Top LMA Officials Suspended
-GAC Mandated To Move In
Three senior officials of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) have been suspended by the Liberian Government and are expected to face the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to account for their operations.
The decision was announced through the office of the Vice President of Liberia, Madam Jewel Howard Taylor; it followed more than 6 months of wrangling, claims and counterclaims on corruption at LMA. Those affected by the latest action according to a dispatch from the VP’s office dated August 28, 2018 included Madam Alice Yeebahn, President; Mr. Abraham Barchue, Vice President; and Madam LawuoHiami, Assistant Secretary General.
There have been reports of perennial allegations of corruption, including financial mismanagement, misappropriation of resources and other acts inimical to the existence of the Association.
However, the Government has requested the GAC to immediately move in to commence both financial and systems audits in order to verify those claims.
Meanwhile, the Government has also constituted a five-member Interim Leadership Team pending the outcome of the audit.
Members of the interim leadership are Mr. Jerry V. Geedeh and Madam Henrietta Zorpoe, representing the LMA Board; Madam Antoinette N. Mulbah, representing the Executive Committee of the LMA; Madam Cecelia G. Wuduwelh, representing the aggrieved/contending party; and Mr. David Weah, representing LMA County Superintendents.
It is expected that everyone concerned will fully cooperate with the GAC for the smooth conduct of the audits in a timely manner, the dispatch said.