15 November 2012

Liberia: As Kilby Faces Senate - 200 More to Go At GAC

Ahead of the appearance of Auditor General Robert Kilby before the Liberian Senate today, about 200 more employees of the 420 of the General Auditing Commission or GAC are expected to be laid off.An authority, who preferred to remain un-named for job security, told this paper early this week in Monrovia that the exercise will be done in three phases.

According to the insider, Finance Minister Amara Konneh has already been officially informed through a letter since October to prepare a voucher of over US$100,000.00 to settle benefits of those to be affected by the exercise.

"This is not about the remnants of John Morlu as some elements in society are claiming, but those who do not have accounting or economic background as the work of the commission calls for that; and so they cannot be retained; this is about auditing and not positions which were necessarily occupied," the insider said.

According to our source, the authorities of the GAC have vowed to de-politicize the institution and make it a professional body by instituting measures for better growth and productivity.

Besides the more than 40 persons sacked last Wednesday, 7 November for "budgetary constraints" as cited by the Commission, additional 20 were served letters of dismissal last weekend, 23 October, 2012.

In the 2012/2013 national budget, GAC was allotted additional US$2 million giving it a total of US$7 million from the government.

Furthermore, there are additional supports from Liberia's partners, including the European Union or EU, World Bank , African Development Bank and International Monetary Fund in the tone of US$4 million to the Commission for 2012/2013.

Meanwhile, Auditor General Robert Kilby is to face the Senate Standing Committee on Public Finance and Budgeting Headed by Senator Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County Today, 13 November.AG Kilby will try to defend himself and that of the Commission for the ongoing exercise. The hearings would be air live from the capitol.

Robert Kilby was nominated 7 August and confirmed in less than 48 hours by the same Senate which earlier rejected him on ground of discrepancies with credentials. He allegedly took with him 14-persons for lucrative positions amidst "budgetary constraints" at the General Auditing Commission.

They are Cornelius K. Green-Mason, Executive Assistant to the Auditor General with a salary of US$ 3,000.00; Theophilus Julu, Manager for Facility, US$ 1,000.00; Nathaniel Brumskine, Director of Communications US$3,600; Stephen Weltee Kilby, his son and Executive Driver, US$700.00 and Stanford Dennis, Manager for Asset and Facility US$1,000.00.

Others are Melvin Zewey, his nephew and Manager for Donor Funds, US$ 2,000.00; Gabrielyn B. Gbee, Expediter, US$700.00; Tina D. Sarweh, Office Assistant, US$700.00 and Ida Mai Taylor, Manager for Logistics US$1,200.00.

Others are Naomi S. J Frederick, Office Assistant to the Executive Assistant, US$ 1,000.00; Cornelius Waymah, Manager for Procurement US$ 1,500; Varlee F. Sarnor, Executive Director for Administration, US$ 4,000.00; Garmeh M. Browne, Director of Strategic and Operational Planning, US$4,000.00; Sylvester O. Jah, Director of Human Resource, US$2,600.00 and William K. Kruah, Comptroller, US$4,000.00.

These information are yet to be independently confirmed.

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