LIBERIA: Dock Workers Union Wants NPA Boss Suspension Lifted, Writes President Sirleaf

The Dock Workers Union of Liberia has written President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the suspension of the Managing Director of the National Port Authority, Madam Matilda W. Parker, and the entity’s Comptroller, Madam Christiana Paely  based on “Findings” of an investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) .

Dock Workers Union and other affiliate organizations in their communication to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf dated on May 22, 2015 under the banner, “Appeal from Dock Workers Union of Liberia, other Workers Unions of Liberia, and her associate organizations to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf”, the group in their six counts, said the LACC has proven to be uncertain in its pronouncement about the findings of its investigation,

The group in their letter further noted, “Three weeks into the suspension of these executives, the investigative findings in summery of a full report, have not been made available to the Managing Director, Comptroller, and or the general public ,“  the communication to the Liberian leader recounted.

On count three, the Dick Workers also noted that “LACC stated at the Thursday, May 7, 2015, MICAT press conference, that anyone accused by an LAAC investigation is considered innocent until proven guilty by the court. That we the workers are particularly concerned about contradictory emanating from the Chairman of the LACC, Cllr. James Verdier when he told over 50 Liberian journalists at the MICAT press conference,” the group complained

The group also quoting the LACC Chairman that the report published by Front Page Africa Newspaper and online accusing the Managing Director, Madam Matilda Parker and the Comptroller, Mrs. Christiana Paelay of massive corruption is not the LACC report; the group also said the LACC Chairman contradicted himself on ELBC, and other media outlets.

The communication under the signature of the President of the Dock Workers Union of Liberia, Madam Jackie Doe called on the Liberia leader to reconsider her earlier decision to suspend the NPA executives, stressing, “Madam President we appeal to you to please lift the suspension on our officials, we love our Managing Director and we are very proud of her numerous achievements at the NPA,” the communication to the Liberian leader added.

During a visit by our team of reporters at the National Port Authority today, employees of that entity speaking to our reporters also used the occasion to appeal to the Liberian leader to reconsider her decision, stressing, “We beg the President to lift the suspension on our officials who are currently undergoing suspension based on LACC report. We are making this appeal to our mother to lift the suspension on our MD,” most of the employees who spoke to our staff tirelessly called on the President to lift the suspension on their boss.

What pondered some Liberians on the delay of the LACC to invite the suspended officials to clear their side of the story has been the talk of the city, describing the LACC as ‘playing a witch-hunt game on the Managing Director of the NPA.The full text of this comminication will be published in our upcoming posting.

Our investigation continues.

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