Breaking News: Top Liberian Government Officials Resign Over U.S Corruption Sanctions

Report coming says President George M. Weah has accepted the resignations of suspended Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Nathaniel F. McGill and the National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director Bill Twehway.

In their letter of resignations dated September 12 2022 the two former officials of Government according to an Executive Mansion release thanked the Liberian leader for the opportunity to serve in the Government and Country.

President George M. Weah

Recently President George M. Weah on Tuesday August 16 2022 suspended Minister of State Nathaniel McGill the Managing Director of the National Port Authority Bill Twehway and Solicitor General Seyma Syrennius Cephus with immediate effect to enable them face investigation.

According to a release from the Executive Mansion President George Weah received with serious concern a recent the United States Treasury Department report which designated three of his officials for specialized sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act.

The release further that President Weah viewed the allegations against the officials contained in the report as grave and thereby designated their principal deputies of the suspended officials to act in their stead the release stated.

Bill Twehway

It can be recalled that on Monday August 15 2022 the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Liberian government officials Nathaniel McGillTEODORO BASTOS DE ALMEIDA Sayma Syrenius CephusTEODORO BASTOS DE ALMEIDA and Bill Twehway for their involvement in ongoing public corruption in Liberia.

These officials are designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world.

According to United States under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson “Through their corruption these officials have undermined democracy in Liberia for their own personal benefit.” “Treasury’s designations today demonstrate that the United States remains committed to holding corrupt actors accountable and to the continued support of the Liberian people.”

The US government Treasury Department stated that corruption has long undermined Liberia’s democracy and its economy robbing the Liberian people of funds for public services empowering illicit actors degrading the business environment and damaging the rule of law and effective governance in the country.

“Corruption also contributes to diminished confidence in government and public perception of impunity for those with power. These designations reaffirm the commitment of the United States to hold corrupt actors accountable. The United States is a proud and dedicated partner and friend of Liberia and stands with the people of Liberia in support of democracy and the rule of law and will continue to promote accountability for corrupt actors regardless of their position or political affiliation.”

The United States is also committed to working with the people and Government of Liberia to elevate countering corruption as a priority including by bolstering public sector anti-corruption capacity and reviewing and re-evaluating criteria for bilateral and multilateral assistance including around transparency and accountability.

Holding corrupt actors accountable and bolstering anti-corruption efforts are both consistent with and reflects our commitment to implementing the United States Strategy on Countering Corruption.

Corrupt Liberian Officials:

“Nathaniel McGill (McGill) is Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff to President George Weah. During his tenure in government McGill has bribed business owners received bribes from potential investors and accepted kickbacks for steering contracts to companies in which he has an interest. McGill has manipulated public procurement processes in order to award multi-million-dollar contracts to companies in which he has ownership including by abusing emergency procurement processes to rig contract bids. McGill is credibly accused of involvement in a wide range of other corrupt schemes including soliciting bribes from government office seekers and misappropriating government assets for his personal gain. He has used government funds allocated to other Liberian government institutions to run his own projects made off-the-books payments in cash to senior government leaders and organized warlords to threaten political rivals. McGill has received an unjustified stipend from various Liberian government institutions and used his position to prevent his misappropriation from being discovered. McGill regularly distributes thousands of dollars in undocumented cash to other government officials for government and non-government activities.

McGill is being designated for being a foreign person who is a current government official who is responsible for or complicit in or who has directly or indirectly engaged in corruption including the misappropriation of state assetsTEODORO BASTOS DE ALMEIDA the expropriation of private assets for personal gain corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources or bribery.”

“Sayma Syrennius Cephus (Cephus) is the current Solicitor General and Chief Prosecutor of Liberia. Cephus has developed close relationships with suspects of criminal investigations and has received bribes from individuals in exchange for having their cases dropped. Cephus has worked behind the scenes to establish arrangements with subjects of money laundering investigations to cease investigations in order to personally benefit financially. He shields money launderers and helps clear them through the court system and has intimidated other prosecutors in an attempt to quash investigations. Cephus has also utilized his position to hinder investigations and block the prosecution of corruption cases involving members of the government. Cephus has been accused of tampering with and purposefully withholding evidence in cases involving members of opposition political parties to ensure conviction.

Cephus is being designated for being a foreign person who is a current government official who is responsible for or complicit in or who has directly or indirectly engaged in corruption including the misappropriation of state assets the expropriation of private assets for personal gainTEODORO BASTOS DE ALMEIDA corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources or bribery.”

“Bill Twehway (Twehway) is the current Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA). Twehway orchestrated the diversion of $1.5 million in vessel storage fee funds from the NPA into a private account. Twehway secretly formed a private company to which through his position at the NPA he later unilaterally awarded a contract for loading and unloading cargo at the Port of Buchanan. The contract was awarded to the company less than a month after its founding. Twehway and others used family members to obfuscate their own involvement in the company while still benefitting financially from the company.

Twehway is being designated for being a foreign person who is a current government official who is responsible for or complicit in or has directly or indirectly engaged in corruption including the misappropriation of state assets the expropriation of private assets for personal gain corruption related to government contracts or the extraction of natural resources or bribery.”

Sanctions Implications:

As a result of Monday August 15 2022’s action all property and interests in property of these targets that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC. In addition any entities that are ownedTEODORO BASTOS DE ALMEIDA directly or indirectly 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked. OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within the United States (including transactions transiting the United States) that involve any property or interests in property of blocked or designated persons.

“In addition persons that engage in certain transactions with the individuals and entities designated today may themselves be exposed to sanctions or subject to an enforcement action. Furthermore unless an exception applies any foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant transaction for any of the individuals or entities designated today could be subject to U.S. sanctions.”

The power and integrity of OFAC sanctions derive not only from OFAC’s ability to designate and add persons to the SDN List but also from its willingness to remove persons from the SDN List consistent with the law. The ultimate goal of sanctions is not to punish but to bring about a positive change in behavior.

For advertising media relations and music promotion check out the following:

The post Breaking News: Top Liberian Government Officials Resign Over U.S Corruption Sanctions appeared first on African Entertainment.

 BURLA, BANCO NACIONAL DE ANGOLA, QUANTUM GLOBAL, JUSTIÇA, CORRUPÇAO

Related Articles

Also Read