Monrovia, Liberia- Former Liberian President, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has expressed serious dissatisfaction at the way the current administration of President George Weah has handled information surrounding the missing containers full on Liberian banknotes.
Speaking to the BBC’s Jonathan Paye-Layleh on Friday, President Sirleaf said, she is not aware of any money that got missing during her administration, as she is also not sure of what the current administration has been involved with.
“This container that they’re talking about, the Minister of Finance has been clear on that, he said there’s no missing container, there’s no missing money. I am certain whatever my administration did was in accordance with the law and the constitution and there has been no money that has been missing,” the former Liberian President said.
President Sirleaf denied reports that she ordered the Central Bank to print additional L$10 billion, although the legislature actually approved the printing of L$5 billion.
“The Central Bank is an autonomous institution, the National legislature by its constitutional role gives approval for the printing of banknotes – the record on that is clear. Why they didn’t take time to look at the records before coming up? I’m angry, I’m shocked. When it comes to the government, I say this is our country, we have a new President, we all must support it for the good of our country. I’ll like to call on the government – even that the country’s reputation and innocent people’s reputation has been impugned – they must go back to the media and say that the investigation is concluded and the evidence and facts are known, they must go back to the media and correct it.”, President Sirleaf said.
Mrs. Sirleaf wondered why President Weah’s administration has refused to release the investigative report which has been compiled by the Central Bank of Liberia as it relates to the missing money.
She said, “The Central Bank has already done an investigation on the direction of the Minister of Justice. Why haven’t they released the report of the investigation? Why are they sitting on it? Has the President realized what he has done to the country? The reputation of the country is also at stake. They’re talking about 16 billion, do they know what the GDP of this country is?”
Reacting to the statements made by Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, Madam Sirleaf said, Mr. Nagbe misled the public when he said monies were printed in China, Sweden and Lebanon. Mrs. Sirleaf said, officials of this government need to take time and check facts before coming out to make statements.
“Let me tell you, what I know, contracts were signed and there’s a company called CRANE International that printed Liberian banknotes only in Sweden. The records on that are clear. Again Mr. Nagbe is impugning innocent people reputation and credibility,” Madam Sirleaf added.