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Presidential Task Force assures impartial probe

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Presidential.Task Force Head, Cllr. Fonati Koffa
Presidential.Task Force Head, Cllr. Fonati Koffa

MONROVIA, LIBERIA- The Presidential Taskforce on Global Witness corruption report has pledged to conduct an impartial investigation for all individuals allegedly linked to the bribery allegations.

The Taskforce Head, Minister of State Without Portfolio, Cllr. Fonati Koffa, disclosed that the taskforce will involve the Global Witness to exchange evidence aimed at enhancing the process.

“It has the mandate to immediately investigate and prosecute any culprit in the corruption report released by the Global Witness “he noted.

The Task Force is comprises the Justice Ministry and Liberia Anti-Corruption commission to probe into matter and come out with findings for appropriate action within a 30- day period.

The Global Witness report on Liberia allegedly accused several high profile Liberians, including Speaker Alex Tyler, Grand Cape Mount Senator, Varney Sherman, among others.

The Taskforce says the investigation will also include some individuals linked to the corruption allegations as Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2.

Meanwhile, Global Witness says it welcomes government’s quick action to form a Presidential Task Force to fight corruption in Liberia.

A Global Witness campaigner, Jonathan Gant, said his organization is willing to corporate with the Liberian Government by providing evidence to enhance the Task Force’s work.
Mr. Gant challenged the presidential Task Force to uncover the real names of Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2 mentioned in the corruption scandal report.

At the same time, Grand Cape Mount County Senator, Varney Sherman, says he will not submit to the Presidential Task Force probing into bribery allegation by Global Witness.

Cllr. Sherman said; “I will not submit to the Presidential Taskforce because do so would mean testifying against myself. “

A current report of the Global Witness lists the Unity Party Chairman as receiving bribe from a concession company, Sable Mining to amend the Mining Law of Liberia in favor of the company to mine the Wologisi Mountain.

Speaking to Monday, May 16, 2016, Cllr. Sherman rejected the allegation, terming it as a calculated attempt to malign his character as a public figure.

Meanwhile, Senator Sherman is calling on the Liberian media to further inquire from Global Witness more details concerning their allegation against him.



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