No doubt, most Liberians have always equated the name of Dr. Bhofar Chambers with fair play, justice and equality. In our eyes, Dr. Chambers is an upright and unbending champion of democracy, championing the cause of the poor and downtrodden.
At least, that’s the image people have been spoon-fed since the Hon. Dr. Bhofal Chambers came strutting up on Capitol Hills from Sodoken District in Maryland County.
We know that over the years, the man has won the hearts and minds of common Liberians who admired and appreciated him for standing up to fight for their rights, sometimes against the very government he works within.
Since he ascended to the House of Representative as a representative of Pleeboo, Maryland County in 2005, Dr. Bhofal Chambers has always maintained an aura of incorruptibility.
But the beginning of his woes started when as a legislator, he along with several other legislators, decided to purchase shares in a government project in which he was part of a legislature responsible for awarding contracts.
A House of Representatives audit report catalogued how some lawmakers masterminded and connived to redirect public funds for their personal projects.
The Internal Audit Agency (IAA) discovered how some members of the House of Representatives ingeniously established a construction company which was set up for the sole purpose to construct the Bong County Technical College (BCTC).
That audit report exposed how the Liberia-China United Group which was awarded a contract, was established and owned by banished House Speaker J. Alex Tyler (7.5% shares), Maryland County lawmaker Bhofal Chambers (7.5% shares), former Representative Ketehkumuehn E. Murray with 15% shares and a Chinese National, Lian Zhi, who owned 70 percent shares.
Chambers himself has admitted to having a 7.5% shares in the company, something which is considered a clear violation of Article 90 B of the Liberian Constitution which stresses conflict of interest, the IAA report said. Chambers also admitted that he has held the shares in the company since 2010.
Before going further with our opinion on the matter, we, however, make this disclaimer that Dr. Chambers has not in any form, shape, or manner been found guilty of any wrong doing in the eyes of the law.
In any case, we truly believe here at the Capitol Times that Dr. Chambers’ actions clearly violate the Code of Conduct governing pubic officials, and contravene the type of moral uprightness that Dr. Chambers exuded as a prime critic of corruption and waste in government.
Even as he claims he did not receive any monies from the conflicting enterprise, it boggles the mind why would Chambers and other lawmakers set up a bogus company, ascribe shares unto themselves and award government contract to the same company. Let’s agree for one second that Chambers and co did not benefit from the enterprise, but the deal evidently smacks of high-stinking corruption and broad daylight vampirism to the highest degree.
It appears like Chambers has been a day walker among the echelons of economic vampires, someone who moves undetected in daylight, laying waste unsuspecting victims. As for Alex Tyler, we are not even surprised to find his hands always stuck in the cookie jar.