3 December 2012

Liberia: LINSU Warns Government Officials

The National Executive Committee of the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) has cautioned unnamed individuals in government with interest in certain people in LINSU to desist from implanting divide, and using their authority to influence decisions within the institution.

A statement issued in Monrovia on Sunday by LINSU acting President Benedict B. Williams claimed that LINSU executives are aware of the "covert involvement" of some government officials in the union's politics for selfish reasons.

"We will not hesitate to expose and confront these government officials at the appropriate time," said Williams.

Notwithstanding, LINSU executive committee is reaffirming its decision to suspend two officials indefinitely, and has advised the public against interacting with the suspended officials on behalf of the Liberia National Students Union.

Richmond O. Neufville and Peter Wisdom Fayiah were both suspended as President and Vice President from LINSU national affairs, respectively since Thursday, November 22, 2012.

But the executive committee claimed to have received complaints from the public, accusing the suspended officials of allegedly presenting themselves as legitimate LINSU officials.

"Moreover, Mr. Neufville and Fayiah's failure to turn over LINSU properties in their possession after the stated deadline has led us to institute court actions against them. We have prayed the court to ensure that LINSU properties are retrieved, including the keys to the offices to enhance the smooth and effective operation of our student Movement," the statement said.

The executives argued that LINSU is a national democratic institution with constitution and bye- Laws which serve as the supreme authority of governance.

"Finally, let us re-emphasize that anyone doing business with Mr. Richmond O. Neufville and Peter Wisdom Fayiah as President and Vice President for National Affairs respectively are doing so at his/her own risk as these two individuals were suspended since Thursday, November 22, 2012," the executives said.

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