By: King Brown (Grand Bassa County Correspondent)
KMTV has reliably gathered that members of the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus have seized the Buchanan City Corporation 10- thousand United States Dollars County allotment because the entity failed to account for cash provided by UMARCO.
UMARCO is a Shipping Lines based in Liberia and paying royalty to the Buchanan City authority to be use for beautification and sanitary works in the city.
The Caucus is withholding money signed and passed in a resolution that is to be given to the city from the US$1- million -23 thousand social development fund payment by Arcelor Mittal Liberia.
The decision of the caucus was triggered due to the inability of the management of the Buchanan City Cooperation to provide a comprehensive report on previous $100-thousand United States Dollars royalty received from UMARCO for the annual period of 2018/2019.
The Chairman of the Grand Bassa Legislative caucus, Thomas A. Goshua confirmed that the caucus unanimously agreed and thereby stopped UMARCO payment for this year to the Buchanan City Corporation.
According to Hon. Goshua, the City Mayor, Hon. Moses Haynes has allegedly failed to obey the mandate of the caucus after being engaged on separate occasions to provide a comprehensive report to the citizens and county officials on how the money was used.
Representative Goshua mentioned that their action to stop the BCC from receiving both the County Social Development Fund and UMARCO funds is meant to serve as the last remedy to find amicable solution to resolving the problem.
He said they have written several communications to the BBC leadership to make an expenditure report of UMARCO funding, but nothing has been do so far.
When contacted Mayor Moses Haynes on the allegation, his phone rang endlessly while text messages sent to him were not also replied.
Our reporter visited the office of Mayor Hynes who is also the chairman of the Coalition of Democratic Change in Grand Bassa County but he rejected interview.
It can be recalled that in December 2019 in the absence of the Bassa Legislative caucus, civil society organization and others, the Buchanan City Cooperation presented a financial report on the usage of UMARCO US$100k that created mixed views amongst citizens of the county terming the report as misused of public money which prompted the legislative caucus to intervene.
Meanwhile, several residents of Grand Bassa County have alleged that Mayor Haynes has used portion of the money for his personal benefits as they called on Anti-Graft institution to investigate how the UMARCO money was used.
Investigation continues!!!!!!!!!! This is a developing story…..