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Cogent information reaching this paper reveals the dismissed chief of security of the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) PulsonGarteh has been reinstated amid mixed reactions in the ministry.
Mr. Garteh was dismissed by former Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, allegedly for stealing the ministry’s vehicle for security operations.But, there are strong indications within the Ministry of Public Works that has been reinstated by current Minister Mobutu VlahNyenpan.

Sources within the ministry note the reinstatement of Mr. Garteh has sparked serious concern amongst employees with some terming it as a dangerous precedent being practiced by the Nyenpan-led administration; while others think the reinstatement was in the right direction.
Several employees, who begged for anonymity, for fear of reprisal, disclose that Mr. Garteh has not restituted the vehicle in question therefore; reinstating him to his post violates the Civil Service Agency’s regulations governing government employees.

The CSA’s regulations, among others, states that any Civil Servant who commits an act of theft while in the employed of government, shall be dismissed and turned over to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).

The regulations also stipulate that in the case where an accused employee is tried in keeping with law and not found guilty, he shall be reinstated and all benefits previously enjoyed restored.

But according to one source, this did not happen in Mr. Garteh’s situation, and as such, his reinstatement was completely illegal, contravening all standing procedures covering government employees.

Further information gathered indicates that Mr. Garteh also violated the government procedures that give the General Services Agency (GSA) the authority to buy and sell government properties which was not the case as the vehicle in question, was allegedly sold without knowledge of the GSA.

When this writer contacted the Communications and Documentations Office at the Public Works Ministry to seek clarification, staffers in the office said their boss, Prince Nagbe, did not report to work, and his deputy was also out of the building. By Emmanuel Mondaye-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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