19 November 2012

Liberia: Anti-Kilby Protest Continues Today

The General Auditing Commission (GAC) office on Ashmum Street was besieged by two angry youth groups- both anti and pro- Robert Kilby, last Friday in Monrovia.

The situation, which brought apprehension to street walkers and business people, saw the deployment of the police in an attempt to avoid clashes between the two.

Had it not been for the intervention, Monrovia would have witnessed another 'April 6, 1996 madness' which lasted for three (3) months and its severities were countless in term of the destruction of lives and properties.

The anti-Robert Kilby group which want Auditor General Sack, was backed the University of Liberia campus-based Student Unification Party (SUP) led by its Chairman, Nathan Kpao.

The group arrived at GAC before 8: am and blocked the main entrance to the building stopping both workers and visitors from going in.

But behind them, an iron-gate into the main entrance was being manned by police and other state-security to avoid any destruction to properties as well as lives. The pro-Robert Kilby group positioned themselves in front of the ballroom of the old Executive Mansion within the same vicinity displaying their placards.

They were being led by one Mohammed Kanneh. They were resisting the anti-Kilby resignation group, as he did nothing wrong to warrant his dismissal by the President.

Kanneh and his group were defending Kilby and the Commission's action to redundant the forty GAC employees. Some of their placards stated that the AG has done no wrong to anybody, therefore, he must stay. The two protests were a result of the mass redundancy of forty employees at the General Auditing Commission(GAC) on 7 November due to "budgetary constraint".

Speculations are that about 200 of the 457 workers may be laid off as the Ministry of Finance has already been asked to make available close to US$200,000.00 to settle current salaries and benefits.

Meanwhile, the anti-Kilby group is poised to continue its protest today (Monday). It can be recalled that both the Liberian National Students (LINSU) and Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) issued a 72 hour ultimatum to AG Kilby to reconsider his decision to laid-off 'qualified people' in the face of the unemployment rate in the country.

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