Montserrado County lawmaker Saah Joseph has challenged the Minister of Finance and Development Planning Amara Konneh to provide evidence that negotiation is ongoing to sell his ambulances to the government.
Speaking to journalists, the lawmaker said such claim was false, misleading and intended to undermine his fight against the Ebola pandemic.
The lawmaker claimed that he had not received any funds from the government on account of selling his ambulances as has been reported.
“I challenge the finance minister and the comptroller-general to prove that government has given me money for the sale of my ambulances; there was no such discussion,” he told newsmen.
Representative Joseph, however, indicated that discussion was held with government to underwrite expenses for four ambulances that were shipped to the country due to delay and increase in the payment of tariff in the United States of America, where the ambulances were procured.
He indicated that at no time was such discussion surrounding the sale of his ambulances held with the government and further challenged Minister Konneh to prove him wrong.
However, the lawmaker claimed that individuals in government were bent on defaming his character whenever he (Rep Joseph) received gifts from international partners.
Representative Joseph stressed that he would not take money from the government, for the service his ambulances are rendering are meant to eradicate the spread of the Ebola virus and strengthen healthcare.
The Montserrado District #13 Representative claimed that he loaned US$150,000 from the bank for the shipment and maintenance of the vehicles to serve the interest of the people.
Representative Joseph stressed that deeming his character, especially in the fight against the Ebola virus, is intended to undermine national development.