CAF Won’t Back Musa Bility’s FIFA Presidential Bid

first_imgCAIRO — The Confederation of African Football will not support the FIFA presidential bid by Musa Bility of Liberia.CAF says its executive committee heard Bility at his request at a meeting on Thursday and decided against supporting his proposed candidacy.The executive panel “wished him good luck” with his bid, CAF said in a statement.The statement made no mention of possible contenders from Africa or elsewhere it might support.CAF president Issa Hayatou, FIFA’s senior vice president, and South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale, a member of FIFA’s discrimination task force, have been speculated as candidates to succeed Sepp Blatter on Feb. 26.CAF says its executive committee wants time to study all options.The panel will next meet Oct. 27, the day after FIFA’s deadline for applications.Meanwhile, a fierce critic of the British media’s coverage of the FIFA scandal has been nominated to sit on the task force to oversee reforms of the world governing body.Constant Omari Selemani from DR Congo and fellow FIFA executive member Hani Abo Rida from Egypt have been nominated by CAF to sit on the reform task force, which is to have an independent chairman.Omari has condemned England in the past — in 2011 he criticised former FA chairman David Bernstein for standing up at the Congress to speak against Blatter’s unopposed re-election.He has also opposed calls for age and term limits and at last year’s FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo he labelled the British media “racist” after reports that African football officials had received cash gifts.Abou Rida has also previously said he is opposed to age limits for officials.CAF said in a statement: “The CAF executive committee has unanimously proposed Hani Abo Rida and Constant Omari Selemani, African members on the FIFA executive committee, as CAF’s representatives on the ‘Task Force Reforms’ established by FIFA.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LRA Investigates Akewa Group of Companies for ‘Fake’ Tax Clearance

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) is investigating the Chief Executive Officer of a Nigerian company operating in Liberia, Akewa Group of Companies, Madam Funke Obebunmi for what appears to be a fake tax clearance found in the possession of the company.According to the Manager for Communication Media and Public Affairs, D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh, all relevant parties have been informed that the investigation of the Nigerian company is ongoing and is being conducted by the Professional Ethics Division (PED) of the LRA.According to information, the company has been parading the fake tax clearance in a bid to attract concession rights to operate logging activities in the Gola Konneh forest in Grand Cape Mount County. The Gola Konneh forest contains about 49,179 acreages of natural rich forest.Additional report from the Community Forest Management Body (CFMB) of the Gola Konneh Community Forest, said Madam Obebunmi whose company is among five others bidding for control of the forest, is said to have criminally falsified the LRA Tax Clearance Certificate and submitted same to the CFMB vetting committee in fulfillment of documents required by the CFMB for the awarding of the concession holding.When the CFMB attempted to do due diligence to establish the authenticity of all of the documents lodged with it by competing companies, it was discovered that the Tax Clearance submitted by the CEO of the Akewa Group of Companies who is otherwise referred to as Abigail was grossly falsified, CFMB said.It said the fake tax clearance which was purported to have been issued by the LRA on February 15, 2019, carried a false series number 00056 which is far from the current 2019 series numbers the LRA is issuing. The said series number sharply differs from the genuine certificate being issued by the LRA.Other discrepancies discovered on the fake Tax Clearance include the insertion of the signature of an LRA staff who has been on study leave out of Liberia for more than six months, an LRA source said.Officials at the LRA Large Tax Department hinted that the Akewa Group of Companies is being investigated among other things for allegedly parading a fake tax clearance certificate, reneging on paying taxes to the LRA for over three years saying if found culpable, the company could face the full weight of the tax law of Liberia.A text message sent to Madam Obebunmi stating that “there are reports that her company presented a fake tax clearance to the Community Management body and we want her reaction” to her phone number 0886-939932 did not get any response till press time.Meanwhile, Madam Obebunmi is said to be on the run as LRA PED personnel launch a massive search for her to avert any future exploitation the company may be hatching, an LRA source said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more