Armed Police force LEITI’s head of secretariat out of office

Armed Police officers on Monday reportedly forced out of office the head of secretariat of the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative or LEITI.

The reports say the armed Police ejected Konah Karmo in the presence of his appointed successor and former lawmaker, Gabriel Nyenkan, who had gone to officially takeover following his appointment by President George Weah.

Other sources quoting the Act that created LEITI said it is the Multi Stakeholders Group or MSG that appoints the head of the LEITI secretariat, not the President of Liberia.

Montserrado County District # 11 former representatives appointment as head of LEITI has been marred by staunch criticism on grounds that it violates the law that established the anti-graft institution in 2009.

Speaking to newsmen moments after the incident, LEITI Communication Officer, Cedrick Kpadeh said the incident started when Konah Karmo was meeting with some government officials including Bill Twehway, Executive Director of the Liberia Institute for Public Administration (LIPA).

Kpadeh narrated it was during then that Mr. Nyekan accompanied by police arrived on the scene and Mr. Karmore was briefed concerning Nyenkans appointment letter, but he (Karmo) told the police that he will not leave.

According LEITI Communications Director, his outgoing boss later gave in after the police told him that he has been ordered to leave.

Karmo was appointed by the Multi-Stakeholders Steering Group (MSG) of LEITI in 2014 following a competitive recruitment process in which several other Liberians participated.

Meanwhile, Mr. Nyenkan admitted to Farbric News via Mobile Phone that he called in the Police after Mr. Karmo allegedly refused to relinquish to him the office as the newly appointed head of secretariat of LEITI.

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