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She denied accusations her son Robert Sirleaf was in any way implicated in the collapse of Liberia's National Oil Company, and said her other son, Charles Sirleaf who was arrested in March, was "illegally charged" over allegations he unlawfully printed local currency worth tens of millions of dollars. News 

“I don’t care,” Ellen Johnson Says About TRC

  In an Aljezeera UpFront, interview last week Liberia‘s former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf spoke about her 12 years in power. she was challenged on accusations from her critics who have always accused her of nepotism and corruption. Sirleaf responds to allegations of nepotism Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to power in Liberia in January 2006 following decades of war, violence and coups, and became the first elected woman head of the state in Africa. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 alongside fellow Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni…

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Liberian Legislature is Responsible Our Problems Not Weah!

Open Letter   An Open Letter to the Liberian Senate and House of Representatives: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR LIBERIA’S PROBLEMS NOT THE FOOT BALLING PRESIDENT!   Amidst economic hardships and a dictatorial misrule in Liberia today, with the economy going to the toilet, mass public dis-satisfaction with the way the country is being run, and Weah blatant disregard for public opinion, as he continues to abuse the public trust, the blame lies at your feet for ignoring the INTERESTS of the Liberian people who elected you, as you erroneously continue…

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Nearly 10 years later, Mr. Chie, now President Pro Temp of the Senate has reportedly been using his muscles and close ties to President George Manneh Weah to cement control of the ministry by inserting close friends, business associates and former colleagues at the ministry in strategic positions of power over Liberia’s mineral resources. News 

Liberia Senate President Tangled In Corruption and Conflict of Interests

  Rodney Sieh/FPA Washington – In a stinging shake-up of the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy, former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, back in February 2009, relieved Mr. Albert Chie, then Assistant Minister for Energy, along with the assistant minister for Mineral Exploration, Gesler Murray of their positions.  Nearly 10 years later, Mr. Chie, now President Pro Temp of the Senate has reportedly been using his muscles and close ties to President George Manneh Weah to cement control of the ministry by inserting close friends, business associates and former colleagues at…

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Zambia: Citing corruption foreign minister resigns

I HAVE RESIGNED There comes a time in a person’s life when it becomes necessary to die to self for the good of others and if not for that reason, at least to stand for one’s cherished ideals and values. I have just dropped my resignation letter as Foreign Affairs Minister with President Edgar Lungu – a position I have cherished and held for over 4 years. I have taken my decision to resign as Foreign Affairs Minister with a heavy heart but quite succinctly with a clear and resolved…

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Is Johnson-Sirleaf’s presidential task-force a dishonest scheme?

Is Johnson-Sirleaf’s presidential task-force a dishonest scheme? A critical look at the Liberian leader’s stance on official corruption. The presidential task-force set up by President Sirleaf to investigate an allegation of bribery in the Sable Mining case may be a diversionary tactic and a public relation stunt. Madam Sirleaf has a cunning way of deceiving international donors, whenever there is a scandalous report of corruption in her government. When one closely follows the manner in which President Sirleaf had dealt with prior corruption cases, one would realize that this president…

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CDC threatened to sue Liberian govt over Global Witness Report

Global Witness which is an acclaimed international NGO established in 1993, works to break the link between natural exploitation, conflict, poverty corruption and human rights abuses worldwide. In its report, Global Witness alleged that it uncovered over US$950,000 in bribes and other suspicious payments by a UK mining firm, Sable Mining, through its Liberian lawyer, Cllr. Varney Sherman to past and current officials of the Liberian government to have the company get hold of the concession for Mount Wologizi in Lofa County. Amongst other things, the Global Witness Report accused…

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Liberia: Williams— Beysolow others on the ropes for 13million

Former Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LRPC) Managing Director, Mr. T. Nelson Williams and ex-Commence Minister Miatta Beysolow are among several individuals indicted in a fraud scheme that allegedly deprived government of millions of United States dollars during the sale and distribution of the Japanese oil grant valued at US$13,083, 350 (the equivalent of one billion, one hundred million Japanese Yen) donated by the Japanese Government. The scheme involved 15,000 metric tons of petroleum products that were intended to help government in its economic and social development efforts, which prosecution put…

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An associate of Nigerian President Buhari arrested for corruption

An associate of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was arrested in a sting operation in Abuja after he failed to appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to clarify some receipts. Lawal Jafaru Isa is the first chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress to be taken into custody by the anti-corruption agency since it launched an investigation into the alleged diversion of $2 billion by former national security adviser Sambo Dasuki, local media reported. Isa, a retired brigadier general and former military governor of northern Kaduna state, was asked…

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Liberia Indicted Port Manager Matilda Parker Dismissed

The suspended Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) Matilda Parker has finally been dismissed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. She was suspended in April 2015 following allegation into payment of over US$800,000 to a company purported to have won a lucrative dredging contract. Matilda Parker and comptroller Christina Paelay were charged with economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and theft of property by the Liberian government. The case was recently suspended after counsels for defendants made a request for comptroller Christina Paelay to seek medication due to poor health. The request…

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Liberian Speaker Alex Tyler Indicted for Corruption Throw Jibs At Graft Institutions

During the close of the 53rd Session of the 53rd Legislature on Thursday, October 15, 2015, one of the issues that may have attracted public attention was the warning to anti-graft institutions in the country by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, J. Alex Tyler. He strongly warned integrity and anti-graft institutions against what he referred to as politicking and focus on their work, stressing that these institutions must remain within the framework of the law. Though Speaker Tyler mentioned no names, among the major integrity and anti-graft institutions…

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