“No Matter What Happens, I Remain Mentally Strong” -LRA Boss Hits At Critics Calling For Her Removal

Days after some employees of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) stormed the premises of the Foreign Ministry calling on President George M. Weah not to consider reappointing Madam Elfreda Stewart Tamba as Commissioner General of the institution; the embattled LRA boss says she is not worried about whatever decision the President will take within the next few days.

Appointed by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Madam Tamba has since served as LRA boss for the last four years. She is the first and only person who has occupied the position since the institution was detached from the Ministry of Finance and established as an autonomous agency in 2014.

Though the post of Commissioner General of the LRA has a four-year tenure attachment and madam Tamba by all calculations, is at the brink of completing her tenure, some employees of the institution are calling on the newly elected president not to reappoint their boss due to shared professional differences.

But reacting to the recent calls made by the ‘so called’ aggrieved employees of the LRA, Madam Tamba said she is not moved by their action in any way but will continue to work in the interest of the country.

She described those calling for her removal as “detractors” who are bent on undermining the progress that has been carried out by the LRA in generating sufficient revenue for the country.

According to the LRA boss, though her tenure as head of the institution is on the verge of expiring, she remains open to the call of President Weah to continue her ‘good’ work.

“If the president decides not to reappoint me to this position, that means he has made his decision, something which cannot be questioned by me. But just so you all know, no matter what happens, I remain mentally strong,” Madam Tamba told legislative reporters at the Capitol Building Thursday, June 21, 2018, where she went to address herself before the House’s plenary to the controversial BIVAC operations in Liberia.

In late August 2017, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Madam Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, to the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.

The position which is attached with four-year tenure and places Liberia among 24 other countries to monitor international tax activities might just come to an end if President George M. Weah appoints another person to occupy the Commissioner General post of the Liberia Revenue Authority.

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