The flurry of activities that preceded Cllr. Koffa’s appointment to the Task Force established to investigate the Sable Mining bribery scandal seems to suggest that this country is headed into another time zone.
The fact that the president could stand behind her lead prosecutor to indict the kingpins of the Sable Mining deal, in the persons of Cllr. Varney Sherman, the chairman of her own political party, and Alex Tyler, the House Speaker – hmm! no other signal stands out clearer that the Iron Lady has truly put aside her lappa suit for the real armor.
On the other hand, conspiracy theorists are waxing purple that the president is out to get back at perceived or real political enemies with whom she feels uncomfortable, especially as 2017 draws closer.
As a result, some members of the Legislature are livid with rage because the Global Witness revelation particularly fingered few of their prominent members. And perhaps it was out of this bitterness that the House of Reps and the Senate hurriedly formed a joint committee to “investigate” the Sable Mining bribery saga. Interestingly, Speaker Alex Tyler, the man accused of receiving $75,000 to change the concession laws that would allow Sable Mining to grab Wologizi mines in Lofa County, was one of the men who established the joint committee and constituted its membership.
In the heat of the legal and public opinion wrangling, the government of Liberia, through the Fonati Koffa Task Force, has indicted Cllr Sherman and Speaker Alex Tyler, along with other accused.
More indictments are about to follow, according to our very informed sources.
Be that as it may, we are hearing whispers from the corridors of power that some of the indictees are losing sleep in “inducing” some members of the task force to bend the rules. It is also being reported that the president is being heavily pressurized by members of her kitchen cabinet and close allies to “let this thing go” – meaning, she should just allow the prosecution to die a natural death.
Well, for us in this our little corner, we see this whole Global Witness saga as the litmus test to the resolve of this government to fight corruption.
The world is watching us.