Political Witch-hunt?

Political Witch-hunt?

LWSC Acting Managing Director Suspends UP partisans to Employ 28 CDCians

The Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation is said to be fast deteriorating due to its power hungry Acting Managing Director, Mr. Moseray Momoh who has begun to witch-hunt Partisans of the former ruling Unity Party. Aggrieved workers at the LSWC informed Frontier that the Deputy Managing Director for Administration, who took office without confirmation by the Senate as required by law, has forcibly taken over the offices of the Managing Director of the entity.

According to the concerned staff at the entity, Mr. Momoh has also suspended several key staff at the LWSC. In an interview with a Frontier reporter, the aggrieved staff said that ‘the suspension of several key staff at LWSC is quite troubling and could undermine the efficiency of LWSC’. One of the affected staff told Frontier Reporter that ‘It is unclear why someone who illegally took office would suspend staff that have been employed legally’.

Another insider at the Corporation informed that ‘most of those that have been suspended are Unity Party supporters’. He asserted that ‘Mr. Patrick Sandiki, one of those that has been affected by unwarranted suspension was a staunch supporter of former Vice President Joseph Boakai during the 2017 Presidential and General Elections’. Such development is troubling because it contradicts what President Weah said during his inaugural address that ‘civil servants must practice politics openly in their offices’.

What seems to confirm a political witch-hunt at the entity is a list received by the Frontier instructing the Management at LWSC to employ several CDC Partisans. Based on the list signed by the Chairman of the Coalition for Democratic Change, Mr. Mulbah Morlu, 28 partisans have been sent at the LWSC for immediate employment. Out of the 28 names submitted by the Chairman Morlu, 19 are to serve as consultants, while the rest are to be employed in several positions including Financial Manager, Comptroller, and Transport Manager amongst others.

It can be recalled that the Frontier reported the illegal sitting of Mr. Moseray Momoh at the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) as Acting Managing Director in violation of the Act creating the LWSC.

Section 88.8 of the new Act of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation passed by the National Legislature of Liberia, signed by the President and published into hand bills on 28 December 2017 states that ‘the Corporation shall have four principal Deputy Managing Directors: The Deputy Managing Director for Administration, The Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services, the Deputy Managing Director for Sales and Marketing, and the Deputy Managing Director for Finance’.

The Section, under Appointments, further states that ‘all Deputy Managing Directors shall be appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate, upon recommendations of the Board of Directors. The Deputy Managing Directors shall receive such salary as shall be established by the Board’.

Up to date, President Weah has not set up the full Board of Directors of LWSC; hence it is unclear how Mr. Momoh was nominated and subsequently inducted into office almost a month ago without the Senate’s consent as required by the Act that created the LWSC.  The Senate, for its part, appears to be a toothless bull dog. How can the Senate Pro-Temp and his colleagues sit idly and allow a public official that must be confirmed by that august body officially take seat, sign official documents and receive salary and benefits from tax payers’ money without confirmation by the Senate?

According to a constitutional analyst interviewed by the Frontier, ‘the Legislature simply passes laws just for the sake of passing them and taking their thousands of dollars paychecks and brown envelops’. According him, ‘most of the lawmakers do not even understand their oversight responsibility, and are therefore to blame for some of the mess we now see in the operation of government’.

‘The current manner and form in which the Liberian government is being run appears to be a child’s play’ he concluded. Frontier recalls that several entities whose Boards are to be set up by the President have not been constituted. The Senate for its part has become a dumping ground where unqualified nominations have been made, yet the body confirmed almost all those designated by the President despite their incapability. It is unfathomable to see a mere Deputy Managing Director of LWSC evade the Senate’s constitutional power without any action by the Liberian Senate that Liberians depend on to adequately vet presidential nominees prior to confirmation.

When our reporter quizzed Mr. Momoh about the allegations levied against him by concerned staff, he replied saying ‘I will be able to provide my official response by Wednesday’. However, while we await his official response, we believe that it is wrong for the Corporation to be without its legal head since the inception of President George Manneh Weah’s Presidency.

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