22 November 2012

Liberia: Uneasy Calm Prevails At GAC

Though University of Liberia student “militants” who stormed the premises of the General Auditing Commission to seek the reinstatement of 46 sacked employees have withdrawn, the atmosphere at the Commission appears far from normal as there is still a heavy Police presence of armed police.

According to some employees of the GAC who preferred anonymity, the police presence gives the GAC a militarized face and creates trepidations amongst them, though others say it was necessary to have the police in order to fan off protesting students that were attracting unfavorable public attention to the Commission.

Some employees said the presence of officers from the Liberia National Police provided some relief and security for their boss and the employees at the entity.

They indicated that some students were being used by the dismissed employees of GAC to foment chaos and carry out mob justice and violence as a means of venting their anger on the GAC boss for dismissing them.

It has been one week now since the LNP beef up security and to avert chaotic showdown at the Commission where a number of students from the University of Liberia gathered daily to protest the “wrongful dismissal” of 46 employees.

The students had been calling on President Sirleaf to dismiss Auditor General Kilby who visited the dismissal action on the employees.

The students called off the protest action without the apparent result they had sought.

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