By Lincoln G. Peters
Suspended Liberia Water and Sewer Cooperation (LWSC) Deputy Managing Director for Finance Mr. Sensee J. Morris says his young family is dying as he faces an indefinite suspension.
“Mr. President, I am calling on you, please look in my direction. A young family is dying just because he wanted the right things to be done,” Mr. Morris pleaded with President George Manneh Weah recently.
“My kids are not in school currently. We attempted after a few times, [but] the school threw them out. I am calling on the President, you sent me for investigation but I have not been investigated and it’s killing my family,’’ Morris pleaded in tears.
On 10 June 2021, President Weah suspended LWSC Managing Director Mr. Duannah A. Kamara and his deputy Mr. Sensee J. Morris, with immediate effect.
He suspended the pair following reports of disturbances and allegations of corruption at the LWSC, pending a full-scale investigation.
Additionally, President Weah asked the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to conduct an immediate investigative audit and to report to him within 30 days.
But speaking recently in Monrovia, Mr. Morris disclosed that it has been over sixteen to seventeen months now and the GAC has refused to investigate him.
He said while he remains suspended, the GAC has investigated his colleague and he is working.
He expressed serious displeasure over the alleged failure of the GAC to investigate the allegation of corruption and disturbances.
According to him, since President Weah suspended him and LWSC Managing Director and mandated GAC to investigate them, the Commission has allegedly refused to invite him for investigation.
He lamented that the alleged action by the GAC is causing serious economic hardship for him and his entire family.
Morris said he is unable to take care of the basic needs of his family because he has no job.
He noted that if he has lost the confidence of the President and they cannot work with him any longer, he is appealing to them to peacefully allow him to move on with his private life so that he can take care of his young family that is suffering the worst punishment of the suspension upon him.
Mr. Morris noted that President Weah has the right to dismiss and reinstate him, urging the president to act if he no longer finds confidence in his work.
“I am calling on the Government of Liberia through the GAC to call me for investigation. I am willing to be investigated because I have made myself available many times and shown that effort, but they have refused to investigate me,” said Morris.
“Let them investigate to clear me out and if I am found guilty, I am willing to go through the punishment. But my family should not suffer. I work for them to survive,” Morris pleaded.
Morris recalled that he was appointed in September 2018 by the President and he was given the mandate by the President as Deputy Managing Director for Finance to direct and control the financial affairs of LWSC.
As a professional person who has been working for over 13 years in the field of finance and accounting, he said he saw that as a means to serve his country well.
As such, Morris said he decided to employ all his discipline and ethics to meet best practices and international standards.
“There were certain bad things that I saw going on and must be clear here that I could not bear it as a professional person and so I had to blow the alarm,” said Morris.
He narrated that he was being butted out of the office because he wanted the right thing to be done.
“Before my suspension, for over one year, I internally reported those issues but it was never given attention,’’ Morris claimed.
He said he had been called abruptly to authorize a US$99,000, but he refused to do so because he knew nothing about it and he had not seen any document.
He claimed that this brought the noise to the public which drew the President’s attention and led to his and his boss Mr. Kamara’s subsequent suspension to face investigation.
“Now, the GAC has investigated Mr. Kamara and he is working, but yet, they have refused to investigate me,” said Morris.
“I have all my evidence and I am ready to face the investigation. If they can investigate Kamara without my points, that means I’m lying. And so how can you investigate without the person that raises the alarm?” Morris wondered.