The Chairman of the Montserrado County Legislative Caucus, Representative Edward Forh, has challenged the County’s Superintendent Grace Kpaan to play what he termed as a criminal recording which is being reported in the media.

Though the recording has not been played, recent report in the media says Rep. Forh and some members of the caucus were soliciting bribe from the Superintendent which was recorded.

The report of the recording comes in the wake of the hullabaloo between the Sup. Kpaan and the Caucus over the alleged refusal of the Superintendent to implement projects in the county, as well as the paying of scholarship fees for students of the county.

The rift between the superintendent and the Caucus later ended up before the plenary of the House which reached a decision for Madam Kpaan to carry out several mandates including the payment of scholarship fees for students of the county, reinstate the Chairman of the Project Management Committee and restitute over US$50,000..00 of the County Development Fund allegedly misdirected amongst others.

Addressing a news conference on the grounds of the Capitol Building, Rep. Forh said instead of the Superintendent implementing the mandates of the Plenary, she has rather embarked on what he described as a smear campaign, slandering members of the house especially members of the Montserrado County Caucus, something he said is unacceptable.

“Amongst her many smear campaigns; she is insinuating that persons were engaged into corruption and that persons within the caucus were soliciting bribe from her, though she claimed to have a tape recording, we are yet to hear that tape recording,” he noted.

He said since the news of the alleged recording broke out, he was called by members of the press who informed him that he was the center of the recording, but he informed them that it was important for the Superintendent to play the recording so that the public can judge, saying at no time did anyone in the caucus solicit bribe from the Montserrado County Superintendent.

The District #16 lawmaker however informed journalists that he has listened to the alleged recording and from what he heard in the recording, it was instead Sup. Kpaan eliciting through questions and answers, the support a lawmaker whom he did not name to support her in the alleged criminal activity.

He further disclosed that it was long before the tape recording the caucus suspected that monies were not safe in projects put forward by the Montserrado County Superintendent, the caucus went through the county council and in June of last year changed the projects from county projects to district projects, wondering why a recording which took place in July, 2012 will come out in January and February of 2013.