“We Did Not Squander Any Fund” -R/Gee Supt. Reacts to Allegation of Misappropriation

MONROVIA – River Gee County Superintendent, Mr. Mike Swengbe has termed as false, misleading and diabolical lies, allegations made against him and others regarding alleged siphoning of funds entrusted to their care during the just concluded National County Sports Meet in which the county won the football competition.

Recently, the two senators representing the county in the upper chambers of the national legislature, Messrs Jonathan Boye Charles Sogbie and Francis Dopoh along with Superintendent Swengbe were linked to some financial controversies weeks after 2024 County Sports Meet by some citizens of the county.

The three top county officials were accused of allegedly siphoning funds entrusted to their care during the competition and pressure was mounted on them to account for the funds received from stakeholders.

The leaders have also been accused of politicizing the victory celebration, which was planned to be held in the county last week. This forced some players and citizens from other districts in the county to boycott the program and insisted that the three officials should account for the entrusted funds.

But, responding to the allegations in an interview in Monrovia over the weekend, Superintendent Swengbe described the allegations as a calculated plan from the belly of the devil intended to damage their hard-earned characters, launch disunity campaigns and disappointingly undermine the county’s successful county meet competition victory.

According to him, at no point in time did he and senators Sogbie and Dopoe ever squandered funds entrusted to their care for the County’s team, while urging accusers to desist from such unrealistic approach and action.

“I want to make this very clear. The accusations brought against us are false, misleading and  diabolical lies from the belly of the devil. At no point in time we misapplied and misappropriated money donated or provided to the sport steering committee for our personal use” Superintendent Swengbe debunked the allegations.

The River Gee County Sports Steering Committee Chairperson said that those who are breastfeeding such nonsensical allegations are those he claimed with political interest who are jealous and yet to understand the strategy, blueprint and philosophy they used to bring about the county victory in a heated competition.

He lamented that the major issue centered on the financial report and the Steering Committee will provide the public with the comprehensive financial report by Wednesday of this week as the activities leading to the celebration of the victory have finally climaxed.

“We couldn’t provide a financial report to the public or the county without the conclusion of the project or activities to commemorate the victory. We had a series of activities which included celebration in Monrovia and the touring of the South East. We are done with that and so, we will provide the report. We believe in transparency and accountability therefore, there is nothing to hide” Superintendent Swengbe stated.

He also said that funds were given to the team and catalogued in two dimensions, particularly individuals with political interest who donated to the team directly and those who donated to the County Sports Steering committee.

Superintendent Swengbe asserted that those funds that were given to the team directly through its coach will not be accounted for in the financial report rather those funds that were given to the County Sports Steering committee that he chairs.

Commenting on the conflict of interest theory introduced by the citizens by soliciting money from River Gee citizens in the diaspora, he said that it is true that citizens in the diaspora provided money to him but it was done on the basis that he is a member and has direct contact with them.

He further clarified that every cent that was provided to the steering committee by Liberians in the diaspora and citizens at home was properly spent on the team, something he believes brought about the immediate victory.

When asked about the total funds received from citizens of the county, Superintendent Swengbe lamented that he does not have the records, data and figures with him at the moment, therefore, he could not make the disclosure but will be provided with breakdown in the report.

” I do not have the data now but I have some names off head that gave support to the Sports Steering committee and they are, Amos Tweh, he provided one thousand seven hundred United States,  Cllr. Warner, one thousand, Dr. Chris D. Nah two hundred, Amb. Norah Finda Bundoo, nine thousand and senator Sogbie provided great help that I just cannot be told off head” he disclosed.

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