18 March 2014

Liberia: Deputy Defense Minister Reinstated Following Investigation

Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reinstated Mr. Joseph F. Johnson, Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of National Defense with immediate effect.

In a letter from the President dated March 14, 2014 addressed to Mr. Johnson, the President said his reinstatement comes after he was cleared of all allegations following an investigation into the situation leading to his suspension.

"I refer to my letter of December 18, 2013 by which you were suspended pending the conclusion of an investigation, regarding the alleged fraudulent transaction between the Ministry of National Defense and the Don Kan Incorporated," stated President Sirleaf in her letter.

"I am pleased to inform you that the investigation report cleared you of all charges levied against you. In this regard, you are hereby reinstated to your post as Deputy for Administration with all entitlements, such as remuneration and benefits, which are due you."

The President has reportedly also instructed Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, to likewise reinstate Defense Ministry Comptroller Nyumah Dorkor. The Defense Minister has complied with the directive of President Sirleaf and reinstated Comptroller Dorkor, and ordered him to report to work effective Tuesday, March 18.

The Ministry of National Defense has at the same time welcomed the findings of the investigation panel, which exonerated the two officials based on the lack of evidence. The Ministry has accordingly welcomed Deputy Minister Johnson and Comptroller Dorkor back to their respective duties.

Deputy Minister Johnson was suspended in December of last year in connection with a fraudulent transaction with petroleum products involving some officials of the Ministries of National Defense and Finance, and the DonKan Gas Station. The President also then instructed the Minister of National Defense to suspend, with immediate effect, the Ministry's Comptroller, Dorkor.

The President, at the same time, concurred with the suspension of the Comptroller/Accountant General of the Republic of Liberia, Mr. Boom Wilson, a Presidential appointee, pending a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding a transaction with the Don Kan Gas Station. These suspensions still remain in effect as there has been no announced conclusion of ongoing investigation.

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