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Presidential Task Force begins compliance screening

Joseph T. Koon
Presidential Task Force Chair, Fonati Koffa
Presidential Task Force Chair, Fonati Koffa

 MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Special Presidential Task Force probing the Global Witness corruption report has released an initial list of persons of interest for Compliance Screening Exercise on all reports currently being investigated by the General Auditing Commission (GAC).

According to a release, those involved in the Compliance Screening Exercise will be prosecuted by the Justice Ministry..

The persons of interest are, Samuel Jacobs, General Construction and Cement Products and Fabrar Liberia. 

Others include, Mary Togba, Cynthia Brule, Idries Koromah, Thomas Peters, Bindu Brewer and Samuel Nagbe.

Others are, Henri Urey, Samuel Kpakio, Christopher Bull, Andrew Gaye, Joseph Merchant, Bona Dangbuah, Marie Constance, Lawrence Zayzay, Samuel Danway and M. Jusufu Keita.

Others also linked to unremitted Government of Liberia withholding taxes include, City Printing Press, Business World, BAM Caterers, Robert Printing, T. Star Engineering, Renaissance Communications Incorporated, Atlas Business Center and Edward Bowinkor, Jr.

The release quotes the Minister of State Without Portfolio and Chair of the Task Force, Cllr. Fonati Koffa, as saying the exercise begins effective Monday, June 6, 2016.  Cllr. Koffa said the names will be updated every week depending on how those issues raised in the GAC reports are resolved.

According to the release, each person of interest has a period of 30 days to contact the office of the Minister of State Without Portfolio responsible for compliance review to respond to the concerns raised in the GAC reports.

Cllr. Koffa said: “Those on the list are not currently being investigated by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) or prosecuted by the Ministry of Justice.”  He clarified that the exercise is purely administrative, and not an investigatory or prosecutorial process.

The Task Chair emphasized: “Our role is not to investigate and prosecute the GAC report; our role is to do compliance screening to assist the GAC in ensuring the issue of unanswered questions are resolved.

Meanwhile, Global Witness says it is hopeful that the Justice Ministry will fast track the prosecution of induvial and institutions indicted in the alleged bribery scandal.

Global Witness Senior Manager, Jonathan Gant, said he=has already provided information that could be speed up the process. Mr. Gnat said: “Liberia is moving faster than Guinea and the London Stock Exchange in getting to the bottom of the case.

“I do not know the individuals referred to as Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2, but payments were made to them in the process,” he said.

Recently, Criminal “C” in Monrovia has indicted four individuals linked to the Global Witness corruption scandal in favor of the Liberian Government
 

 


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