NPA Boss Honors LACC Invitation As Port Corruption Saga Heats UP – Source

NPA boss, Bill Twehway has honored an invitation of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) in the wake of a reported 300k foreign transfer from the Port of Buchanan.

Investigators also are curious to know how Creative Developers Inc was given port handling contracts earning them millions. Shareholders of the company are predominantly authorities within the National Port Authority.

A source at the LACC confirmed that Bill Twehway was at the Commission last week though the public was left out of the know of the exercise. LACC has however yet to inform the public if such meeting was ever held. Whistleblower contacted Moses Kowo via text message to confirm the meeting but he reneged.

The source said his invite was official and it was no private meeting but strictly related to the happenings regarding CDI and issues surrounding Charles De Gull, former Buchanan Port Manager who transferred over 300K to a foreign bank account and absconded the country.

De Gull reportedly had a birthday party on the night of departure in Brewerville before escaping the country, leaving police authorities to believe he worked with top government operatives to abscond.

Creative Developers Inc Articles of Incorporation as carried by Frontpage Africa points to Bill Twehway’s big brother, Peter Twehway having 50% share in the company while Kanio Gbala, Deputy LACC boss’ sister with 10%,  Deputy Comptroller Christian Brownell (15%) and Hamed Sidiki Fofana (15%). Hamed has confirmed being the owner of the company while Kanio has confirmed buying shares for his sister.

A family source has told Whistleblower that Peter Twehway, the big brother of NPA boss Bill Twehway has got no idea about Creative Developers Inc and barely survives as a lecturer at Grand Bassa Community College and employee of the National Elections Commission. He stays in a dilapidated Own Your Own Housing Unit, a remnant of LAMCO

‘Bill has continuously told him that he can’t recommend him because it could be conflict of interest,’ the family source said.

Concerns are being raised about the possibility of President George Weah securing a second term following series of corruption allegations linking key officials of his government. How the President reacts to the latest corruption scandal at the port leaves everyone wondering.

Reported acts by Bill Twehway, the influential Managing Director of the National Port Authority who refers to himself as Gbehkugbeh Jr (NPA) and Cllr. Kanio Bai Gbala, Vice Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), and Sidikie Fofana have robbed millions out of taxpayers.

They allegedly used funds from the NPA to purchase a US$65,000 966 Loader to carry out the handling services at the Port of Buchanan by their newly established Creative Developers Inc. (CDI).

Brownell, the comptroller has been parading in opulence with a private pavement of road leading to his Brewerville home.

“So, from the time the company was founded, they had a single machine and each time a vessel is in port, it will be used to do the loading and their invoices will be sent to them,” a source divulged.

But in defense of his boss, NPA Public Relations Manager Malcolm Scott argued that at no time did MD Twehway become a shareholder of the CDI company.

Scott contended that the company contract with the Port of Buchanan was terminated in 2018 after his boss noticed that it no longer had the capacity, logistics, and funding to operate, though new revelations show July of this year.

For his part, Cllr. Gbala has 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.”

The reports of conflict of interest involving the two officials of government has been generating concerns among Liberians at home and abroad.

Beyond just conflict of interest, this is a landmark corruption scandal under the nose of President Weah who is opting for reelection in 2023.

 

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