-CSO Group Frowns Issues Surrounding Missing Billions
The Free Conscious Independent and Objective Thinkers of Liberia, a civil society organization in the country has frowned at what it calls ‘Negative Sentiment’ that has characterized the alleged missing money from the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and wants it reduced.
It has been alleged that the National Legislature authorized the CBL to print additional money for the country, but said money in the tone of LRD16billion has reportedly gone missing.
In a statement issued in Monrovia, the local CSO said if the legislature believes all of the steps were not followed in obtaining the authority to print the banknotes, the primary consideration should be to determine if all of the banknotes that were printed are accounted for.
“If all the banknotes that were printed in 2016 and 2017 totaling LRD16billion are confirmed to have been delivered directly to the CBL and are fully accounted for, then the Free Conscious Independent and Objective Thinkers of Liberia says the investigative panel should make clear other alleged missing money is being investigated.
“Free Conscious Independent and Objective Thinkers of Liberia wishes to state categorically clear that it condemns in the strongest term attempts by some of our compatriots to presume Mr. Milton Weeks and other officials of the Central Bank of Liberia guilty in the court of public opinion while Mr. Weeks and CBL officials are responding to the investigative team, and that said team has not release findings whether preliminary or final,” the group said in a statement.
According to the group, it is seriously appalled by the manner and form the reputation of Mr. Weeks and the CBL officials has been defamed in the public glare.
The Free Conscious Independent and Objective Thinkers of Liberia also wants the public to heed calls by President George Weah for calm in order for the ongoing investigation to reach logical conclusion.
“The Free Conscious Independent and Objective Thinkers of Liberia states unequivocally clear that while it doesn’t condone corruption and the pillaging of state resources by officials of government, it also opposes acts by some of our compatriots that has the proclivity to undermine the success of an investigation such as the money issue at the CBL,” the group added.
Meanwhile, the group is calling on campaigners of “BringBackOurMoney” campaign to abandon their planned simultaneous protest actions across the country.