In Kanio Gbala’s Conflict of Interest Case: Justice Ministry Returns Matter To LACC

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission says the Ministry of Justice has returned a case involving its Vice Chairperson Cllr. Kanio Bai Gbala over allegations conflict of interest.

The Commission in a statement said Ministry of Justice citing part of the LACC Act informed the Country’s Anti-graft office that it has full responsibility and jurisdiction over the matter.
The Commission said its decision to inform the public about the return of the case is based on the desire of the LACC to remain transparent both from the beginning straight to the end of the investigation.

The Liberia Anti-Corruption commission says it will inform the public in subsequent time about the next course of action.

It can be recalled that few weeks ago, the Executive Chairperson of the LACC Cllr. Edwin Kla Martin in a letter to Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean requested the Attorney General to take seize of the matter involving the Vice Chairperson of the Commission to avoid public perception that the LACC is conflicted by investigating its own member.

Cllr. Kanio Gbala requested a leave of absence following allegations that he professionally conflicted regarding the ongoing corruption investigation of the NPA.

“While I am absolutely convinced that I have committed no legal wrong nor violated any conflict of interest provision of our laws, I believe it is necessary that I take this leave of absence in order to allow the independent and professional men of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to undertake a speedy and impartial investigation into this matter without any public perception of bias or impartially,” the LACC official said.

Cllr. Gbala denied being a shareholder of the company CDI but stated, “I bought shares in Creative Developers on behalf of my younger sister, Zarylee Gbala upon being invited by my friend Sidiki Fofana who established the company and is the CEO.”

LACC then conducted an investigation and forwarded said report to the Justice Ministry for further actions but as it stands the Minister is rejecting said and requesting them to do the needful.



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