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Speaker Tyler denies being probed on US$25,000 scandal

By Arthur Douglas
House Speaker, Alex Tyler
House Speaker, Alex Tyler

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Nov. 5, 2014)-The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, has refuted the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LCC)’s statement that he was being investigated over an alleged US$25,000 scandal.

The House Speaker’s Chief of office Staff, Edwin Clark, clarified that his boss was not notified about any investigations.

Mr. Clark, however, admitted providing documents, including the consultancy contracts to the LACC upon request.

The Speaker’s Chief of office Staff made the statement Wednesday, October 28, 2014 at the Capital in Monrovia.

The LACC announced last Thursday, October 23, 2014 that House Speaker Tyler and the Montserrado County Representative, Adolph Lawrence, chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources, were being probed.

The corruption saga sprung up from a consultancy contracts with three experts, including two Liberians and a Ghanaian national, hired to advice the Lower House on two draft bills at the cost of US$125,000.

The contract required an initial 50 % payment to the experts, though the Liberian Government insists on service provision before pay.

Speaker Tyler confirmed entering into a gentleman agreement with one of the consultants, Nkrumah Allison.

In the gentleman agreement, the Speaker used his own money to settle the initial fifty-percent payment with Cllr. Allison.

The statement justifies that the lawmakers’ action was not to solicit bribe, rather to expedite the process, but the LACC has described the move as wrong.

LACC Chairman, Cllr. James Verdier, said: “The lawmakers are being questioned for bridging the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC)’s US$25,000 threshold, among others.”
 

 


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