5 December 2012

Liberia: GAC Bosses in Row

With the imbroglio that marred the redundancy of over 40 employees seems to be evaporating bit by bit, another squabble is said to be brewing at the General Auditing Commission (GAC), this time amongst the three top managers, namely Auditor General Robert Kilby, Winsley Nanka, Deputy Director for Auditing and Tarweh Vaikai, Deputy for Administration in a wake of the decision reached by AG Kilby to relocate his deputies to the ground floor.

As confirmed by GAC Communication Director Nathaniel Brumskine, the AG whose taking over of the GAC is characterized by confusion and other unpleasant developments issued a memo in which he mandated that his two colleagues relocated to the ground floor of the building, which is said to be a bit congested.

In the November 30, 2012 communication issued to Nanka and Veikai, the AG uditor General said his action was to enable heads of other department s have easy access to their bosses. However, information gathered revealed that the two affected deputies are contesting the decision as they are dissatisfaction and seem not to be willing to give in.

"By directive of the Auditor General, you are requested to relocate your office to the ground floor to enable the workforce have easy access to their designated heads, leaving the top floor for the Auditor General, thereby alleviating the congestion on the AG's floor," the memo signed by Comptroller William Kruah, as Acting Auditor General read.

"This memo takes effect December 4th, 2012. The Facility Manager, Mr. Samford Dennis has been advised to assist in the relocation process and provide all the necessary assistance for a smooth transition."

Each of them could not be reached for comments, but Communication Director of GAC Brumskine admitted receiving copy of the memorandum but said he could not speak about it in the media as it is an internal matter.

Not only did he admit to receiving a copy of the communication, but emphatically told journalists that his boss, Auditor General Kilby has the authority to run the GAC as he pleases because he is the head of the agency, adding he was portraying himself as having the capacity to run the GAC.

Contrary to his assertion that AG Kilby, in keeping with his position as head of the institution, has the right to do what he likes, critic said his actions show that he is unable to carry the GAC forward.

According to A GAC insider who spoke on the basis of anonymity, Kilby continues to show his inability to manage the affairs of the GAC as he continues to sow seed of discord.

In September of this year, the AG upon taking office changed the functions of his two deputies against the functions ascribed to them in the law creating the commission.

At the time, the Deputy Auditor General for Administration Tarweh Veikai complained Kilby's action to the President and the National Legislature, but did nothing to reverse the decision.

Besides, the relation between him and Nanka is reportedly frosty as evident be series of reports carried in the media, quoting Nanka as condemning him as not being qualified to occupy the position.

Robert Kilby is now getting to be associated with tension since his preferment for the post months back.

His nomination was revoked by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when reports emerged that he lied about his credentials.

But the president re-nominated him to the position after weeks of review of his credentials and behind-the-scene talks, after which he was confirmed in a manner critics said beat confirmation records since the founding of Liberia.

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