Liberia: Cllr. Nwabudike’s last minute appointments and promotions create feud at LACC
MONROVIA – Cllr. A. Ndubuisi Nwabudike is set to leave the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission in 11 days, but FrontPageAfrica the investigation revealed he was not leaving in peace – his last-minute decisions sparked a feud between him and his senior deputy, Kanio Bai Gbala.
FPA felt that the incumbent president, the controversial Cllr. Nwabudike, recently embarked on a series of new hires, promotions and renewal of the contract of the Executive Director, Mr. Mohammed Fahnbulleh, who has held the position since the era of former President James Verdier.
The feud has been exacerbated by the recent renewal of the contract of Mr. Mohammed Fahnbulleh, the executive director, who has held the post since the Cllr era. James Verdier, former President of the Commission.
Mr Fahnbulleh, in his assessment report by the Council, allegedly found him incompetent – which Cllr. Gbala has indicated in an email that he opposes the renewal of his contract.
Cllr. Gbala also expressed that the General Staff also rated Fahnbulleh as inefficient at work.
The two Atty. Fahnbulleh and Cllr. Gbala could not be contacted for comment.
However, in reaction to the Vice President’s reservation on the renewal of his contract, he also wrote a memorandum to the head of the investigation and execution program, Mr. Baba Borkai, listing a litany of acts of corruption Cllr . Gbala has reportedly been involved since becoming vice president of the LACC.
The allegations against Kanio
Mr. Fahnbulleh alleged that on Cllr. President George Weah’s appointment of Gbala to LACC in October 2019 informed the board at the time that he had quit his job at UNDP and submitted his letter of resignation. He was immediately given an official vehicle intended for the vice president and was also included in the payroll for October.
According to Fahnbulleh, however, he received information that Cllr. Gbala was still employed by UNDP and received a salary for October, November, December and January while also being an employee of LACC.
Fahnbulleh quoted Article 90 (b) of the Constitution which states that “no person holding public office may demand or receive other prerequisites, emoluments or benefits, directly or indirectly by reason of any duty required by the government “.
He intimidated that such act on Cllr. Gbala’s role does not demonstrate good character and therefore renders him unfit to serve as vice-president of the LACC, as stated in part 6, section 6.3 of the 2008 LACC law.
“The Vice President has shown a lack of integrity, honesty and morals to continue to work as a leading committed anti-corruption practitioner, serving in difficult times to help the pro agenda. -poor government, ”Fahnbulleh said in the memo.
He further accused Cllr. Gbala to receive a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) of L $ 50,000 and fuel worth $ 1,474.75, as well as scratch cards worth $ 300 to travel to Grand Gedeh but never made the trip. According to him, Cllr. Gbala refused to return the money, fuel and scratch cards. It was in August 2020.
On the same August 2020, a cash advance of US $ 500 was remitted to Cllr. Gbala, according to Fahnbulleh’s note for the MICAT press briefing and he has yet to report on it, despite several requests from the finance unit.
Fahnbulleh: “Mr. Program Manager, now is the time for you and your team to show courage, consistency, independence and impartiality to the Liberian people, our partners and help change the perception of corruption in Liberia. We shouldn’t be protecting our own and investigating others! “
Meanwhile, Atty. Fahnbulleh having provided the program manager with his evidence and contact list on the allegations for verification, asked him (program director) to submit his findings to the executive chairman, Cllr. Nwabudike, Friday, February 19 for subsequent submission to President Weah “for exercising his power in accordance with section 6.8 entitled” Removal “which states that a commissioner will hold office during good behavior. A Commissioner is removed from office by the President for serious breach of duties, professional misconduct or any proven act of corruption.