Can Sen. Karnga Lawrence’s Staffer Prove Bribery Claims?

-As Pro Temp Orders Investigation

Based on a mandate from Pro Temp Albert T. Chie, an opposition staffer working for the office of Grand Bassa Senator, Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence has been invited for investigation.  

The communication, dated April 11, 2021, from the Secretary of the Liberian Senate Nanbolor F. Sigbeh, Sr. points to an interview held by staffer Daniel O. Sando with Fabric FM 101.1 FM at which time the latter alleged among other things that some members of the Liberian Senate, particularly Senators who signed the resolution for the printing of new Liberian dollars banknotes, received US$20,000.00 each as inducement from the Executive branch of government.

Sando is Administrative Assistant to Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and also Deputy Secretary-General of the opposition Liberty Party. But as a result of the allegations prompting his pending investigation, he has already been suspended by his boss Senator Lawrence although she is among six Senators, all from the opposition bloc, who did not sign the resolution to print new banknotes.

“You are cited to appear before a committee chaired by Patrick Saydee, Office Manager, Office of the Secretary of the Liberian Senate, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:00AM in the conference room of the Secretary of the Senate. Other members of the committee are Alvin Yiah, Human Resource Director, and Rev. Sagacious Jallah, Chaplain Department,” the communication stated.       

Following his suspension, Sando stated clearly that he has received the suspension in strides and would henceforth endeavor to ensure that his roles as a personal staff of Senator Lawrence and spokesperson of the Liberty Party do not conflict.

“I have spoken with my Political Leader and Boss and assured her of my unflinching support for her political endeavors and agenda of the LP. To this end, I urge everyone to remain calmed and focused on the single most important agenda of ending the Weah Kleptocracy in 2023.”

Meanwhile, the Senate says it welcomes the decision of Senator Lawrence to have taken an immediate step to suspend her Administrative Assistant “who has falsely accused members of the Senate of taking bribe to sign a resolution for the printing of a family of new bank notes.”

The Senate says while it encourages Free speech and Freedom of the Press as provided for under Article 15 of the 1986 Constitution; by the same token, the Senate notes that free speech and freedom of the Press come with responsibility.

“Under the laws of Liberia, bribe is a serious crime, and the burden of proof lies on the shoulder of the accuser,” the Senate stressed.

The statement says while the Senate remains thankful to Sen. Lawrence for the initial step taken to suspend Mr. Sando for a period of one month without pay, the leadership through the President Pro Tempore has instructed the Secretary of the Senate to review the accusation as levied against the Body by Mr. Sando, accord him due process and report to the Senate leadership after the Easter break.

The Senate discloses that the report of the Secretary will determine whether additional sanctions are justified to be imposed against Sando. 

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