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Robert Kilbey’s Rocky Journey to the GAC

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recently appointed Mr. Robert L. Kilbey as the new Auditor General of Liberia replacing Mr. John Morlu, III. Last year. Mr. Kilbey could not be confirmed by the Liberian Senate due to what was then referred to as “falsification of credentials”.

Perhaps not being cognizant of the propaganda that may have characterized his confirmation process, President Sirleaf thought to temporarily uphold the decision of the Senate, even thought she was not still convinced by the justification given for Mr. Kilbey’s rejection.

As stated in the foregoing, Kilbey’s nomination by the President was characterized by a propaganda that created a confusing situation that propelled the believability of the negative campaign in the media and surrogate groups by the honorable Liberian senate.

Kilbey, not understanding the smear campaign against his appointment under the guidance of former Auditor General John Morlu, could not fight back, but continue to rely on his conscience.

The primary objective of former AG Morlu and his campaign was to discourage the appointment of Robert L. Kilbey in favor of Deputy Auditor General (Acting AG) Winsley Nanka. Morlu had wanted Acting Auditor general Nanka to succeed him to clean whatever he left behind at the General Auditing Commission.

Interestingly, Nanka allowed himself to be drawn into the Morlu propaganda because succeeding along with his former boss would have afforded him an opportunity as Auditor general of Liberia.

And so as an extension of the negative campaign to stop Kilbey, Nanka, on  September 1, 2011, wrote President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf questioning her preferment of Robert and giving the impression that he was more “competent, qualified and professional” than her choice (Kilbey)..

“By this email, I formally challenge the recruitment process of the Civil Service Agency that led to the appointment of a new auditor general by the President of Liberia. The challenge is based on a reported press conference by the Director General of the Civil Service Agency, Dr. William Allen on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 during which he reportedly indicated that the recruitment process was fair, transparent and competitive and the best qualified candidate was nominated. On the basis of the facts, I believe the process was not fair, transparent and competitive. Instead a foregone conclusion but done through a process to create the appearance of competition,” Mr. Nanka told President Sirleaf in his September 1, 2011 email.

“However, since the recruitment for the position of an AG was opened to a ‘competitive process’ in which I participated, I have the right to challenge the results as a participant who has observed significant deficiencies in process,” he said.

In my opinion, for Acting Auditor General Nanka to have chosen to allow himself to be used as Morlu’s surrogate to email such a letter to President Sirleaf not being cognizant that his former boss was already out of the ‘picture’, was not only a disrespect to Madam President and the government he serves, but a complete disservice to himself and his conscience.

Even if Morlu was responsible for his presence at the GAC or clearing him from the LPRC audit report by deleting his indictment, he should have known that the former AG was using him to fight a proxy battle, which was also not in his (Nanka”s) interest and that of his credibility.

It is an open fact Mr. Robert L. Kilbey came top of the vetting process under the auspices of the Civil Service Agency, while Winsley Nanka saw himself at the ninth position, but other competing circumstances may have created some hitches in his progress. And as it went, the Will of God prevailed over such circumstances for President to nominate him, but the negative propaganda instigated by John Morlu robbed him of the job initially.

Again, the Almighty God being what he is and owing to the conscience of Robert, Morlu’s propaganda was defeated by the wisdom of the consciences of the House of Elders (the Liberian senate).

One last thing to Mr. Nanka and his likes, “when you bend down to look in someone’s…, someone else may just be looking…….”

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