In the wake of ongoing
corruption allegations and investigations over the awarding of contracts to
foreign investors, a Liberian government ministerial committee has called for a
re-bidding process on the country’s Western Cluster Iron Ore Deposits Project.
The government has also moved to disqualify two companies – Delta Mining
Consolidated and Tata Steel – from participating in the re-bidding process.
This comes as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is set to address the nation Monday on a number of issues, including allegations of corruption in
Lawrence Bropleh is Liberia’s minister of information. He told
VOA the government wants to put an end to foreign
companies bribing Liberians to get contracts.
“What we have decided as a government is we have
discovered that we believe there has been some outside influences, external
influences that bordered around impropriety and that the whole bidding process
may have been compromised. So what the cabinet has decided to do is mandate the
Inter-Ministerial Concession Committee and the Minister of Lands and Mines and
Energy to undertake a re-bidding, and this re-bidding must be done with utmost
transparency, fairness, and accountability,” he said.
Bropleh said any bidder found to have been
involved in any acts violation of the bidding process would be disqualified
from participating in the new bidding process.
He also said the Liberian government has
disqualified two companies - Delta Mining Consolidated and Tata Steel – from
participating in the re-bidding process.
“We as a government, because of the acts
attributed to Delta Mining Consolidated and Tata Steel, these two companies are
disqualified from participating in re-bidding,” Bropleh said.
The action against Delta Mining Consolidated and
Tata Steel comes as a corruption commission has been set up to investigate
allegations sokme officials in President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s government
have received bribes from an American who heads the Liberian International Ship
Corporate Registry (LISCR) in order to get a renewal of the contract without
Bropleh said President Sirleaf will address the
media Monday on a number of issues, including allegations of corruption in her
“This morning, the president will be meeting the
press and addressing the public, looking at various issues. She will say
something about the emails scandals that we’ve talked about on this medium; she
will talk about the Anti-Corruption Commission, the bill that is now before the
legislature looking at raising the population representation to 45,000 per
legislative district. She will talk about the western cluster iron ore deposit
and where we are in the rebuilding process. She will address the nation on
various issues that affect the lives of our people,” he said.
Bropleh said former elections commission chair
Frances Johnson-Morris whose nomination to head the newly appointed
Anti-Corruption Commission had come under criticism from opposition and civil
society groups was confirmed by the Liberian Senate.