LIBERIA: Suspension Of Matilda Parker, Others For Corruption Must Go Beyond NPA

Dozens of newspapers and radio stations in Liberia late yesterday evening captured what they believed as a leading news story for the day focusing on the suspension of the Managing Director of the National Port Authority and her Comptroller by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf based on findings of an investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has suspended with immediate effect the Managing Director and Comptroller of the National Port Authority (NPA), Mrs. Matilda W. Parker and Mrs. Christina K. Pealay, respectively based on findings of an investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).

The Liberian leader in a nationwide address  yesterday said, “Based on the findings of an investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), involving the Managing Director and the Comptroller of the National Port Authority (NPA), I have suspended, with immediate effect, Mrs. Matilda W. Parker and Mrs. Christina K. Pealay as managing Director and Comptroller, respectively.

I have directed the Ministry of Justice to collaborate with the LACC, and all accused persons associated with this investigation, in order to inform additional actions, should they be required.

In an unrelated matter, except for statutory members of the Board of Directors of the NPA, and the Chairperson who was recently named, I have suspended all other members of the Board.

Furthermore, I have instructed the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs to immediately liaise with all chairpersons of Boards of all State-owned Enterprises to collate, and report to me, all resolutions which have been passed by these Boards especially on board fees, benefits and other compensations.

Where it is established that Boards have assigned emoluments to chairpersons and members that are inconsistent with established policies of this administration, it will be my pleasing duty to reverse all such resolutions.  And in this regard, I will not hesitate to direct additional remedies, should they be required, to cure such unacceptable actions, wherever they are found to be practiced.

May God continue to bless the honest works of our hands and save the State,” the Liberian leader statement concluded.

Speaking to the GNN today in a survey conducted, several said the suspension of officials of government who are allegedly linked to corruption, like in the case of the NPA officials should not be limited to only those from the NPA but must go beyond.

They said several government officials over the years who have been accused of similar allegation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) are yet to face similar punitive measures.

“Now today the President has shown her executive order by suspending those at the NPA allegedly linked to corruption, we hope this order will be applied to dozens of others in her Government who have also been accused of same,” a resident of Capitol Hill speaking to our roving reporter noted.

Over the past months the LACC in its bid to bring to book those accused of the misuse of funds belonging to the Liberian Government has not been successful despite of numerous calls to the Executive to take action.

Click below link to see those indicted by the LACC but are yet to be suspended by the President, despite of LACC call:

http://www.lacc.gov.lr/public/index.php/cases-pending

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