The U.S. government is considering helping Liberia track down more than $100 million in missing cash, an embassy spokesman said, in a case that has triggered a political crisis in the country.
Several shipments of freshly printed Liberian dollars ordered from abroad by the central bank have been unaccounted for since they passed through the country’s main ports in November 2017 and August this year, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said on Tuesday.
Minister of Justice Frank Musa Dean said the government had sought U.S. help in investigating the whereabouts of the cash, equivalent to nearly five percent of Liberia’s GDP.
‘We are reviewing the request for assistance.’
Washington has worked with the Liberian government on fiscal transparency and governance issues in the past.
News of the money’s disappearance with cabinet members giving differing versions of events – sparked outrage in the West African country, with politicians and pressure groups calling for more transparency.
The hashtag #BringBackOurMoney is trending on social media and a new Hipco song – a Liberian form of hip-hop called “Bring Our Container Back” is a popular request on local radio.