23 January 2013

Liberia: 'Implement Or Resign' - Speaker Tyler Tells Mon. Supt.

House Speaker J. Alex Tyler has ordered Montserrado County Superintendent Grace T. Kpahn to execute the entire mandate given her on Thursday, January 17, 2013 by the Plenary of that August Body or turn in her resignation immediately.
Following a complaint filed by Montserrado district #8 Representative Acarus Moses Gray, the House of Representatives of the 53rd National Legislature on January 15, 2013 resolved to summer Superintendent Kpahn and Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson.

Both government officials were summered to give reasons why they should not be held in contempt for allegedly refusing to appropriately utilize County Development Funds (CDF) allocated to Montserrado over the past years.

The Superintendent appeared last Thursday and fumbled over the issue, failing to account for thousands of United States dollars, including over US$50,000.00 intended for scholarship and other developmental undertakings in the county.

As a result of Superintendent Kpahn’s dismal performance, the House Plenary through Speaker Tyler ordered her to restitute over US$50,000.00, recalled the Chair of Montserrado Project Management Committee (PMC) (name undisclosed) and pay in full the tuition of all scholarship beneficiaries.

She was also ordered to provide a data on all project proposals as submitted by the county 19 lawmakers and report to that body on January 22, 2013.

Ironically, Superintendent Kpahn returned on Tuesday with her “lawyer” Minister Nelson appealing for a 48 hour extension of the deadline so as to fully execute the House’s mandate.

Unconsciously, Minister Nelson created an avenue for the under fire Superintendent to brief yesterday’s Plenary on progress made so far-an avenue that exposed her to fuss and condemnation.

As she took to the witness stand, Montserrado representatives Gray, Munah Pelham and Solomon George of districts #s 8, 9 and 7 respectively bombarded her with questions that stimulated oozing of sweat from her body, despite being in an Air Condition (AC) freezing Chamber.

One minute, Superintendent Kpahn told the lawmakers that she implemented last Thursday mandate, another minute, she cited challenges as reason why the House’s mandate was not executed-begging for an approval of the 48 hours extension.

Though, several Montserrado lawmakers displayed copies of attached project proposals and lists of scholarship beneficiaries submitted to her office individually for appropriate action, she mustered the courage, looked in the faces of the lawmakers and said: "My office has not received a single project proposal from any lawmaker of Montserrado. All that my office received was lists of scholarship beneficiaries”

From her assertions, it was understood that she did not adhere to any of the counts, as stated in the mandate of the House, including a letter recalling the suspended PMC Chair to duty.

At this juncture, Speaker Tyler ordered the under fire Superintendent to do the letter before departing the National Legislature; which she did yesterday.

"The attitude of the Superintendent has proven her unwillingness to corporate with us and how disrespectful she is to this August body. Madam Superintendent, your plead for more time has been granted by one week. You are required to report to this Plenary in full, the execution of the entire mandate as given you last Thursday," Speaker Tyler asserted in a very angry tone.

The under fire Superintendent is expected to return next week Tuesday with a legal counsel, should in case she fails to execute the mandate given her.

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