COCUBOMB, an umbrella group of Liberians, advocating for the return of the alleged missing Liberian L$16 Billion has called on the International Community through the United States Embassy near Monrovia to investigate the “rapid and suspicious acquisition of giant-sized properties” by President George Manneh Weah and some high-ranking public officials in just 8 months.
The group also appealed to the International Community including United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to seriously consider as part of the independent international forensic investigation the “infusion” of the US$25 million into the Liberian economy by the government of President Weah.
COCUBOMB further recommended the need to conduct a comprehensive audit of the past government and all transactions done so far under the CDC-led government.
It further encourages the International Community to only hire international forensic financial firms that have no link to and/or interest in Liberia.
The group, in a prepared statement, believes that the full involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), and US Treasury Department would add more value to the investigation.
“On September 24, 2018, thousands of patriotic and nationalistic Liberians through COCUBOMB defied the heavy downpour of rain to petition the International Community through the US Embassy near Monrovia, UN, AU, EU, and ECOWAS. This massive peaceful civil action in demand of public accountability led by COCUBOMB called for an independent international forensic investigation into the mysterious disappearance of L$16 billion under President George M. Weah. In response to the popular desire of the Liberian people through this mass peaceful protest, the International Community through the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia has finally launched an independent international forensic investigation to ascertain basic facts pertinent to this national mystery that has wounded the image of the country,” the statement added.
COCUBOMB extols the International Community “for standing with the Liberian people in pursuit of public accountability, integrity and transparency. We commend the US Government, UN, AU, EU and ECOWAS for judiciously acting in the best interest of the Liberian Republic by taking full charge of this investigation,” the statement asserted.
“As we remain hopeful of a credible outcome of this ongoing investigation, COCUBOMB would appreciate a weekly update from the independent international panel of forensic investigators as the process unfolds. This will help to prevent public suspicions/speculations and keep the Liberian populace regularly informed and even more confident about the veracity of the investigation,” it stressed.
COCUBOMB wants to reassure the International Community of its firm commitment to upholding peace and stability. We will do nothing to undermine the PEACE of our country. In fact, we love this country more than those vicious micro-nationalists and pseudo-patriots who robbed our people of L$16 billion in broad-daylight. They must account for this downright wickedness. Liberians deserve far better than living in extreme poverty.
According to the group, the popular call of our people from Montserrado to Maryland is “BRING BACK OUR MONEY”.
“This call remains non-negotiable today and even tomorrow. COCUBOMB wants to reassure all Liberians in and out of Liberia that it shall not rest until this money is fully accounted for.”
“May God rescue the already damaged image of our country and save generations yet unborn from perishing as a result of systemic corruption and mass impunity in Liberia. Never must we abandon this genuine national cause, for a NEW LIBERIA of justice, equality and prosperity for all is possible in our lifetime,” said the statement.
However, when the Monrovia Times contacted Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Eugene L Fahngon, through a mobile phone for comment on the latest call to the International Community by COCUBOMB, he said the government cannot give credence to a small group of people.
Deputy Minister Fahngon however, added that it is their right to call on anybody to investigate. He pointed out that the Government of Liberia remains focused in the service of the country and cannot be distracted from its development agenda.