FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)

14 July 2013

Liberia: No Shame in Kilby's Madness - Liberia Senate Committee On Public Accounts and Audits Must Be Dissolved

editorial

The ethical misguiding of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts and Audits warrants a closer look and a thorough investigation. If lawmakers are indeed benefiting from Kilby through jobs to the family members, than they are no different from Kilby and should be removed from their positions and that committee dissolved and thrown in the garbage can.

ROBERT KILBY is hanging on to his title, Auditor General of the Republic of Liberia even after his dismissal by the President and concurrence by the House of Representatives.

KILBY'S LONE HOPE lies in a bunch of selfish members of the Senate Committee on Audits and Commissions who are believed to be loyal to Kilby's cause because he rewarded the 4G passage of his confirmation last August with top-level jobs for their friends, families and loved ones.

THE PRESIDENT Pro Temp of the Senate, Gbezhonga Findley must step in and order an investigation into what is obviously a clear case of conflict of interest here.

FINDLEY MUST exhibit leadership on this issue or step down immediately from his position if he cannot call this committee to book amid serious allegations that they breached the public trust.

THE COMMITTEE HEADED by Senator Edward Boakai Dagoseh(Unity Party, Grand Cape Mount); Senator Frederick Doe Cherue(Unity Party, River Gee); Senator Isaac Nyenabo(NDPL, Grand Gedeh) and Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff(CDC, Montserrado County) are said to be leading the charge encouraging Mr. Kilby to hang on to his position because he gave members of their families jobs.

FOR EXAMPLE, Senator Clarice Davis Jah (Liberty Party,Margibi) whose husband, Rev. Sylvester Jah, is Human Resource Director and her brother, Randall Davis, Chief of Staff to Kilby, were brought on board by Kilby after his confirmation last August. The only member of the committee who does not have a family member hired by Kilby is said to be Senator Doe-Sheriff.

ARTICLE 90 of the constitution of Liberia clearly states: a) "No person, whether elected or appointed to any public office, shall engage in any other activity which shall be against public policy, or constitute conflict of interest. b) No person holding public office shall demand and receive any other perquisites, emoluments or benefits, directly or indirectly, on account of any duty required by Government; c) The Legislature shall, in pursuance of the above provision, prescribe a Code of Conduct for all public officials and employees, stipulating the acts which constitute conflict of interest or are against public policy, and the penalties for violation thereof."

IF OUR ELECTED LAWMAKERS cannot show leadership here and are in fact, the ones advocating and encouraging a dismissed and corrupt public official to hang on to a job after he was found in breach of the law, then Liberia is headed for deep trouble.

HERE ARE THE FACTS: President Ellen Johnson--Sirleaf, after reviewing documentary evidence, formally requested the concurrence of the Honorable Legislature to dismiss Kilby, for failure to disclose private business activities that represent a clear conflict of interest with his official duties as Head of the institution with prime responsibility to investigate and advise on non-compliance with our public financial management and procurement laws.

THE CONTRACT, a copy of which is in the possession of FrontPageAfrica's was made and entered into on December 3, 2012 by the between the GSA and Kilby's Independent Software Certification Company just three months after he took over as head of the GAC. Kilby's company expressed its desire to enter into a contract for the construction of an asset and fleet management, Tracking and reporting system for the GSA according to the contract setting its own module operandi. "The contractor convenient that it has the requisite training, expertise, and technical competence in the trade and performed similar working both Liberia and the United States of America, that is to customize the development of a software that will automate the owner's asset and fleet tracking and reporting system for the GSA into consideration, strategic national security interest," states the agreement between the company and the GSA. The contract also states that Kilby's Firm was to receive the amount of two hundred and twenty thousand United States dollar (USD$ 220,000) which would be based on the scope of work as indicated in the proposal.

LIBERIA HAS COME a very long way, been through some trying times and very difficult circumstances. When those elected to reform and transform our political and economic renewal are themselves part of the corrupt system, then we might as will kiss our much-sought after transition from war to peace good bye.

THE ETHICAL misguiding of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts and Audits warrants a closer look and a thorough investigation. If lawmakers are indeed benefiting from Kilby through jobs to the family members, than they are no different from Kilby and should be removed from their positions and that committee dissolved and thrown in the garbage can.

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