During his cross examination Tuesday at Criminal Court “C” in Monrovia, Daffa Wiles emphasized that he received no communication from the National Port Authority, then headed by Madam Parker, of any company called Deneah Enterprise or Deneah M. Flomo for wreck removal in the Port of Greenville.
Witness Wiles told the court: “I have narrated to the investigations of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) that I am aware that wreck removal was done in 2011 by a company whose name I cannot remember because I do not have the contract copy and that port facility assessment was also done in 2012”.
He further explained that in 2011, the Buchannan Renewable Energy (BRE) came to Greenville to remove the Ossphblieland vessel from the pier and they attempted several times to lift the vessel, but the attempts failed. The company decided to pull the vessel along the pier and in the event, the vessel got torn apart.
He however mentioned that another company called G-4 came and removed another piece of the torn vessel leaving the larger part of the Ossphblieland still lying in the basin at the port of Greenville.
A Special Grand Jury for Montserrado under oath, jointly indicted Parker, Paelay, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of the Denmar Enterprise, Deneah M. Flomo, for allegedly robbing government of over US$800,000.
Mr. Flomo, who allegedly admitted his complicity to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) investigator Blamo Koffa, stated that he did not have the capacity and knowledge to execute the contracts for which he allegedly received payments from co-defendants Matilda W. Parker and Christiana K. Paelay.
Both co-defendants Matilda Parker and Christiana K. Paelay are standing trial for allegedly awarding over US800,000 wreck removal contract awarded to Denear M. Flomo which was not executed by the said contractor.
According to the indictment, the action of the defendants is in fragrant violation of chapter 15, sub chapter “F”, sections 15.80(a)(b)(c), 15.81(a)(b)(c), and 15.82(b)(c), of the new panel law of the republic of Liberia.
The indictment indicated that between the periods July 2011, up to December 2012, while in their respective positions, co-defendants Parker and Paelay made fraudulent payments from the accounts of the National Port Authority (NPA) for the removal of wrecks from the port of Greenville in Sinoe County, valued at US$500,000.00.
Payments also cover the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchannan, and Greenville, Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Sinoe counties respectively with a value of US$300,000.00.
The indictment added that all transactions were without the approval of the public procurement and concession commission (PPCC), thus preventing “no objection” to sole source the two contracts as is required by the PPCC Act.
The court further indicated that the contract for the removal of the wrecks from the port of Greeenville did not meet the approval of the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), since the work was marine related.