|Double Trouble -Presidential Aspirant Jailed For US$7,000; As Newspaper Chases Him For US$2000|
|Published on August 10, 2011||Email To Friend Print Version
A presidential aspirant in the pending 2011 elections Edwin G.K. Zoedua has been sent to jail as a result of huge indebtedness.
National Freedom Party of Liberia (NFPL) Chairman (and later presidential aspirant) has been in jail since August 3, 2011.
Dr. Zoedua, who had failed to settle a bill of US$2,000 to the New Republic Newspaper, landed behind bars at the Monrovia Central prison after another entity (M&Y Business Center) filed legal action against him for reportedly failing to settle a liability of US$7,742.
M&Y is popular printing and stationary business center on Broad and Gurley Streets, central Monrovia. The company printed more than 10,200 pieces of campaign and party materials including aspirant/candidate kits, membership kits and general documents of NFPL, document in possession of this paper indicate.
The Assistant Manger M&Y Madam Natricia Edwards told the Informer yesterday that Dr. that it took several weeks before Dr. Zoedua was apprehended at a local restaurant in Paynesville after a man hunt has been launched for him upon his failure to meet payment deadline of July 11, 2011.
She noted that Dr. Zoedua took the printing work to the entity in June 24, 2011 and promised to go back later with the money, but came back later, after 90% of the work has been done, to explain that there was problem with bank transfer.
He then asked for time for the money to be paid which resulted into signing of a document binding him to pay the amount on July 11. “We had already done the work; we were compelled to agree for the money to be paid later,” the said.
According to Madam Edwards few days to the deadline for payment Sr. Zoedua allegedly changed his offices location to an unknown destination. Whenever he was called he promised to pay the money and even noted once that he was in the bank collecting the amount for payment, she narrated.
She said when asked about the location of the party’s new headquarters, Dr. Zoedua often noted that it was at “Sophie” an area she said doesn’t exist. “He kept lying again and again,” she said until she got a tip off that he was at in local restaurant adjacent the Liberian Broadcasting Corporation on July 22nd.
“That’s how I contacted the police to arrest him and the police sent us to court on July 25th,” she narrated.
At the Paynesville Magisterial Court, he made promissory notes to pay the money on July 29th and 2 respectively (Payment promissory notes in our possession), but failed, which led the court with no alternative but to send him to jail.
The Liberian politician now finds himself in a double trouble situation after the Management of the New Republic Newspaper over the weekend said it was shocked and dismayed over the failure of one of the country’s nearly 30 presidential aspirants’ failure to settle a debt of US$2,000 to it.
In a statement circulated via the internet, the paper claimed that Dr. Zoedua had reneged to pay an amount of US$2,000 which was incurred as a result of services the paper rendered him.
“It can be recalled that on June 23, 2011, Mr. Zoedua appealed to the management of the paper to publish membership listing roster from some counties,” the statement said, adding, “After reduction from US$6,000(Six thousand United States dollars) to Two thousand United States dollars, Mr. Zoedua signed a commitment document for settlement on July 15, 2011.”
Unfortunately, the paper, through its publisher Alphonso Toweh, alleged that “the presidential aspirant has failed to make such settlement, thus compelling the entity to issue this statement after which a legal redress will be sought if he fails to settle.”
Mr. Toweh continued in another email: “This is a man who wrote a commitment letter on June 23 to make full payment by the 15th of July 2011. Two days to the payment date, he moved from his Buchanan Street office to unknown location. His Secretary tells us that she does not know where he moved to. You call his phone and he does not answer at all. You send him text messages, he does not respond either.”
Meanwhile Mr. Toweh told The Informer Tuesday that we are happy that the man is now in jail. We are waiting for the first case to proceed and right after that we will grab him.” Writes D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh; email@example.com; +231 6 586 531