Gbarpolu County Sup. Allen Gbowee
Indicted Company Makes Startling Revelation
By Emmanuel Mondaye, LINA Gbarpolu County Correspondent
BOPOLU CITY, March 23 (LINA) - An official of the indicted Universal Construction Services (UCS) has told the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Bopolu City, Gbarpolu County that he gave US$10,000 to authorities of the County as kickback to get construction contracts.
UCS Operations Manager, Jallah Mends-Cole, also told the Court presided over by Judge George S. Wiles that his company did not abandon the construction projects as claimed by the county authorities.
He said while work on the Bopolu Presidential Guest House was progressing, authorities of the county contracted a Chinese group to take over the projects.
Government lawyers, however, refuted Mr. Mends-Cole's testimony, saying it was the UCS Operations Manager that moved on the construction site and disrupted ongoing work on the Bopolu Presidential Guest House.
When questioned by state lawyers to provide documentary evidence for the kickback he allegedly he provided the county authorities for the contract, he said they refused to issue a receipt even though he requested it.
Kick-back or bribery under the Liberian Law, is illegal and criminal.
The Universal Construction Services entered into an agreement with the Gbarpolu County authorities to construct a Presidential Guest House, Palaver Hut, Generator House, Water Tower and Administration Building in Bopolu City and Gbarma Statutory District.
However, it was discovered later that no work had been done, leading the county authorities to take UCS to court, claiming that after paying the company over US$100,000., it abandoned the projects.
Legal arguments into the case continue on Tuesday, March 25 in Bopolu
City, Gbarpolu County.