RUNNING OUT OF PATIENCE? – COCUBOMB Writes US, UN, EU, AU and ECOWAS -Requests “partial or full update on ongoing investigation”

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The Concerned Citizens United to Bring Our Money Back (COCUBOMB) has written a letter dated December 13, 2018 to the US Government, UN, EU, ECOWAS, and AU stating that the missing L$16 billion and controversial US$25 million remain a serious issue and COCUBOMB remains very concerned.

In its letter that suggests that the COCUBOMB is running out of patience, under the signatures of Martin K. N. Kollie, National Chairman and Jeremiah S. Swen, Secretary General of  COCUBOMB, copy of which is in the possession of The Analyst and addressed to US Ambassador accredited to Liberia Christine Elder, stated that “On September 24, 2018, thousands of patriotic Liberians out of firm conviction and  love for Country petitioned your Government and prominent International Organizations (UN, AU, EU and ECOWAS) through a mass peaceful protest calling for an independent international forensic investigation into the missing containers of local currency amounting to L$16 billion.

“Such popular civil action demanding full accountability and restitution of those missing containers of billions under President George M. Weah was principally driven by the people’s unflinching desire to end systemic corruption and impunity in Liberia. The initial position of COCUBOMB in demand of full accountability, restitution and prosecution of all those linked to this cruel spree of economic sabotage and mass plunder remains unchanged.

“In response to our 9-count petition on September 24, 2018, you assured us of your government’s commitment to independently investigate this missing money mystery. On October 10, 2018, you released an official statement through your Embassy near Monrovia indicating that you have reached out to credible international firms to conduct an independent forensic investigation.

“Though hinted about this ongoing forensic investigation since then, but such investigation has been without any form of update. The public remains in doubt even up to now as a result of absolutely no update. COCUBOMB therefore craves your indulgence to release a partial or full update on this ongoing investigation as Liberians remain eager. We remain grateful to you and all partners for your intervention which we hope will produce a credible outcome of this ongoing investigation.

“Furthermore, the Liberia people are deeply concerned about the suspicious and blurred explanation by Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah surrounding the US$25 million intended to mop up excess liquidity of Liberian Dollars from the economy. As part of our 9-count petition, we hope a full update/report will also be provided in this regard.

“Madam Ambassador, the popular call of the masses remains “BRING BACK OUR MONEY”.

“With high esteem and sentiments of best wishes, we promise to be peaceful and uncompromising in any further protest action if this government does not fully account for our missing billions before September 28, 2018.

“The letter in its genesis is quoted as extending courtesy and compliments to the US Ambassador accredited to Liberia during the festive seasons and recounted its past action of the masses protest call.  It stated that on September 24, 2018, thousands of patriotic Liberians out of firm conviction and  love for country petitioned your government and prominent International Organizations (UN, AU, EU and ECOWAS) through a mass peaceful protest calling for an independent international forensic investigation into the missing containers of local currency amounting to L$16 billion.

“The activist group indicated that such popular civil action demanding full accountability and restitution of those missing containers of billions under President George M. Weah was principally driven by the people’s unflinching desire to end systemic corruption and impunity in Liberia. The initial position of COCUBOMB in demand of full accountability, restitution and prosecution of all those linked to this cruel spree of economic sabotage and mass plunder remains unchanged.

   “In response to our 9-count petition on September 24, 2018, you assured us of your government’s commitment to independently investigate this missing money mystery. On October 10, 2018, you released an official statement through your Embassy near Monrovia indicating that you have reached out to credible international firms to conduct an independent forensic investigation.

“ The group also made reference to being hinted about this ongoing forensic investigation since then, but such investigation has been without any form of update. The public remains in doubt even up to now as a result of absolutely no update. COCUBOMB therefore craves your indulgence to release a partial or full update on this ongoing investigation as Liberians remain eager. We remain grateful to you and all partners for your intervention which we hope will produce a credible outcome of this ongoing investigation COCUBOMB continues.

“Furthermore, the Liberia people are deeply concerned about the suspicious and blurred explanation by Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah surrounding the US$25 million intended to mop up excess liquidity of Liberian Dollars from the economy. As part of our 9-count petition, we hope a full update/report will also be provided in this regard”, the letter concluded.

 

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