23 November 2012

Liberia: LINSU Suspends Two Officials

The National Executive Committee of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) has with immediate effect suspended for time indefinite Mr. Richmond 0. Neufville and Wisdom Fayiah, President and Vice President for National Affairs respectively of LINSU.

According to a LINSU release, the decision is in keeping with their judicial responsibilities to defend and protect the constitution and bye-laws of the National Students Movement.

The release stated further that the two officials have grossly violated the constitution of LINSU and have brought the institution to public dishonor; thus it has become expedient that they take the deliberate action to rescue their national student movement and isolate anarchists whose actions are detrimental to the interest of LINSU from the institution.

The release under the signatures of Benedict Williams, Secretary General; Harry Ar-toe Gkornean, Vice President for International Affairs among others noted that their decision to defame the character and constantly threaten to dismiss other executive committee members whose appointments are guided by the constitution of LINSU, misdirect entrusted public funds and properties to personal use and commit LINSU to agreements without the consent of other members of the National Executive Committee contravene the constitution of the Liberia National Students Union.

The release said Mr. Neufville's decision not to resign as president of LINSU having won the position of deputy secretary for Administration of the All African Students Union (AASU) has undermined the stability and the integrity of LINSU.

Henceforth, since the Vice President for International Affairs has expressed interest in the Presidency, the Executive Committee has agreed that the Secretary General, Mr. Benedict B. Williams serves as Acting President until the election of a new president. We therefore call on youths and students organizations and the general public not to interact with these suspended officials in the name of LINSU as doing so will be at your own risk.

Moreover, by this account, the Executive Committee requests the immediate turnover of all properties of LINSU in their possession within the next 24 hours or risk legal action. The NEC has also suspended the National Administrative Council meeting initially scheduled for November 24, 2012 in Ganta, Nimba County and in consultation with members of the NAC a new date will be announced soon.

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