WHEN THE NEWS broke out on that fateful day about a team of financial experts from the US taking charge of a forensic investigation into a reported ‘Missing Billions’ Liberian Dollars saga under the young government of President George M. Weah, many Liberians who did not trust an investigative team of the government of Liberia uncontrollably jubilated in expectation that the case of the money would not be categorized as ‘Business as usual’.
THE JUBILATION FURTHER increased when the US Government through its Embassy in Monrovia clarified that the US team of forensic investigators was not willing to work with any selected investigators from the Government of Liberia, but their international colleagues for an independent and robust investigation.
RECENTLY, THE US investigative team announced the completion of the collection of information from concerned major stakeholders from the Government of Liberia, adding that the report will be released shortly to the public.
IT IS NOW about two weeks since the conclusion of the collection of raw information from persons of concern and some Liberians are said to be running out of patience for the perceived delay in releasing the findings of the forensic investigation.
SOME LIBERIANS BELIEVE that if the release of the report is further delayed, they fear that top decision makers of the country could use their positions to temper with the much needed report Liberians are thirsty of even though they trust the independence of the team, but delays are some of the times dangerous.
THERE ARE THOSE who are of the belief that they want the investigative team to take her time in reviewing and counter checking documents released to it during the cross examination of information from the persons of concern, but cautiousness is needed.
THE RELEASE OF the information to the Liberian public is seen as a major step forward for the development of the country or retrogresses considering the economic conditions of Liberia and Liberians.
IT IS BASED upon the necessity of this report that we at the New Republic Newspaper are calling on the US Government through its Embassy in Monrovia to make good her promise by releasing the report to the public so as to erase all the perceptions regarding the reported missing billions Liberian Dollars.
THE TIMELY RELEASE of the report will help reduce speculations, present the facts and put to bed allegations from public officials who are bent on pointing accusing fingers at each other including present and past government officials on a blame shifting gam
The New Republic Newspaper is an independent newspaper established in 2009 by a Liberian journalist, Alphonso Toweh with many years of experience for the key purpose of reporting a balanced coverage of events as well as promoting Liberia’s image locally and internationally.
Toweh has been working for Reuters News Agency as its correspondent since 1998 to present. In addition to that, he has served as correspondents for the following magazines: West Africa New African, Africa Week and African Observer.
More to that, he worked for Radio Deutche Welle radio in Germany, Radio Netherlands and contributed to CNN, BBC News hour, BBC TV as well as Africa Confidential and Sunday Times in London.
The paper has no political affiliation nor ethic lineage. The focus and primary commitment is to ensure the sovereignty of Liberia and unity for Africa. It seeks to foster human rights and freedom of the press.
The New Republic is a liberal paper dedicated to upholding the tenets of democracy. It believes that state can not only create the political, social, economic and cultural spirit, but also to ensure that all human beings, irrespective of any affiliation is able to achieve its highest human potentials.
The paper strives for free speech and equal opportunity for all. Importantly, it believes that the nation must intervene judiciously in the economic life, in order to minimise the adverse effects of free enterprise and ensure that less privileged people have reasonable and fair access to the basic necessities of life. By this, it would help reduce some level of threat.
New Republic brings huge commitment to its readers and offers the nation the type of media that will advocate for the people and nudge our nation on the path of development and social re-engineering