REGULATION & POLICY

Liberia: Information Minister Bropleh Suspended

The Minister of Information, Culture Affairs & Tourism, Dr. Laurence Bropleh, has been suspended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, pending results of an ongoing investigation by the Ministry of Justice, into an alleged financial scandal at the Ministry.

An Executive Mansion release says, the action by the President follows the return of Minister Bropleh to the country. The President met with the Minister Friday evening and informed him of his suspension. Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Information, Elizabeth Hoff, has been designated, Acting Minister by the Liberian leader.

Two officials of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism have been suspended for time indefinite for their alleged involvement in a financial scandal affecting the Ministry. The affected employees are the Ministry's comptroller, Joseph Z. Nyamunue, Sr. and Mr. Josiah Gwagee, Jr., chief accountant.

The two men have been arrested and turned over to the Ministry of Justice for further investigation. An Executive Mansion release says the action follows the President's visit to the Justice Ministry on October 14, at which time the President was briefed on the alleged scandal.

The President has, meanwhile, instructed the Minister of Information, Dr. Laurence Bropleh, to return to Liberia immediately to address the matter. Minister Bropleh is in China on an official visit. The President has also requested the Auditor-General, Mr. John Morlu, to focus the Commission's ongoing audit on payroll transactions at the Ministry in the wake of the latest alleged scandal.

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