16 November 2012

Liberia: Lawmakers Accept AG Kilby's Excuse for More Time

Liberia's new Auditor General, Mr. Robert L. Kilby, has written a formal communication to the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Audit and Expenditure, begging the august body to reschedule his re-appearance for next week Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

AG Kilby was due to re-appear before the committee yesterday ,November 15, 2012, following his first appearance on Tuesday of this week to defend his mass dismissal action against over 40 employees of the General Auditing Commission (GAC).

In his formal communication dated November 14, 2012 and addressed to the Acting Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Audit and Expenditure, Senator Isaac Nyenabo, AG Kilby begged that the committee give him more time to enable him package 'meretriciously' documents requested by the Committee.

Said AG Kilbyin the communication: "In response to the Public Accounts Committee of the Liberian Senate request for the appearance of the Auditor General on Thursday November 15, 2012 to continue the hearing process, I am respectfully asking your permission for an extension to Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to allow my team ample time to complete the budget and payroll analysis and compile the documents you have requested."

The communication furthered: "Being in compliance with your request to have some materials submitted to the committee in advance of my testimonies, I have submitted the following to your office for your perusal: The 1972 Act establishing the General Auditing Commission, The European Union (EU) sponsored review report on the GAC, the Report of AFRO SAI-E Peer Review report on the GAC; The General Auditing Commission Employees Handbook and Policies, the list of the several employees and their qualifications, the General Auditing Commission salary scale for Fiscal Year 2012/2013 and the Annual Budget of the General Auditing Commission."

According to AG Kilby, he will not be able to provide the committee with a comprehensive package of all relevant documents that have been requested within the space of one day that he has asked for. He said conducting analysis on the GAC budget reflecting general allowances, special allowances, provision scholarship benefits and salary and Special Allotments' for scholarship employees abroad will take several days.

He furthered that the analysis will also reflect the Government of Liberia (GoL) contribution to the GAC, goods and Services Allowances, total Cost of General Allowances and the total cost of Special Allowances. He stated that these document are important to defending his action of mass dismissal against the over 40 employees of the Commission.

Meanwhile, the Acting Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Audit and Expenditure, Sen. Nyenabo has accepted the excuse of AG Kilby. He said the Committee's decision to accept the time extension was based on the fact that the Senate wants to give all the party involved the benefit of the doubt.

He added out that the Committee is geared towards conducting an independent in-depth investigation surrounding the entire fracas at the GAC.

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