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Who Will Hold the Baboon Down for its Circumcision to Take Place?”

first_imgMontserrado County District 7 Representative, Solomon George, addressing the alleged missing billions issue, has called for physical inspection of the CBL’s vault in a bid to establish the veracity of statements from the CBL that no money has gone missing and that the L$15 billion in newly printed banknotes are all deposited in the bank’s vault.Representative George insists the Legislature authorized the printing of L$5 billion in new currency banknotes, adding that the additional L$10 billion reportedly printed by the CBL was illegal and that”anything outside of the authorized L$5 billion is robbery, broad day robbery”.“This governor is saying they audited the papers and, yes, the money was taken to the vaults. We are requesting as the people’s representatives, can you take us to where the money is being kept? We heard the money was brought in containers and bags, so take us to see the billions in the vaults.“The Bank has come out with an explanation to confuse the Liberian people. Anything outside of the L$5 billion is robbery. With all that is being explained, former Governor Weeks and his co-officers should go to jail for authorizing themselves to print excess money.”Representative George, also known to be a staunch ally of President Weah, has lambasted Finance Minister Tweah  and Justice Minister Musa Dean, both of whom he has accused of  “providing eighty percent distorted information to the public surrounding the missing money saga.”As it appears, the trading of barbs on this matter may not come to an end soon as more revelations on the mystery continue to spew forth. So far, aside from the list of organizations named to participate in the investigation, the individual identities of those representing the various groups have not been disclosed to the public. One of such organizations, the Liberia Council of Churches, has announced its withdrawal from the membership of participating investigators.In all of this, probity and transparency remain key concerns of the public, whose expressions of disbelief in official accounts of the alleged missing billions continue to make the rounds on social media and on various radio talk shows around the country. In one breath, money went missing and, in another, no money is missing. This leaves the public in a quandary,  not knowing who or what to believe.In the opinion of this newspaper, now is the time, more than ever before, for President Weah to step in and take command of this ship of state before it runs aground. The nation’s finances and its economy stand imperiled as a result of this imbroglio. In all fairness and from every indication, President Weah inherited this “mess” from his predecessor, former President Sirleaf.This newspaper is reliably informed that during President Sirleaf’s tenure, the practice of “fixing” legislators with brown envelopes (bribery) was commonplace. Several concession agreements, which bore no promise of benefits for the people, were signed and passed into law, howbeit, illegally. The ExxonMobil, Elenilto, Western Cluster, SIFCA agreements, etc. were passed under her watch by means of illegal inducement.Also, the ouster of Speakers Snowe and Tyler were, according to some former legislators (names withheld), accomplished through outright bribery. A legislator, name also withheld, told this paper that brown envelopes, each containing wads of cash in US dollar bills amounting to 40,000, was paid to each legislator who voted in favor of Tyler’s removal from the Speakership.In another instance, in the case of the Elenilto deal, a former legislator (name also withheld) wrote members of the House of Representatives as well as President Sirleaf pleading with her not to seek passage of the agreement into law until after sufficient due diligence was done. He was conveniently ignored and the agreement was passed granting mineral rights to a mere scrap dealership known as Elenilto.As regards the printing of new currency banknotes which was proposed by President Sirleaf, several legislators are on record for questioning the rationale of the President to request printing of huge amounts of currency banknotes when, according to one such legislator, Edward Forh, President Sirleaf was virtually on the cusp of her departure from office.But, then Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay had him (Forh) booted out of the session, having been accused of disturbance. After much hauling and pulling, several legislators did sign in approval of the proposal to print additional currency banknotes. This approval, according to Representative Solomon George, was given for the printing of only 5bn in new currency banknotes.As regards the second batch of 10bn banknotes, Representative George maintains that no approval was given and that it was therefore illegal for the CBL to have printed the additional banknotes. Rather strangely, the letter of authorization to the CBL to print was under the signatures of the House Chief Clerk and the Secretary of the Senate rather than that of the Speaker of the House of Representatives who is the head of the Legislature.The question is, could or can the CBL legally print money based on the authority of the Chief Clerk of the House and the Secretary of the Senate? Why did the CBL Board of Governors not seek clarification from the Legislature on this? Was the Board not aware that it is the Speaker of the House who, as Head of the Legislature, is possessed of the legal competence to sign a letter of commitment on behalf of the Legislature?This newspaper recalls that President Weah told the nation that he met empty coffers at his assumption of office. His position was countered by President Sirleaf, who insisted that she left money in the coffers amounting to about US$160m which is roughly equivalent to the value of newly printed banknotes. Was this the money that President Sirleaf was referring to or what?Calls by some legislators and from the public for an audit of the past government has been met with stony silence, apparently out of fear that such audits could be extended to the present government. According to sources close to the Weah presidency, the fear lies in the fact that an audit could be replete with unknown consequences not only for President Weah’s predecessor but for himself as well.As a traditional elder put it, “we all know that baboon needs to be circumcised but, the problem is who will hold the baboon down for its circumcision to take place?”   And this is the predicament in which President Weah finds himself – a virtual “Catch 22” situation – be damned if you do and be damned if you don’t.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Funds to be spent on Placerita Canyon center renovation

first_img A co-author of Proposition A, a measure passed by voters in 1992 that earmarked funds to enlarge the natural area, applauded the county’s plans but scratched her head about the 13-year delay. “If it’s a jewel, how come it’s been since 1992 that the jewel hasn’t gotten the million-dollar polish?” said local environmental activist Karen Pearson. Park officials named a trail in the Placerita Canyon natural area after Pearson this week in recognition of her long-standing efforts to preserve the park and open space in the valley. A county official said a stipulation that the money had to be used to buy land – an effort that had faltered – was the culprit. “That explains the years where nothing went on,” said Ilona Volkmann, an administrator with the county Regional Park and Open Space District. The Board of Supervisors expanded the parameters in 1998. Questions have been raised about how interest earned on the money is spent. Volkmann said revenue from a variety of parcels is pooled in one account and spent as needed and the interest is not isolated piece by piece. When a proposition designates that a particular sum be used for a property, any interest earned is not included in the eventual outlay; it remains within the district, she said. The interest is split among the five county supervisors, and must be spent within the parameters specified by the proposition, Volkmann said. Park supporters also were irked when $200,000 earmarked for Placerita was diverted to completing a new nature center in San Dimas Canyon. Wallensak said that center was in need at the time. The parklands are owned by the state, but the county operates the facility and maintains the grounds without any help from the state. If there are no hitches, the Placerita renovations could start in November 2006 and be complete the following October, Guinea said. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “We’re very happy to finally be able to use some of the proposition money, glad there is a property owner willing to sell,” Swift said. A few months ago the county made a $1.5 million offer to buy 80 acres east of the Placerita Canyon natural area and and is still awaiting the property owner’s decision. Riparian areas rich with oak trees stud the open space, which is dotted with historical cabins and foundations left over from the turn-of-the-century buildings. Negotiator Don Simpson, a principal analyst in the county’s Chief Administrative Office, said he hopes to get an answer in the next few days. Two years ago, the county handed off the task of running the nature center to a nonprofit group because funding had dried up. “Placerita is one of the gems of our park system,” said Russ Guinea, director of the county Department of Parks and Recreation. “Two years ago we asked the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to operate (the park), which it did for six months (because) we were in crisis. Now we’re not in that dilemma.” The dilemma stemmed from 15 years of eroded funding for upkeep at county parks and a recession in the 1990s that sent the state snatching funds from local governments to help balance its budget. Last year’s passage of Proposition 1A helped resolve the latter woe, and the Board of Supervisors enhanced the department’s budget as of July 1. NEWHALL – After years of false starts, Los Angeles County plans to spend about $3.5 million to expand and refurbish the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, which welcomes thousands of schoolchildren each year to learn about the great outdoors. Funding from a bond approved 13 years ago by voters is finally being spent to acquire land next to the Newhall center and allow for nearly $1.3 million in refurbishments. The money comes from Proposition A and other sources, said Lyn Wallensak, administrative deputy for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. The measure provides $1 million to expand the nature center, $800,000 of which will be used. In 1996, a supplemental measure added an additional $500,000 for acquisition or renovations and more than $600,000 was provided by state grants. Among the renovations planned are to improve access for disabled visitors, replace the bridge that leads to the picnic area, fireproof the nature center and the historic Walker cabin on the grounds, and renovate water and septic systems. Construction documents are about three-quarters done, said Ian Swift, the center’s director and supervisor of the park. last_img read more