16 November 2012

Liberia: Kilby Hearing Stage Managed

The ongoing public hearings of the Auditor General Robert Kilby have come under serious criticism with Grand Gedeh County Senator, Alphonso Gaye, expressing disappointment in the process describing it as 'stage managed.'

Sen. Gaye, walked out of the joint chamber of the National Legislature, blaming the Liberia Senate Committee on Public Accounts Chairman, Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County.

In defense of action to walk out of the hearings Sen. Gaye said there was no reason for the committee to invite Mr. Kilby for public hearings when the committee Chairman had an interest to monopolizing the hearings.

The senate committee summoned the Auditor General, Robert Kilby to provide detailed information on the decision to dismiss about 42 GAC employees from that entity.

Sen. Gaye, in his protest continued that the committee's Chairman, Sen. Nyenabo's action in conducting the affairs of the public which was intended to cross exanimate the Auditor General of Liberia by lawmakers, took different trend in the event that did not provide the room for the auditor general to be interrogated in totality.

According to him, the committee chairman chose to give instructions to the GAC boss rather than allowing him to speaking on those reasons behind his decision for the dismissal action.

Sen. Gaye said the AG, Mr. Kilby took about half hour explaining his personal achievements and personalizing the workings of the GAC.

Besides, the Grand Gedeh County lawmaker who noted of having no personal problems with the senate committee's chairman, Sen. Nyenabo, said the committee did not do justice in bringing the truths out of the GAC boss in the process.

The complaint filed to the Liberian national legislature by aggrieved and dismissed employees, he said, was crucial to the Liberian state for sweeping under the carpet without doing due diligent to the hearings.

He said the GAC boss needed to provide those necessary supportive documents that AG mentioned condemning previous audit reports done by the GAC in the country.

At the start of the Tuesday's hearings, Senate Committee on Public Accounts Chairman, Sen. Isaac Nyenabo, announced to the audience that process was an extra ordinary hearings that would not require the regular process which gives room to lawmakers to question the witness directly rather than hearing as the AG was being modernized in which questionnaires were sent to the

GAC boss for respond while committee members or a senator seating in the hearing would write question that could be posted by will and pleasure of the Chairman.

But Senator Gaye described the entire process as a "stage- managed" tactics to waste the time and efforts of the lawmakers and the public taking up their time to follow up the hearings.

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