15 November 2012

Liberia: CDC, ANC Want GAC Employees Reinstated

Two opposition political parties have condemned the General Auditing Commission (GAC) for the dismissal of over 40 employees under the pretense of budgetary constraint.

The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and its offspring - the propose Alternative National Congress observed that Auditor General Robert Kilby may have acted based on instructions from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The organizing Chairman of the ANC, Orishall Gould, who is former Chair of the CDC, said Mr. Kilby would never of his own dismiss young and qualified Liberians without the approval of the Chief Executive, Madam Sirleaf.

Mr. Gould pointed out that the action of the GAC boss undermines the commitment of President Sirleaf to creating 20,000 jobs annually, adding that the ANC will not sit to allow the Auditor General operates outside of the law.

At the same time, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has categorically requested the Auditor General Robert Kilby to immediately reinstate the over 40 employees. The CDC said those dismissed are qualified and competent for the job, adding reasons provided for their dismissal does not make enough sense.

Speaking at press conference over the weekend in Monrovia, the National Secretary General of the CDC, Nathaniel McGill said the 2012/13 national budget contains salaries, allowances and benefits for the dismissed employees for the entire fiscal year.

He said Kilby's attitude clearly indicates that those Liberians from the United States have little regard or respect for their fellow kinsmen, who went through the 14 years of crisis. McGill urged President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to act promptly in making sure that those affected are reinstated without any pre-condition.

According to the CDC chief scribe, Robert Kilby's action undermines the peace and democratic progress achieved so far while creating unemployment among the youthful population of the country. On Wednesday last week, the General Auditing Commission sacked 40 employees, citing financial constraints, but the affected employees said the action is "witch-hunting."

The affected employees 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 were 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 OAG Office Assistants, and others.

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