Findings from an investigation carried out by a Senate Ad-Hoc Committee have revealed that former Auditor General Robert Kilby wrongfully dismissed 39 employees at the General Auditing Commission (GAC).
The committee said the dismissals were in violation of the Labor Law of Liberia. Senator Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence who chairs the committee said the dismissed employees were not served notice and given salary a month prior to their dismissal in line with the labor law and GAC Human Resource rules.
The senator said claims by the GAC that employees were dismissed due to budgetary constraints were untrue.
Chapter I, Section IX of the Labor Law of Liberia states: "Where wrongful dismissal is alleged, the Labor Court shall have the power to order reinstatement or may order payment of reasonable compensation to the aggrieved employees in lieu of reinstatement, the party against whom the order is made shall have the right of election to reinstate or paid such compensation in effecting the amount of such compensation and that the labor law shall have the regard to reasonable expression in the case of dismissal in the contract of infuriation".
Senator Kangar-Lawrence told plenary Tuesday that the GAC was allotted an amount of US$4,415, 625,000 in fiscal year 2012/2013 which suggests that there was an increment of US$846,248,00 over fiscal year 2011/2012.
The Grand Bassa Senator revealed that following the dismissal of the 39 employees, GAC employed 74 persons in 2012 to occupy the same positions and created new departments at the entity.
She claimed that as a result of the employment of the 74 employees, the GAC is overstaffed with 464 persons and functions of individuals duplicated.
The Nyonblee-Lawrence probe committee also recommended that the dismissed employees be reinstated due to the fact that they acquired professional service training abroad paid for by the GAC and it will take the GAC another fund for the training of new employees who occupied the positions of the dismissed individuals.
However, the Senate in plenary agreed to take final action on the findings today.