The Inquirer (Monrovia)

17 January 2013

Liberia: UP Youth Wants Varney Sherman Resign

The Youth Wing Congress of the ruling Unity Party has called on the Chairman of the ruling Unity Party to resign his post due to what they call his inability to create jobs for the down-trodden members of the Unity Party. Speaking on behalf of the Youth Wing of the UP, Mr. Aaron A. Kollie, Public Relations Officer of the Youth Congress told The INQUIRER that as youths of the party they want Cllr. Varney Sherman to resign as chairman of the party and focus on his businesses.

He alleged that Cllr. Sherman has refused to create jobs for the young people who are the driving force behind the party even in government and the private sectors and that he is not able to generate funds for the party.

In a letter addressed to Mr. Patrick Dorsla dated December 31, 2012, a copy which was obtained by this paper, Cllr. Sherman noted that the management of the Unity Party has decided to discontinue its service effective today, because the party cannot continue to carry the size of the staff required during the election year.

Cllr. Sherman noted, "We had entertained the hope that we would have been able to redeploy you to employment in the public sector, but after a full year (2012) of efforts, we have not been successful. So, we reiterate that it is with deep regrets that circumstances warrant the discontinuance of your services".

In the letter he said, "You have worked for Unity Party for six years, so you will be entitled to one month salary as notice pay and six month's salaries for discontinuance of your services. That is the total of seven month's salaries".

At the end of the letter he noted that one month payment would be made every other month beginning January ending, 2013. "We thank you for your services and please accept our best wishes for whatever endeavor you might pursue hereafter," he ended.

Mr. Kollie along with the Youth Congress of the Unity Party is calling on Cllr. Sherman to resign noting that there are at least 40 members of the Unity Party who are senators and representatives who are not paying dues including President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

He stressed that the party has been abandoned by the President and that the district offices have been shut down including the ones in the various counties. According to Mr. Kollie, he said the party's Montserrado office has been turned into a parking lot and party cars used for transportation.

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