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Fonati’s Task Force orders restitution of corrupt money

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The Head of Liberia's Task Force, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa.
The Head of Liberia's Task Force, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Special Presidential Task Force, investigating the recent Global Witness bribery report, has released the names of individuals and firms liable to restitute public funds they are yet to account for.

The Presidential Task Force links current and former top Liberian Government officials and firms who allegedly received such public funds. 

The Head of the Task Force, Jonathan Fonati Koffa, said: “The firms and individuals are being held to restitute government allotments given them  for works not performed, or for money thay could not properly account for as required by law.”

Names on the lists include former Education Minister, Dr. Joseph Kortu, accused of violating Liberia's Budget Law by approving bonus payments without documentation and, therefore, he will have to pay back the amount of US$10,525.

Others are two members of the Liberian Education Sector, Hawa Goll-Kolchie and Dr. Michael Slewion are to pay over US$6,000.

Former Gender Minister, Varbah Gayflor, accused of paying conference hall rental fees, and misappropriation of funds intended as allowance for a women organization,  totalling US$136,469 unaccounted for. She has been ordered to pay back the amount in full.

Also, Eight former staff of the National Elections Commission, including former Chairman James Fromoyan, and Commissioners John Langley and Cllr. Elizabeth Nelson have been ordered to restitute over US$13,000, US$ 32,000 and US$10,000, respectively.

At the Roberts International Airport (RIA), Abraham Simmons, Alex Cuff, Jacob Corneh and Acarous Nyenawo were also ordered to restitute over US$35,998.

Six insurance firms, International Insurance Company of Liberia, the African Insurance Company of Liberia, African Insurance Company and the Continental General Insurance are all listed.

According to Task Force, the firms and individuals' names were recommended by the Public Account Committee (PAC) to compell them to restitute the funds which they received from the Government and did not perform the required task as reported by the General Auditing Commission (GAC).

Cllr. Kofa, who is also Minister of State Without Portfolio, disclosed plans of communicating formally with the concerned individuals and companies to have them restitute the said funds into government’s coffers, or risk prosecution by the Ministry of Justice and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).

The Task Force Head  made the statement in a press release issued in Monrovia Monday, October 17, 2016.

He directed the accused to make the payments into Government’s revenue at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) within 30 days.

Cllr. Kofa further noted that the Government's action is in fulfillment of the PAC’s mandate to further probe all GAC reports and submit their findings to the Task Force for implementation. 



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