Monrovia, Liberia- The United States government through its embassy in Monrovia has announced that they will take action as it relates to the missing L$16 billion saga through it’s aid agency, the United States Aid for International Development (USAID).
A release from the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia says, “USAID has reached out to independent, internationally recognized firms with specialization in forensic investigations to conduct a scoping mission that would ascertain the basic facts of the alleged missing currency matter and determine to what extent a broader mission would be needed.”
According to the release, the U.S. Embassy in Liberia believes that a report emanating from such findings “would be the most credible and effective means to quickly determine the scale of the problem, and would be an appropriate means for the United states to support the Liberian government’s and its citizens desire to understand the allegations and facts.”
If more investigations are needed after the mission, according to the release, the Liberian government could discuss additional steps with international partners.
Meanwhile, the United States embassy pointed out, that to ensure effectiveness and integrity of the process, both the U.S. and Liberian governments concluded that “independent forensic investigators will conduct their work with full access to information needed and without the imposition of additional actors from the government, civil society, or international partners.” Furthermore, the release states that both governments agreed that the completed report will be made public, for the purpose of transparency and understanding of the outcomes.
In the meantime, the United States government through its embassy in Monrovia, urged all Liberians to remain patient, as investigations are being conducted, and are using “appropriate and expeditious means to help resolve current concerns and questions about Liberia’s currency”.