Does Counselor James Verdier, the chair of the Anti-Corruption Commission have a problem with his vision? I want to know, because he keeps turning a blind eye to the bribe-takers and extortionists in the legislature! Why? Re: Why Was Entire NOCOL Board, Legislature, Which Received Bribes Not Indicted, Urey Asks, Daily Observer Online.
According to the aforementioned article, Mr. Urey alleges that it’s “standard procedure for nominees and the Executive Branch to pay lobbying fees for passage of bills and confirmations! By the way, the Senate ratified NOCOL’s oil contracts without anyone reading it because of these lobbying fees!
If you don’t believe Urey’s allegations, let’s go back and look at how our lawmakers do business!
Make sure you’re sitting down for this one!
In 2009, Rep. Edward S. Forh, was accused of receiving lobbying fees from Harry Greaves, the former Managing Director, Liberian Petroleum Refining Corporation. Harry paid lawmakers an undisclosed sum of money for a concession agreement to be ratified which waswell eported! Re: Paid for ‘Lunch & Dinner’: Greaves Admits Bribing Lawmakers; Forh Under Probe, FPA, 04/02/09.
During that same year—2009, these same lawmakers collected US$80,000 for their “cold water”, oops, I mean lobbying fees from the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA)! Re: “Mockery in Corruption Fight?, LTA’s Suspended Bropleh Still Enjoys Immunities”, FPA
According to Mr. Albert Bropleh, former LTA Chairman and twin brother of Dr. Lawrence Bropleh, the House and Senate were paid US$52,000 and US$28,000 respectively for passage of the Liberian Telecommunication Act! The Senate and the House passed the Act—with a 100 percent vote!
Last but not least, in 2011, Rep. Alomiza Ennos, the bribe-taking mammy of the Liberian House of Representatives, was accused of receiving US$80,000 as lobbying fees from NOCAL’s Board of Directors to ratify the oil contracts! Remember that US$80,000 is their benchmark! Anything lessthan that is an insult. Re: Several Gov’t Officials Linked to Bribery, Liberian Observer
As you can see, whenever there’s a Bill to be passed, or a concession agreement to be ratified, or a presidential appointment to be confirmed, it’s customary for our lawmakers to expect “cold water” to perform their Constitutional duties!
But when will the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) indict these lazy, good-for-nothing, and totally inutile lawmakers for extortion? Isn’t extortion a crime in Liberia? Oh, wait, I forgot: If extortion were a crime in Liberia, then Rep. Edward Ford and Rep. Alomiza Ennos would be behind bars by now!