The Hot Pepper tabloid reported yesterday that UNMIL got involved in the stalemate at the House of Representatives and therefore dispatched a two-man fact-finding team to the House.
According to the Hot Pepper tabloid, the two UNMIL political officers, Samuel Udoko and Brigitta Von Messling, met with members of the Legislature.
“After meeting with several members of the Legislature, it was the predominant view that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was using one of her ministers of State to bribe some members of the Legislature to illegally and un-Constitutionally remove Speaker Tyler,” the Hot Pepper tabloid stated.
In an attempt to unearth the truthfulness of the Hot Pepper tabloid’s attempt to entangle UNMIL in the current Legislative drama, the Capitol Times contacted the appropriate UN authorities for their reaction to the Hot Pepper assertion.
But according to UNMIL Chief Spokesperson Russell Geekie, UNMIL regularly monitors the work of the Legislature and continued to engage with all stakeholders on the serious issue of parallel sessions of the House of Representatives.
“The Special Representative of the Secretary-General was deeply concerned by that unconstitutional arrangement and resultant nonfunctioning of the House and a lack of progress on the budget and several important bills,” Geekie informed Capitol Times.
“I do not know where the information about a predominant view came from. It was certainly not the view of the two UNMIL staff members mentioned in the paragraph you sent to me,” Geekie added, completely denying Hot Pepper’s lies.
It was the same Hot Pepper tabloid that said in 2015 President Obama had sent a list of most corrupt African leaders, which included Liberia’s President Sirleaf, to Nigerian president Buhari. The then U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac had reacted sharply to Hot Pepper’s lies, stating that at no time did the paper attempt to contact the U.S. Embassy to know the truth.
“The first tenet of journalism is to verify information, Ambassador Malac had stated.