Monrovia – The Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) Intellectual Response Bureau has given a one week ultimatum to the United Nations World Food Program to provide them a sealed of the contract agreement between it and the Liberian government.
The Bureau’s Chairman, Julius Zeanyuway, said his organization, on July 7, 2020 wrote the WFP under the freedom of information act requesting copy of the contract agreement signed between it and the government of Liberia to provide food assistance amid COVID-19 pandemic but has failed to do so.
Addressing a press conference in Monrovia recently, Mr. Zeanyuway pointed out that there has been conflicting information from the chairman of the Covid-19 Household Food Support Program and the WFP.
According to him, thousands of Liberians are concerned about the claim by the government through the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Professor Wilson Tarpeh and WFP spokesman James Belgrave.
He maintained that the Bureau will not remain intransigence of leaders who sole objective in state power is to deplete the resources in the country.
“Liberians deserve to know what actually happened to the 30 million United States Dollars that was borrowed from the International Monetary Fund to implement President George Weah’s stimulus package which has already failed,” he said.
Mr. Zeanyuway pointed out that the Bureau is cognizant of the 2010 Freedom of Information Act Law 1.4 b which states “Everyone has the right to access of information generated, received or held by public bodies, subject only to such limitations as are necessary and narrowed established for reason of an equally or more competing public interest.”
Additionally, 1.4d also states that “the right to access information applies to private entities that receive public services, particularly in respect of information relating to the public resources”.
He explained that access to information is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Liberian Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human rights as well as the African Chapter on Human and People’s Rights.