would not only undermine its credibility but also erode public confidence in the government’s ability to combat corruption. As the nation grapples with these shocking disclosures, the call for justice and accountability grows louder. The government’s response to this scandal will be a defining moment for Liberia’s fight against corruption and its journey towards good governance.

The implications of this scandal are far-reaching. Beyond the immediate financial loss, such corruption undermines the very fabric of democratic governance, erodes public trust, and hampers national development. The Boakai administration must demonstrate a commitment to transparency and rule of law by ensuring thorough investigations and holding those responsible accountable. This will be crucial in restoring public confidence and setting a precedent for future governance.

As Liberia stands at this critical juncture, it is imperative that civil society, the media, and the international community continue to hold the government accountable. Only through sustained pressure and vigilance can the cycle of corruption be broken and a foundation for genuine democratic governance be established.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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