Liberian president sacks officials over procurement breaches

Adam Leach is a freelance business journalist
16 July 2013

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Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dismissed the public officials in charge of procurement and auditing for failing to follow financial management and procurement laws.

 

The president removed Pearine Davis-Parkinson from her role as director-general of the country’s General Services Agency. Davis-Parkinson was sacked for approving contracts that were found to contain a conflict of interest for Robert Kilby, auditor general of the General Auditing Commission, who has also been dismissed.

 

Johnson Sirleaf said Kilby was sacked for his “failure to disclose private business activities that represent a clear conflict of interest with his official duties as head of the institution with prime responsibility to investigate and advise on non-compliance with our public financial management and procurement laws”.

 

Last week the minister for public works for operations Victor Smith was also suspended from his post after allegations of a failure to adhere to procurement policies when awarding construction contracts. But an investigation did not turn up evidence to support the accusations and Smith was reinstated this weekend. 

 

Johnson Sirleaf has promised to continue her fight against corruption in government.

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