Via FrontPageAfrica: Muah Shifts, Reveals Sawyer’s Deception over Nigeria Trip. Excerpt:
Mr. Sebastian Muah, the former Deputy Finance Minister for Budget at the center of the Patrick Sawyer Ebola scandal says Sawyer deceived him(Muah) and the Ministry regarding his travel to Nigeria, revealing for the first time that Sawyer’s travel was made possible not by the Government of Liberia but by the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS).
Said Muah: “Upon checking his government emails I was able to uncover that he was communicating differently and directly with ECOWAS Commission (both using his Yahoo and gov.lr) and got an e-ticket from the Commission's travel Unit. He did NOT even inform the ECOWAS Ambassador in Liberia, who was traveling with him about his situation. His email to folks at ECOWAS only said he had lost his sister.”
In an email response to FrontPageAfrica, Mr. Muah, who was recently transferred from the MoF to the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation(LIBTELCO) as Managing Director, explained that his former office had a review and approval process for ECOWAS related travel.
According to Muah, Sawyer was asked not to report to work in the aftermath of his sister, Princess’ death. Princess was reportedly taken to the Catholic Hospital by her brother, Patrick bleeding profusely. Initial reports suggested that she was suffering from hemorrhaging due to pregnancy but it was later discovered that she had Ebola.
At least six doctors and nurses who came in contact with Sawyer and his sister have since died from Ebola at the hospital. In Lagos, at least one doctor, a nurse and an ECOWAS official, Jatto Abdulqudir have died of the dreaded Ebola virus.
Muah: 'Sawyer was Asked Not to Come to Work'
The London Guardian quoting a Nigerian diplomat who was on the plane with Sawyer, Wednesday, reported that Sawyer acted strangely even before he boarded the plane, "hunching over in pain and avoiding physical contact with other passengers milling around the airport in Monrovia, Liberia's capital. Once airborne, he was sick several times. By the time he disembarked in Lagos airport – one of the busiest in the continent – he was no longer able to stand unaided.”
The report noted: “Those who rushed forward to help didn't know Patrick Sawyer was in the final stages of an Ebola-induced breakdown, when the deadly disease is at its most contagious. More than 24 hours passed before the Liberian-American civil servant was diagnosed, allowing the virus to gain a toehold in Africa's most populous city and, for the first time ever, turning the threat of an urban outbreak into a nightmarish possibility.
On Wednesday, Muah offered the following explanation: “Sawyer, if you must know, was asked not to report to work even at the Ministry of Finance. The fact of the matter, this many of us now know, is when you're tested for Ebola right after contact, your test will come back negative.
"Being a non-medical officer, and seeing his emails from the time he was still supposedly employed by Mittal as their Public Health Manager (which he was still employed until his death deceiving us that he was no longer in their employ), he said he was in NO direct contact and that he had submitted himself for testing, but anyone can claim they're "Ebola Free" if tested right after contact (something his email claimed he had NOT made with his sister [Direct contact with fluids]).”
The report goes on to describe Mr. Muah's earlier explanation, which he is now contradicting.