The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: GAC Allots U.S.$35,500 As Salary

In the wake of mass dismissal at the General Auditing Commission (GAC), where more than 40 employees were affected, Auditor-General Robert L. Kilby has hired 18 new persons assigned in various departments with fabulous salaries accumulating to US$35,500.

The NEWS' investigation uncovered that during the month of October, the newly hired employees were placed on GAC's payroll.

Those employed include Cornelia K. Green-Mason, Executive Assistant in the Office of Auditor-General with US$3,000 as salary, Theophilus Julu, Manager Facility Security Department, US$1,000, Nathaniel Brumskine, Director Communication and Public Relations, US$3,600 and Stephen Weltee Kilby believed to be a relative of AG Kilby, is an executive driver with US$700 as salary.

Others are: Ebenezer Clanko Dunn, messenger who takes a monthly salary US$700, Samford Dennis, Manager Assets and Facility Management, US$1,600; Melvin Zewey, Manager of Donor Funds Audit Department, US$2,000; Gabrielyn B. Gbee, Expeditor, US$700, Tina D. Sarweh, Office Assistant, US$700; Ida Mai Taylor, Manager of Logistics, US$1,200; Naomi S. J. Fredericks, Office Assistant to Executive Assistant AG Office, US$1,000; Cornelius Waymah, Manager of Procurement, US$1,500; Varlee F. Sarnor, Executive Director for Administration,US$4,000; Garmeh M. Browne, Director for Strategic and Operational Planning,US$4,000, Sylvester Olando Jah, Director for Human Resources, US$2,600, Henry A. K. Morgan, Manager for Rapid Response Task Force, US$1,700, Yancy K. Horton and William K. Kruah, Comptroller, US$4,000 per month.

Our investigation established that although these new employees did not work for more than a week before the end of October, they were paid for the month.

Meanwhile, more dismissals at the GAC are expected to take effect in the coming weeks. Observers believed that although GAC said the employees were dismissed based on budgetary constraints; it seems that the workers are victims of witch-hunting.

Auditor General Robert L. Kilby when contacted via mobile phone said a press conference was held Wednesday but fell short of telling our reporter what was said. As the reporter further his inquiry, AG Kilby hung out leaving the reporter with a busy tone. Investigation continues

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