Findings released in Gardnersville corruption probe

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A ten – member investigative committee set up to probe alleged corruption and bad labour practices against Gardnersville Township Commissioner Vamba F. Kanneh has released its report, recommending that proper and acceptable accounting system be practiced at the Town Hall.

The committee was set up on 3 April 2018 following protests to probe claims by the Progressives of Collective Communities Development Alarmists of Pro-poor Agenda for Public Accountabilities (PCCDA) that Commissioner Kanneh misused public funds and exhibited conflict of interest.

Copy of the committee’s findings which is possession of this paper says during the investigation, Mr. Kanneh said he collected money and reported it to his bosses at the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) based on an agreement with the corporation.

The document did not name the alleged bosses at MCC to whom Mr. Kanneh claims he reported the money.

In response to claims of favouritism, the document says Commissioner Kanneh narrated that he did not prefer one group over another, adding that he does not employ people, but the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) which employs on behalf of all townships.

According to the findings, Commissioner Kanneh told the committee that he was informed by the MIA that there no employment was going on, thus informing him that there should be no recommendations made for employment.

The investigation committee discloses in its findings that staff and volunteers at the Gardnersville Township are aggrieved over prevailing conditions at the Town Hall.

It finds that Commissioner Kanneh does not conduct periodic meetings to afford staffs the opportunity to make known their grievances. The Committee urges the Commissioner to ensure that there is proper and acceptable accounting system at the Town Hall.

The document notes that since volunteers are not on payroll, there should be monthly or weekly stipends given them and a term of reference for each staff and key volunteer.

By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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