Liberia Indicted Port Manager Matilda Parker Dismissed

The suspended Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) Matilda Parker has finally been dismissed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

She was suspended in April 2015 following allegation into payment of over US$800,000 to a company purported to have won a lucrative dredging contract.

Matilda Parker and comptroller Christina Paelay were charged with economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and theft of property by the Liberian government.

The case was recently suspended after counsels for defendants made a request for comptroller Christina Paelay to seek medication due to poor health. The request was granted and the matter was adjourned.

However, while Madam Parker and her comptroller have not been adjudged guilty, President Sirleaf announced her dismissal on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf has already appointed an acting managing director and deputies at the NPA. Those appointed at the NPA include Mr. David Williams, acting Managing Director, Mr. Nyekeh Forkpa, acting Deputy for Administration and Mr. Jeffery George, Deputy for Operations.

Madam Sirleaf has also appointed chair persons and members of the Board of Commissioners at the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC); Board of Directors at the Central Agriculture Research Institute; and Presidents of the Bomi and Harbel Community Colleges.

Those appointed at the PPCC include Professor Willie Belleh, Chairman and former Maryland County Senator, Mr. John Ballout as a member of the PPCC Board. source News

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