By. P.Oxford Brown
MONROVIA—The Senate Committee on Internal Affairs has placed a hold on the confirmation hearing of Sinoe County Superintendent-designate, nominated by President Sirleaf due to corruption charges being levied against by the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).
The decision was taken last week following concerns raised by Rivercess County Senator Dallas Gueh about Quiah’s alleged misapplication of over US$800,000 from the Sinoe County Social Development Funds.The fund in Liberia has sen widespread abuse from county officials and legislators.
Gueh pointed out that the “nominee, as alleged, lacks public trust and proper management of taxpayers’ resources, and as such, he must face the court of competent jurisdiction to prove his innocence or guilt before appearing for further hearings.”
According to documents in the possession of The www.liberianlistener.com dated December 4, 2014, and addressed to the Internal Affairs Committee, Sinoe Citizens for Accountability and Equal Representation, under the chairmanship of Isaac Nyenkan,opted for the rejection of the nominee because he is not “credible and trust-worthy.”
However, in an interview with reporters shortly after the committee’s decision, nominee Romeo Quiah noted that he was innocent of the allegations, adding, “This is witch hunting.”
In documents labeled: Final Report/LACC case # 00120 (Sinoe County), and a General Auditing Commission report dated November 2014, Quiah is quoted among other things, as revealing to an investigation committee that he and former Superintendent Milton Teahjay signed a few checks both as category A, and issued them in the interest of the county.
According to the report, Quiah denied knowledge of the budget law that prohibits two signatories of the same category on a single check, and that he did not know that such regulations existed, when the checks were signed.
Romeo Quiah pic: www.liberiannewsagency.org