23 January 2013

Liberia: Liaf Defend Claims Against Amb. Thomas

The Liberia Association in France (LIAF) has defended recent comments made against Ambassador D. McKinley Thomas, who has been accused of mal-handling his domestic staff, including house-keeper and chief cook at the Liberian Embassy in Paris.

A two-page statement issued in Monrovia under the signature of Yatay Tuoway, President of the Liberian Association in France, said amongst others that they stand by the 3 January, 2013 press release against Ambassador Thomas.

"The Ambassador's brutality against this poor Liberian shocked the entire Liberian community in France, having accused the victim of stealing his US$ 1,000.00 which he later found in his coat pockets," LIAF noted.

The incident, which happened in April, 2009 has reduced Joseph Richard to using artificial teeth while the Ambassador allegedly shows no concern or to underwrite the medical bill of the victim.

The Association, which has threatened to take court action against the Liberian envoy, said the case was compromised by employees at the Embassy to avoid Thomas from being expelled by the French authorities.

Instead, the Liberian community based in Paris said the issue was reported to both the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and State for Presidential Affairs in Monrovia but nothing has come out of the complaint.

The Association continued: "We want to inform the President that it was the former Secretary General of the Liberia Association in France, Richard Parjloh and his Cameroonian wife, Martha Parjloh, who used their hard earned personal cash to take the victim (Joseph Richard) to the hospital for treatment."

It appealed to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to take strong action against Ambassador Thomas to serve as deterrence to other public officials, who may want mal-treat their under men.

"We are also asking the President to protect the victim because Amb. Thomas is planning to sack him, having brought the matter to light," the group noted.

Meanwhile, the association is cautioning the media not to dignify any statement from one George Carr Nyumah, who it said was impersonating as President of LIAF.

"Nyumah was expelled from the Association on 10 June 2009 for criminal act and also dismissed in 2005 from the Liberian Mission in France by Ambassador Thomas for forgery," LIAF disclosed.

According to documentary evidence available to this paper, George Carr Nyumah and Elizabeth Peccatier were expelled from the Liberian Association in France on 10 June 2009.

The letter dated 9 July 2009, and signed by the then President Emmanuel Ireland, said the two were not allowed transact any business in the interest of the Liberian Association in France.

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