14 November 2012

Liberia: LINSU Chides AG Kilby - Files Vote of No Confidence - Issues 72 Hour Ultimatum

The Auditor General of Liberia, Robert Kilby, who is just less than three months in the post, continues to experience unsavory working atmosphere from within and out of the GAC for trekking a path that seems to run contrary to the values and programs enshrined in remaking Liberia after years of hardship where employment was a taboo for youth people.

He has come under barrage of damnations and criticisms from organizations and other groupings days after the dismissal of dozens of employees with the latest being the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) and the Liberian National Students Union (LINSU)).

FLY and LINSU, at a news conference yesterday intended to address themselves to the divisive issue implanted by the GAC's dismissal scheme, chided the erudite new Auditor General and even gave him a seventy-two hour ultimatum to reinstate or face unspecified actions.

One of the unspecified actions they intend to pursue if the dismissed employees were not reinstated, according to LINSU's President Richmond O. Neufville will be filing of a vote of no confidence in the AG Kilby.

"We call on AG Robert Kilby to without delay reinstate over 40 Liberians that were arbitrarily dismissed in the name of redundancy," he said, and that authenticated information in their possession shows that all of the reasons provided by the AG for the dismissal are illegitimate, deceptive and contravene President Sirleaf's agenda of providing 20,000 jobs annually.

He said it was no secret that the institution was understaffed as evident by the number of audits conducted by former AG John Morlu and should be training more auditors rather than dismissing those that are already trained and providing professional services

The student activist said the student movement has never retreated in cowardice, as it has always confronted dictatorship, noting: "we have confronted tyranny in this country and Mr. Kilby can be no acceptation".

Recalling President Sirleaf's "lead, follow or get out of the way" remarks at the Roberts International Airport, he said, he does not think it is the President that is recruiting people at the GAC.

Neufville reminded AG Kilby of the president's pledge to prioritize youth employment, saying that his action to dismiss over 40 Liberians who as professionals continue to demonstrate high level of professionalism at the GAC was in sharp contrast to what the president stands for.

More than that, he said the dismissal of the youthful Liberians was a breach of the constitution.

He said: "In keeping with the Constitution all Liberians have the rights to job, and equal opportunity and that LINSU is fronting for people but is demanding that "let justice be done to all men".

The student activist said the manner and form the employees were laid off was not good.

Neufville revealed that Mr. Tarwa Fehkah, Deputy Auditor-General for Administration who is in the United States of America on a nine-month study leave is being paid his regular allowance and benefits from the GAC, while others in similar position were relieved of their posts.

"Other Liberians studying in Kenya and the US have been relieved of their positions. I think this should claim the attention of the Liberian people including the media", Mr. Neufville said.

He further said it should be a collective effort to ensure that justice is done because "an institution charged with the responsibility to uphold public trust to ensure the country's resources are protected can be involved in political controversy."

"If Mr. Kilby took one day to dismiss over 40 persons then it brings to mind that the institution is undergoing serious credibility issue and we as the watchdog of the society should be able to speak out", the LINSU boss maintained.

"If you try dismissing people and bringing in friends, relatives and cronies to the GAC I think as youth organization we need to speak on these issues", he warned.

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