Twist In Allison’s Passports Saga…Foreign Affairs Shifts Blame; Says It Did No Harm In Issuing Passports
By Antoinette Sendolo
Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister for legal services, Mr. Boakai Kannah said the late “Michael Allison” before obtaining a Liberian passport, submitted an Oath of Allegiance from the court and a genuine birth certificate from the Ministry of Health and other supporting documents which are legal documents required in obtaining a passport. Recently, Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh said the Michael Allison case is an indictment against the Passport Division and the Bureau of Vita Statistics of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
But appearing yesterday on the LBS morning program, deputy minister, Kanneh said it did no harm in issuing the late Maurice Denzel Bryce widely known in Liberia as “Michael Allison” a Liberian passport on grounds that he had all necessary documents to obtain a passport.
“Before we issued a passport to Michael Allison and he had all the necessary legal documents which proves that he was a Liberian something which left us with no choice but to issue him the passport and I think the Ministry of Justice and the court including the Health Ministry have a role to play in this situation as well,” Mr. Kanneh said.
He said the late Maurice Denze Bryce referred to as Michael Allison was issued a Liberia passport in 2006 and in 2011 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs based on the strength of his legal document provided including an Oath of Allegiance and a genuine birth certificate among other documents.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is concerned about the unfortunate issues surrounding the Michael Allison case but we committed no crime in issuing him a Liberian passport,” the deputy Minister added.
He also used the program to disclose the Ministry’s future plans of increasing the cost of obtaining a Liberian passport in the country. Currently, the Ministry of foreign Affairs is issuing passports at the cost of US$23. 00 but according to the deputy minister, as of April 30, 2015, the Liberian passport will be issued for fifty United States Dollars.
He said the decision is to help generate some funds to keep the passport division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs active noting that much is being spent while less is generated from that division.
It can be recalled that the Justice Minister in reporting on the autopsy report of the deceased, man known as Michael Allison was actually Mr. Maurice Denzel Bryce Jr. born in Bahamas on December 8, 1967.
He said on November 16, 2005, Mr. Bryce was issued an American passport in which he was named as Mr. Nkrumah Moziah Nadir Mulmi and this passport indicates that he was born on 18, December 1967 in Bahamas. Mr. Bryce also had a passport issued to him by Bahamas dated September 13, 2005 which carries him as Nkrumah Moziah Nadir Mulmi.
According to the Justice Minister’s statement, there is no record showing a change of name from Mr. Maurice Denzel Bryce to Michael Allison through the Circuit Court as required under the laws.