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Liberia: House Summons Finance Ministers, Others over Unexplained Loan, Revenue Flow

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House’s plenary session Tuesday summoned key members of President Joseph Boakai’s economic management team including the Minister of Finance and Development Planning to testify on issues relating to the health of the country’s economy.

The officials summoned include  James Dorbor Jallah, Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Finance & Development Planning, Boimah Kamara, and the Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Amos Tweh and deputies.

The Liberia Revenue Authority has been requested to provide comprehensive information regarding revenue collection within the country.

The Ministry of Finance & Development Planning is also called upon to furnish details regarding consolidated accounts, bank balances, and to validate any reports provided by the LRA concerning revenue collection.

The decision was made in response to a communication from Bong County District #3 Representative Marvin Cole, who chairs the House’s Committee on Rules Order and Administration.

Cole’s Letter stipulates that Minister  Kamara and Managing Director Amos Tweh must appear before the Plenary to explain any potential violations of Article 34. (D) III of the Constitution, which prohibits the raising of loans or guarantees for public institutions or authorities without legislative enactment.

The summoned government entities are expected to appear before the Plenary on Thursday, June 20, to address these pressing national concerns.

This move by the House of Representatives is intended to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of the country’s revenue and finances.

 

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