Monrovia, Liberia – In a stunning new development, the Internal Audit Agency (IAA) has initiated a Special Audit to unravel a complex web of financial mismanagement and operational lapses during the 2024 Inauguration, raising serious questions about the integrity of the process and implicating Unity Party Chairman Rev. Luther Tarpeh in a corruption saga.
IAA Director General Hon. David Kemah announced the audit, emphasizing its importance in upholding transparency and accountability. “The Special Audit is in line with our mandate to scrutinize Government and donor-funded activities. We aim to shed light on any irregularities surrounding the inauguration,” stated Hon. Kemah at a press conference in Monrovia. The allegations surrounding the $650,000 allocated for the inauguration have taken a concerning turn, with reports suggesting that funds intended for celebrations in all 73 districts were not appropriately disbursed.
District coordinators have come forward, asserting that promises of $5,000 per district were unfulfilled, raising alarm bells about potential misappropriation. Sources from the districts have pointed fingers at Unity Party Chairman Rev. Luther Tarpeh, alleging his involvement in instructing the deduction of funds meant for the districts. Nimba County Chairman, D. Nelson Bearngar, confirmed on OK fm afternoon show with Julius Jeh that Tarpeh gave county chairpersons the directive to deduct $1,000 from each district for their personal use. Rev. Tarpeh has yet to respond to FrontPageAfrica’s requests for comments. “The National Chairman’s involvement in this matter is deeply troubling.
We demand transparency and accountability, especially when it comes to public funds,” stated Mohammed Keita, a resident from Guinea Road zone number 3. Adding to the complexity, the IAA’s audit coincides with revelations of critical flaws in the overall planning and execution of the inauguration.
Reports highlight inadequacies in seating arrangements, crowd capacity mismanagement, and safety measures, underscoring the urgent need for a thorough review of event planning processes.
As Liberia enters a new era under President Joseph Boakai, the outcome of the IAA’s investigation will not only determine the extent of any wrongdoing but will also influence public perceptions of the government’s commitment to combating corruption and ensuring effective management of national events.
The spotlight on Unity Party Chairman Rev. Luther Tarpeh in this corruption saga intensifies the scrutiny on the party’s internal processes and raises questions about ethical leadership within the political landscape.