The NEWS (Monrovia)

13 November 2012

Liberia: Dismissed GAC Staff Call for Kilby's Removal

Dismissed employees of the General Auditing Commission (GAC) are demanding the immediate removal of Auditor General Robert L. Kilby on grounds that he lacks integrity and the requisite professional competence to manage the Commission.

The dismissed employees said Auditor General Kilby has grossly violated the public trust via his involvement in diverse financial and administrative malpractices which is punishable under Chapter 53, Section 2 of the Executive Law of 1972 which states that the Auditor General shall be removed by the president for gross malfeasance or gross nonfeasance in office or for mental or physical disability or incompetence.

Speaking at a news conference recently, some 43 redundant employees said Mr. Kilby's decision to dismiss trained and experienced auditors is a "full scale declaration of war" on transparency and accountability and by extension the people of Liberia with the key objective to derail the peace and stability being enjoyed currently.

"It is absolutely unrealistic and unacceptable that the Auditor General will cite economic and budgetary constraints as reason for laying off almost 50 youthful professionals in the face of continuous economic growth," the dismissed employees stressed in their statement.

In the current 2012/2013 national budget, both the President and the National Legislature allocated US$4.715.625 million for personnel cost with an increment of US$852,709. However, this report suggests that Kilby's claim of budgetary constraints is a complete misrepresentation of facts intended to incite the public against the Legislature and the Executive.

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