Home Politics JNB’s Donated US$5,000 Disappears In Thin-Air …CENPID, FOB Officials Slammed With Suspension for Corruption

JNB’s Donated US$5,000 Disappears In Thin-Air …CENPID, FOB Officials Slammed With Suspension for Corruption

by News Manager

MONROVIA: The Center for the Promotion of Intellectual Development (CENPID) and its offspring, the Friends of Boakai (FOB) headquarters at Carey Street in central Monrovia, have suspended several of their officials for alleged corruption which has rocked both centers for the past weeks.

Amongst those suspended, according to report, are CENPID’s National Moderator, Anthony Lander; Vice Moderator, Clarence Dennis; Board of Directors’ Chairman, Michel Jones and others.

The report said the accused could not account for US$5,500 allegedly given to CENPID and FOB for self-empowerment by Unity Party (UP) Standard-Bearer, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, on Thursday, 01 June of this year when they met with him at his residence in the Rehab Community on the outskirt of the capital, Monrovia.

According to the report, the money was given to the executives of CENPID and FOB for empowerment of their members ahead of the Tuesday, 10, October, 2023 Presidential and Legislative elections in the country.

The report said instead of depositing the money into the organizations’ accounts for accountability purposes and used for its intended reason, it was allegedly diverted by members of the delegation who met with the Unity Party (UP’s) torchbearer, Joseph Nyuma Boakai, at his residence in the Rehab Community.

Because of the gravity of the allegations that have been levied against both Lander and Jones, they have reportedly been ostracized by their memberships that they hardly visit their own organizations headquarters as compared to before.

However, to ascertain the fact of the matter, this paper reached out to CENPID’s National Moderator, Anthony Lander; and Board of Directors’ Chairman, Michel Jones.

For Lander, he could not confirm nor deny the report when he spoke to this paper vie mobile phone Wednesday, July in Monrovia.

However, Lander admitted to receiving the US$5, 500 but denied report of personalizing the usage or sharing of the money with members of the delegation that met with Ambassador Boakai as it is being perceived in the public.

He stated that as far he is concerned, he did not share or distribute money amongst people who form part of CENPID’s delegation that met with Joseph Nyuma Boakai at his residence early last month(June) in the Rehab Community on the outskirt of the capitol.

Lander, however, fell short of indicating the status of money since it was not shared by members of the delegation that visited Boakai.

For his part, FOB’s Jones claimed he knows nothing or not aware of any US$5, 500 from Joseph Nyuma Boakai, therefore, he could not speak on such matter.

But commenting on the Boakai donated money issue, Joseph “Joe” Dennis, who becomes CENPID’s Acting Moderator following the incident claimed that both Lander and Jones and other members of the delegation admitted to receiving the money from former VP Baokai.

Notwithstanding, Dennis said some of those who were honest by admitting to the allegation including CENPID’s Secretary General, Samuel The, and others have begun refunding portion of their shares of the money which they received. He said, so far, US$1,000 has been refunded.

The CENPID’s Acting Moderator could not state whether the two principal accused (Lander and Jones) have return their portion of money. However, he is of the belief that they shall do so.

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