10 January 2013

Liberia: Dismissed Comptroller Sues Bong Legislative Caucus

The Comptroller of the Project Management Committee (PMC) of Bong County, Emmanuel Diabolo has taken the Bong County Legislative Caucus to court, challenging his dismissal and the dissolution of the PMC.

Recently, Bong County Legislative Caucus headed by Representative George Mulbah dissolved the County's Project Management Committee and subsequently dismissed Comptroller Diabolo on grounds that the PMC is unable to manage US$1million for the county.

However, the dismissed comptroller has protested the dissolution of the PMC, which he said, was a breach of the budget law. He said the PMC is capable of managing US$1 million.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Philip Banks, in a writ of prohibition, notified the Caucus and Bong County Council to appear before the court to show cause why respondent Diabolo petition as prayed for should not be granted.

In compliance with the court's mandate, some members of the Bong Legislative Caucus including Representatives Edward Karfiah, Lester Paye, Bill Conneh and Senator Henry Yalla were present in court on Tuesday.

They were represented by lawyers from the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm. According to reports, Justice Banks has instructed the Caucus to return to status quo pending the outcome of the case.

He reportedly instructed the Bong County Legislative Caucus to file a return to the court on January 11, 2013, stating reasons why they dissolved the PMC and dismissed Comptroller Diabolo.

Meanwhile, several phone calls to members of the caucus to comment on the Supreme Court's directive did not materialize.

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