We must root out corruption in order to save the AFC

first_imgDear Editor,The AFC, from all indications, is operating as a separate dictatorship faction within the coalition Government. This gets into the realm of promoting corruption when the current situation is analyzed.The reinstatement of NCN Berbice branch manager is a glowing tribute to cronyism and corruption of the AFC and its intolerance of transparency and accountability. This person was sent on administrative leave for 10 months, during which she was paid her full salary with all benefits. Now she is back on the job, despite evidence surfacing during the investigations to warrant her dismissal.According to statements given by the staff who were dismissed, the NCN manager instructed them to prepare ‘fake invoices’ and to make ‘fake log entries’. The reason for her reinstatement would have been because of her ‘good relationship’ with the same AFC minister who is in charge of NCN. The CEO of NCN was apparently instructed by this high ranking minister to reinstate her.The recent firing of Chronicle columnists Dr David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis was done at the behest of this high ranking AFC minister. In a letter to the press, Hinds stated that, “a Senior AFC Minister has, over time, been raising at the Cabinet level the issue of Hinds’ and Lewis’ columns. It was that same minister who gave instructions to the Editor-in-Chief to axe the columnists”. He added that “the Chronicle and the rest of the State media are controlled by the AFC as part of the distribution of spoils after the election. The Prime Minister has direct oversight of this sector”. Even two top AFC members who are members of the Board ‘rubber-stamped the decision to fire the columnists, according to Hinds’s letter.It can be seen from the two examples that the same senior minister gave instructions to reinstate the NCN manager and to fire the reputable and independent columnists.These two actions will not improve the already poor image of the AFC and its disappearing supporters; since, apart from being silent on many important issues, what is clearly manifested is its promotion of corruption and its dictatorial tendencies.I also have compelling evidence to support the allegation that AFC’s most prominent and well-respected member in Berbice, Gobin Harbhajan, is extremely disgruntled and disappointed with some of his AFC colleagues. This gentleman has been the only face of the AFC in Berbice, and has been doing a fantastic job in the resolution of many problems facing Berbicians.Berbice is vitally important for the survival of the AFC, but it seems that the AFC leaders are quite content with their ‘good life’, and no longer care about continued existence of the AFC.At this point, there is only one person who is keeping the AFC alive in Region 6, and that is Gobin Harbhajan, a man who is not corrupt, and is dedicating his energies to assist persons in various communities. I am sure he has a large following, and should he decide to walk away from the AFC, a lot of supporters will follow him.Mr Harbhajan should seriously think about his political future, and the need to be of continued service to his fellowmen.Yours sincerely,Doodnauth Jagmohanlast_img read more

Minister Sendolo, Comptroller Escape Detention

first_imgDrama occurred yesterday in a packed Monrovia City courtroom when a swift intervention by the County Attorney of Montserrado County, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, prevented Henry Sambullah, Comptroller at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), from spending a night behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison. Mr. Sambullah and Minister Patrick Sendolo were both ordered by the court to appear before it yesterday to answer to a charge of “Theft of Service” from a complaint filed against them by Madam Jamima K. Wolokollie, Manager of Pan African Travel Agency.In her complaint, Madam Wolokollie alleged that in March 2013, Minister Sendolo obtained her agency’s services to provide him and others airline tickets to the tune of US$7,268 – to allow them to attend a conference in Guinea – which the Ministry has not paid up to present.But when Sambullah arrived in court yesterday, he did not come along with Minister Sendolo as was requested by the court’s document, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer.Upon entering the courtroom, Sambullah was immediately placed on a bench with other accused individuals, some of whom were identified as “hardcore criminals.”Dressed in a blue long sleeved shirt, Mr. Sambullah sat on the bench for over two hours as officers awaited a directive from Magistrate Kennedy Peabody to take Sambullah to jail, though the crime qualifies for bail.The most surprising event unfolded when Sambullah noticed that there was no lawyer in the courtroom to plead on his behalf as he sat on the prisoners’ bench.“Does the Ministry have an in-house legal team like other government agencies? I don’t think so,” a judicial expert was heard rhetorically asking after Sambullah was left alone in the courtroom.Being a senior official of the Ministry, maybe Sambullah did not expect to be treated in the manner he was. He, however, chose to fight his own battle by making calls from the bench.One of those calls attracted the attention of Cllr. Daku, who intervened for Sambullah to be allowed to leave the bench to complete the call.Routinely, if a person remains on the bench without a lawyer to file his bond for an offence that qualifies for bail, that individual is sent to jail until he/she can make bail.Later, Cllr. Mulbah, Sambullah and Madam Wolokollie were seen leaving the courtroom for what appeared to be a closed door discussion with Magistrate Peabody.Following the closed door discussion, the Daily Observer reliably learnt that Cllr. Mulbah promised to repay the US$7,268 by Friday.“Cllr. Mulbah pleaded with Madam Wolokollie to wait until Friday to repay the money and he vowed that he was not prepared to commit government to any legal expenses of such nature,” a source quoted Cllr. Mulbah to have said at the closed door discussion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more