The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Bong Citizens, Caucus At Loggerhead

Tension is said to be brewing between citizens and the Legislative Caucus of Bong County over what the citizens described as unilateral, the decision to dissolve the Project Management Committee (PMC).

The concerned citizens of Bong County said the dissolution of the PMC is illegal because, according to them, the committee was established by an Act of the Legislature. Members of the PMC were elected for three years until March 2014 for the purpose of managing the county's development fund.

However, a communication dated November 6, 2012, and signed by the Chairman of the Bong County Legislative Caucus Representative George Mulbah, informed the head of the Project Management Committee Emmanuel Dablo that the county authority has resolved to merge the County Development Fund with that of the Social Development Fund because the PMC lacks the mandate to manage US$ 200,000.

Rep. Mulbah's letter maintained that the combined funds will be managed by a new committee, indicating that the position previously held by Mr. Dablo no longer exists as a result of the merger.

Mr. Dablo has been encouraged to re-apply for any of the vacancies of the new committee that will be published by the office of the Superintendent.

In the wake of the communication from Representative Mulbah, the Bong concerned citizens rubbished the decision to dissolve the PMC, stressing that such a move contradicts the law that established the PMC.

The citizens frowned that those who took the decision to dissolve the PMC are not doing good for Bong County.

"In fact, this action would make us believe that a particular person or persons are being targeted to be removed from the PMC so as to give way to people who may be a part of misdirecting our county funds", the citizens noted in a press statement.

Quoting the Budget Law of 2011, the citizens said all funds, including the County Development Fund and Social Development Fund should be managed by a single committee which is the PMC.

"If our caucus' members are not focusing on strengthening the management system of the county, but instead focusing on dissolving the committee, we should question their reasoning," the Bong concerned citizens noted.

The citizens emphasized that they did not elect their lawmakers to run the affairs of the county, stressing that they will not allow their county to be run in what they called "a misguided way."

The aggrieved citizens: "Bong County is very big with lots of educated and intelligent people for decisions to be made on the basis of individual feelings and out of the law."

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