Liberia: ‘I’ve Built My Character’ – Water & Sewer Corp. Boss Debunks Allegations of Financial Malpractices
Monrovia – The Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), Duannah Kamara has termed as “fabricated lies”, reports of financial malpractices at the LWSC.
Speaking at the Information Ministry’s regular press briefing last Thursday, the LWSC boss frowned on “those in the practice of spreading rumors and smearing my character” and urged them to desist from such act.
There have been reports that Duannah Kamara was dismissed for malpractices at the Ministry of Finance and some other places he worked, but a FrontPage Africa investigation has revealed that Kamara has never been dismissed for any malpractice or fraud as being reported.
An FPA inquiry, which was necessitated by rumors, was aimed at finding the facts as to whether or not the LWSC boss was actually relieved of his post for any malpractices or fraud.
According to our investigation, corroborated by documentary evidence, Kamara’s service at the Ministry of Finance was not terminated for alleged malpractices or fraud.
In December 2003, the then Minister of Finance, Mr. Lusinee Kamara recommended Duannah as the head of the Bureau of General Accounting (BGA) at the Ministry of Finance.
His appoint was approved by the late interim President Charles Gyude Bryant in an official letter dated November 28, 20003.
In his official letter of relieving, there is nowhere in the communication that states that Duannah Kamara’s services ended on account of alleged fraud or malpractices.
It has been established that whenever an individual is dismissed for corruption, the government of Liberia will state it in its letter of dismissal and turnover said person to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.
But in the case of Kamara, his relieving letter seen by this paper shows no mention of fraud, malpractices or prosecution.
Documents in the possession of FrontPageAfrica show that Kamara was never dismissed for act of malpractices or fraud at the 10 different institutions he worked including three of America’s prestigious entities including USAID.
Kamara has worked for the African Development Bank (ADB); at Access Bank as Independent Board member; at the Liberia National Red Cross as Director of Administration and at the Ministry of Finance.
He has also worked at 10 different intuitions before being appointed by President George Weah to head the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC).
“They need to stop injuring people character in the name of envy, this man is one of the best among President Weah’s officials he has appointed so far, and we know where this is coming from,” an employee at the LWSC said.
Sources at the LWSC have disclosed that through the hard work of Kamara and his lobbying with partners, the World Bank has approved US$20M for the replacement of a 36 inch water transmission line to be replaced with a new 48inch transmission water line.
Kamara also confirmed that the World Bank has approved the US$20 million support for the replacement of major water transmission lines that are faulty.
The LWSC Managing Director is optimistic about the ratification of the grant in the soonest possible time.
He added that once the modalities are worked out, the new transmission line will be upgraded from 36 cages to 48 cages, so that there can be an abundance of water into Monrovia.
He has however disclosed that an expressed transmission water line will be connected from Sinkor, Fish Market, Booster station to Carey and Newport Streets booster stations to supply Central Monrovia.
According to him, the African Development Bank has also purchased four new pumps, which are currently being installed at the White Planes.