Liberia missing cash: Ex-President Sirleaf Slams Weah’s Government’s

By Mutala Yakubu
Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has slammed incumbent President Weah and his government on their handling of the missing cash issue.

Ex-Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has frowned on how the reputation of Liberia has been drugged in the mud by the current administration through the manner in which it handled information about ‘missing containers’ full of banknotes.

Speaking to the BBC Focus on Africa on Friday, the ex-president said, though she is not aware of what the current administration has been involved with, she is certain that no money printed during her administration ever got missing and all money printed were properly accounted for.

“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,” she said.

She wondered why the George Weah-led government is refusing to release an investigative report compiled by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) on the matter.

“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?” Madam Sirleaf said.

She also dismissed claims that she ordered the printing of extra 10 billion in banknotes though the legislature only approved 5 billion in 2016.

“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. What a clearly lies,” she said.