Information Minister Ledgerhood Rennie, has changed the narrative on money used to get the COVID-19 Madagascar herbs to the country, saying “LIBERIA DID NOT PAY A DIME FOR THE HERBS.”
Speaking on a local radio station, Minister Rennie said, the assertion from Health Minister Dr. Wilhemina Jallah reporting that US$ 71,500 was used to purchase the medicine is untrue.
When asked if he listened to his colleague when giving the report, the minister said, he did not listen and have no idea about such report.
As previously revealed in the media, the Madagascar herb was free to Liberia but, the Government paid the air fare and that was the only money spent to get the herbs to Liberia, according to the Information Boss.
Also, an audit reports from the General Auditing Commission (GAC), reveals that US$ 71K was spent on the Madagascar herb brought to Liberia.
President George Weah on Monday, 4 May 2020 received an initial consignment of anti-COVID-19 herbs from the Madagascan President, Andry Nirina Rajoelina at the RIA , commended the President and people of Madagascar for the gift and taking the lead in finding both preventive and curable medicines/herbs for the novel coronavirus.
“We in Liberia are grateful for the initiative by our fellow Africans to develop and find cure for COVID-19,” President Weah said. “This goodwill gesture by President Rajoelina is timely, and we highly appreciate it as we race against time in finding lasting solution to this pandemic.”
The Madagascar Herb brought into Liberia has not been approved by the World Health Organization a decision the George Weah government was criticized for during the heat of the pandemic.
The contradicting explanation from within the government cycle has created more doubts amongst Liberians and some have taking to social media and on local airways linking the Coalition for Democratic Change Government officials to corruption and betrayer of the people’s S trust .