7 May 2013

Liberia: Recklessly Selling Government Cars? Legislature Launches Probe - Cites GSA

The House of Representatives on Tuesday cited authorities of the General Services Agency (GSA), for investigations into the alleged reckless and dubious sale of vehicles and other properties of the government of Liberia.

The House's decision followed a complaint from Montserrado County District 11 Representative Gabriel Nyenkan alleging that the GSA was overly exploiting government by selling vehicles bought at tens of thousands of dollars for as low as US$100.00.

Nyenkan contended that selling vehicles which were purchased by the Liberian government for prices between US$60,000-US$80,000 for as low as US$100.00 was unduly exploitative to the state.

Representatives Henry Fahnbulleh(UP-Montserrado) and Acarous Gray (CDC-Montserrado), in support of the call regretted that there were other government vehicles in perfect working conditions but could not be given to some of the newly appointed officials to use.

Representative Fahnbulleh cited the case of former Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpaan who he noted was now using for private purpose, the vehicle assigned to her when she served as superintendent despite her resignation from the post.

According to him, the new superintendent appointed in her stead is currently commuting in commercial vehicles to do government business.

The House also voted Tuesday to investigate the Management of the Monrovia City Corporation for still maintaining the services of two subsidiaries-the City Park Management and Liberia Services Corporation.

The Plenary maintained that as far as it is concerned, the two groups' contracts expired last year, noting that the entities were still collecting fees.

The Plenary also wants the MCC to give reasons why the two expired companies were still collecting parking fees, confiscating and impounding vehicles and charging as high as US$150.00 before releasing them.

"The companies were acting in violation of Article 34(d) of the Liberian constitution which gives exclusively gives the National Legislature the authority to levy taxes and other fees," stated Plenary.

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