Corruption noise from the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) which earlier prompted the suspension of LAA Managing Director, Ellen Corkrum, who was later dismissed, seems to suggest justification of critics’ negative claim against many Diaspora Liberians appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in government.
As the noise over siphoning state resources allegedly by the dismissed MD gravitates towards indictment that warrants audit and possible prosecution once fraud is established, the accused is said to have left Liberia for abroad, something pundits said is intended to evade justice.
It is noted that the LAA Board of Directors, which Businessman Musa Bility is the Chair, has been vocal of late on what it has observed as corrupt practice of Madam Corkrum especially as she was linked to undue spending of taxpayers’ money, some into her personal accounts, with the latest being US$500,000.
Before the information of her departure from the country for abroad surfaced; presumably United States, the Board’s decision to dismiss Madam Corkrum sparked public debate as those supporting her administration indicated that the Board does not have the power to dismiss, but rather it can recommend to the President.
“Even if this be the case, President Sirleaf should have mandated that the accused does not leave the country until an audit is conducted to exonerate her,” one seasoned accountant told the In Profile Daily over the weekend in Monrovia.
The accountant continued: “if it is true that the dismissed MD has left Liberia, it would only support critics’ claim that the fight against corruption in the country is cosmetic”.
Until the thrilling allegations were waged on the accused, not much the public knew about her including how she was appointed as MD of LAA.
Notwithstanding, the In Profile gas gathered that Madam Corkrum was in the employ of the Buchanan Renewables Energy and after her services were terminated which reasons were not disclosed, she got appointed as Managing Director of the entity.
The paper has also gathered that a confidante of President Sirleaf who heads a sensitive security agency prevailed on the President to ensure that the former BRE employee gets the top airport position.
“Allowing Madam Corkrum to leave Liberia amidst allegations of corruption is part of the injustice we keep talking about in this country. What if she were some kind of country boy or girl? Surely the President would have mandated security not to allow that person to travel abroad,” an opposition politician claimed.