Grand Kru County Senator Peter Coleman
Senate Committees To Probe Japanese Grant Saga
By Wilfred Gortor, LINA
MONROVIA, September 18 (LINA) – The Liberian Senate has mandated its committees on Foreign Affairs and Public Accounts to conduct a full-scale probe into the alleged mismanagement of the Japanese grant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Senate’s decision was prompted by a communication dated September 14 in which Grand Kru County Senator Peter Coleman entreated the body to ascertain facts surrounding the grant, a situation which led to the dismissal recently of the Deputy Minister for International Cooperation and Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thomas Kaydor.
In his communication, which was read in plenary at the 5th Day Extraordinary Session of the 53rd Legislature on Thursday, Coleman stated that his intention is to draw the Senate’s attention against the backdrop that if not corrected, such action has the propensity to deprive the people of Liberia of future donor funding.
Coleman explained that given his personal experiences and interactions with multilateral and bilateral donors, evidence of corruption in funding by one donor could prevent future funding from others.
The Grand Kru lawmaker indicated that Liberia being a Third World developing nation is literally reliant upon donor funding to undertake major infrastructural projects and, as such, government should do all it can to conduct full-scale investigation into allegations of mismanagement of the grant.