20 February 2013

Liberia: Dismiss Bility Says Civil Society Group

A Civil Society Organization in the country has called for the immediate dismissal of Mr. Musa Bility, Chairman of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) due to his past tainted financial records.

"We are calling on the president to dismiss Musa Bility as Chairman of the board of LCAA for a thorough investigation to be carried out. If he stays as Chairman while investigation is ongoing, he will influence the decisions. So, it is about time that she really show the determination in fighting corruption," Emmanuel C.D. Gonquoi, Chairman for The Coalition to Combat Impunity and Protect Natural Resources(COCIPNAR) told this paper in an exclusive interview Tuesday.

He said, from records available, Bility has never left any of his past positions without good saying.

"Just take a look at his past records. When he was at the National Port Authority (NPA), he had problem with the Managing Director and that had to do with money issue. Over three hundred thousand United States dollars was at a point of contention," he said.

Then he continued: "From there, the president transferred him to Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation-LWSC). Again, there was problem at that place. The president later transferred him to RIA. I think anyone who is keen on issues will take a brake to ask why this same Bility man is on transfer mood."

He added, "Bility did the same thing with City Mayor Mary Broh on fuel issue. Later you saw what happened in the city."

It can be recalled that there has been allegations and counter allegations between Mr. Bility and the former Managing Director of the RIA Madam Ellen Corkrum on financial malpractices.

Mr. Gonquoi said from these cease, it is clear that Mr. Bility's managerial style is questionable. "Why will this one Bility have problem with all the places he has worked before. I think it is a disservice to the country for the president to have all these issues unresolved and go ahead to appoint him to another board."

"Is he the only competent man to be Chairman of the boards or what," he questioned.

He did not stop there, but continued like this: "besides these places he worked, I think you need to look at his own track record. At some time, it was reported in the media that he defrauded the Government of several millions of dollars."

He explained that it was not necessary to dismiss the Madam Corkrum without investigation. The board was unfair to the lady. I think Mr. Bility should be dismiss and the lady be investigated and if found guilty, be prosecuted. But you do not dismiss her without knowing what has happened. I think it was a wrong decision by the board. Do you expect the board to be fair in this light when Mr. Bility is had of it? Certainly not."

Gonquoi said it was time for president Sirleaf to show her true will to fight corruption.

"The president needs to show her true determination in fighting corruption. If she wants people to take her serious."

The civil society activist said Mr. Bility was blessed due to what he called "special connection with the presidency."

"If Mr. Bility did not have special connection with the presidency, by now, it would have been something different. But he is a very smart man. He took part in the just ended election which brought Madam President to power. He was on the campaign team for Montserrado County."

This and other things, made Gonquoi to say this: "if Bility was in other counties, such thing would not go on. You will first investigate why he let from the initial place of assignment."

He said from what he has read, shows that Bility was looking at self interest problem rather than national interest.

"Why will you say that the lady took money and bought ticket to take her boyfriend to the United States of America? It is left with the lady whomever she wants to love to or get ticket for. His concern should be accountability and transparency. I think he should have called for audit, and if it proves otherwise, then, he would have more grounds.

Mr. Bility has said over the past time that the former MD allegedly took money from the coffers without any approval.

When this paper contacted his office, his office assistant said he was unavailable for comment.

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