Gardnersville Township Commissioner Vamba Kanneh is facing accusations of allegedly reporting to work and signing dubious documents in what appears to be violation of President George Manneh Weah’s executive order demanding all appointees from the past administration of former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf to seize to operate in their various capacities.
Making the disclosure Monday, 2 April during a mass residents protest action for the removal of Commissioner Kanneh, a protest group spokesperson Philip I. Gloto alleged that the Commissioner continues to violate Article 2 of the Liberian Constitution by granting holidays permits to businesses operating in the township.
Mr. Gloto accuses Commissioner Kanneh of granting squatter rights to people, allegedly diverting funds collected into his personal use and leaving the town hall in ruin despite the expiry of his administration.
The protesting Gardnerville residents have furthered alleged that Commissioner Kanneh has also issued several other municipal taxes such as ordinances which he has no authority of issuing.
According to the residents, the failure of President Weah to urgently appoint a new township commissioner to steer the affairs of the township has left Commissioner Kanneh to use the opportunity to continue to report to work and sign documents.
The residents are complaining that the ceiling of the town hall is damaged and the wall is in dilapidated condition. In another development, a group of volunteers that claims to have worked with the Weah For Clean Cities campaign in the township has alarmed that volunteers were allegedly paid US$70.00 for a seven – day work under the supervision of Township Commissioner Kanneh and UNDP disbursement team.
400 volunteers were said to have participated in the cleanup exercise that was expected to last for 10 days as it was reportedly done in other communities. The volunteers in Gardnerville claim that their colleagues in Paynesville and West Point, among others were paid US$100.00 for the same cleanup campaign.
Some affected persons alleged during a peaceful protest in front of the town hall said: “we were made to sign for money which we did not see on the document”, claiming that they were only instructed to sign on a sheet by the UNDP Finance Officer only identified as Madam Mbalu.
When contacted, Madam Mbatu clarified that she was not the UNDP disbursement officer, noting that she was serving as acting Project Officer of the UNDP responsible to coordinate and ensure that volunteers received their compensation.
She termed as erroneous claim by Mr. Gloto that the UNDP paid volunteers in several parts of Monrovia more than US$70.00. For his part, Commissioner Vamba Kanneh when contacted told this paper via mobile phone that he was sitting with some people and asked our reporter to call him back.
But Commissioner Kanneh switched off his mobile phone when he was contacted based on his commitment.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley