The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: UP Officials Condemn Robert Kilby

Two officials of the ruling Unity Party have shapely condemned the dismissal of over 40 employees of the General Auditing Commission by Auditor General Robert Kilby.

UP Assistant Secretary General for press and publicity Mr. Neto Zarzan Lighe and the party National Youth Chair Mr. Amos Tweh said the decision of the Auditor General contradicts the party's commitment to creating job opportunities for the citizenry.

Speaking to the New Dawn Thursday, the two officials said that Mr. Kilby's action is "barbaric and unacceptable" for a government official to dismiss qualified employees, who are trained from taxpayers' money primarily to create employment for his peers. They said the decision will be resisted at all levels.

Amos Tweh pointed out that Kilby's only option is to rescind the decision or the plight of the affected employees will be taken to the UP standard bearer President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for her intervention. The General Auditing Commission has cited budgetary constraint as reason behind the decision, but the affected employees termed it as "witch-hunting."

Those affected were paid for the number of years they have worked for the institution after being handed dismissal letters by the Human Resource Manager, Sylvester O. Jah, husband of Margibi County Senator Clarice Davis-Jah.

Among those sacked are Janga Kowo, Chief Financial Officer; James Freeman, Senior Internal Control Analyst; Thomas Barcon, Manager; and Samuel Togba, Internal Control Analyst.

Others are Emmanuel T. Azango, Civil Affairs Officer; Christian T.L. Peah, Executive Affairs Analyst; Nathan Kpehe, Director of Maintenance; Joe Maximore, Information Technology Trainee; Jukonti E. Davies, Procurement Analyst; George H. Nubo, Chief Technology Officer, and Saa K. Saamoa, Procurement Analyst.

Also sacked are Festus Poque, Audit Coordinator; Sylvester Peewee, Protocol Officer; Emmanuel B. Davie, Strategic Planning Analyst; Augustus S. James, County Liaison Officer; Abraham Teah, Jr. and P. Michael Gray both Office Assistants.

Booted out as well are Emmanuel Jallah, Director; Samuel Garnett, Public Information Officer; Richard A. Wisner, Executive Director for Audits; Amos Bonner, Senior Internal Auditor; Octavious Ballah, Senior Auditor; and Jerome Pour, Senior Forensic Auditor, among others.

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